Triumph stun Cloud9 in Road to Rio opening match

Triumph found success in a three-map series against Cloud9 to kick off their run in ESL One: Road to Rio.

Group A of the North American ESL One: Road to Rio division kicked off with Evil Geniuses and Gen.G securing wins over Orgless and 100 Thieves, respectively, but the most surprising result came in the final match to conclude as Triumph succeed in pulling off an upset over Cloud9.

With just over a week of practice under their belts since the addition of Rahul "⁠curry⁠" Nemani and Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson, Triumph were able to notch an opening map win on Vertigo to kick off their series against Cloud9, and recovered from a battering on Inferno to edge out a 16-14 win on the series decider, Train.

Grim helped guide Triumph to victory with a 1.20 rating

Triumph came out of the gates swinging on their pick of Vertigo, blazing ahead to a 7-2 start on the defense before Cloud9 began to claw back. A string of four rounds towards the end of the half gave Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou's troops some breathing room, with a subsequent pistol round win following the side swap granting them a seventh round, but Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman and company remained steadfast as a force-buy reply gave them the momentum they needed to assume control of the proceedings and take the map, 16-11.

The tables quickly turned on Inferno, with Triumph's pistol win to kick off the map being one of the few rounds the team managed to garner on the CT side. A crucial 1vs4 clutch by Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery kept Cloud9 in control for much of the map, resulting in the team putting up an 11-4 half before they quickly closed things out on the defense with a 16-9 victory.

A back-and-forth brawl marked the start of Train, with the two teams each taking three rounds to kick off the map. Another trio for Cloud9 gave the team a stellar start on the T side, leading 6-3, but Triumph battled back towards the closing moments of the half with a string of six rounds to assume control at 9-6.

The situation took a grim turn for Triumph in the second half as, after taking the pistol round for themselves, they fell to a force-buy from Cloud9 in round seventeen. Now with momentum in their favour, floppy and the combined AWPs of Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek and Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm helped Cloud9 win seven of the ensuing eight rounds for a 13-11 lead, but it was there that a critical loss to a pistol buy from Triumph turned the tides of the map. With their economy crushed at a crucial moment, Cloud9 could do nothing but watch as Triumph rallied back, giving up only one additional round as they closed out Train 16-14 to edge out a series victory.

Matchpage
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1
22nd April 2020
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Vertigo
11
9
Inferno
16
16
Train
14
 Triumph K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Michael 'Grim' WinceGrim 64 - 51 +13 85.5 1.20
United States Rahul 'curry' Nemanicurry 57 - 59 -2 78.7 1.04
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' HardemanShakezullah 49 - 49 0 65.1 1.03
United States Gabe 'Spongey' GreinerSpongey 57 - 53 +4 66.0 0.97
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnsonjunior 46 - 48 -2 60.9 0.96
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemeryfloppy 69 - 57 +12 92.7 1.31
United States Ian 'motm' Hardymotm 60 - 51 +9 76.5 1.15
United States Josh 'oSee' OhmoSee 52 - 49 +3 62.3 1.01
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic 45 - 53 -8 59.4 0.94
South Africa Johnny 'JT' TheodosiouJT 34 - 64 -30 55.2 0.71
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
716
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
699
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
621
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
681
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Rahul 'curry' Nemani
Rahul 'curry' Nemani
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
243
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
479
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
209
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.09
CLOWN9
2020-04-23 01:52
9 replies
#2
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Brazil BRAZlL
OMG 😂
2020-04-23 01:52
#14
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Canada U_S_of_Gay
ez for next NA hope Grim
2020-04-23 02:04
1 reply
#95
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North America joeS
Grim should be on a t1 team
2020-04-24 17:28
Who are these no namers in C9?
2020-04-23 08:00
3 replies
They signed another roster. Now it's "ATK" team that beat g2 and that's all their achievements
2020-04-23 08:48
1 reply
Lol
2020-04-23 08:56
Everything checks out.
2020-04-23 10:36
They've been beaten by a team that has guy named CURRY. I am done lmao
2020-04-23 09:41
1 reply
Mate, don't be talking shit about Curry. Greatest food in the fucking world innit
2020-04-23 14:14
jesus
2020-04-23 01:52
#4
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Germany Flachzange
Unexpected
2020-04-23 01:53
Motm baiter Africans always at the bottom Expected
2020-04-23 01:53
8 replies
Totaly racist
2020-04-23 11:36
7 replies
I'm talking about Sonic and JT, and they not even pure Africans are They are from South Africa, Europeans city in Africa
2020-04-23 13:39
6 replies
just the word "pure" is racist. pretty sure your DNA isnt 100% brazilian but you are 100% idiot
2020-04-23 14:02
5 replies
LMFAO what a cry baby
2020-04-23 16:54
4 replies
telling you the truth about your IQ isnt crying, but your childish reaction cant prove less
2020-04-23 17:40
3 replies
Sutch a mad bitch
2020-04-23 17:49
2 replies
i wont expect more from an uneducated child...
2020-04-23 18:18
1 reply
Same as u "O no he is racist because he called then African" Stop crying
2020-04-23 21:45
clown9
2020-04-23 01:53
ez for shakezulla, great calling all match long floppy to triumph I just realized that 'floppy' is a really cute name
2020-04-23 01:53
3 replies
#37
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United States notawaffle
his face is even cuter
2020-04-23 04:30
2 replies
whoa.... whoa whoa there buddy
2020-04-23 04:52
1 reply
Hold on bae
2020-04-23 13:39
Clown 9 Expected
2020-04-23 01:54
clown 9 road to McDonalds
2020-04-23 01:54
Expected. Triumph are brute underdogs.
2020-04-23 02:00
#11
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Brazil taquioN
Thanks Triumph for the free money
2020-04-23 02:00
30-64
2020-04-23 02:01
2 replies
#15
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Panama bakedcs
34-64*
2020-04-23 02:05
1 reply
#62
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Finland subhumen
30-34 pls kick Johny 'JT" Thadeseouioui
2020-04-23 09:04
Clown9 strikes again
2020-04-23 02:03
happy for Shakezullah pog
2020-04-23 02:06
2 replies
+1 hopefully not just a honeymoon win
2020-04-23 02:14
1 reply
yeah, they have a ton of potential
2020-04-23 02:35
craz
2020-04-23 02:06
LMAO
2020-04-23 02:07
Africa cs rip
2020-04-23 02:07
JThrow
2020-04-23 02:12
#21
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Finland Smoonah
clown9
2020-04-23 02:12
ez 4 curry
2020-04-23 02:19
#24
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United States xiquo
ez to antistrat what can i say. it was inevitable.
2020-04-23 02:22
#25
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
Triumph tier 2 soon
2020-04-23 02:24
#26
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Brazil Karlogaria
Say whatever you want, but Clown9 is on top of the joke team list, above anyone else
2020-04-23 02:31
6 replies
i swear at least 3 of their players should be in MDL
2020-04-23 03:38
+1 C9, ence and mibr
2020-04-23 03:51
1 reply
#79
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Brazil Karlogaria
Not sure about Dignitas' management, but I'd consider it too based on its "proposal"
2020-04-23 13:35
No you are definitely right. Since the (2018) major it's the most mismanaged team in the world and it's not even close. And I'm talking about results now about how much money Jack pockets from brand recognition and selling players and never ever buying good ones. I mean shit this team just luckboxed their way into Floppy. He's probably the only decent piece end of the day.
2020-04-23 04:16
2 replies
#80
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Brazil Karlogaria
Yeah, it's incredible how low they've gone after winning not only a major, but North America's only major. They seem to be a reasonably big org in other games, but in CS they are just your everyday joke and meme
2020-04-23 13:36
1 reply
It's almost like they proved NA could win a major and then Liquid just took up the mantle of "good NA team". Which is fine. At one point I had a ton of love for the C9 brand. At this point I really don't care. I'd honestly prefer watching gen.g which is ironic of course for many reasons.
2020-04-23 14:44
#28
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Indonesia draizze
Establish NA Orgs should watch Shakezullah and Grim. Team like Envy could do better with those two and kicking Nifty and Ryann.
2020-04-23 03:04
Expected Clown9 is noobs krieg abusers holds +w
2020-04-23 03:31
#30
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Russia GOTHBOI
#RoadToRio
2020-04-23 03:33
save floppy
2020-04-23 03:37
#35
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Finland 0lter
stun? c9 literally carried by floppy in all matches triumph were the favorite lmao
2020-04-23 04:27
1 reply
favorite with 4.3 odds? ye sure
2020-04-23 11:00
#36
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Europe t.o.p
C9 should kick everyone but floppy, then pick up Grim, Wardell, Infinite and an IGL
2020-04-23 04:28
1 reply
Agree.
2020-04-23 07:22
#38
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United States notawaffle
expected when you have GOD junior on your team
2020-04-23 04:30
2 replies
#40
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North America SLGam1ng
POGurry
2020-04-23 04:37
1 reply
#41
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United States notawaffle
SpongeGOAT
2020-04-23 04:39
#39
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African Union mikecool
The boys need to step up their game. They're capable of so much more than this...
2020-04-23 04:35
2 replies
no they're not
2020-04-23 08:03
1 reply
#68
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African Union mikecool
;) my feelings
2020-04-23 10:16
Unexpected Edit: Have a good day!
2020-04-23 04:48
one small step for curry, one GIANT leap for african american CS
2020-04-23 04:52
1 reply
#47
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United States notawaffle
hes indian tho...
2020-04-23 04:53
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou 34 - 64 -30 Mans went freaking -30. Why is he even a pro player when he cant keep up with a not even tier 2 team
2020-04-23 04:53
Clown 9...
2020-04-23 05:43
#49
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Qatar olaolakaka
Triumph had word.exe, no chance for c9 ofc xd
2020-04-23 06:03
How is that stunning? Because Cloud9 is a larger organization? Which, by the way, is the only reason they're in the top 30. Triumph is a better team on paper, and in practice. C9 is terrible right now.
2020-04-23 06:16
2 replies
#52
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Canada JC_123
its stunning because its grim and shakezullah with 3 no namers. Most would say Floppy, Sonic, MOTM are a tier higher than these guys at least. C9 threw away a lot of crucial rounds.
2020-04-23 06:35
1 reply
#54
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United States clockworkk
how are floppy, sonic and motm bigger names and are higher in skill? dudes been on atk and were shit even on that team idk how they got picked up by c9, guess the org just needed a cs team lmfao
2020-04-23 07:28
#51
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African Union YamiS_
-30 o_o
2020-04-23 06:17
Major winners....
2020-04-23 08:19
#61
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Cyprus shmoe
let the roster changes beginn :)
2020-04-23 08:57
#63
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Iraq remind00
loosing to tier4 team
2020-04-23 09:11
#64
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Japan pawbeast
C9 is terrible as fuck 2 retarded africans motm and osee so much incositent Floppy not as much talented as zywoo or s1mple to carry those retards on every map
2020-04-23 09:17
#66
JD | 
Poland tutatek
Ez odds vs clown9
2020-04-23 09:52
Clown9
2020-04-23 10:24
#70
JoJo | 
Russia N1kDaN
#savefloppy
2020-04-23 10:24
#71
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Germany Shackrag
is it really surprising when one no-name team beats another?
2020-04-23 10:33
#72
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France cedd
Jt dropping 50adr every game is no good
2020-04-23 10:34
NA cs be like:
2020-04-23 10:37
#77
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Poland SebL
C9 needs change.
2020-04-23 12:14
Can they just get rid of those guys and get a real Roster again like wtf?
2020-04-23 12:53
currrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
2020-04-23 14:23
#86
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Poland Pete229
HELL YEAH LET'S GO TRIUMPH
2020-04-23 14:36
#88
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United Kingdom TC10
shid
2020-04-23 16:04
#94
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Brunei cyLoL
Lmao choke 9
2020-04-23 21:55
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