Cloud9 to put CS:GO division on hold
The players have been moved to the bench and made available for transfer after a series of disappointing results.
Cloud9 will bench their Counter-Strike squad after six months of middling results and will take a break from competing in Valve’s flagship shooter, Jack Etienne, the organisation's CEO, told Rush B Media and The Esports Observer.
Mr. Etienne cited performance struggles and the financial impact of the team's long-term stay in Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic as the reasons to put the project on hold, placing the entire roster on the transfer list and parting ways with head coach Chris "Elmapuddy" Tebbit. According to Mr. Etienne, Cloud9 intend to return to Counter-Strike in the future, possibly with a North American team.
"COVID has prevented us from assembling the team in North America as we had originally planned," Cloud9 said in a statement. "Though everyone has worked hard to rise to the challenge, the reality is that remote training isn't conducive for building an organisation in the way Cloud9 usually does."
Cloud9 invested heavily in their CS:GO squad in September, dubbed ‘The Colossus’ by General Manager Henry "HenryG" Greer. The roster was initially built around in-game leader Alex "ALEX" McMeekin and coach Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović, although the Serbian skipper left the project in late 2020, not long after its creation.
Cloud9's European-majority team, currently 25th in the world, peaked at No.19 in the team ranking, and had been plateauing around that position since their initial climb in October/November, unable to break past quarter-final finishes at events like cs_summit 7 and DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe, with weaker showings at Flashpoint 2, the IEM Katowice Play-In, where they missed out on a spot at the main event, and ESL Pro League Season 13, which they just finished in 17-20th place.
Cloud9's benched roster is: