floppy leaves Counter-Strike

The 21-year-old will transition to Cloud9's main VALORANT roster after the organisation put a hold on its CS:GO division in March.

Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery has stepped back from Counter-Strike and will continue his career for Cloud9 in VALORANT, the North American organisation has announced, confirming a joint report between Rush B Media and DailyEsports that was released on Friday.

floppy first picked up CS:GO in 2014, going on to compete in ten seasons of ESEA MDL before finally breaking through into ESL Pro League in 2019, a journey that took three years and culminated in an appearance at the Season 10 Finals with ATK, who saw to the elimination of North and G2 in the group stage.

floppy leaves CS:GO after playing the game for nearly seven years

ATK's strong showing in Odense led to Cloud9 signing the roster the following year, but the outbreak of the coronavirus kept the team locked into competing against domestic competition while their results faltered, leading to the organisation eventually releasing the roster, the core of which would go on to sign for Extra Salt.

However, floppy's services were retained for Henry "⁠HenryG⁠" Greer's European 'Colossus' lineup, a team that had mixed results as roster and role changes plagued them throughout the year.

Those issues, combined with the inability to gather the team in-person, saw Cloud9 put their CS:GO division on hold at the end of March, with Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin, Chris "⁠Elmapuddy⁠" Tebbit, Joshua "⁠m1cks⁠" Micks and HenryG all recently announcing their departure from the organisation.

With few opportunities available on North American rosters, floppy takes his leave from CS:GO, raising questions regarding Erick "⁠Xeppaa⁠" Bach's future as he also remains on Cloud9's bench for the time being with no roster destinations in sight.

United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.70
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1026
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
668
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
United States Joshua 'm1cks' Micks
Joshua 'm1cks' Micks
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.58
United States Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach
Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
367
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Australia Chris 'Elmapuddy' Tebbit
Chris 'Elmapuddy' Tebbit
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.62
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.42
DPR:
0.79
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2021-04-19 21:31
expected
2021-04-19 21:31
Flag checks out
2021-04-19 21:32
cya
2021-04-19 21:32
#10
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Sweden MalcomReed
Noooo this is so sad, the potential he had
2021-04-19 21:32
2 replies
exactly, imo the player that could have shown the most from NA players
2021-04-19 22:43
1 reply
ye thats why its so sad
2021-04-21 00:16
#17
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France Carrotaboy
No((
2021-04-19 21:33
noooo
2021-04-19 21:33
Sad but expected
2021-04-19 21:33
cya in 3years
2021-04-19 21:33
#27
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United Kingdom Tnk11
So stupid they will regret this when cs returns to Lan
2021-04-19 21:34
1 reply
people need to make a living
2021-04-19 21:54
xeppa too now :(
2021-04-19 21:34
2 replies
Please no
2021-04-19 21:48
1 reply
#30
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Bulgaria KeplerBg
Big f
2021-04-19 21:34
#31
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United States GavinD
no floppy sticker sadge :(
2021-04-19 21:34
will miss young floppers
2021-04-19 21:34
Someone save Xeppa :(((
2021-04-19 21:34
This is a huge loss. You can never get a floppy sticker to go with your DickStacy sticker.
2021-04-19 21:34
1 reply
Rip
2021-04-19 21:36
lullll tarik next!
2021-04-19 21:34
lmao NA CS dying so fast
2021-04-19 21:34
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Chile cristiaan
expected
2021-04-19 21:36
xeppaa followed
2021-04-19 21:36
Let him make some easy money and when CS is fixed in NA he can come back
2021-04-19 21:37
Does anyone else find it weird how the main characteristic you need to have to be a pro in Valorant is be a former CS Pro/semi pro and an org will sign you. I mean I know he was already a part of C9 but, he’s been playing Valorant for around two weeks now and is already signed? I think Valorant pro scene would be a lot more interesting especially in NA if 95% of the pros weren’t NA cs players, a lot of them are washed as well lol. EU Val will destroy NA imo.
2021-04-19 21:37
3 replies
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United States Phamous3k
Lot of Overwatch players as well.
2021-04-19 21:52
1 reply
Yeah true but I think CS still outnumber OW by a lot. I know like Faze and Sentinels were exceptions but it seems like almost every Valorant team are 4/5 Na cs players or 5/5. I thought this game would showcase more newcomers like EU has but sadly it’s not.
2021-04-19 22:15
EU Valorant is pretty bad Imo BR > NA > EU > Rest But I think SEA is a region to lookout for.
2021-04-19 22:07
For Americans money and survival is much more important than "job that you love".
2021-04-19 21:37
1 reply
Uhhh I feel like this is true for the majority of places You kinda need to survive to continue doing the “job that you love”
2021-04-19 21:42
-xeta -poiz +TenZ +Xeppaa = A MAJOR?
2021-04-19 21:40
1 reply
tenz im pretty sure doesnt want to play with c9 and sen looks pretty good with him instead of sinatraa
2021-04-20 05:43
xd see ya in 6 months
2021-04-19 21:38
Maybe in Valorant Cloud9 will win something.
2021-04-19 21:38
1 reply
They will get rekt by some 12 y/o Asian kids
2021-04-19 22:05
Now Xeppaa also left. RIP NA CS
2021-04-19 21:39
#67
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India icle
expected
2021-04-19 21:39
pain.
2021-04-19 21:41
floopy noo why you go Valoorant you were so sick in C9 2021 nooooo whyyyy
2021-04-19 21:41
Xeppaa just joined as well so it looks like it's +floppy +Xeppaa mitch TenZ leaf floppy Xeppaa
2021-04-19 21:45
#81
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North America kekdubbs
good.
2021-04-19 21:43
about time
2021-04-19 21:43
Expected but in all honesty , a very sad and disappointing news in regard to the CS scene. He wasnt like any T2 or T3 NA player who never gonna be at the top to begin with , he was playing against the Top teams and performing as well. I just wish orgs would actually handle these players with care instead of disposing off them like a tissue or else we actually might lose a big whole region to this transition. Tarik and Xeppa to follow next , hopefully not.
2021-04-19 21:44
Gl
2021-04-19 21:47
2021-04-19 21:49
expected
2021-04-19 21:49
#100
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Georgia Megobari
expected
2021-04-19 21:51
#101
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Estonia qoznyyy
expected
2021-04-19 21:52
Expected
2021-04-19 21:53
#109
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United States 3manu3l
f
2021-04-19 21:57
Sad. But oh well. Bring on the new talent. Perhaps can't make it a little farther next time.
2021-04-19 21:59
wasted talent
2021-04-19 21:59
This is the worst day of my life
2021-04-19 22:00
Xeppaaa also just did the same thing, it's kind of obvious why. They are contracted to cloud9 for a long time. Floppy until Feb 2023 Xeppaaa until Jan 2024 Moving to c9's valorant team seems like a good way to keep competing, instead of hoping a team buys them out. I doubt they are particularly thrilled about leaving cs.
2021-04-19 22:07
Thanks for everything floppers
2021-04-19 22:09
Sadge for NA CS
2021-04-19 22:09
#151
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Mexico MEXlCO
sad!
2021-04-19 22:15
What a blatant move. I think hltv.org by posting news about __CS PLAYERS retirement__ promoted VALORANT more than riot's marketing department.
2021-04-19 22:20
#158
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Netherlands staticNL
sad to see him go :/
2021-04-19 22:20
money rules
2021-04-19 22:28
#167
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Hungary szia
Super lame
2021-04-19 22:36
good
2021-04-19 22:40
Gl
2021-04-19 22:46
F
2021-04-19 22:52
So many player (mainly eu) find themselves without teams and or orgs and are grinding for months even years to then get back on another team or find an org. These Na players cant go 1 week without it before taking the easy way out. Im honestly glad they are gone, with this mentality they dont deserve a team or org in csgo.
2021-04-19 22:55
cya in 10 months
2021-04-19 23:01
#186
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Brazil Anarchybr
Ok Im actually sad he was the best NA player outside Elige and NAF
2021-04-20 00:07
#187
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Korea Weeataku
:( man....
2021-04-20 00:12
What a waste. That guy had some potential.
2021-04-20 00:28
1 reply
+1. i feel like CS is losing blood a lot. compare to 2017 for context.
2021-04-20 00:32
there goes the biggest na prospect
2021-04-20 01:01
That’s sad I wanted to see him in a top NA team one day
2021-04-20 01:20
finally NA=Valorant EU-CSGO
2021-04-20 01:40
#203
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Finland Cirno
Goodbye bro :(
2021-04-20 02:06
#206
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Japan pawbeast
how all csgo pros are instantly pro players in valorant? isnt like this game is different,and u have to learn it from 0 lol
2021-04-20 02:26
2 replies
Who said that? Just need to learn all abilities, map call outs, off angles etc. Takes a grind of week or two at max for an ex-CS professional.
2021-04-20 07:17
It's almost solely unsuccessful NA players who joins Valorant. Ethan is the only top player who left CS.GO for Valorant AFAIK. All the rest had either never been top player, or was beyond their prime.
2021-04-20 14:47
#207
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Peru kearnek
WHY U DO THIS FLOPPY
2021-04-20 03:41
#217
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Turkey mgnary
it is sad. i liked the way he played and i have had hopes for his future. i think it is the money issues. it bad for na cs. it have huge potential for fans and sponsors but now it all goes to valorant. we can't say garbage leaving. it is bad for cs's master race spot.
2021-04-20 08:43
na cs goodbye
2021-04-20 08:46
#225
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Germany X5ander
oh dear floppy. One of the best leave the stage.
2021-04-20 12:00
Valorant, the game where unsuccessfull NA CS.GO players have a second chance of success. NA esport media fail to report this though, instead they are acting like Valorant players are stars on par with CS.GO players. Valorant has just about zero success outside US. Not a bad game, but having different agents in a tactical shooter is a bulletproof method of never excelling as an esport.
2021-04-20 14:45
1 reply
#242
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Azerbaijan Talley
money talks
2021-04-20 19:46
People act so surprised when all these NA players make the switch to val. HMMMM grind a game for 50 hours a week for 0$ or grind a game for 50 hours a week for 10k/monthly HMMMMMMMM
2021-04-20 16:07
#237
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Poland SebL
Honestly he still was pretty good in CS, I feel like he could get a chance in good team, sad to see him go, but it was probably better for him. GL floppy.
2021-04-20 17:02
#241
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Norway TheDEA
Super sad
2021-04-20 19:43
#247
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Poland Janga
who?
2021-04-22 21:41
so sad
2021-04-23 02:07
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