Cloud9 edge past 9z to advance to Roobet Cup semi-final

The IEM Dallas champions have secured a top four berth, but it didn't come without hardship as 9z fought valiantly in a close series.

Cloud9 are through to the semi-final of the Roobet Cup after narrowly surpassing 9z in the opening round of the bracket stage, only just managing to overcome the South American side in a three-map series that saw the teams exchange wins on each other's map picks before going the distance on Overpass, with Cloud9 only just edging out a 16-14 win.

The elimination and 5-8th place finish ends what can be considered a successful run in the event for 9z, who beat FURIA twice in series play during the group stage after coming into the tournament following the fresh addition of 17-year-old AWPer Lucas "⁠nqz⁠" Soares. Cloud9 will need to tighten up their game as they now delve further into the playoff bracket, where they will next take on BIG on Wednesday at 15:00 .

Cloud9 made it through to the semi-final by the skin of their teeth

Cloud9 came out of the gates swinging on Mirage, securing a pistol win and converting the ensuing two rounds for an early lead. It took back-to-back triple kills from nqz and Martin "⁠rox⁠" Molina to get 9z on the board, but from there they were in control for much of the remainder of the half, recovering from a 3-5 deficit to take a 9-6 lead heading into the break.

A pistol win and subsequent conversion helped 9z widen that gap to 11-6 after the side swap, but once gun rounds were underway, the tides quickly turned. It was a stalwart defense for Cloud9, led by mutli-kills from Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov and Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov, that saw 9z's lead slowly evaporate as they were unable to find entry into bombsites round after round, adding only two more to their tally as Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's troops stole away the victory, 16-13.

Despite faltering on their own map pick, 9z didn't look shaken on Dust2. A back-and-forth brawl unfolded at the onset of the map as the teams battled for control, and initially it seemed like Cloud9 would pull away when they won three rounds in a row to tie up the score 5-5 on the T side. However, Maximiliano "⁠max⁠" Gonzalez and rox took it in turns to shut down Cloud9's attacking attempts for the remainder of the half, helping 9z to double their score.

Cloud9 managed to narrow that gap considerably after winning a force-buy on round 17, but 9z recovered once they had rifles in hand and put up a strong performance on the T side, picking apart their opponent's defenses en route to securing a 16-10 win to force an Overpass decider.

There, it seemed like Cloud9 were finally about to run away with things as they kicked the map off with a strong CT effort, posting an 8-3 lead. 9z began to fight back though, max and nqz leading the way to help their side garner six rounds by halftime before Cloud9 again widened the gap with a pistol round win.

On the CT side, 9z showed a much better face and began to pick up momentum, managing to tie up the score at 12-12. It was at the final hurdle that things fell apart though, with Cloud9 reaching match point shortly afterward before they shut down a last-ditch comeback effort from 9z, edging out a 16-14 victory to take the series.

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27th June 2022
South America
16
Mirage
13
10
Dust2
16
16
Overpass
14
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 44 +17 71.3 1.16
57 - 53 +4 76.0 1.06
51 - 55 -4 73.4 0.98
41 - 59 -18 57.5 0.77
34 - 52 -18 51.4 0.76
 9z K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 52 +12 83.0 1.18
55 - 45 +10 73.7 1.14
49 - 51 -2 71.5 1.05
50 - 43 +7 62.8 1.02
43 - 55 -12 57.4 0.83
Argentina Martin 'rox' Molina
Martin 'rox' Molina
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
278
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
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Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
876
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
877
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
949
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Uruguay Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
552
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Lucas 'nqz' Soares
Lucas 'nqz' Soares
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
171
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
#1
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Germany mysterE
frist
2022-06-27 22:53
3 replies
#8
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Kazakhstan Juuzou_
nais
2022-06-27 22:55
#34
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Indonesia segopecel
Vrey giid
2022-06-27 23:28
#80
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Yugoslavia Acceb
9z the best team in SA. Brazil in shambles and im not even referencing their architecture
2022-06-28 00:59
#2
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South America n!kk0
NT 9Z
2022-06-27 22:53
1 reply
#61
NEO | 
Europe chespiZ
just good with +40ms
2022-06-28 00:00
#3
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Europe JMFG
Nt 9z. Best LATAM team at the moment. I hope they will get more invites so they can keep showing up.
2022-06-27 22:54
8 replies
+1
2022-06-27 23:10
+1 So stupid to ban their coach from the major. He deserved to go, what a sad moment for pro cs.
2022-06-27 23:17
1 reply
+1
2022-06-28 02:02
#54
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Austria holzpyjama
+1
2022-06-27 23:44
+1 these guys are truly great. Awesome to see hard work pay off and new countries getting on the CS map. Meanwhile, the yanks are still going: “Buh buh buh we need more NA tournaments”
2022-06-28 03:37
2 replies
+1 we need more SA tournaments.
2022-06-28 06:55
#112
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United States ErrorcMix
we do need more NA tournaments. At least 2 a year
2022-06-29 18:27
+1
2022-06-28 06:12
#4
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Argentina xpl0d3
Nt boys rox the new TACO
2022-06-27 22:55
#5
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Europe Velurom
9z put up a formidable fight. WP!
2022-06-27 22:55
EZ
2022-06-27 22:55
hacking and still lose nt sponsor of 9z
2022-06-27 22:55
20 replies
wow, u are probably the madder bettor i seen this days, u cried in every forum referred to 9z
2022-06-27 23:02
Huh? are you serious lol what a dumb comment to post
2022-06-27 23:15
13 replies
9z need learn how to win map against mibr or imperial then talk something to me. imagine being sponsor and play tier 1 cs against C9 and cant win any tier 6 teams on any other tournaments.
2022-06-27 23:16
12 replies
lol did they do something to you? Maybe we can talk about it
2022-06-27 23:18
5 replies
no they didnt some dumb people think i lose bet this is why i say such a things but no. they cant play like this on any event. if they can, just show me a proof. ofc u cant because they losing to Imperial and MIBR 0-2 without a chances. but at roobet cup 9z being sponsor of this event u can check on liquidpedia of this event and see.
2022-06-27 23:19
when i say this #29 angry 9z defenders or argentina flag get mad at me by speaking truth. they say i lose bet )) whatever they say they cant prove me wrong.
2022-06-27 23:20
3 replies
#88
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Chile Titin
Cry is free bro
2022-06-28 03:52
Well you cant prove 9z wrong etiher. You are pointing out that they are sponsored by Roo (and so allegedly fixed?), then claiming that they are hacking. So which one is it?
2022-06-28 05:38
understandable. The cheating part I dont believe at all, but roobet being their sponsor is little more concerning, it makes sense to be concerned about that at least.
2022-06-28 14:56
4 replies
bo1 matches i dont care also 1 bo3 is not relevant
2022-06-27 23:42
3 replies
#53
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Argentina blatxer
you asked and i showed you, you should start saving so you can lose money betting again
2022-06-27 23:44
2 replies
by ur logic Imperial won against C9 in 1 bo3 make imperial better team? hltv.org/matches/2355013/9z-vs-imperial-.. hltv.org/matches/2355951/9z-vs-imperial-.. hltv.org/matches/2355944/9z-vs-mibr-iem-.. enjoy being loser.
2022-06-27 23:45
1 reply
this matchs was with "Luken" as awper. This roster of 9z, with Zakk + new analyst + nqz (AWPER), will take down a lot of tier 1 teams. You will see in the future and this 9z roster will fill your ass with a bottle of vodka, stupid drunk
2022-06-28 00:27
#82
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Europe JMFG
They won series to both of those teams already
2022-06-28 01:22
Based
2022-06-27 23:35
3 replies
but i am speaking facts, they are sponsor of this event? yes. so how i am wrong? show me decent 9z placings on events when they not hacked. i just clicked last matches and see 0-2 to Imperial and 0-2 to Mibr in past matches.
2022-06-27 23:36
2 replies
#74
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Argentina Santyzinn
Stop crying like a baby man, 9z with a new roster made more than FURIA that it is top 7... I repeat, with a roster that is LESS than a week old. I don't know what you expected, a team that comes from SA where the level is much lower, took a third map from C9 who are beasts. Also...hacking? Are u serious? Proactive game its hacking? Omg
2022-06-28 00:33
Based means that everything you said is true lol
2022-06-28 12:26
#97
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Poland Berbe123
Clown9 fan mad lol
2022-06-28 10:15
#9
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United Kingdom Bullitead
Expected. But 9Z continue to impress.
2022-06-27 22:55
1 reply
+1
2022-06-28 17:06
#10
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Mexico jorgehdzzs
C9= M1-16, M2-10, M3-16= 42 9z= M1=12, M2-16, M3-14= 42 The match should be played again, and 9z will win 2-0
2022-06-27 22:55
4 replies
not how that works + flair + ratio
2022-06-27 23:11
3 replies
#45
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Mexico jorgehdzzs
you need a sarcasm detector + this flair won you a war + counter ratio
2022-06-27 23:37
2 replies
#48
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Argentina SantiMedia
8/8
2022-06-27 23:40
my bad
2022-06-28 00:53
NT 9Z, such a team!
2022-06-27 22:56
bad guys won
2022-06-27 22:56
#13
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Chile 1cristiaan
when -rox
2022-06-27 22:57
2 replies
so by your logic c9 should kick hobbit and interz?
2022-06-28 00:09
1 reply
#77
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Chile 1cristiaan
Hobbit and interz in their last two games: prnt.sc/o1TCsPkqljL0 prnt.sc/eInqaPgMFnga rox in his last two games: prnt.sc/ys3R9T4qA9f- prnt.sc/Mz1CYCsROh2K Facts, not opinions :p
2022-06-28 00:52
Mabois are dobre 9z solid tournament
2022-06-27 22:58
Ngl i thought it's gg when 9z started winning rounds on overpass and built good economy having 10+k dollars at 12-12 score in pockets, c9 had 0 clue how to crack the defense, but in the end ax1le's entries saved the day GG nt 9z
2022-06-27 23:04
4 replies
It should have been gg, but C9 ceo offered them 10k each on tactical break to throw the game sadly. Gg tho
2022-06-27 23:08
3 replies
mb you are right, two guys sitting behind players were constantly staring at their phones throughout the series
2022-06-27 23:11
Yeah sure not like those unknown clowns were cheating lol
2022-06-27 23:35
#56
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Argentina blatxer
lmao they would have make more reaching semis, 10k? you clearly don't know those players hahahaha
2022-06-27 23:46
NT 9Z
2022-06-27 23:05
nt 9Z. gg wp
2022-06-27 23:12
#28
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CIS darkness_
what’s the point to play in the cap🤔
2022-06-27 23:18
Nt? Cloud9 two players below 60 adr and all below 80 ADR, ARE U GUYS FOR REAL? ITS NOT GG IT WAS MATCHFIX TRY ;)
2022-06-27 23:20
8 replies
no way matchfix is happen in CS:GO u know? 9z really tier 1 team while losing to 0-2 imperial and 0-2 mibr but at roobet cup being sponsored by 9z they are tier 1 team suddenly. watch them losing to rank 100 teams after this event lul
2022-06-27 23:23
5 replies
#49
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Argentina SantiMedia
we will see
2022-06-27 23:41
4 replies
no need to see its obvious u seen what happened to imperial when they beat C9 on major.
2022-06-27 23:42
3 replies
#57
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Argentina blatxer
you're still crying about that? hahaha they just got LAN boost
2022-06-27 23:47
2 replies
ye fluked on major then cant win a tier 7 team after. hltv.org/team/9455/imperial#tab-matchesB.. 0 wins for imperial after major ahahahaha
2022-06-27 23:48
1 reply
how old are you?
2022-06-28 00:45
#33
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CIS darkness_
after the game Nafany said (on cis stream) they had some problems with internet connection
2022-06-27 23:24
#36
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Highly unlikely.
2022-06-27 23:29
#35
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
The witch-hunting threads were annoying and completely unnecessary but the match was still a barnstormer. GG Cloud9.
2022-06-27 23:28
2 replies
#95
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Argentina Decaiz
what the hell is "barnstromer" ?
2022-06-28 08:49
1 reply
It's just slang. Barnstorming means energising and exciting, so I'm describing the match as being a barnstormer of a match.
2022-06-28 12:17
NT 9Zeta
2022-06-27 23:29
9z TOP10
2022-06-27 23:31
NT 9Z Great championship! Hope you can keep up
2022-06-27 23:32
great job 9z. Imagine -rox +malbs
2022-06-27 23:34
1 reply
#58
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Argentina blatxer
tier1 def
2022-06-27 23:48
Damn, Brazil and South American CS at this point is far better than NA, I hope 9z will qualify to major in Rio.
2022-06-27 23:36
Good event run by 9z, beating Furia twice and almost knocking out C9, nice one! GGs
2022-06-27 23:54
Gg muchachos!!
2022-06-28 00:01
1 reply
Oveja
2022-06-28 12:22
9Z even better than Astralis and Complexity...?
2022-06-28 00:10
2 replies
#91
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Argentina Tegu619
Complexity yes
2022-06-28 05:57
complexity😂
2022-06-28 14:13
#68
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Brazil Anarchybr
Well played 9z, excited to see you guys in the next events
2022-06-28 00:11
nt
2022-06-28 00:13
Expected
2022-06-28 00:22
Some nice aggressive plays by 9z was fun to watch, a shame they couldn't pull it out
2022-06-28 00:24
#75
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Turkey ColdZer00
9z deserved semi final unluko
2022-06-28 00:44
#79
arT | 
Argentina Jyrex
gg big nt
2022-06-28 00:56
#81
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Brazil parrud0www
Well played for 9z!
2022-06-28 01:08
#86
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Argentina agustingtw
Still a great performance for 9z, they gived Cloud9 a good fight even with a new team member, i hope they keep training, i believe they can make it to top #15 this year =)
2022-06-28 03:08
Damn what a match, I really enjoyed watching both teams. Manito nqz is a monster Keep crying reaper xd
2022-06-28 05:26
surprisingly tight game gj 9Z
2022-06-28 07:06
GG. Great series. Props to 9Z.
2022-06-28 09:43
#99
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Poland Berbe123
Hope 9z will take part in more events , fun to watch
2022-06-28 10:17
sh1ro saved the boat, 9Z deserved to win...
2022-06-28 12:19
#104
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Russia musor666
I'm sure they won't show such aim on Lan, just ping influenced it
2022-06-28 12:27
Nice run from 9z
2022-06-28 14:17
#108
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Poland Tongus
Pretty good run from 9z, prefer watching this than botexity or other EG bots that are just a waste of spot
2022-06-28 14:43
#111
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South America Reaccion
nt 9z :(
2022-06-28 21:47
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