Cloud9 recruit academy roster

The North American organisation has turned to Russian talent for their academy squad.

Cloud9 have announced the signing of a Russian academy squad, with Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov taking up the coaching position.

Most of the players have little to no experience at the level of Counter-Strike covered by HLTV, with Vladislav "⁠H1te⁠" Khait having recorded the most maps played at 62.

F_1N, who previously coached the main roster, will coach the academy

As part of their statement, Cloud9 said that their intention is for the team to "get competitive experience and with time to establish itself as a top 30 team in the world."

Cloud9's CS:GO Manager Aleksandr Shcherbakov provided HLTV with further insight, stating that there were three main reasons for the creation of the team.

Firstly, the opportunities provided by the Cloud9 organisation, combined with the coaching staff's experience putting together rosters from scratch, made the prospect of building another squad appealing. Secondly, Cloud9 Academy will be able to participate in events the main squad are unable to attend. Lastly, the academy players will be able to act as substitutes to the main team.

Shcherbakov also confirmed that the team would like the opportunity to play in the WePlay Academy League, but that it would be the organiser's decision whether or not to invite the squad to participate.

Cloud9 Academy are:

Russia Maksim "⁠dekz⁠" Korolev
Russia Vladislav "⁠H1te⁠" Khait
Russia Daniil "⁠alpha⁠" Demin
Russia Matvey "⁠sm3t⁠" Gogin
Russia Artem "⁠sstr1ct⁠" Mesnyankin

Russia Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov (coach)

Russia Artem 'sstr1ct' Mesnyankin
Artem 'sstr1ct' Mesnyankin
Age:
-
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Russia Matvey 'sm3t' Gogin
Matvey 'sm3t' Gogin
Age:
17
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
9
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Russia Daniil 'alpha' Demin
Daniil 'alpha' Demin
Age:
17
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.72
Russia Maksim 'dekz' Korolev
Maksim 'dekz' Korolev
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
29
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.70
Russia Vladislav 'H1te' Khait
Vladislav 'H1te' Khait
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
62
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
wow
2022-08-06 18:44
3 replies
#7
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Yugoslavia Acceb
WHO?
2022-08-06 18:44
2 replies
Clou9 is so fkn smmart.... They took 5 globo elite 2 Rusia playa stack and they alredy got tha top 5 team in NA..... Very very smmart.... Hatz of for jacks etienne....
2022-08-07 09:09
1 reply
More like top 3
2022-08-07 14:29
#2
autist | 
North America mcCM
nice
2022-08-06 18:44
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
interesting choice by C9
2022-08-06 18:44
6 replies
#49
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Finland HARD4ENCE
NA has no talent, so might aswell go for russians
2022-08-06 19:09
When Vega Era?
2022-08-06 19:22
1 reply
#74
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Finland Cucumber))
2042
2022-08-06 19:28
I mean their main team is Russian so it makes sense
2022-08-06 19:26
#88
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United States Phamous3k
Only choice lol. Orgs can’t keep losing money in a dead region. Shout outs to EG & Team Liquid though.
2022-08-06 19:49
It makes logical sense, standard procedure, just like Godsent dropped the last academy lineuo cause the main team went to other orgs and that Brazilian academy team no longer made sense for Godsent org.
2022-08-06 20:35
Who
2022-08-06 18:44
#5
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United States Bernie8817
Nice
2022-08-06 18:44
#6
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Australia poppyxox
Crazy
2022-08-06 18:44
nice
2022-08-06 18:44
#10
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United States umo3
sick
2022-08-06 18:45
#11
b1t | 
Russia dteakh
USA x RUSSIA
2022-08-06 18:45
7 replies
men)
2022-08-06 18:49
6 replies
#28
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Russia necklace
men))
2022-08-06 18:51
5 replies
#166
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United States EaZy113
men)))
2022-08-07 06:57
4 replies
#176
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Latvia Licha_
men))))
2022-08-07 12:30
3 replies
#197
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Korea flngblsd
man)))))
2022-08-08 10:45
2 replies
Men))))))
2022-08-08 12:16
1 reply
Mens))))))
2022-08-09 19:56
XITER coach.
2022-08-06 18:45
new gambit youngsters
2022-08-06 18:46
2 replies
dont think this is gonna work like last time
2022-08-06 21:20
i dont think they are talented enough
2022-08-07 06:29
#14
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
NA CANT WIN WITH MURICANS. HIRE RUSKI LUL
2022-08-06 18:46
#15
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North America go1x1n00b
alpha.. nice nickname bro
2022-08-06 18:46
2 replies
gigachad better
2022-08-06 18:46
1 reply
Gade> He is technically both
2022-08-06 21:38
already much better than MOUZ TRSH
2022-08-06 18:46
next Gambit Youngsters
2022-08-06 18:46
#18
mhL | 
Russia Ansi
new recruits, N I C E !!
2022-08-06 18:46
gl
2022-08-06 18:46
#22
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Canada qui9
gambit youngsters part 2, i hope f1n and groove still have an eye for talent, could be a potentially good team eventually
2022-08-06 18:46
1 reply
Yeap, in interview Groove say, F1N make Gambit Youngster, when were there Shiro, Axile, so i hope soo
2022-08-06 20:53
#23
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United States R700
Unique
2022-08-06 18:47
kinda funny :)
2022-08-06 18:48
Better than actual roster lol
2022-08-06 18:50
Dont believe they are able to build another t1 team from scratch but goodluck nonetheless
2022-08-06 18:51
1 reply
#37
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Czech Republic f0resticek
i think they wanna build something like MOUZ has NXT team. Those youngsters will be great for T2/T3 cs.
2022-08-06 19:00
#30
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CIS DenisPatay
Nice
2022-08-06 18:52
Based
2022-08-06 18:53
#33
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United States Zedsamcat
Took them long enough to make a thread about it
2022-08-06 18:57
Fucking losers imagine abandoning your region completely not even 00NATION did that
2022-08-06 18:58
4 replies
00 is norwegian
2022-08-06 19:08
3 replies
#55
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Romania B3ck3e3
They have the academy norwegian no?
2022-08-06 19:12
2 replies
#60
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Mauritania CYETA
not anymore
2022-08-06 19:16
even Apeks left the Norwegian scene without their Rebels rosters
2022-08-06 19:23
#39
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France brunky
cloud9 just shows to EG how to manage a csgo team ahaha
2022-08-06 19:02
#40
WolfY | 
Sweden hoey
h1te is very good
2022-08-06 19:02
russian roster lol
2022-08-06 19:06
1 reply
what nationality should the academy have when the main roster russian speaking, and when are they going to make reserve players?
2022-08-07 07:12
Should've signed an NA academy roster. (Though would be difficult logistically)
2022-08-06 19:07
1 reply
Pretty much no NA players are good to any standards, Hext and Clasia were the last ones
2022-08-06 20:13
Can we please now stop pretending they are still NA? They could be NA org but it's clear that their long term vision lies in Russia and not in NA. No hate to any Russian players they signed. I hope they make the best use of this opportunity and C9 facilities and improve as much as they can. Best of luck to them! Guess everyone is back to TL now when they've finally got Yekindar.
2022-08-06 19:07
15 replies
In the end, Jack Etienne is a businessman and needs to aim for what makes his company profitable Thats sad tho, i believed his words that c9 was interested in reviving NA CS
2022-08-06 19:18
1 reply
Yeah, I also believed his words. It's alright to be a profitable business but then don't take the goodwill of NA fans, pandering to them and saying you want to revive the NA scene and then jo straight 180 and do the exact opposite thing. If there's a TL vs C9 match on stage in NA, I bet you >95% fans would now be supporting TL.
2022-08-06 19:20
#118
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CIS edgepy
people are mad about singning russian roster because it somehow abandons NA scene, but are completely fine with signing Yekindar?????? i dont understand i'm happy for everyone I've mentioned below but NA fans need to make up their minds on who they support
2022-08-06 20:51
7 replies
I think you need to see the perspective of Yekindar signing vs the Gambit roster + academy roster signing. Getting Yekindar enables other players on the roster to perform better/realize their potential. On the other hand, Cloud9 literally told that they want to invest heavily into the NA scene and want to take all the NA fans with them, but they just lied to their faces and picked up academy roster from Russia also. They essentially have said to NA fans that we don't give a flying f**k to the NA scene and we're leaving the NA scene to go to EU.
2022-08-06 23:23
6 replies
#144
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CIS edgepy
well to be fair NA scene is such a joke that one signing of a NA player or a team wont change much (it will be a small step forward for sure). I think Jack seeks more resultative ways to revive NA scene and currently there is not much of them. Signing russian players is just a lower risk move nowadays (even considering the public image of Russians) than signing NA players to win trophies
2022-08-06 23:55
5 replies
"On the other hand, Cloud9 literally told that they want to invest heavily into the NA scene and want to take all the NA fans with them, but they just lied to their faces and picked up academy roster from Russia also. They essentially have said to NA fans that we don't give a flying f**k to the NA scene and we're leaving the NA scene to go to EU." Maybe read and understand my point first? If the scene is joke, tell the fans that straight up and don't make bullshit comments about wanting to revive the scene. Trust me, after this, C9 aren't getting any NA fans. Good luck making Russian fans!
2022-08-07 00:05
4 replies
who cars about na fans? not c9))
2022-08-07 09:56
#185
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CIS edgepy
dont worry i read your message and also I'm sure you dont get mine. why would he buy russian roster if there's opportunity to buy NA roster? because there's none ATM
2022-08-07 16:06
2 replies
And that's not my point. If you want to do that, be straight with your fans and tell them this (that there is no talent in NA) instead of saying we want to develop NA talent and then buy Russians even for academy roster (after buying the same for the main roster). Hope they never get NA fans again.
2022-08-07 16:37
1 reply
#196
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CIS edgepy
OFC because it's my point!!! anyways you're a freak because you typed the same thing 3 times in a row not changing anything you say
2022-08-08 09:13
The thing is that C9 didn't just get a CSGO team, they got the whole gambit development pipeline with groove, fin, and others
2022-08-06 23:10
4 replies
Yeah, and now they won't scout players from NA and instead from Russia -> Making sure no potential NA players ever wind up in C9 -> Effectively the org left NA -> Complete Opposite to your 'commitment to develop NA talent'
2022-08-06 23:25
3 replies
I get it, if the was team from any other region other than Russia, I would be pissed too. Feelsbadman
2022-08-07 00:07
2 replies
I just hope that enough people call out this bullshit behaviour from C9. But don't ever lie to your fans ever again.
2022-08-07 00:10
1 reply
#191
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United States Goob
everytime i say something bad about c9 i get banned so i will stay quiet
2022-08-07 21:34
#46
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Romania styl3noxe
why going full russian mode? i mean i understood why they took gambit, but i mean now? However, i guess Russians are pretty much the best right now so it might make sense
2022-08-06 19:07
3 replies
This squad (4 of them) had already been on trial in Gambit for new Youngsters team even before the war started. They were therefore “signed” alongside the main squad.
2022-08-06 19:14
2022-08-06 19:34
#122
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CIS edgepy
because they acquired F_1N who built current C9 roster from scratch (working with groove) and is interested in building one more
2022-08-06 20:52
Lets pay taxes to Russian
2022-08-06 19:07
1 reply
They pay taxes to US
2022-08-07 21:58
Future gods for sure
2022-08-06 19:10
Nice to see that guy alpha is the igl and hes only 17. Young players usually dont want to play this role. Hope it works and in the futute he becomes a top notch one
2022-08-06 19:10
groove helping out his friend (cheater coach) F_1N with that US paycheck.
2022-08-06 19:10
4 replies
It's just that the scout squad from Gambit moved to the c9
2022-08-06 19:33
1 reply
I thought new Gambit Youngsters was going to be around TAG awper iirc
2022-08-06 19:34
#78
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Slovakia AdorrioN
He was already getting paid by C9 as an analyst
2022-08-06 19:34
1 reply
well behind the scenes it was always F_1N not groove that was responsible for their success imo, groove just the frontman that had to act as coach
2022-08-06 19:36
#54
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India SKS_1337
visas to USA or staying in russia?
2022-08-06 19:12
awesome that
2022-08-06 19:12
#57
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United States vivix
Next C9 Academy team should be American
2022-08-06 19:13
4 replies
#90
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United States Phamous3k
Not much talent here. EG doing us a favor having 2 academy teams.
2022-08-06 19:51
2 replies
#119
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United States vivix
Yeah, I am rooting for EG's academy teams but I hope more teams take on this challenge and look for more NA players to revive this scene
2022-08-06 20:51
1 reply
Almost impossible
2022-08-06 21:40
#91
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Finland d0udy3160
+1
2022-08-06 19:52
cloud9 BETRAYING THEIR ROOTS
2022-08-06 19:16
5 replies
#64
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Serbia Ljannister
When roots are rotten
2022-08-06 19:19
4 replies
you plant a new tree in the same garden.
2022-08-06 19:23
3 replies
#96
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Serbia Ljannister
I would agree if usa kids wasnt that hot for valorant or other games. Not much in the pool. I'm always cheering for NA, SA or Asia to grow but players are spoiled and non motivated for csgo
2022-08-06 19:54
1 reply
Yeah, maybe tell the same thing to the ex-chaos roster consisting of players like Vanity, xeppa, leaf etc. who lost their org support so that all these 'good' orgs pander to Riot to get franchising slot into Valorant in order to make their 'American businessmodel' work. You have to realize so many of the same orgs offering sky-high salaries to Valorant players had their roots in CS. They literally left CS to get (in hopes of) franchising slot for Valorant. So, all the players jumped ship. As much it is easy to blame the players for 'lazineess', we also need to look deeper into how the orgs and the T.O.s functioned as I believe they are also to blame.
2022-08-06 23:33
not when the soil is infertile
2022-08-07 10:00
alpha igl lets go
2022-08-06 19:17
NA org
2022-08-06 19:22
C9 abandoning their home region once again, big sad
2022-08-06 19:26
#73
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Brazil Amassado
Nice
2022-08-06 19:27
Glad for F1N and co
2022-08-06 19:31
#79
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Slovakia AdorrioN
Nice
2022-08-06 19:34
-REPwhy do they even what russian players, they should go for NA players, and make cs go great again in NA. so shitty what they are doing, NO ppl from USA chear on them anymore
2022-08-06 19:35
4 replies
There are no talents in the USA, unlike in Russia
2022-08-06 19:38
2 replies
dont think ppl in usa thinks is okay to go in this times at use ppl from russian,
2022-08-06 23:25
1 reply
What's the problem?
2022-08-07 04:16
#87
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Russia Styxon
What's the difference where the players come from? They represent an American organization - that's enough. Look at the football teams, there are solid mixes of different nationalities, the team may not even have players from the country that the team represents. All sports are business, and esports is no exception. Cloud9 bought a strong squad that holds a stable top 5 in the world and all this for mere pennies, which they have already beaten off 100%. And what if someone decides to leave? The Hobbit has long hinted that he wants to take a break. And then what? Looking for a replacement among American talents and forcing the Russian team to switch to English because of 1 player? You will say that one player can be easily taken in Russia as well, but there are also a lot of nuances: to find a person, find out if he wants to leave his home, whether he can get a visa, etc. So taking players of the same nationality as the main team to the academy is the right decision (in my humble opinion).
2022-08-06 19:46
sstr1ct :DDD u should go watch when hes streaming, good content
2022-08-06 19:37
#86
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Poland Karti20
more russians hope they will spam "Z" everywhere *clown nose noise*
2022-08-06 19:41
5 replies
#95
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Russia HikZ
whats wrong? maybe watch less propaganda?
2022-08-06 19:54
4 replies
#97
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Serbia Ljannister
Don't feed dumb and trolls bro
2022-08-06 19:55
#102
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Poland Karti20
Well, to be honest? I still laugh at what this "Pure" guy did in Dota 2 XD got whole VP kicked from a important leauge just because he was immature, and he probably gonna get kicked from Entity soon too xd
2022-08-06 20:10
2 replies
#108
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Russia Styxon
I hope you have already removed the "Z" key from your keyboard. Suddenly you accidentally send a message with this symbol. It would seem that you just made a mistake, but did not notice how you were left without work and friends *sad smiley face*
2022-08-06 20:31
Idk what's more absurd tbh - a fact that he did that or all the backlash he got lmao
2022-08-06 20:52
Dam Jack is serious about the C9 project, good to see!
2022-08-06 19:53
#94
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Ukraine d3adLY
bad news
2022-08-06 19:54
1 reply
lmao
2022-08-07 06:37
At this point, if C9 wins anything it's all about Russians
2022-08-06 19:56
#99
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Other Quagmire_
Where tf did they find these kids? I've heard of shit ton of FPL/FPLC players and I'm watching streams regulary but I've never even heard of these 5 guys. They could've done a better job imo
2022-08-06 19:58
#100
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Germany at0myq
2022-08-06 20:00
2 replies
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2022-08-06 20:44
#175
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Russia Vedoth
OverDrive 50 kills as usual
2022-08-07 11:19
cloud9 should be american
2022-08-06 20:05
3 replies
#116
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France Alyta
0 talents
2022-08-06 20:47
2 replies
0 talents > russians There are a lot of talents in Europe, but C9 are too lazy to work and develop them
2022-08-07 13:41
1 reply
#189
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France Alyta
you said europe no na na full trash look at pa and eg
2022-08-07 20:32
Russia9
2022-08-06 20:19
Cool c9
2022-08-06 20:24
Couldve gotten aunkere
2022-08-06 20:29
1 reply
#110
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Russia Styxon
according to rumors, he is assembling his own line-up
2022-08-06 20:37
top 30? bit of a stretch to go even top 50
2022-08-06 20:39
#113
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United States SBH_TX
Sad to see. No hate for Hobbit and the rest of Gambit but i hate seeing the only NA org to win a major become a CIS team. hurts me a lot
2022-08-06 20:43
#115
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Lithuania ashas
KKona MY TEAM
2022-08-06 20:45
N1ce! gl
2022-08-06 20:49
C9 academy > EG
2022-08-06 20:52
sign in junior god easy major cloud 9 era men))
2022-08-06 20:56
#125
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Russia AllFine
Russia is the most talented country
2022-08-06 21:01
Not NA academy sadge
2022-08-06 21:02
Huh
2022-08-06 21:13
#129
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Finland AliSabid
Nice
2022-08-06 21:32
#133
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Argentina cheapdeed
tbh i was expecting some tier9 NA roster
2022-08-06 22:00
1 reply
#139
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Hungary szia
i guess they signed a russian roster so that theyd be able to swap/promote players (like BIG and mouz) without any language barrier that signing an NA roster would cause, but yeah, im disappointed tbh. the most beloved NA org has given up on its region
2022-08-06 23:27
If NA people knew there was a full russian roster under an NA banner, they would lose their shit lol...
2022-08-06 23:28
8 replies
#148
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Sweden frozze90
hasnt that been the case for some months now? x) edit* my bad, hobbit is from khaz
2022-08-07 00:11
6 replies
The reason is that no one cares about CSGO. Otherwise it would be a huge scandal
2022-08-07 13:43
5 replies
#188
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Sweden frozze90
saying "none" is kinda overexaggerated. Yet again, huge scandal? why? you wish death on all russians cuz their leader is a fudgin reject?
2022-08-07 19:34
2 replies
I wish all russians to be isolated from the civilized world until they make a revolution and change their authorities inside the country. People choose government. Not vice versa. If they have a totalitarian regime, they've chosen this regime. They are comfortable with it. So they are responsible for this war as well.
2022-08-08 15:14
1 reply
#205
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Sweden frozze90
I dont think it is that simple. You really from germany? ask any elderly that you know how it was surviving ww2. You pretty much went along with they said or you be thrown in the gulag... Dont be so quick to make judgement onto others. Would you sacrifice your life to stand in the streets and demonstrate while ak's aiming at you?
2022-08-09 20:19
Trust me; CSGO or not, if NA knew about this, it would be a scandal regardless if they watch it or not. There's an NBA basketball player doing prison time in Rus over weed and there's a HUGE scandal about it. Imagine if they knew there's an RUSSIAN TEAM playing in the NA? Oh boy.. All it takes is one person to write a report to FOX NEWS or something and Cloud9 will be forced to drop that roster.
2022-08-07 21:30
1 reply
That's why I said: no one cares about CSGO in US (and overall globally as well) except some bunch of kids and adult people with childish mentality :) Pity, but it's true.
2022-08-08 15:17
No one cares. A majority of Americans are pissed we are dumping billions in Ukraine while we have a ton of issues at home. Mainstream media does not represent the people if you haven't figured this out in the last 8 years......
2022-08-07 00:46
cloud9 academy should not have star in logo
2022-08-07 00:20
2 replies
Cloud9 main roster shouldnt have star in logo. They need to stop riding the Boston 2018 wave, everyone from that roster is long gone.
2022-08-07 01:17
1 reply
+1
2022-08-07 03:12
USA supporting Russia during war smh...
2022-08-07 00:24
6 replies
#169
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Serbia DjapeZ
u have some serious brain issues
2022-08-07 09:05
5 replies
What's wrong did he say? US organization supports russian culture spread during the war in Europe, started by russians.
2022-08-07 13:39
4 replies
Yeah dude, all rusians have started this together, yeah...
2022-08-08 03:10
3 replies
Yes. Government is chosen by the residents. You are all responsible for the country you created and living in. You are responsible for this war.
2022-08-08 15:01
2 replies
Especially 18- yo academy players who are not even eligble to vote. Majority of people in Russia believe that our president is da best and minority is not able to do anything with that. Have you seen what happened to those who went to protest actions? Jail, tortures, beated the shit out of. Don't even dare to judge if you don't live here.
2022-08-08 15:15
1 reply
18 y.o are eligible to vote. russian kids have parents and relatives, who are eligible to vote. If the vast majority supports your authorities and you have no balls to protest and fight against the system - leave the country, stop paying taxes. Change your flag and change your citizenship. Too lazy to do it? Proud to be russian? Then enjoy full isolation.
2022-08-08 15:21
More comunists
2022-08-07 00:47
#158
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Russia M31F
why not C9 Yongsters?
2022-08-07 02:54
c9 supporting russia America putin fans confirmed
2022-08-07 03:36
pog
2022-08-07 04:19
Nice
2022-08-07 07:08
America and Russia finally United
2022-08-07 09:34
Gambit Youngsters Youngsters
2022-08-07 10:45
We know what happened to GAMBIT YOUNGSTERS! Good luck and i`m happy that Cloud9 management are loyal to Fin and Groove
2022-08-07 12:31
clown9 keeps sinking
2022-08-07 13:43
Some new Russian talent on the horizon? Poggers
2022-08-07 15:05
#187
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South America NaegeN
How much are they gonna het paid?
2022-08-07 16:49
I think its less about getting an academy roster but more about keeping the culture alive for next cs iteration
2022-08-08 03:31
#195
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Germany who|cars
POG, 99/100 better than all NA random mix players combined after stewash accident, good to see NA team considering go for full EU players&coach
2022-08-08 06:03
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