Cloud9 beat 1WIN to qualify for IEM Rio Major

Two dominant defensive halves were enough to get Cloud9 to the Rio Major.

Cloud9 traversed the Swiss System with a 3-1 record, beating B8, G2, and 1WIN on their way to Major qualification. In the deciding series, they dispatched of 1WIN in a two-map affair, winning Vertigo (16-12) and Overpass (16-13).

This is the first time the Cloud9 organization has qualified for a CS:GO Major since IEM Katowice 2019, where they were represented by the roster featuring the likes of Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist, Fabien "⁠kioShiMa⁠" Fiey, and Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta, before leaving CS:GO.

Ax1Le played a crucial part in closing out Vertigo

1WIN struck first on the Terrorist side of Vertigo, but Cloud9 swiftly answered back with a second round forcebuy. A back-and-forth ensued, with both teams winning forcebuys in the opening exchanges. Cloud9 won the early skirmish, gathering momentum that propelled them to a 12-3 lead at the interval. Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov had a particularly good half, ending on 23 kills as the favorites moved to the offense. Cloud9's second pistol round put them in an assertive 14-3 lead, with their win looking certain. They had to work for it, however, as 1WIN won nine rounds on the defense, before Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov's huge triple-kill secured the map.

Cloud9's struggles on the offense continued on the second map, going down early after losing the pistol round. An unlikely win with pistols got them back to a 2-6 deficit but they lost the next round straight away to enable 1WIN to run away with the half. Cloud9 inability to string rounds together made their job even harder, as they needed to fight back from a disadvantageous economic position time after time. 1WIN made the most of that, taking a 12-3 lead into the second half.

Once on the defense, Cloud9 looked like a completely different team. They started the half with a six-round streak, not allowing their opponents a single plant in the process. Aleksandr "⁠glowiing⁠" Matsievich delivered 1WIN's first round on the Terrorist side with a triple, with Cloud9 taking control straight back to win the map 16-13, losing just one round in the half to book their place in Rio.

Matchpage
2
0
7th October 2022
16
Vertigo
12
16
Overpass
13
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 32 +18 96.6 1.38
43 - 25 +18 71.3 1.34
48 - 44 +4 101.8 1.32
33 - 29 +4 52.5 0.98
35 - 38 -3 65.1 0.97
 1WIN K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 45 -3 81.7 1.05
45 - 38 +7 73.0 1.02
38 - 40 -2 71.3 0.95
28 - 46 -18 63.5 0.72
15 - 41 -26 36.3 0.51

Below is a list of teams confirmed at the IEM Rio Major:

TBD
United States Liquid
North America Evil Geniuses
Russia Spirit
Russia Cloud9

Russia Aleksandr 'glowiing' Matsievich
Aleksandr 'glowiing' Matsievich
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
-
Maps played:
0
KPR:
-
DPR:
-
#2
VINI | 
United States Kbone
EZ4 Ax1le
2022-10-07 17:52
#3
 | 
Other norb4ki
Deserved spot for c9!
2022-10-07 17:52
#4
 | 
Germany 4ntoN
Ax1Le > Niko see you at major
2022-10-07 17:53
#6
 | 
Hungary TheBudi34
flamie so goooood
2022-10-07 17:53
1 reply
Flamie is basically like an human angry bird (the red one)
2022-10-07 18:25
GODX1LE
2022-10-07 17:54
#8
maga | 
Denmark sla1ve
sad
2022-10-07 17:54
1 reply
#10
 | 
Germany 4ntoN
cope, must suck to support glaive in 2022
2022-10-07 17:56
Flamie is literally a paycheck stealer... From one of the best Navi players to this? Man should've retired long time ago. Sad to see the legend of the game perform like that.
2022-10-07 17:56
2 replies
flamie was only good back in the middle ages of cs, when top teams played with the tactical depth of a faceit level 10 stack tryharding, he just isn't good, neither was he good after 2016 on NAVI, just overrated for way too long
2022-10-07 18:08
Also heard he recieves the highest salary in 1win
2022-10-07 18:10
#14
 | 
Russia mshkoda
Glad for mabois, hope they go to play-offs this time 1 win solution: -flamie +kair0n
2022-10-07 17:59
#15
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
HAROSH BLYAT LETS GO YOUNG SQUAD HOBBIT 2ND MAJOR INCOMING
2022-10-07 17:59
#16
 | 
Afghanistan Pewpo
ChokeWIN
2022-10-07 18:01
free deko
2022-10-07 18:03
1 reply
deko was basically baiting the entire overpass(havent seen vertigo) not a good player
2022-10-07 19:20
#20
 | 
Seychelles kinley377
Congratz C9!
2022-10-07 18:04
15-41 wtf did i just see? i thought it's bo1
2022-10-07 18:12
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