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Cloud9 confirm CS:GO roster for IEM Katowice Major

Published: 14/Jan/2019 11:21 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 13:55

by Ross Deason

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Cloud9’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster has been a topic of conversation with fans ever since it became apparent that Maikil ‘Golden’ Kunda Selim could miss the IEM Katowice Major.

The now majority European lineup of Golden, Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta, Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba, Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist and Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey since BLAST Pro Series Lisbon in November or 2018 due to ongoing health issues for Golden.

The Swedish in-game leader was ruled out of a number of events in the second half of the year and seems likely to miss Katowice, too. However, he has been listed as a starting member of the roster for the event.

ELEAGUEGolden’s ongoing health issues have made it hard for the in-game leader to do his job since joining C9.

Jordan ‘Zellsis’ Montemurro, the former Swole Patrol player that joined Cloud9 as a trial member and stand-in in December, has been listed as a coach for the $1 million event.

According to multiple reports, the 20-year-old will almost certainly be playing at the event in Golden’s place but will be doing so from the coach/substitute role. Presumably, this is due to the roster rules that state three out of five members from the last major (FACEIT London) need to still be on the roster if a team wants to retain its qualification spot.

ELLEAGUEValens will not be able to coach Cloud9 in Katowice.

Golden, autimatic and RUSH were members of the C9 squad that finished in 12th – 14th position in London, meaning that all three would need to be listed in order to keep their spot in the Returning Challengers stage of the Katowice major. We’re unsure whether they could have still achieved this with Golden listed as the sixth player/coach.

One major ramification from this decision is that Cloud9 will be unable to field a real coach in Poland for any of their matches, meaning that Soham ‘valens’ Chowdhury will not be able to stand behind them and give input during freeze time.

ELEAGUECloud9’s ELEAGUE Boston Major win seems like a distant memory.

Zellsis will also miss out on the opportunity to get his personalized signature stickers in the game. The stickers are a badge of honor for players that have attended a major and can also be a significant source of income.

The Cloud9 team that won ELEAGUE Boston in such incredible fashion in January of 2018 is now just a fond memory for fans. Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip and Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik left the team for MiBR and Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham eventually retired.

The difficulties since that fairy tale Major win have been plentiful and early 2019 looks set to be just as uncertain due to Golden’s prolonged and serious health issues relating to his heart.

IEM Katowice will begin on February 13 and run through to March 3. The highly anticipated event will be the 14th Valve sponsored CS:GO Major and the defending champions, Astralis, will come in as heavy favorites.

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IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals preview

Published: 24/Feb/2021 18:21 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Andrew Amos

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IEM Katowice 2021 has already served up some amazing matchups, and now the quarterfinals are upon us. With CIS supremacy sweeping the CS:GO server, Astralis stand as the lone force to try and stave the three Russian squads away.

Six teams have qualified for the playoffs at IEM Katowice 2021, and four of them are from CIS. Gambit, Natus Vincere, and Virtus.pro are hungry for quarterfinals success, while Spirit awaits one of them in the semifinals.

It’s put more pressure now, more than ever, onto two stalwarts of their respective scenes ⁠— Denmark’s (and Europe’s) Astralis, and North America’s Liquid. The latter looks reinvigorated with Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo in the squad, while the former are struggling to reach their peak online.

Ahead of this weekend’s action, let’s take a look at the two quarterfinals ⁠— Gambit vs Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro vs Astralis ⁠— and what you should expect.

Gambit vs Natus Vincere

The battle for CIS supremacy will reign on in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice when Gambit takes on Natus Vincere. This has been a historically Na’Vi-sided matchup, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

Gambit went on a lower-bracket tear to make it to the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice, and they won’t let their rivals stand in their way. Young gun Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov is really trying to make a name for himself as CS:GO’s next big AWPer, trying to reach the heights of idols like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Vastyliev.

Natus Vincere Socios s1mple

Seeing the two face off will be a treat in this quarterfinal, but don’t expect the reigning champions to take it easy. Na’Vi are really finding their stride now, and despite losing to Team Liquid to find themselves in this position, you can’t keep them down for long.

Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov and s1mple are bouncing off each other better than ever, and it really feels like a repeat of IEM Katowice 2020 is on the cards. Na’Vi didn’t make it easy for themselves there in groups, before proceeding to demolish Liquid, Astralis, and G2 Esports without dropping a single map in playoffs.

Gambit’s going to have to be prepared for a Na’Vi they’ve never faced before. It’s the biggest stage this matchup has happened on, and while the potential for an upset is there, you’d have to back Na’Vi to finish strong at Katowice.

Thrive Props

  • Ax1le: 28.5 total kills
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Hobbit: 43.5 total deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points
  • Electronic: 6.5 total assists
    • Over = 95 points
    • Under = 105 points
  • Flamie: 18.5 total headshots
    • Over = 105 points
    • Under = 95 points
  • S1mple: 75.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points

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Virtus.pro vs Astralis

Virtus.pro and Astralis marks the first rematch of the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 final. Back then, Astralis were decimating anyone in their patch, and VP (then Avangar) were collateral as the Danes took home their fourth major. However, it’s funny how things change in 18 months.

Astralis’ experimentation with six and seven-man rosters has led nowhere, and with the core five back together, they’ve been struggling to get back into gear. Virtus.pro, on the other hand, has started 2021 on fire with a win at cs_summit 7 (where Astralis didn’t play).

One also has to look at how far Virtus.pro has come since then. “Jame Time” might still be the slogan, but everyone from Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov to Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Galinskis have been pulling their weight. The team isn’t as reliant on Jame’s AWP to win as they once were, and he’s taken to the IGL role like a fish to water.

If there is one time where Virtus.pro could get their revenge, it’s now. VP have taken down Vitality and FURIA ⁠— two of the best teams in the world ⁠— to get here, and Astralis have been hot and cold to start off the year. The tournament remaining online likely doesn’t help Astralis either.

However, you can never count out the Danes. Much like Gambit vs Natus Vincere, the real big ticket matchup will be Jame vs Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz. The AWPers will once again prove to be the deciding factor in this matchup, and if history is anything to go by, it should be explosive.

Thrive Props

  • Buster: 45.5 total kills
    • Over = 115 points
    • Under = 85 points
  • Sanji: 32.5 total deaths
    • Over = 80 points
    • Under = 120 points
  • Magisk: 9.5 total assists
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points
  • gla1ve: 13.5 total headshots
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Device: 88.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points

The IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals get underway on February 26.


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