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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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How to watch IEM New York 2020: stream, teams, schedule, more

Published: 10/Oct/2020 17:00 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 23:12

by Andrew Amos

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We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.

ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.

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IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.

Evil Geniuses with ESL ONE New York trophy
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Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.

Not only that, but spots at the first CS:GO LAN post-pandemic, the IEM Global Challenge, are potentially on the line.

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IEM New York stream

IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.

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IEM New York teams

12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.

The teams will be divided into two sets of groups ⁠— six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.

North America

Group A Group B
FURIA Team Liquid
Evil Geniuses 100 Thieves
ImPerium Esports Team One
Triumph Chaos Esports Club
Rebirth Esports RBG Esports
New England Whalers Mythic

Europe

Group A Group B
Team Vitality FaZe Clan
G2 Esports BIG
Fnatic Heroic
Complexity OG

CIS

Group A Group B
Natus Vincere Winstrike
forZe Nemiga
Virtus.pro Ethereal
K23 Team Spirit
Cyber Legacy Gambit Youngsters
ESPADA HellRaisers

IEM New York schedule

Tuesday, October 6

Region Game PT ET BST
EU Group A Vitality 2 – 1 Fnatic 5am 8am 1pm
EU Group A G2 Esports 0 – 2 Complexity 5am 8am 1pm
EU Group B Heroic 0 – 2 FaZe 8:30am 11:30am 4:30pm
EU Group B OG 2 – 0 BIG 8:30am 11:30am 4:30pm
NA Group A Evil Geniuses 2 – 0 Triumph 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group A New England Whalers 2 – 0 Imperium 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group B 100 Thieves 2 – 0 RBG 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm
NA Group A FURIA 2 – 0 Rebirth 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm

Wednesday, October 7

Region Game PT ET BST
EU Group A G2 0 – 2 Fnatic 5am 8am 1pm
EU Group B BIG 2 – 1 Heroic 8:30am 11:30am 4:30pm
NA Group B Liquid 2 – 0 Team One 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group B Chaos 2 – 0 Mythic 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group A FURIA 2 – 1 Triumph 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm
NA Group A Rebirth 2 – 1 Imperium 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm

Thursday, October 8

Region Game PT ET BST
EU Group A Complexity 0-2 Vitality 5am 8am 1pm
EU Group B OG 2-0 FaZe 8:30am 11:30am 4:30pm
NA Group B Liquid 2-0 Mythic 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group A Evil Geniuses 2-0 New England Whalers 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group B 100 Thieves 0-2 Chaos 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm
NA Group B Team One 2-1 RBG 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm

Friday, October 9

Region Game PT ET BST
EU Group A Fnatic 2-0 Complexity 5am 8am 1pm
EU Group B BIG 0-2 FaZe 8:30am 11:30am 4:30pm
NA Group A Evil Geniuses 0-2 FURIA 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group A Triumph 2-0 Imperium 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group B Liquid 2-0 Chaos 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm
NA Group A Rebirth 2-1 New England Whalers 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm

Saturday, October 10

Region Game PT ET BST
EU Semi Finals OG 2-1 Fnatic 5am 8am 1pm
EU Semi Finals Vitality 0-2 FaZe 8:30am 11:30am 4:30pm
NA Group B 100 Thieves 2-0 Team One 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group B RBG 0-2 Mythic 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group A Evil Geniuses vs Rebirth 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm
NA Group A FURIA vs Imperium 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm

Sunday, October 11

Region Game PT ET BST
EU Grand Final OG vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
NA Group B 100 Thieves vs Liquid 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group A Triumph vs New England Whalers 12pm 3pm 8pm
NA Group B Team One vs Mythic 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm
NA Group B Chaos vs RBG 3:30pm 6:30pm 11:30pm