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Cloud9 confirm Mixwell as part of major CS:GO roster rebuild

Published: 3/Jul/2019 8:25 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 9:24

by Joe O'Brien

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Cloud9 have announced a major overhaul to their CS:GO roster, replacing almost the entire line-up.

The organization revealed on July 2 that they have brought in four new players to the team, confirming a previous report by Dexerto’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis.

Joining the roster are NRG in-game leader Damian ‘Daps’ Steele, former Ghost Gaming player Kenneth ‘Koosta’ Suen, Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo, and Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas Colocho, best known for his time on OpTic Gaming. Of the previous Cloud9 squad, only Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta remains on the active line-up.

The new players replace William ‘Rush’ Wierzba, who will be moved to the bench, Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim Rahim, who is currently on loan to Ninjas in Pyjamas and will play at the StarLadder Berlin Major with them, Daniel ‘vice’ Kim and Rene ‘Cajunb’ Borg, who will be departing the organization entirely.

The new line-up is set to make their debut at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, taking place on July 13-14, where they will face several of the strongest teams currently competing in North America in Team Liquid, NRG, MiBR, and Renegades, with FaZe Clan rounding out the event’s line-up.

Todd Gutierrez/Beyond the SummitAutimatic is the only player remaining on the Cloud9 roster.

The move comes after a gradual decline in Cloud9’s results, with the final nail in the coffin coming as they crashed out of the online qualifier for the Americas Minor with consecutive losses to New Identity and The Quest.

The upsets cost Cloud9 any chance of appearing at the StarLadder Berlin Major, despite the fact that the organization would have already held a spot if they’d kept at least three of the players that competed for them at the previous Major, IEM Katowice.

In addition to the player changes, Cloud9 also announced that former coach Soham ‘valens’ Chowdhury will be moving to a Data Scientist role and supporting new head coach James ‘JamezIRL’ Macauley, who coached Ghost Gaming prior to the team being disbanded.

Cloud9’s new roster:

  • Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta
  • Damian ‘daps’ Steele
  • Kenneth ‘Koosta’ Suen
  • Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo
  • Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas Colocho
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Gen.G to reward CSGO fans in new crypto partnership

Published: 22/Oct/2020 10:29 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch

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Multinational organization Gen.G Esports are set to reward their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans through a partnership with crypto startup Rally.

Having recently launched a cryptocurrency named Creator Coin, Rally will enable Gen.G Esports to launch their own coin for avid fans.

Named GG Strike Coin, the org will issue their own cryptocurrency that will be used to identify and then reward supporters of their CS:GO roster.

Earlier on October 22, it was reported that former 100 Thieves player Liazz was set to sign for the team after the org announced their exit from Counter-Strike.

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GG Strike Coin is Gen.G’s new cryptocurrency.

Gen.G will give fans access to private chats with coaches, players, and staff on Discord, and allow them to vote on key team decisions like jersey designs, team cheers, and emotes. Coin holders will also be able to buy exclusive merchandise through the system.

Gen.G isn’t the first esports team to launch a reward system based on cryptocurrencies, however. Spanish organization Team Heretics launched their own in August, following two-time TI victors OG, who did the same in March.

It’s a strange time for Gen.G in CS:GO as they only have three players officially signed following the departure of daps on September 17 and s0m on October 7 — they both now play for NRG, but in Riot Games’ Valorant.

“This means the fans are a part of it,” said Rally CEO’s Kevin Chou. “They own part of the brand. That’s a really important concept. I can pay to get merchandise. But I want to feel like I am a loyal fan and I get to participate in decisions.”

With this partnership, Gen.G will be hoping to increase their fan engagement by making them feel closer to the brand by aiding in the choices they make.