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Cloud9 continues colossal CSGO roster revamp with woxic & mezii

Published: 19/Sep/2020 21:49 Updated: 19/Sep/2020 21:52

by Alan Bernal

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The new makeup for Cloud9’s CS:GO roster is taking shape as the massive rebuild has now added veteran talent as well as an up-and-coming star to the team.

New C9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer has been putting together a ‘Colossus’ by creating the org’s CS:GO team from top-to-bottom. The lineup will now include former mousesports star Özgür ‘woxic⁠’ Eker and young UK rifler William ‘Mezii’ Merriman.

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C9 signed both players to three-year contracts on September 19, which accompany the deal given to Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin’s weeks prior.

“There’s also a lot of people who keep supporting me, and I’m really glad about that,” woxic told HLTV. “Whatever happens to me, wherever I go, these people change their profile pictures to support my teams. They just keep supporting me, no matter what, so I’m really happy to have them. I promise to them that I’m going to bring back the real woxic in Cloud9.”

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After his time on mousesports, woxic will now join Mezii and ALEX on Cloud9.

Woxic signed a three-year deal valued at $1,650,000 with a $296,000 transfer fee to get him on the team in the first place. Meanwhile, Mezii was bought for $83,000 and a contract worth $426,000 through three years.

“Woxic’s talent was integral to mousesports’ run in which they put five trophies into their cabinet and once more established a winning tradition,” HenryG wrote. “A true LAN player at heart, his best has come out on stage, in the important matches and at critical moments that decide the outcome of a contest.”

That fills three of the five starting spots for C9. The org is expected to sign at least three more players; two to meet the required number of starters and an“active sixth player,” sometime down the line.

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Meanwhile, HenryG will be injecting UK pride into the lineup with the addition of Mezii. The GM is excited to have the 21-year-old on the team, continuing the C9 tradition of betting on relatively unknown upstarts.

“Mezii is a player of rare dedication and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of utility usage that makes this old colour commentator’s heart swell with pride,” the new GM said. “With this transfer, you can see my clear intention to develop the future of Counter-Strike along with securing the best players of today.”

Although Mezii will be the only United Kingdom representative on the team, the org has high hopes for him and will pair him with extensive veteran leadership to build on his skillsets.

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Along with IGL ALEX and the UK closer, the C9 side already boasts significant firepower that will come together with renowned head coach Aleksandar ‘kassad⁠’ Trifunović leading them into this new era.

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Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun

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Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

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Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

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After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

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But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

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While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.

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