CS:GO: Shroud's team of Cloud9 legends are one step closer to IEM Katowice Major - Dexerto

CS:GO: Shroud’s team of Cloud9 legends are one step closer to IEM Katowice Major

Published: 28/Nov/2018 9:16 Updated: 28/Nov/2018 14:51

by Connor Bennett


The iconic Cloud9 summer of 2015 roster have reunited in a bid to qualify for the upcoming IEM Katowice CS:GO Major.

Playing under their ‘Old Guys Club’ moniker [OGC], Mike ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was joined by Sean ‘[email protected]’ Gares, Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert, Tyler ‘skadoodle’ Latham, and Sam ‘SileNt’ Portillo for the IEM Katowice Major North American Open Qualifier on November 26. 

The band of former pros, who qualified for Mountain Dew League playoffs during the recent online season, advanced pretty easily through the 99-team single-elimination bracket.

Having returned to competitive play in the ESEA Open, a league for amateurs, Shroud’s squad were just playing for fun, even calling themselves the meme team. However, their line-up has changed since then, with Robin ‘Fifflaren’ Johansson and Tomi ‘lurppis’ Kovanen being replaced by Skadoodle and Silent. Now, the only player missing from Cloud9’s popular 2015 roster is Ryan ‘Freakazoid’ Abadir, who is currently a member of Swole Patrol.

While they might not have expected to get out of the open qualifier, fans were glued to Twitch to follow their progress.

Following a first-round bye, the squad of legendary pros played their way through the 99-team single-elimination bracket, defeating a number of ESEA Advanced, amateur and collegiate teams in a series of one-match games.

ELEAGUESkadoodle was instrumental in Cloud9’s ELEAGUE Boston Major win.

Having made it through to the next stage on November 28, OGC then had to compete in best-of-three maps. However, it was no problem for the comeback kings as they defeated team Hysteria in the quarter-finals 16-5, and then swept team LiviD 2-0 in the semis to secure their place in the Americas Minor closed qualifier alongside Test Takers, another team made up of former NA pros.

The 16-team closed qualifier runs from December 12-14, with six teams advancing to the Americas Minor in Katowice, Poland, which takes place from January 22-26, 2019. The top two teams from the Minor will go through to the IEM Katowice Major, which runs from February 14-March 3, 2019.

OGC face a tough task of making it to Poland, however, as top teams such as NRG, Ghost Gaming and Rogue are looking to advance to the Minor.


How Team Vitality Broke their CSGO Curse Against All Odds @ IEM Beijing

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:21

by Marco Rizzo


Dexerto explores how Vitality was able to win their first tournament of the year at IEM Beijing, pulling out an incredible comeback against a seemingly unstoppable NaVi. 

French CSGO has made a comeback in the past two years, with Team Vitality and G2 Esports working hard to put France back on the map.
While the performance of the two best teams in the region has been admirable, reaching multiple grand finals throughout the year, they have failed to overcome their opponent on every occasion.
After their performance at Blast Premier Fall Series, Vitality looked to be in good form coming into IEM Beijing-Haidian, especially as the addition of Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom seemed to add another weapon to the Vitality arsenal.
The Frenchmen showed from the start of the group stages how dangerous they could be and how their new sixth member could change the way they approached games.
The finals of the tournament saw the two highest-rated players in the world face each other, with Oleksandr ‘s1mple Kostyliev taking on Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut. Both acting as catalysts for one of the most entertaining series of the year.
The rivalry between the two is only just starting, with a few tournaments still left before the end of the year, both prodigies are looking to claim the title of the best player of 2020.