Cloud9 has officially announced its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive lineup for ELEAGUE Premier 2018.
The North American organization will use two European players at the million dollar event, both of whom have won premier international tournaments in 2018.
Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk, who played for the team at ESL One: Cologne 2018, has been confirmed as the first stand-in, meaning that his stay will extend until the end of July at the earliest.
Fnatic’s Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim will also don a Cloud9 jersey at the G-FUEL ELEAGUE Arena after he was benched by the Swedish roster in June.
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Cloud9 confirms that STYKO and Golden will only be stand-ins for the million dollar event, so nothing appears to be set in stone regarding the team’s future heading into the remainder of the year.
We are pleased to announce that @STYKOcsgo will remain on the team and @goldennCSGO joins us as our 5th player! Both players will be Stand-Ins for #C9CSGO at the @ELEAGUETV Premier 2018. #LETSGOC9 pic.twitter.com/TfXrQH8b5g
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) July 16, 2018
As Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik was acting as Cloud9’s in-game leader before his departure, it seems likely that Golden will take over the role for ELEAGUE Premier, which runs from July 21 – 29.
The 24-year-old led Fnatic to two international titles in March before the Swedes gave Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström the title of in-game leader and eventually benched Golden.
STYKO, on the other hand, is expected to continue in the role of support player. The Slovakian helped Mousesports to become a permanent top four team in 2017 and 2018, winning a handful of tournaments in the process, but they eventually decided to replace him with Virtus.Pro legend, Janusz ‘Snax’ Pogorzelski.
Cloud9’s roster for the FACEIT London Major in September is still undecided.