The rumors about Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta’s stint as the in-game leader for Cloud9 CS:GO coming to a premature end have proven to be true as he has been listed for transfer.
FNS joined Cloud9 in April as the replacement for Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip, who left the team for a new opportunity with SK Gaming, but the team did not have the instant success that they were hoping for.
A 5th - 8th at DreamHack Masters Marseille was followed by a 9th - 12th at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas and information soon started to leak out about Cloud9 looking to replace him.
According to reports, the North American team was looking at G2’s Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt or Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire as potential replacements but no official statement about FNS’ future was made until May 26th.
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Cloud9 confirmed that FNS would be designated as inactive, stating that “the strategic visions we had were not as compatible as we had initially hoped” and that “the differences in philosophies proved to be too great to form the cohesion we needed”.
With that said, FNS will still be playing for the team at the ECS Season 5 Finals in London from June 8th - 10th but only as a player as Tarik ‘tarik’ Celic will be returning to the role of in-game leader.
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) May 26, 2018
No further information has been revealed but it looks like NBK- and apEX are still the frontrunners for the potential replacements should the rumors about them being removed from G2 prove to be true.
Community members have pointed out that apEX would be a particularly good addition for the team as he could slot into Stewie2K’s old role well and give the team some more aggression in their T side executes.