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Multiple Cloud9 CS:GO roster changes reportedly coming soon

Published: 18/Jun/2019 8:34 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 12:17

by Joe O'Brien


Cloud9 are reportedly looking to overhaul their CS:GO roster after crashing out of the qualifiers for the StarLadder Berlin Americas Minor.

According to a report by Will Land on RushBMedia, Cloud9 have benched trial player Daniel ‘vice’ Kim and in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim, and are considering former NRG in-game leader Damian ‘daps’ Steele and Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo as their replacements.

Daps is just coming off of a two-year tenure at NRG, during which he helped build and lead the team out of the second tier of North American competition to becoming a legitimate contender at the elite level of play, overtaking the incumbent Cloud9 as one of NA’s top two squads alongside Team Liquid.

TenZ, meanwhile, is a much less established player, perhaps most notable for competing in ECS Season 7 with Bad News Bears, and more recently standing in for South African squad ATK.

The moves would come off the back of the current Cloud9’s worst result yet, falling at the very first hurdle for Major qualification by losing consecutively in the first rounds of the double-elimination closed qualifier to the Americas Minor.

DreamHackCloud9 recently finished in last place at DreamHack Masters Dallas.

While failure to reclaim a Major spot that Cloud9 would have already held if they’d retained three of the players that competed at IEM Katowice might be the final straw, the roster has done little to impress in previous outings. Recent results include a last-place finish at DreamHack Masters Dallas, and failure to reach the playoffs in either the ESL Pro League or ECS.

In response to a request for comment, Cloud9 reportedly stated that they have yet to sign any new players, suggesting that at this point these moves are not yet final.

Reported Cloud9 roster:

  • Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta
  • Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba
  • René ‘cajunb’ Borg
  • Damian ‘daps’ Steele
  • Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo

Current Cloud9 roster:

  • Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta
  • Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba
  • René ‘cajunb’ Borg
  • Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim
  • Daniel ‘vice’ Kim

FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

Riot Games
FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.