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Cloud9 CS:GO roster change makes them a European team for first time ever

Published: 17/Nov/2018 19:16 Updated: 17/Nov/2018 19:25

by Calum Patterson

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North American organization Cloud9 have announced a major roster change to their professional CS:GO lineup, which makes them a predominantly European team for the first time in their history.

Cloud9 made history in February 2018, by becoming the first North American team to win a CS:GO major, as they defeated Europeans FaZe Clan in the grand final of ELEAGUE Boston.

However, since that remarkable achievement, Cloud9 have experienced continued troubles within their roster, notably with Jacky ‘Stewie2K’ Yip leaving to join SK Gaming, now MiBR.

Another of their major champions, Tarik ‘Tarik’ Celic followed Stewie to MiBR, and the major MVP Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham has now retired from professional play.

After numerous stand-ins and role switches, Cloud9 is finally beginning to put a more stable roster together, with the recruitment of former FaZe Clan and Envy player Fabien ‘KioShiMa’ Fiey, who recently played with the team at BLAST Pro Series.

French player KioShiMa, who has been teamless since Envy released their entire roster in June 2018, brings on a wealth of experience, and is also the third European to join the squad, after Swedish players Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim and Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist joined from Fnatic.

It means that Cloud9 is officially a European based team for the first time, with only two North American players – Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta and Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba – remaining from the Major winning side.

Cloud9 owner Jack Etienne said that they team were happy with KioShiMa’s performances with the team so far.

“I’m so proud of the way we’ve built this team and kioShiMa has been a great addition to the C9 family already. We’re all excited to see what the team can do in competition!”

It is unclear how this change will affect Cloud9’s status as a North American team in various tournaments for which they are already qualified, but they have the ECS Season 6 Finals upcoming on November 22.

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Fake s1mple & Shroud scam streams take over CSGO on Twitch again

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:15 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 19:35

by Connor Bennett

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Troll streams have been taking over the CS:GO category on Twitch yet again, using Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s names to promote scam giveaways. 

Typically, the only times you’ll find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominating the Twitch viewership charts is when there’s a major tournament on the go, a former pro like Shroud makes a surprise return, or a celebrity like Neymar shows off their skills.

However, there are times when the game gets some incredible viewing numbers when trolls decide to take over the section and capitalize on its popularity. 

These trolls claim to be someone like Shroud, s1mple, or NiKo while running fake giveaways that put the Steam accounts of CS:GO fans in danger of being hacked. 

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Despite being a former CS:GO pro, Shroud is still used in these scams.

These fake streams pop up every few months, and have been called out by pros like s1mple in the past, however, neither the pros or Twitch have been able to completely stamp them out yet.

On October 25, with the ESL One New York CIS tournament attracting thousands of viewers, these trolls struck once again by using old VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, once again claiming that fans can win prizes by getting involved.

In fact, at one point, the two channels were in the top three watch channels of the day – amassing 22,000 and 17,500 viewers respectively – and sitting just behind the main Russian stream for ESL One New York CIS. 

Screenshot of Twitch showing the CSGO category with fake streams
Screenshot via Twitch
The fake channels have the names of CSGO pros, but have unusual graphics attached.

The two channels that cropped up intially, s1mple6282 and ShroudWRBE, have since been deleted, but other channels named s1mple1021 and ShroudRXND have taken their place.

At the time of writing, both channels have been running the same fake giveaways and graphics, as well as the same past VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, so it might hard to tell the difference to some viewers, but they’re not the real thing.