Cloud9’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster are set to switch their focus when it comes to finding a stand-in replacement for Swedish in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Kunda Selim ahead of the upcoming IEM Katowice Major.
Golden, who has struggled with medical issues, is set to miss the upcoming Major event after missing a number of recent tournaments. Cloud9 have rotated stand-in players when he has been unable to play – with the most recent being young Danish star Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali.
Whilst replacing Golden for the event would see Cloud9 fall foul of the ‘three core players’ rule, the team could use the newly-implemented emergency loan clause that allows teams to make an emergency transfer due to medical or transport issues.
With Golden sidelined, Cloud9 would also have to hand over their in-game leader duties to another player – most likely Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist.
Zellsis looks set to make the step-up from Swole Patrol to C9.
Update: Cloud9 have now officially confirmed Zellsis as their fifth player, on a trial period.
CS:GO is back on LAN, baby. The IEM Global Challenge 2020 marks the long-awaited return to offline events, and we’ve got all you need to know about the huge eight-team tournament right here.
CS:GO hasn’t had a big LAN since the IEM Katowice Major back in February 2020. The Rio Major was postponed again and again, before inevitably being cancelled due to the current global situation.
However, after months of waiting, a safe LAN is now on the menu, and it feels like Counter-Strike is back. The IEM Global Challenge features eight of the best teams from NA and Europe, duking it out over a huge $500,000 prize pool.
If you were doubting the results of the online era, and want to define a true champion of CS:GO in 2020 on LAN, this is one event you won’t want to miss.
IEM Global Challenge 2020 stream
The IEM Global Challenge 2020 will be streamed live on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.
IEM Global Challenge 2020 teams
Eight teams from across the globe have descended on Europe for the IEM Global Challenge 2020. While there won’t be any crowds, the promise of LAN action is tantalizing enough for most fans watching along at home.
The usual suspects have climbed their way to the top, including world number one Vitality, 2020 breakout stars Heroic, and four-time Major winners Astralis.
That doesn’t mean there’s not new talent to keep your eyes out for. FURIA has had a stellar 2020 over in North America, and will be looking to prove that Brazilians have a team to rally behind come 2021. Chaos will also be looking to go out with a bang, after the organization announced they will be pulling out of CS:GO after the event.