Cloud9 have given Counter-Strike fans a special treat by releasing a video including rarely heard voice comms.
CS:GO is a shooter where tactics are key at the highest level. As such, many professional teams tend to keep their in-game communications hidden – not allowing other teams to learn the details behind their strategies.
However, Cloud9 have released a short highlight of their run in the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice qualifier and included their team’s voice communication.
Cloud9 signed ATK’s roster at the start of 2020.
The video, originally posted on January 14 to the Cloud9 YouTube channel, gives viewers insight into just how things look on the professional level – something that fans rarely get to hear.
Cloud9’s players show just how important communication is, with key calls coming in at perfect times to set up kills and plays. Not only that, but it also gives fans a way to get to know the players more and learn about the dynamic of the team.
Normally, fans would only hear a player talk on a stream or during an interview at an event, which may not necessarily be their most comfortable setting. But thanks to this video it’s easy to learn a bit about their personalities and Ian ‘motm’ Hardy has already become a favorite after hilariously demanding more enthusiasm from his team.
Not much was revealed about the team’s tactics, but it was easy to see that they’re loving the game and always try to stay positive, as well as celebrate just about every good play with a loud cheer.
No doubt many interested in CSGO would love to see more of these kinds of videos as they give a unique view into the inner workings of a team. Hopefully, we will see more from Cloud9, as well as other teams.
Dexerto had the opportunity to speak with Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, the newest member of Vitality’s lineup about his role in the squad, his performance in the finals of IEM Beijing and his drive to one day outdo his brother and CS:GO legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom.
Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera found himself surrounded by some of the biggest names in French CS while facing a skeptic community on the feasibility of an extended roster.
After all, Astralis had also recently moved to an extended lineup but had not used Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as a regular substitute after the original roster had been reunited.
Nivera was required to prove himself against the Complexity juggernaut at BLAST Premier Fall Series, being the first player to ever been subbed in during a CSGO match.
Nivera on his role within Vitality
Nabil has only made appearances for Vitality when the team played Inferno or Dust_2, subbing in for Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier.
While being an AWPer by nature, Nivera has been playing a flexible role on his new team, expanding on the topic he explained:
“In Dust_2 I’m playing with the rifle and on CT side…If I want to take the AWP, I take it…[on Inferno] I’m the main sniper, that’s why Inferno is my best map because the main sniper is my main role but I can play Rifle, that’s why Vitality took me.”
With big shoes to fill Nivera raised up to the challenge, delivering some great performances in the maps he played and helping the team secure a top spot in their group at Blast Premier Fall and the trophy at IEM Beijing-Haidian.
Nivera on being subbed in the Grand Finals of a tournament
The young star did not seem to be affected by the pressure of the grand final, even after witnessing his team’s dismantling on Nuke at the hands of NaVi.
“I had not a lot of pressure honestly…I have to give my best. I stay here for only two maps, I have to play good,” Nivera confessed. “I was a little bit sad after Dust_2 because we lost it but I was proud of myself ’cause I gave my best, even if we lost the map.”
Their journey to the final wasn’t easy. They faced their Danish nemesis Heroic and the Complexity juggernaut on the way.
Nivera was crucial in their victory against Heroic in the quarter-finals, being subbed in on the last map and ending the game with almost 30 kills to his name.
“I had to play and if we lost we would be out of the tournament but in my head, I was like: I will just play my game, give everything and stay focused on the game.”
Nivera has been impressive in the nine maps he has played for Vitality.
Nivera on becoming a legend like his brother ScreaM
After this level of performance at such a young age, the community started drawing comparisons between him and his older brother ScreaM.
“ScreaM has a big career…he has a lot of fans and is a legend of CSGO, literally. Doing more than him is hard but I will try to do it… I will just give my best like I do with everything in life and I will have no regrets”