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Cloud9 Reportedly Eyeing Up G2 CS:GO Players as More Roster Changes Loom

Published: 25/May/2018 10:06 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:08

by Ross Deason


In a shocking turn of events, Cloud9 is reportedly looking to replace their new in-game leader, Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta, just one month after purchasing him for a staggering price.

Cloud9 lost one of their star players, Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip, to SK Gaming in March of 2018 despite the fact that they had become the first North American team in history to win a CS:GO Major back in January.

To replace him they brought Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta on board, buying him out of his contract with compLexity that he had signed in January for a staggering $200,000 according to C9 owner Jack Etienne.

After an investment like that it is hard to believe that Cloud9 would consider replacing FNS any time soon, but new reports have surfaced which claim that they are doing just that, and that they already have two potential replacements from Europe in mind.

With G2 Esports also on the brink of another major roster overhaul, Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt and and Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire look set to find themselves ousted from the French team and looking for other options.

All the evidence currently points towards Richard ‘shox’ Papillon making a return to the team with a new roster, which won’t feature either of the former Major Champions, but their stock is still high enough that numerous organizations are likely to show interest.

DreamHack / Jennika OjalaFNS joined Cloud9 in April and has attended just two events with them so far.

According to industry insider Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis, the two Frenchmen are at the top of Cloud9’s most wanted list and a switch could be happening in the next couple of weeks following the conclusion of StarSeries i-League Season 5.

“Cloud9 is set to replace Pujan “FNS” Mehta on the active roster after the ECS Season 5 Finals, according to sources close to the team and player. Cloud9 is considering G2 Esports players Dan “apEX” Madesclaire or Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt to replace him.”

Many have responded to this news with confusion as the CS:GO community tries to fathom what could have changed in the space of a month to make the organization go from spending $200,000 on a player to wanting to replace him.

It seems unlikely that Cloud9 will be able to find another organization willing to come close to matching that price tag so they could find themselves paying FNS to sit on the bench for the next 11 months.

There is also the likelihood that both apEX and NBK- have significant buyouts attached to their G2 contracts. If Cloud9 is truly pursuing one, or both, of them, they could find themselves forking out yet more money in the very near future.


CSGO’s Nivera on surpassing his brother ScreaM: “A Major is not enough”

Published: 23/Nov/2020 21:12 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 21:46

by Marco Rizzo


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.”

Regarding his team’s comeback in the final, he felt the team had what it needed to win the event: “…everyone woke up, they won Overpass and we were very confident for Inferno.”

Nivera CSGO BLAST Premier Substitution
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Nivera debuted for Vitality just 13 days after joining the team.

Nivera on his first tournament win at IEM: Beijing-Haidian

With little over three weeks of practice with their new member, Vitality headed to IEM Beijing after topping their group at BLAST Premier Fall.

Despite appearing like the most consistent team of the year and reaching multiple finals in the online era, Vitality failed to win a trophy until now.

“It was the first tournament that Vitality won in 2020 so I was really glad that they won it with me. It’s a really good feeling.”

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.”

Team Vitality CSGO
Team Vitality
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”

ScreaM has been considered one of the most iconic French players in CSGO history, appearing at the top of headshot-related statistics even after his retirement from the game and switch to Valorant.

When asked if a Major title would be the determining factor of his status as a better player than his brother, the younger sibling was humble in his response.

“My brother did a lot of things in this game and I have to work hard, like really really hard ’cause he’s such a big player,” he said. “A Major is not enough, I have to do way more.”

Nivera has really impressed in his games for Vitality and if he keeps developing at the current rate, learning from veterans such as shox and Cédric ‘RpK’ Guipouy.

The 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.