Cloud9 in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Kunda Selim is set to miss the first day of the BLAST Pro Series event in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive star was scheduled to be part of the Cloud9 squad to take on MiBR and Natus Vincere in the first two matches of the group stage, but unfortunately will not be able to compete.
In a tweet sent out by Cloud9, they confirmed that Golden would be missing due to a “medical situation”, although it is currently unknown what that situation may be.
Taking his place on the roster for their opening two games is Soham ‘valens’ Chowdhury, who is the current coach of the American organization’s CS:GO team.
This is the first event that valens has competed at in almost 20 months, with his last competitive appearance taking place in a StarSeries qualifying tournament back in March 2017. While currently coaching, valens is an experienced CS:GO player, having represented organizations such as compLexity and Nihilum Gaming at previous major events.
Golden’s status for the rest of the BLAST Pro Series is currently unknown, although fans have already begun sending well wishes to the player, hoping he is able to return to Cloud9’s lineup tomorrow.
Our coach, @valens, will be playing in his place.
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) November 2, 2018
Golden joined Cloud9 back in August 2018, after spending a week filling in for the team at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier.
The IGL left his former team at Fnatic to replace Tarik “tarik” Celik, who went on to join MiBR.