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CS:GO: Cloud9 to field stand-in for in-game leader Golden at ECS Finals

Published: 22/Nov/2018 12:08 Updated: 22/Nov/2018 13:40

by Connor Bennett


Just as Cloud9’s CS:GO team looked to finally find some stability, another change appears to be on the horizon.  

This time though, it’s not a permanent change but rather a temporary one. As the American-European mixed roster heads into ECS Season 6 finals in Texas, in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Kunda Selim looks set to miss the event, with coach Soham ‘valens’ Chowdhury stepping in.

The news came about when a message posted by Cloud9 rifler William ‘RUSH’ Wierzba in Faceit’s pro-league hub was screenshotted and posted to the Global Offensive subreddit.

“Mikey add valens he’s ready to que man,” reads RUSH’s post. “He’s our player for this event.”

There is no official word from either Cloud9, Faceit or Golden himself on his status, but with the IGL nowhere to be seen on the team’s media day photos, it looks as if he will miss out.

It’s not the first time that valens has stepped in for Golden. At the recent Blast Pro Series Copenhagen event, the former pro player played in place of the Swedish IGL for a day as Golden dealt with a medical issue.

At the Copenhagen event valens performed valianty in his two appearances, helping Cloud9 push Natus Vincere all the way despite falling to a 16-13 loss before turning around and defeating MIBR 16-13.

Despite only qualifying for the ECS finals on the back of Renegades not being able to participate, C9 would have been looking to play another lan event with their new roster after recent addition of French player Fabian ‘Kioshima’ Fiey.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.