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DeKay’s Sources: Mixwell, Daps, Koosta and TenZ to join Cloud9 CS:GO

Published: 2/Jul/2019 16:33 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 9:20

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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North American Counter-Strike organization Cloud9 is set to add four new players, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

 It is expected that Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas, Damian “daps” Steele, Kenneth “koosta” Suen, and Tyson “TenZ” Ngo will replace Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim, Daniel “vice” Kim, Will “RUSH” Wierzba, and René “cajunb” Borg on the active roster.

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Cloud9 recently failed to qualify for the StarLadder Berlin Major set to take place this September, making it the first Major they will miss since ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017. Despite originally owning a qualification spot at the Berlin Major, they chose to change their roster and requalify through the Americas Minor. Ultimately, they fell to New Identity and The Quest in the Americas Minor Closed Qualifier. 

Mixwell announced today that he would be departing the Movistar Riders organization where he played for one year as a member of a full Spanish lineup. 

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During his time with the team, they struggled and failed to qualify for large international events. In his announcement, he said “I’m starting a new journey, which will give me the opportunity to play against the best teams in the world again.”

WESGMixwell and daps previously played together under OpTic Gaming.

Daps is currently a member of the NRG Esports organization but is inactive after being replaced by Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz last month

Mixwell and Daps have previous experience playing together from their time with OpTic Gaming back in 2016, before Daps was replaced by stanislaw towards the end of the year. During his time with NRG, Daps led them to victories at IEM Shanghai and cs_summit 3 as well as runner up finishes at StarSeries Season 5 and SuperNova Malta 2018. 

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DreamHackDaps is currently on NRG’s bench, after stanislaw replaced him on the starting lineup

Koosta is a free-agent who left the Ghost organization last month after they declined to re-sign four of their players whose contracts had expired. He is known for his time both as a rifler and an AWPer, but played as a rifler during his time with Ghost with Matthew “WARDELL” Yu on the roster. 

During his time with Ghost, they played a number of international tournaments and placed in the semi-finals of DreamHack Open Atlanta 2018 and iBUYPOWER Masters IV.

DreamHack23-year-old Koosta is proficient as a rifler, but also as an AWPer.

TenZ is an eighteen year old rifler who has drawn attention from a number of people in the North American scene as of late. He has primarily played in ESEA Premier, playing Season 30 with Bad News Bears and Season 31 with ATK. 

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Former CLG and Cloud 9 in-game leader Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta tweeted praise for TenZ last week, saying “It hurts me to see @TenZ_CS not signed to a 2 year deal already. Truly hurts. This kid leaks potential, it’s so gross.” 


Update: Cloud9 confirmed their new CS:GO roster a number of hours after this article was published. 

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Cloud9’s active CS:GO roster now consists of:

  • Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta
  • Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas
  • Damian ‘daps’ Steele
  • Kenneth ‘Koosta’ Suen
  • Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo
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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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