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Gen.G Esports announce new CSGO roster, featuring former C9 core

Published: 6/Dec/2019 18:43

by Scott Robertson

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Gen.G Esports are breaking into the Counter-Strike scene with a new North American roster, and have announced the first three players in Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta, Damian ‘daps’ Steele, and Kenneth ‘koosta’ Suen. All three players depart from the Cloud9 organization.

One chapter closes while another begins in the story of North American CSGO. Gen.G has officially acquired the autimatic/daps/koosta trio from Cloud9, and confirmed on Twitter that the two remaining additions will be added in the coming weeks. This confirms reports from weeks ago that Gen.G were interested in the C9 core.

Gen.G billed their new additions as a ‘veteran core’ and have already set a daunting long-term goal of bring home another major to North America. The Gen.G roster will compete in a top-heavy NA scene currently dominated by Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses.

Only a couple of years have passed since Cloud9 were at the top of the CSGO world, not just the North American region. In January of 2018, Cloud9 claimed the first and only major for a North American team, on home soil at the ELEAGUE Boston major. 

Within half a year, the bulk of that roster moved on. Stewie2K and tarik both left for SK Gaming/MIBR before each finding a respective spot with Liquid and NRG/EG. Skadoodle retired. Only RUSH and autimatic remained until this past July, when RUSH was moved to the bench before moving on to Complexity.

Now, autimatic moves on from C9, the last member of the Boston roster, after a 3+ year stint with the flagship organization. In the video announcement, the organization made special mention of thanking Timothy for his extensive service.

In that same announcement, Cloud9 coach James “JamezIRL’ Macaulay revealed that both autimatic and daps asked to be moved off of Cloud9, and were thus transferred to Gen.G. There was no mention of whether or not koosta asked to be transferred.

Coach Macaulay said this transfer gives the C9 organization an “opportunity to build a team from new, “ indicating that C9 does very much intend to remain in the competitive CSGO scene.

Gen.G is a relatively new esports organization when compared to Cloud 9, having formed in 2017 as a collaboration between Silicon Valley investors and Seoul, Korea. They compete in the League of Legends’ LCK and in the Overwatch League as Seoul Dynasty. Their PUBG team most recently won the PUBG Global Championship.

There are no strangers to first-person shooters and North American rosters, having fielded a Call of Duty Black Ops 4 team this past year that finished second in the CWL Pro League playoffs. Most of that roster has gone onto various franchised teams in the upcoming Call of Duty League.

Dexerto will keep you updated when the remainder of the Gen.G CSGO roster is announced, as well as what Cloud9’s plans for CSGO are.

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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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.