Gilbert is one of the most experienced Counter-Strike players in the world, having played the game competitively since 2007. In 2014 he joined Cloud9’s CS:GO squad, and was part of the team that would go on to be the best representative of North America in 2015.
This team, featuring Sean ‘[email protected]’ Gares, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, Ryan ‘freakazoid’ Abadir, Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham, and n0thing himself, became legendary as they were the only American team that was capable of battling it out with the best in the world at the time - despite falling short when it mattered most.
On August 19, the CS veteran teased a return of this iconic squad during his Twitch stream. “Okay, so we have a WhatsApp group with me, Skadoodle, shroud, Sean, and freakazoid in it and we’re waiting for another online event to happen. We’re gonna play in it if our schedule permits," he stated during a game.
He also added that they are not sure what event or when, but the group is made and everyone wants to play, so it’s just a matter of time until there is an event that they are all available to play.
The community instantly fell in love with the idea. One Reddit user said: “Holy shit, regardless of how well they do that's going to be so fun to watch. I really liked the OGC roster +fiffy when they just stomped through open, laughing and having fun. I hope we get to see them have fun like that again.”
“[Everyone liked that]” added another user, representing the community's excitement at the prospect of the fan-favorite lineup reuniting.
It’s difficult to tell when this original Cloud9 reunion will happen as all five players will need to sync their schedule but at least the interest is there.
However, online tournaments happen quite often, and any tournament organizer would no doubt be happy to see the iconic squad play in their event.