Stewie2K responds to Cloud9's Jack Etienne claim that he "abandoned" CS:GO team - Dexerto

Stewie2K responds to Cloud9’s Jack Etienne claim that he “abandoned” CS:GO team

Published: 22/Nov/2018 19:26 Updated: 22/Nov/2018 19:40

by Calum Patterson


MiBR player Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip has responded to comments made by Cloud9 founder and CEO Jack Etienne, suggesting Stewie and teammate Tarik ‘tarik’ Celic had “abandoned” the Major winning CS:GO roster.

After historic success at the ELEAGUE Boston Major in February 2018, where Cloud9 became the first North American team to win a CS:GO major, things quickly began to go downhill.

Stewie2K’s move to SK Gaming was the first domino, and he was later followed by former C9 teammate tarik, after the SK roster was acquired by Made in Brazil (MiBR).

Jack Etienne (left) celebrates Cloud9’s historic major win. Image: ELEAGUE

After taking months off for personal reasons, the ELEAGUE Boston MVP Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham announced his retirement from competing, leaving only two members – Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta and Will ‘RUSH’ Weirzba – from the major winning lineup.

Following the official signing of French veteran Fabien ‘KioShiMa’ Fiey on November 17, Cloud9 became a predominantly European roster for the first time, with Swedish duo Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim and Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist having already joined from Fnatic.

The transition to an EU team disappointed some NA fans, and their disappointment was perhaps confounded by news that coach Soham ‘valens’ Chowdhury would be stepping in for Golden at the ongoing ECS Season 6 finals.

A concerned fan sent a message to Etienne on Twitter, laying blame at his feet for the team’s struggles, specifically the loss of tarik and Stewie2K, to which the C9 founder responded “You do know they abandoned us because they wanted to right?”

Stewie2K saw the interaction and the accusation of abandonment, and disputed the use of the word to describe his departure.

“Cmon Jack, we both know abandonment is not the right term” he writes, hinting that there is perhaps more to the story than is public knowledge, but that Etienne would of course know the bigger picture.

Stewie’s teammate tarik didn’t respond, although he left Cloud9 some months after Stewie2K, so it is possible that the circumstances surrounding his departure were different. 

At the time, tarik said of his decision to leave C9: “The sole reason I want to make this change is simple… I want to win, and I will do anything in my power to make that happen.”

Regardless, Etienne remains confident that Cloud9 CS:GO can “rebuild”, although with valens stepping in for the ECS Season 6 finals, they are not best equipped to do so currently.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.