With Team Vitality being the most consistent team of 2020, can anyone take them down from their current top spot?
After a turbulent start to the year, the team is finally finding their groove. Gone are the jokes of ‘ZywOo and friends’ after their dominant team performance at BLAST Premier’s Fall Finals cemented their spot at the top of Counter-Strike’s world rankings.
But with the French squad on top of the world, seven more of CS:GO’s finest will be looking to stand in their way as they look primed to secure IEM’s $500,000 Global Challenge victory.
Converging on December 15, teams all over the globe will be clashing in a variety of playstyles between regions that have been isolated for most of 2020.
Some have said that Vitality suffers from a Grand Final curse, but it’s clear that this is not the case. They progress slowly and steadily through tournaments, before claiming the crown of high-caliber events such as IEM Beijing and Europe, booking their spot in the Global Challenge.
Being unable to train and play together in-person has clearly affected teams’ overall performances, with Heroic having made early exits in three of their recent tournaments. When all is said and done, though, and with such a huge share on the table, the question is: who will be able to pull together in this online era to claim the throne?
Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.
Update on January 18
Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”
CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.
Original story follows below
Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.
The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.
The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.
W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.
First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.
The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.
Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.
With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.
Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.