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Will Cloud9 lose their CS:GO Major spot? Valve respond

Published: 19/Mar/2019 12:41 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 13:04

by Connor Bennett


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans have been questioning whether or not Cloud9 will retain their Major spot for the upcoming StarLadder Major in Berlin following a number of confirmed and proposed roster changes. 

Cloud9’s CS:GO roster has gone through some serious line-up issues since their success at the ELEAGUE Boston Major, changing from an iconic all-American line-up to a majority European squad led by former Fnatic in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim.

However, since switching to a European flavor, Golden has suffered a number of medical problems that has seen him ruled out of events. The Swede even missed the recent IEM Katowice Major – with Jordan ‘Zellsis’ Montemurro standing in. Since the end of the major, Zellsis and Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist have both left the team.

ESL/Helena KristianssonZellsis stepped up to the C9 roster for the IEM Katowice Major and performed admirably.

With Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey‘s future with Cloud9 also up in the air, the team could be left with only two players from the previous major – possibly voiding their currently held invite spot.

If kioShiMa departs the team, C9 would fall foul of the rule that states teams must keep the majority of their line-up – three of the five players – from the previous major to retain their spot for the following major.

Dexerto’s own Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis contacted Valve for a ruling, who confirmed that the invitation spot remains with the five players who played the event. That means that Zellsis, not Golden, plays a role in retaining the spot – even though Zellsis was listed as a ‘coach’ for the Major.

Only having two active players from the previous Major, Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta and Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba on the roster, could plunge the proposed transfer move of adding OpTic Gaming’s Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke and Jakob ‘Jugi’ Hansen into trouble. 

As Valve has been clear in their response, it remains to be seen if the North American organization continues with their reported roster changes due to this – or if they figure out a way around the potential problem.

If the move concludes and Cloud9 forfeits their Major invite spot, they would have to battle their way through an increasingly stacked European Minor event that should feature powerhouses like Fnatic, Mousesports, North and OpTic Gaming – just to name a few.


Valve lifts Fnatic star KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 6:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.