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Doublelift laughs off rumors Team SoloMid won’t scrim LCS rivals Cloud9

Published: 28/Jul/2020 7:49 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 9:14

by Isaac McIntyre

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Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has rebuked rumors his team Team SoloMid and fourth-placed squad FlyQuest have agreed to stop scrimming defending LCS champions Cloud9, adding he thought that suggestion was “so crazy.”

The rumor that TSM and FlyQuest had put a “no scrim” order on the Spring champions was first mentioned by Cloud9’s star AD carry Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen during an interview with LCS insider Travis Gafford on July 26.

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He said, “I don’t scrim TSM anymore, we don’t have scrims with TSM or FlyQuest ever again… we just aren’t. They just tell us they don’t want to”. The Danish star was allegedly told there would be “no more blocks” with either org anymore.

Team Liquid star Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen ⁠— who won two domestic titles with Doublelift in 2019 ⁠— seemingly validated the rumor soon after too. He suggested TSM had chalked Cloud9’s name for scrim schedules last week.

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Gafford raised the rumor with Peng during a July 27 co-stream on Twitch, suggesting TSM had led the apparent block-order on Cloud9. Doublelift was visibly surprised by the news TSM may be avoiding C9 in training, and rebuked the idea.

Zven has one an LCS title with Cloud9 since joining last year.
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Cloud9 star bot laner Zven is under the impression TSM is avoiding the LCS champions in scrims.

“Wait, what? I… what? I have no… what the f**k? Literally no way that’s true, maybe FlyQuest, I don’t know anything about them, but no way that’s true for us,” he said. “I have no idea what to say to that other than it’s so crazy.” The ADC star did add, however, that he’d have to “ask [his] coaches” before confirming anything.

His reasoning? There’s absolutely “no way” anyone wants to miss out on a scrim block with the runaway Spring champions. Cloud9 was head and shoulders above the rest of the North American pack last split, and are leading in Summer too.

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If there is any muzzle-order from TSM regarding their long-standing LCS rivals, which FlyQuest may have joined in on, Doublelift wasn’t aware of it. He added, “Everyone wants to scrim C9… what is the downside? I don’t really understand.”

Doublelift wasn’t the only TSM star to address Zven’s allegations either. During a Twitch stream on July 27, breakout rookie Erik ‘Wessén’ Treatz also weighed in; he said he “wasn’t sure what he could comment,” but said he knew “it’s not true.”

Doublelift is now bracing for Summer playoffs with Team SoloMid, who currently sit in third place in the LCS. The veteran NA organization has found themselves behind Doublelift’s old org Team Liquid and C9 in recent weeks.

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Beyond that lies Worlds, which ⁠— for the moment⁠ — is still going ahead. C9, TSM, and TL are currently favorites to represent the LCS on the international stage. All three teams have already locked their places in Summer playoffs too.

Team SoloMid and Cloud9 actually face off this weekend too, in a Week 8 clash. The two NA heavyweights will meet on the Rift at 2pm on Sunday; apparently bereft of any practice sets against each other in the past week.

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es3tag reportedly leaving Astralis for new role on Cloud9 CSGO squad

Published: 15/Oct/2020 3:23

by Andrew Amos

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Danish CS:GO star Patrick “es3tag” Hansen has only been a part of Astralis for six months, but he’s already moving on from the squad’s ambitious 10-man project. He’s reportedly set to join Cloud9 as the organization rebuilds in Europe.

The Astralis 10-man project could be over before they even reached their lofty goals. The Danish organization went into 2020 with the plans of expanding their roster beyond just five in the server, building out a two-team core to constantly rotate through.

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This was seemingly brought on after long-term Astralis members went on break after a strenuous couple of years that saw them lift four Major titles.

es3tag holding Astralis jersey with Zonic
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es3tag is moving on from Astralis six months after signing.

Patrick “es3tag” Hansen was the first man brought on, but he could be the first major piece to leave. A new report from Danish website TV2 Sport states that Hansen is moving on to join the new Cloud9 colossus for 2021.

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es3tag joined Astralis properly in July 2020, but the move was announced months earlier during Flashpoint Season 1. He was the first part of Astralis’ 10-man puzzle, as the Danish squad looked to implement a new rotation system.

However, the project has seemingly fallen off the tracks. As veteran members like Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Hojsleth return to the roster, the newer teammates like es3tag and Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen have been back to riding the bench.

Jakob “JUGi” Hansen was also a part of the squad earlier in 2020, but left when Astralis onboarded Bubzkji. Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer was temporarily used as a substitute for es3tag as well before his contract with Heroic ran out.

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Cloud9 have announced four of the six pieces of their new CS:GO team after dropping their South African-NA hybrid roster in September.

Ricky “floppy” Kemery is the only player from the former ATK squad remaining, with Cloud9 picking up Alex “Alex” McMeekin, William “mezii” Merriman, and Ozgur “woxic” Eker. They will be coached by former 100 Thieves coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunovic.

Astralis, Cloud9, and es3tag are yet to publicly comment on the reports. We will let you know if the move happens.

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