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Shuffle Season Synopsis: Cloud9

A relatively successful Cloud9 was formed through the health issues of Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim, but it has come time for him to return to the starting roster along with the release of trial player Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro in favor of ex-Rogue player Daniel “vice” Kim.


Cloud9: -flusha, -Zellsis; +Golden, +vice (On Trial)


Originally moving to a minority European team, Cloud9 inducted names like Swedish in-game leader Golden and Slovakian support player Martin “STYKO” Styk to their roster in an attempt to figure out what the team needed most moving forwards. Since then, they have played with European names like Danish stand-in Ismail “refrezh” Ali, as well as former fnatic star Robin “flusha” Ronnquist, with the aforementioned Golden being the last of two Europeans on the team, with the other being the Frenchmen abroad, Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey.


Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim leading fnatic at DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 (Photo Credit to DreamHack)

+ Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim


Unknown health issues had fallen upon Golden back in November of 2018, ruling him out from multiple LANs that closed out the year for the team. After 4 months, he has announced his return in place of interim in-game leader flusha, who now looks to take a break from the competitive scene for an indefinite period of time. Golden brought fnatic the most success they had seen in years upon joining their team, and joined Cloud9 somewhat unexpectedly in hopes of bringing them that same treatment. The surprising complications with health cut those plans short, but he is finally back and ready to jump right back into the swing of things. He was known for displaying a decent level of fragging whilst spearheading his team into battle at the helm, which makes him a perfect piece to have in this puzzle of predominantly fraggers as opposed to players who act as foundation of a team by supportive means. If his time off has not majorly impacted his ability to square off against other players then things should work out just fine for the Swede.


Daniel “vice” Kim playing with Rogue at DreamHack Atlanta 2018 (Photo Credit to DreamHack)

+ Daniel “vice” Kim


A name that has been overlooked and underrated for years now is the supportive rifle of vice, who finds himself in a position to prove his worth among some of the best players in his region. Formerly of the Rogue organization, vice found an out from the team after the loss of the Danish duo of Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen and Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen to OpTic Gaming. Since then, former teammate Hunter “SicK” Mims has moved on to compLexity Gaming while he has found a chance at a trial period with Cloud9. Many were led to believe that Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and Jakob “JUGi” Hansen would join in place of the vacant space left by Zellsis alongside the removal of kioShiMa. However, the team required the services of kioShiMa in order to retain their ⅗ majority of the team that holds a spot at the StarLadder Berlin Major later this year. This truly is a momentous occasion for vice to break into the higher echelon of not only North American Counter-Strike, but the elite level of Counter-Strike as a whole.


Looking to the Future


Cloud9’s main priorities at the moment will have to be the ESL Pro League Season 9 LAN and BLAST Pro Series in Miami, which both come up in the middle of April. In the meantime, they have minimal worries throughout the online season of ECS, as the next week they could possibly participate in comes in late April, allowing them the time they need to adjust to their new roster and display the highest level of Counter-Strike feasible. Assuming vice is able to put his teammates into winning positions as well as hold his own individually, like he has in Rogue, then this could be the change that puts Cloud9 on the international map consistently. Seeing as Golden’s abilities as a leaders are yet to be publicly doubted by the roster along with the fact that Timothy “autimatic” Ta and kioShiMa have been fragging at an exceptional level as of late, this is a hopeful new look Cloud9.


Moving forward, Cloud9 is:


Timothy “autimatic” Ta

Will “RUSH” Wierzba

Maikil “Golden” Kunda Selim

Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey

Daniel “vice” Kim

Ronald “Rambo” Kim (Coach)