Following a disappointing major in Krakow, Cloud9 have moved to revitalize their roster in a way that nobody quite saw coming. Now packed with heavy fraggers, the USA based squad are formidable… but can this new Cloud9 roster compete internationally?
Shroud and n0thing Step Down
The move to bench the two remaining players of the first Cloud9 lineup was an unexpected one to say the least. With Michael “shroud” Grzesiek moving to streaming and Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert’s future to be decided, this marks the end of an era for the team.
Going forward, the new Cloud9 roster will field Tarik “tarik” Celik and Will “RUSH” Wierzba. According to shroud’s personal stream it was a self-decided removal, whilst n0thing was removed based on a ‘team decision’.
The New Cloud9 Roster
The new roster has a strong foundation of hard hitters… It looks as though it could blow any team on the face of the earth away in aim alone. However, on closer consideration, it is a well-nuanced squad with plenty of depth.
Although a strong leader is sorely missing, with nothing more than a pseudo-captain in its place, the roster’s considerable depth of experience may plug this hole.
Bringing in heavy fraggers in both tarik and RUSH should provide Cloud9 with the driving potential it needs to put it ‘back on the map’. It had become quite apparent in recent months that the team was going nowhere fast, and these decisive changes to their roster just may turn that around.
The new additions may be able to bring a stability to the team that had long evaded them. Especially when the aptly-named n0thing – who was nothing if not inconsistent in play – was on the team.
Can C9 Compete Internationally?
With any major roster change comes the question of whether or not the team has the potential to compete at the highest levels of play.
For the new Cloud9 roster the answer is simple. Yes, they can.
However, competing is not quite the same thing as dominating. To be considered contenders for major titles, the team will likely need a powerful, decisive and dynamic leader.
Without a career captain on their side, the Americans will immediately be at a disadvantage when pitted against European powerhouses.
The lack of effective leadership is sure to cause serious problems at one point or another in the months to come. But if they can get around that, the squad should hold their own in other categories… especially firepower.
As mentioned before, firepower will come naturally to a squad which (on paper at least) is stacked with stars. The question here is whether or not two or three of those can shine brightly enough to solve the problems of previous iterations of this team.
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