A huge swathe of upheaval has been shaking up the NA CS:GO scene over the last week. SK Gaming is going through big changes, Team Liquid and Cloud9 are maneuvering to improve their rosters as much possible. A couple of weeks ago, C9’s AWPer Tyler “skadoodle” Latham announced that he’s going on a hiatus, only to flip flop and come back.
The timing of skadoodle’s initial announcement coincides with Jake “Stewie2k” Yip leaving Cloud9 to join SK Gaming. The org signed Pujan “FNS” Mehta to stand as the in-game leader but the team was still a man down without Skadoodle. Rumours started flying about, some people thought that Josh “jdm64” Marzano, the former AWPer of Team Liquid, would switch sides and play for Cloud9.
It seems like the owner of C9, Jack Etienne, found a much simpler solution and convinced skadoodle to come back.
This is great news for the fans of this iconic NA CS:GO team as it once again came closer to what it was when it won the ELEAGUE Major Boston at the beginning of the year. Still, it’s not like their rivals are sleeping on the job, Team Liquid signed former SK rifler, Epitácio “TACO” de Melo.
With this round of changes, even if they were reverted somewhat with skadoodle coming back to C9, it’s extremely difficult to say who is the CS:GO top dog in North America. We will get the chance to see a glimpse of it soon, at DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018, where all three teams, Cloud9, Team Liquid, and SK Gaming will play for the $250,000 prize pool against squads like Astralis, G2 Esports, and FaZe Clan, featuring Ninja Richard “Xizt” Landström.
This is going to be an exciting event and we can’t wait to see how the dice fall after the recent changes across numerous teams.