This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We’re looking at all teams set to take part in the event. The Minors’ Champions have been discussed already, it’s time to talk about the Krakow’s Fallen.
The next team we’d like to discuss is Cloud9, the last of Krakow’s Fallen.
In the past, four teams have been at the top in NA, SK Gaming, Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Immortals. With Immortals gone and Team Liquid having to play their coach, Wilton “zews” Prado, Cloud9 is NA’s last hope aside from the tournament favorite SK Gaming.
The team has undergone some changes since the last Major but they can still defend its region’s honor suitably well against most teams in the world. While Cloud9 is rarely considered to be the favorite to win in international events, it’s always in the conversation when discussion turns to Playoffs candidates.
The upcoming ELEAGUE Major Boston is no different.
After PGL Major Krakow, the biggest roster overhaul in a long time hit the C9 squad with two of the team’s staple players, Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek being benched, with shroud transitioning into a career as a streamer.
The two players were replaced with Will “RUSH” Wierzba and Tarik “tarik” Celik, two up and coming NA talents.
Timothy “autimatic” Ta, Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip and Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham are still there to provide the fire power and experience in big-time international events that is needed if C9 wants to get through the Qualifiers and make it to the Main Event at ELEAGUE Major Boston.
Since August when the new version of Cloud9 came together, the five players have played 117 maps together in 2017, winning 78 of them and getting 10,417 kills to 9,414 deaths for a K/D Ratio of 1.11.
Mirage seems to be the team’s most played map. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve also had a lot of success on it, boasting a 71% win rate. Inferno is the next most popular with 27 times played and a 66.7% win rate.
The least successful map for Cloud9 is Overpass, where they played 12 times and won 50% of the time. On the remaining three maps, Train, Cobblestone and Cache, C9 have win rates over 63.6%.
The C9 roster with tarik and RUSH has made the Semifinals in some pretty big events, like DreamHack Open Montreal 2017, ESL One New York 2017, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, and IEM Oakland 2017.
They have also won DreamHack Open Denver 2017.