Following Cloud9’s matches against Na’Vi in ELEAGUE Season 1 Playoffs, where Alec “Slemmy” White’s performance was noticeably subpar when compared to his team, many fans of CS:GO as an eSport and Cloud9 in particular called for him to step down from the team. Apparently, the player thought along the same lines, if the official announcement from C9 is to be believed.
Slemmy expressed his dissatisfaction with his current condition immediately after the match against Na’Vi. After thoroughly discussing their options, the organisation’s management and the player himself decided that it’s time for him to step down from Cloud9. Reading between the lines, it might be possible that Cloud9 offered Slemmy a coaching gig for his former team, however, he declined, expressing his intention to continue his career as a player elsewhere.
Then, the org started looking for a replacement, approaching several players. Over the last several weeks, Cloud9 held trials with several players, finally finding Timothy "autimatic" Ta’s performance to be satisfactory. Then, they just had to agree on terms with the organisation autimatic played for, Team SoloMid. Keeping in mind the close relationship both organisations had since Cloud9’s inception, the negotiations probably weren’t too hostile. Whatever the case may be on that front, the fact remains that Cloud9 have a new player to introduce. I just hope they aren’t regretting their choice with the breaking news of Valve’s ban on coaches acting as in-game leaders in the Majors.
As you might know already, Slemmy acted as the in-game leader for Cloud9. Most fans, myself included, actually expected him to step down from playing to take the coaching role to provide C9 with the in-game direction, while also freeing up a spot for a mechanically stronger rifler. Even if that was the plan, it wouldn’t work at all now. With Slemmy out of the picture, Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert is rumored to be the one who’s supposed to take the reigns of the in-game leader.
The last matter left to discuss is Slemmy’s insistence on continuing his career as a player. He was considerably underwhelming in personal performance on Cloud9. It seems fair to say that the level of opposition faced by his team was often out of C9’s league overall, however, the fact remains that Slemmy didn’t make the cut in the big leagues despite providing his team with great leadership. With the proven lack of skill against the best teams, he might have to be willing to take a step down in the level of organisations he plays for to not be an anchor hanging by the neck of his team. That would mean a considerably smaller paycheck in many cases. It’s sad, considering that Slemmy could probably have a successful career as a coach with some work to grow into the role.