A full roster of ATK has been transferred to Cloud9, according to the announcement on the official website of the American organization. Negotiations between C9 and this squad started back in early December, as it was initially reported by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis.
The first and so far the last Big Event that ATK have attended is ESL Pro League S10 Finals. There, before facing elimination, they surprisingly defeated North and G2 Esports. As a result, the NA team took the 7-8th place and brought home $17,000 of prize money. Now, they are successfully holding a spot in the Top 20 of HLTV’s World Ranking, occupying the 18th position of the list.
The former ATK roster will debut under the Cloud9 banner in the closed qualifier for IEM Katowice 2020, which is scheduled for January 7-9. Seven other teams will also participate in this competition, and some of them are MIBR, Complexity, Gen.G and FURIA Esports. The winner of this qualifier will claim a ticket to the final part of the event.
After the announcement was made, a discussion emerged in the community whether C9 acquired a spot in the ESL Pro League, as it was previously owned by ATK. According to an unofficial source, it was part of the deal. If it’s true, the team will be able to avoid the EPL Relegation. However, Cloud9 are yet to make a comment on this matter.
The new Cloud9 lineup in CSGO:
- Johnny "JT" Theodosiou
- Ian "motm" Hardy
- Ricky "floppy" Kemery
- Josh "oSee" Ohm
- Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek
- Tiaan "T.c" Coertzen (coach)
It’s worth mentioning that by the end of 2019 Cloud9’s starting roster didn’t feature any players. First, they allowed the departure of Damian "daps" Steele, Kenneth "koosta" Suen, and Timothy "autimatic" Ta, who were bought out by Gen.G Esports. Later, Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas Colocho was moved to the bench, and he eventually decided to continue his career elsewhere. Tyson "TenZ" Ngo, who also was in the reserve, became a content creator for C9, leaving the competitive scene for the time being.
Last year, Cloud9 failed to achieve a single tournament victory. Their best result was a second-place finish at ELEAGUE CSGO Invitational. At the time, their roster consisted of such players as autimatic, RUSH, flusha, kioShiMa, and Zellsis.