Cloud9 have finally returned to CS:GO esports, signing a full new roster of five players, a coach, an analyst and a manager.

The roster consists of:

Hobbit (Abay Khassenov, KHA)
sh1ro (Dmitrii Sokolovm, RUS)
Ax1Le (Sergei Rykhtorov, RUS)
nafany (Vladislav Gorshkov, RUS)
interz (Timofei Iakushin, RUS)

Konstantin “groove” Pikiner stays on as the coach of the team. He has been working with them for a while now.

The former Gambit roster had been playing without an organisation. They will now be under the North American branding of Cloud9.

The first time this roster will be in action under the Cloud9 banner will be at the PGL Major in Antwerp.

The squad was playing under the moniker “Players” in ESL Pro League Season XV.

They eventually exited the tournament at the hands of FaZe Clan in the first round of the playoffs.

FaZe went on to win the competition. 

The Cloud9 announcement of the new roster laid out how excited the organisation is to be back in CS:GO.

The statement said: “When we left the league, we always promised that we would be back.

“This week, we are returning to the scene with an iconic lineup.

“This collection of players have shown incredible promise and talent, and we are thrilled that we can continue to support their passions and careers.”

Cloud9 will help the players relocate and get settled as part of one of the most recognisable esports brands in the world.

Jack Etienne, Co-Founder and CEO of Cloud9, also commented on how excited he is to return to CS:GO.

Etienne said: “This is an exciting time for Counter Strike.

“With LAN events returning we’re seeing incredible interest amongst fans.

“I would definitely say the resurgence is well under way.”

Photo via Cloud9 on YouTube


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