The players that won the last Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major in Boston under the Cloud9 banner are in discussion to play together once again at WESG 2018, according to multiple sources.
Stemming from the rule that each lineup must consist of one nationality, Jake “Stewie2k” Yip and Tarik “Tarik” Celik would temporarily stand-in for the Cloud9 organization for the event before returning to MiBR. They would join Will "RUSH' Wierzba, Timothy "Autimatic" Ta and Tyler "skadoodle" Latham. A major problem that could prevent this from happening, though, is an existing conflict between WESG offline qualification matches and the later stages of IEM Chicago, an event to which MiBR has been invited.
Stewie2k left Cloud9 at the end of March after a record-breaking buyout, which was paid by the Immortals organization despite him having to play for the SK Gaming organization until the end of June. The majority-Brazilian roster had contracts in place to join Immortals and play under the Made in Brazil name, which was largely an open secret leading up to July. Just a couple months after the organization switch, Tarik subsequently left Cloud9 to reunite with Stewie2k. He replaced Ricardo “Boltz” Prass after a run of poor form.
Cloud9 has failed to find similar success the departure of Stewie2k, briefly playing with Pujan “FNS” Mehta as in-game leader. Since benching FNS and losing tarik, Cloud9 signed Maikil “Golden” Selim and loaned Martin “STYKO” Styk from Mousesports who has competed with C9 at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier and at the FACEIT Major: London. Cloud9 is 1-2 through three matches at the FACEIT Major Legends Stage.
WESG is an Olympic-style tournament that lasts over seven months where players from numerous games compete for a prize pool of $5.5 million. The games included are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Starcraft II, Hearthstone, VainGlory, and Pro Evolution Soccer.
Representatives from the orgs could not be reached for comment.
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