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Cloud9 confirm full roster: sign es3tag from Astralis

Since announcing their first signing of coach kassad, Cloud9 and manager HenryG have slowly been revealing more and more details about the upcoming Cloud9 team as it grew. Aiming for the title in Flashpoint’s second season, and to be a competetive top team straight off the bat, the community has been on the edge of their seats waiting for the full roster to be announced.

Since announcing their first signing of coach kassad, Cloud9 and manager HenryG have slowly been revealing more and more details about the upcoming Cloud9 team as it grew. Aiming for the title in Flashpoint’s second season, and to be a competetive top team straight off the bat, the community has been on the edge of their seats waiting for the full roster to be announced.

The journey began on September 10th with the signing of ALEX, former IGL of Vitality. Earlier in the year the Brit had stepped down from the French squad citing a desire to travel less and spend more time with family. Signing a 3 year contract worth 1.65 million dollars, him and kassad would build the foundation for the team.

9 days later the next two pieces to the Cloud9 puzzle would be revealed – mezii and woxic, of GamerLegion and mousesports respectively. Since being signed for GamerLegion, the young British rifler had averaged a 1.15 rating for the team, with a notable 1.26 rating in the 35th season of the ESEA MDL – a tournament where the team wouldn’t even reach the playoffs. woxic‘s time in mousesports was equally impressive, helping the team to four big event trophies at the tail end of 2019 and early 2020. With an average rating of 1.16 and a career first MVP award at the CS:GO Asia Championships, the AWPer would be ranked the 12th best player of the year by HLTV.

After a lengthy radio silence Cloud9 would announce their 4th player, retaining floppy from their current North American squad. As the clear outstanding performer from the current Cloud9 squad, with an average rating of 1.13, he will be playing in an anchor/rifler role for the team.

Lastly, in a shock announcement first reported by Danish TV2.dk, es3tag will be leaving Astralis after receiving a 3-year deal from Cloud9 worth a whopping 2.1 million dollars. Only having been on Astralis for 4 months, subbing in for the absent Xyp9x, es3tag has averaged a rating of 1.12 and helped the team to a grand final victory in ESL Pro League Season 12. He will be fielded as the team’s entry-fragger, and will see his first outing in Nine To Five 5, as will the rest of the team.

The story might not end here, however, as HenryG has previously said that he is going to sign an active 6th player to the squad. Who this could be is currently unknown, but given the amount of money already spent on the team, it’s sure to be an exciting announcement.

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