Did The CS: GO Community Have A Role In The Downfall Of Cloud9

Published 03/29/2021, 2:53 PM EDT


Days back, eSports organization Cloud9 put a pause on their CS: GO roster, following back-to-back losses in online tournaments. While one reason for their downfall could be the global pandemic, many still believe that Cloud9’s expenditure has ultimately cost them.

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Esports caster ended up in a short debate on the topic with some other notable names joining in midway. This resulted in a three-way outlook into the complete story.

Casters debate on Cloud9’s CS: GO downfall

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Alex “Mauisnake” Ellenberg was of the opinion that fans should have gone easy on Cloud9 and HenryG. The CS: GO analyst believed that this would have changed the game’s era at once.

HLTV writer Zvonimir Burazin came in to support the community but was outnumbered with the entrance of another Esports commentator, Andres Blume. Blume argued that the community was being blamed for what they actually did.

As in every other community, the fans will be critically more vocal. The publication of the roster’s salary by HenryG wasn’t taken well by the fans. While this is a practice we see in almost every sport, it is a whole new topic in the Esports segment.

We cannot directly link Cloud9’s falling to them publicizing the players’ salary. Indeed, their performance was flawed, but that hardly has anything to do with the roster’s salary being out in the public.

Burazin and Blume stuck to their side of the argument. They support Cloud9’s decision and would like to see other Esports organizations follow in their path. Even then, without the community being supportive, things would stay the same.

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How did the downfall begin?

Cloud9 embarked on its Colossus project back in September 2020. HenryG made his way into the Esports organization as the team’s GM. He quickly made big signings with Patrick “es3tag” Hansen and Ozgur “Woxic” Eker for millions of dollars.

The community expected Cloud9 to set ablaze the CS: GO scene. However, with team coach Kassad leaving all of a sudden, they faced a major setback. Soon Woxic left the team and Cloud9’s stumble began.

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After big losses in tournaments, Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne announced their temporary departure from CS: GO. Needless to say, Cloud9 will make a comeback in the near future and that’d be one sight we won’t miss.

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Hrithik Unnikrishnan

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Hrithik Unnikrishnan is an eSports and WWE author at EssentiallySports since April 2020. A journalism undergraduate with experience in creative design, Hrithik has a profound love for everything competitive. He grew up watching WWE and playing various titles like Call of Duty, FIFA, and Hitman.

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