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Cloud9 Parts Ways with CSGO Coach Kassad

Within Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s offseason, several roster changes are being made, but an unexpected move has come from Cloud9. The North America representative has parted ways with its “Colossus’” coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović. The team’s general manager HenryG shared a statement about the alteration on Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Cloud9

Cloud9 started to build its renewed roster in September by adding ALEX, mezii and woxic to the squad and finalized it with es3tag as the fifth. Having one of the best coaches in CS:GO, Colossus was looking strong on paper, however, things weren’t going as expected in the background as we’ve seen.

“No one is or was at fault and there is absolutely no bad blood between him, the org or players,” HenryG said in the statement. “It simply felt like there was somewhat of a stylistic clash between IGL [Alex] and Kassad’s game, leading to a few too many compromises from a strategic point of view.” 

In many competitive games, a captain or an in-game leader works closely with the team’s coach, and when there are multiple different ideas between them, it causes problems. It looks like Cloud9 decided which way it wanted to go before it was too late. 

After HenryG’s tweet, kassad retweeted the statement and said, “Sad but true, the whole vision of the game was just way too different from the start. Thank you Cloud9 and HenryG for the opportunity, and of course, I wish the team all the best.” The coach also mentioned that he will post about future plans in a few days.

The next coach of Cloud9’s CSGO team is still unknown since there are a few options in the market, but according to HenryG, he is willing to take a gamble on someone looking to prove themself at the very top.

Cloud9’s roster is:

  • Ricky “floppy” Kemery
  • Özgür “woxic” Eker
  • Alex “Alex” McMeekin
  • William “mezii” Merriman
  • Patrick “es3tag” Hansen
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