In October 2020, Cloud9 completed their new CS:GO roster, dubbed as The Colussus. At the time, Cloud9 opened their wallet to create this all-star team, with, for example, the signing of Danish star Patrick "es3tag" Hansen with a three-year contract worth 2,100,000 USD.
Now, Cloud9 has to look for a fifth player, as the organization has decided to release Turkish AWPer Özgür "woxic" Eker.
Cloud9 releases Woxic
Last year, Cloud9 picked up Woxic from mousesports with a three-year deal worth over 1.3 million USD. Since then, Woxic has only played 24 maps for The Colussus.
Woxic's final match for Cloud9's all-star CS:GO squad took place on 16th December 2020, where the team lost in a devasting defeat against ForZe in the MIDNITE 9 to 7 tournament.
Taking to Twitter, Cloud9's General Manager for CS:GO, Henry "HenryG" Greer, announced Woxic's contract has been terminated, as the organization parts ways with the Turkish star.
According to the statement by HenryG, this was a mutual decision made by the team and Woxic, explaining the player suffers from "unreliable high ping" due to him living in a "compromising time zone".
This all created a "demotivating period" for Woxic, which in turn resulted in the player being benched and then released from the squad.
HenryG explained: "We approached with many resolutions to these problems but unfortunately the logistics of overcoming them were almost insurmountable.
At the time of writing, the current Cloud9 CS:GO roster is:
- Patrick "es3tag" Hansen
- Alex "ALEX" McMeekin
- William "mezii" Merriman
- Ricky "floppy" Kemery
With Cloud9's Colussus team set to compete at CS_Summit 7 starting on 25th January 2021, we can expect some announcements regarding a fifth player "in the coming days."
Cloud9's CS:GO squad didn't do too well after forming, even though on paper, the team is exceptionally strong.
We will have to wait and see who joins Cloud9 as their fifth player, replacing Woxic in the process.