Cloud9 Returns to Counter-Strike | Cloud9

Cloud9, CS:GO Article By Cloud9|24 April, 2022

It’s our time to strike. We’re jumping back into the CS:GO arena with our newest team. 

When we left the league, we always promised that we would be back. This week, we are returning to the scene with an iconic lineup. This collection of players have shown incredible promise and talent, and we are thrilled that we can continue to support their passions and careers. Cloud9 will help the team relocate and get settled, as well as providing the type of high-level support that comes with joining an established and winning organization.

The roster we are bringing on includes:

  • Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov (player)
  • Dmitrii “sh1ro” Sokolov (player)
  • Sergei “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov (player)
  • Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov (player) 
  • Timofei “interz” Iakushin (player) 
  • Konstantin “groove” Pikiner (coach) 
  • Ivan “F_1N” Kochugov (analyst) 
  • Aleksandr “Sweetypotz” Scherbakov (manager)

“This is an exciting time for Counter Strike, with LAN events returning we’re seeing incredible interest amongst fans. I would definitely say the resurgence is well under way.”

Jack Etienne, Co-Founder and CEO of Cloud9

Our new CS:GO roster have just qualified for PGL Major Antwerp after having qualified through the the European RMR B. For all game day coverage and updates, make sure you’re following Cloud9 on Twitter and Instagram.

We’re excited and motivated for this new chapter with this powerhouse roster. Stay tuned for more updates.


Catch our exclusive interview with Kevin Hitt as Jack dives deeper into the latest team to join Cloud9.

About Cloud9

Founded in 2013, Cloud9 has grown to become one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world. With championships industry-wide, unmatched viewership hours, and extensive benefits packages for players and staff, Cloud9 prides itself on being the best in all categories.

At this time, Cloud9 fields professional teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Teamfight Tactics, and VALORANT.

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