Jul 30 2014 - 3:44 pm

Cloud9 set to acquire CompLexity's 'CS:GO' team

CompLexity Gaming's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are in talks with the Cloud9 organization about a potential move, likely to go ahead when player contracts end on Aug
Richard Lewis
Dot Esports

CompLexity Gaming's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are in talks with the Cloud9 organization about a potential move, likely to go ahead when player contracts end on Aug. 2.

Cloud9, who established themselves as an esports organization with the success of their League of Legends team, have been expanding into other games, including Hearthstone, Blizzard's hugely popular collectible card game. This would be their first foray into Counter-Strike territory.

The CompLexity organization, perhaps sensing that their team was a desirable property, had offered the team a salary a few weeks ago. With contracts close to expiring, however, the players wanted to pursue their options. Sources close to the team described the players as being “disgruntled” with their treatment. They had apparently wanted to attend more events and were unhappy when they received no revenue from CompLexity's sticker sales during ESL One's event in Katowice, Poland in March. This was a particular sore point for the players, as rival North American team iBUYPOWER received a share of the proceeds from their organization.

With all this in mind, the players are now keen to move to Cloud9 and start a new chapter in their careers. The team immediately becomes a valuable part of Cloud9, as it's one of the best in the North American scene. They're currently at the top end of the CEVO Professional Season 5 table with no defeats.

CompLexity manager Jason Bass told the Daily Dot his organization was not currently bidding for the players.

"We made an offer for a new annual salary weeks ago but the players informed us [Cloud9] made a better one," Bass said. "We wish the players and [Cloud9] nothing but the best. We enjoyed having them as a part of compLexity. They are very talented and we're glad they found a new home moving forward."

The former CompLexity team will make their debut for Cloud9 at the ESL One Cologne event, which takes place Aug. 14 to 17.

Screengrab via ESL One/YouTube

Jan 18 2017 - 10:32 pm

OpTic, Cloud9 join line-up for IEM Katowice

With only half of the CS:GO teams in place, the event is already looking stacked.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Less than two weeks after the first Valve Major of the year, some of the strongest teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be making their way to Katowice for a shot at yet another impressive $250,000 prize pool.

North American elite squads OpTic Gaming and Cloud9 will be joining the previously invited teams at IEM Katowice from March 1-5, ESL announced today. The two North American teams will make an already-stacked event all the more competitive, as reigning Valve Major champions SK Gaming—alongside Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, and Virtus Pro—have already been invited to attend.

OpTic and Cloud9 shocked the world towards the end of 2016, each taking home one international LAN tournament each. Cloud9's performance was particularly impressive. Their victory at the ESL Pro League Season 4 finals last October was the first international LAN victory for the North American region in nearly 11 years.

While these teams alone make the event stacked, they are only half of the teams that will be competing at IEM Katowice, as 12 teams in total will be fighting for the title. Two more teams are still slated to be invited, while an additional three teams from Europe and one more North American team secure their participation at the event through online qualifiers.

CS:GO is off to a hot start in 2017, and with more skilled teams around than ever before IEM Katowice is looking to become one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Jan 20 2017 - 9:49 pm

IEM Katowice’s CS:GO tournament is going to be awesome

The final two invites went out today, and the tournament's guaranteed to be exciting.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

The final two teams to be invited to one of the year's biggest events have been announced.

FaZe Clan and Danish soccer club FC Copenhagen's esports venture, North, will be attending IEM Katowice's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals from Mar. 1-5, ESL announced today. The teams, which showed impressive form towards the end of 2016 at multiple international LAN events, will be competing against some of the best teams in the world.

The two teams are also the last to receive invitations to the event, as four teams will be added after a series of online qualifiers. In total, three more European teams will be attending IEM Katowice, as well as one North American team. With an already-stacked ensemble of teams ready to attend, such as Brazil's SK Gaming, Polish hometown heroes Virtus Pro, and Denmark's top team Astralis, the four teams that will be advancing through the online qualifiers will be making an already-competitive event all the more fierce.

In October 2016, the current North roster, which was signed to Dignitas at the time, took home the $500,000 EPICENTER event in Moscow. Aside from being one of the biggest events of the year, it had all the top teams in the world in attendance. Since then, however, North has struggled to live up to the expectations placed upon them, and have recently fallen short at nearly all events they have attended since.

The opposite can be said about FaZe, since the team picked up former Astralis in-game leader Finn "Karrigan" Andersen. Since Karrigan's arrival, FaZe have had their best results since the team's inception, and have looked stronger at each event they have attended.

Taking place roughly one month after the ELEAGUE Major, which begins on Jan. 22, IEM Katowice will likely be the debut tournament of several new rosters—so make sure to keep an eye on what could be one of the biggest CS:GO events of the year.