Cloud9 has revealed the signing of Maikil “GOLDEN” Selim to its CS:GO roster on a more permanent basis. The ex-fnatic in-game leader performed as a stand-in for the North American organization at the ELEAGUE Premier 2018 where they roster was unable to make it out of groups.
Cloud9 CEO and owner Jack Etienne shared his thoughts on the acquisition in the official announcement on the organization’s website.
“Coaches, players, and myself were impressed with the professionalism and structure Golden brought to our team. The organization is thrilled to be moving forward with him as a part of Cloud9. Welcome, Golden!” he said.
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) August 8, 2018
Cloud9 has struggled to maintain a spot atop the Counter-Strike scene since the teams’ unprecedented win at the ELEAGUE Boston Major where they defeated FaZe in the grand finals. Since the monumental victory Jake “stewie2k” Yip and Tarik “tarik” Celik have both departed the team and landed on Made in Brazil. GOLDEN will fill in the void left by one however it is still unclear who will act as the teams’ fifth member. Martin “STYKO” Styk has been acting as stand-in recently but there has been no official word on whether or not this will be the long-term move.
GOLDEN brings in-game leader expertise and experience that Cloud9 has lacked for some time. The last attempt at bringing in an in-game leader in Pujan “FNS” Mehta was a very short-lived experience.