After weeks of speculation, Cloud9 finally announced it has acquired the ATK roster. The move, which was first reported by DBLTAP in early December, finally gives the North American organisation a complete Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.
Cloud9 struggled to put on good performances last year, eventually leading to the depature of Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta, Damian ‘daps’ Steele, and Kenneth ‘koosta’ Suen. But instead of opting to rebuild around Oscar ‘mixwell’ Canellas and Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo, Cloud9 has decided to sign a new and promising roster.
ATK finished 2019 inside the top 20 of HLTV’s world rankings after defeating the likes of North and G2 at the recent ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals. The team rightfully attracted some interest from the CS:GO scene but the move to Cloud9 was a “dream come true” according to the team’s coach, Tiaan ‘T.c’ Coertzen, who gave a quote for the organisation’s official announcement.
He says: “Joining Cloud9 is a dream come true for the entire squad. Words can’t describe how excited we all are to represent such a prestigious organisation. We’re very grateful for the opportunity. I think it came at the perfect timing to provide us with more resources to continue our growth and to strive for new heights.”
The Cloud9 CS:GO roster is as follows:
- Johnny ‘JT’ Theodosiou
- Ian ‘motm’ Hardy
- Aran ‘Sonic’ Groesbeek
- Joshua ‘oSee’ Ohm
- Ricket ‘floppy’ Kemery
- Tiaan ‘T.c’ Coertzen (coach)
Mixwell, who is still contracted to Cloud9, has expressed his interest in playing elsewhere, while TenZ will stay with Cloud9 as a streamer.