theScore esports Daily (March 18): Cloud9 out of ECS week 2 with roster reportedly in flux, Gambit release B1ad3, bondik

by Devin Jones Mar 18
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Cloud9 pull roster from week 2 of ECS Season 7, reportedly in talks to sign k0nfig and JUGi

Not only has Cloud9 pulled their CS:GO roster from the second week of ECS Season 7, but according to a report from Danish website,, the organization is in talks to sign OpTic Gaming's Kristian "K0nfig" Wienecke and Jakob "JUGi" Hansen.

While Cloud9 has yet to release an official statement, a report from HLTV points to the lack of a replacement for Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro as a core reason Cloud9 dropped out of ECS week 2.

With Maikil "Golden" Kunda Selim facing health issues that kept him from competing at the recent 2019 Katowice Major, and the reported departure of Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey, Cloud9's short-term future is up in the air.

Bad News Bears will be replacing Cloud9 in their upcoming match against compLexity for the second week of the ECS Season 7 NA. It is unknown when C9 will be able to field a full roster and participate in ECS again.

Gambit esports release B1ad3, bondik

CS:GO organization Gambit Esports, has released their coach Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy and most recent roster signing, Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk.

While Gambit announced the news via Twitter, bondik tweeted his own statement saying that despite talks to sign a long-term contract, a decision couldn't be reached on the specifics.

bondik originally came to Gambit as a replacement for Dmitry "dimasick" Matvienko who joined the team on a two-month trial in December of 2018.

Similarly, B1ad3 joined Gambit on loan from FlipSid3 in what was supposed to be a short-term contract. As Gambit went through roster shakeups, B1ad3 stayed on to provide consistency.

KrizzeN steps back from CS:GO due to health reasons

AVANGAR announced a change to their roster Monday morning, as Aidyn "KrizzeN" Turlybekov is stepping back from competitive play to deal with lingering health issues.

KrizzeN has played with AVANGAR since July of 2017, helping them register a first-place finish at the 2019 Katowice CIS Minor Championship.

Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev will stand in for KrizzeN during his leave of absence.

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