Cloud9 duo leave CS:GO
Two of the players on Cloud9's defunct Counter Strike: Global Offensive roster have transitioned to VALORANT.
Both Ricky "floppy" Kemery and Erick "Xeppaa" Bach have decided to continue their careers on VALORANT. The pair were part of Cloud9's "Colossus" line-up in CS:GO, with that project being put on hold back in March.
All the players from that roster were made available for transfer after that announcement, but floppy and Xeppaa have chosen to remain in the Cloud9 family. The pair will transition to the up-and-coming VALORANT scene, where they'll play for Cloud9 Blue alongside another former CS:GO prospect in Nathan "leaf" Orf.
Floppy will be stepping back from CS:GO after a career that spanned seven years. His breakthrough came with ATK, who made the Season 10 Finals of ESL Pro League in 2019. Cloud9 picked up said ATK roster subsequently, but a combination of stagnating results and an inability to compete internationally saw the team released.
Henry "HenryG" Greer decided to retain floppy for his "Colossus" project, but the international roster ultimately failed to secure the results expected. In their final tournament, they managed just 17-20th at ESL Pro League Season 13.
That led to several roster changes, including Xeppaa, who replaced Ozgur "woxic" Eker. One of North America's hottest prospects, he would play just five tournaments before the roster was put on the transfer list.
Both floppy and Xeppaa will be hoping the fresh start can get their promising careers back on track.
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