In 2018, Cloud9 became the first North American team to win a Major, sadly their magical run would not last for long, as it became quite apparent that the win against Faze clan was a fluke. Since then, they made a number of roster changes. Their star players Stewie2k and Tarik left for MiBR, Skadoodle announced he would be taking a break, FNS left shortly after he was brought in,… With all that departures, Cloud9 finalized their roster for the Major with a mix of EU and NA talent; Zellsis, flusha, autimatic, rush and kioShIMa. Zellsis is currently on trial in the place of Golden, who went inactive due to health reasons. Due to Major restrictions, Golden will be needed on the roster at IEM Katowice Major 2019 to retain the majority of the Cloud9 roster from FACEIT Major: London 2018. Looking at how Cloud9 performed in 2019, they have played at two LAN tournaments; iBUYPOWER Masters IV where they finished 6th after losing to fnatic 16-14 in a BO1 match and ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational 2019, where they managed to reach the finals, but fell short 2-1 to the Faze Clan. The latter game looked like it could go either way and they definitely had their chances to win the whole event. In the end, they had to settle with the 2nd place. Cloud9 are priced around 30.0 on Pinnacle to win the Major. My expectations for them is to at least get out of the New Challengers stake and take a shot at securing the Legends status for the next major.
After checking the liqupedia, I have found out that the Grayhound Gaming is an Australian esports organisation hosting a globally renown big DickStacy, an even bigger Mongolian, a comparatively smaller New Zealander and 2 shrimps on the barbie. All jokes aside, they are a mix of players coming from all over Asia/Oceania. From New Zealand to Mongolia. I will keep this team preview short, as I do not expect much from this team at the major. They qualified for the major through the Asian Minor, which to be fair is not really a hard Minor to get thru. Priced around 230 at the Pinnacle, I wouldn’t be surprised if they crash 0-3 out of the New Challengers stage.
This will be the first match between these two teams and there is no doubt that Cloud9 are the better team in this matchup. They might not be at the level they were when they won the Boston Major in 2018, but their recent LAN performance at ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational 2019 suggest they are on the right path. As mentioned previously, I do not expect a lot from Grayhound this Major, C9 should be able to win this one quite comfortably.
Prediction: Cloud9 -4.50 rounds
Odds: 1.79 gg.bet