Cloud9 Acquires RUSH, tarik as ESL One: NY Qualifiers Begin

We at Cloud9 are ecstatic to welcome the newest members of the Cloud9 CS:GO family, William RUSH Wierzba and Tarik tarik Celik! Will and Tarik led OpTic Gaming to glory at both Northern Arena 2016 - Montreal and ELEAGUE Season 2 and we are excited to have their veteran leadership join Cloud9. As they join the starting roster, Jordan n0thing Gilbert and Michael shroud Grzesiek will move to the bench.

“It’s a huge day for me as I say farewell to my long-time team OpTic, and start my new adventure on C9. I really believe this will be a world-contending roster and I hope you, the fans, believe this as well!”
— William "RUSH" Wierzba, Cloud9 CS:GO Player
“I’m super excited to be apart of the Cloud9 organization. I know that I have always been on the other side but I hope that the fans will welcome me in open arms. Summer is just getting started! #noshirtTV”
— Tarik "tarik" Celik, Cloud9 CS:GO Player
“It’s been a thrill watching RUSH and tarik develop into the players they’ve become. We’re no strangers to what they bring to the game and I’m really looking forward to what this roster is going to accomplish.”
— Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Founder

You won’t have to wait long to see Will and Tarik in Cloud9 blue as the team will be in action this weekend, August 19-20, participating in the ESL One: New York Closed Qualifier!

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