Cloud9 has parted ways with Timofey "interz" Yakushin, after almost four years playing with the core lineup.
Cloud9 says goodbye to interz
Cloud9 made the announcement via Twitter, in which it called interz's departure an "end of an era" and thanked him for " helping C9 CS:GO become an international powerhouse once again and wish him luck in his future endeavors."
In a follow-up Tweet, Cloud9 clarified that interz has not yet been signed by a new team, and is now a free agent.
The roster change doesn't come as a huge surprise, as interz has been on the Cloud9 bench since January, following a tough end to the 2022 season for the team. He was later replaced by Timur "buster" Tulepov, who joined the team from Virtus.pro.
Still, it does mark the end of an almost four-year run with the roster, as interz was part of the original Gambit Esports lineup, alongside his teammates Vladislav "nafany" Gorshkov, Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov, and Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov. In fact, their time together dates back even further than that - with the players having been together on the Gambit Youngsters lineup back in 2019.
interz's greatest success with Cloud9 arguably came in June last year, when he was part of the lineup that claimed victory at IEM Dallas, defeating ENCE in the Grand Final with a decisive score of 3-0.
Unfortunately, however, that high was short-lived, as the team ran into troubles at IEM Rio in November last year. Despite many expecting the team to stand a chance of claiming the trophy after the likes of Team Vitality and Natus Vincere (NAVI) were eliminated from the tournament, Cloud9 were defeated in the quarterfinals by MOUZ. That unfortunate loss proved to be the last time that interz would play for Cloud9, with him being benched two months later.
The Cloud9 lineup now consists of Vladislav "nafany" Gorshkov, Dmitriy "sh1ro" Sokolov, Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov, Abai "HObbit" Hasenov, Timur "buster" Tulepov and coach Konstantin "groove" Pikiner.
Cloud9 are currently competing in the ongoing ESL Pro League Season 17 - and have had some remarkable success so far, having emerged victorious in the Group A Upper Bracket Final. As such, they're now waiting in the Quarterfinals bracket, and are due to take the stage once again on March 24. You'll be able to follow along with everything at ESL Pro League Season 17 via our handy upcoming Counter-Strike match schedule. And before you tune in, remember to sign up to claim your free 100% bonus, in order to make the most of your CS:GO betting experience.