North American group Cloud9 confirms the signing of Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey as the fifth member to complete their CS:GO roster.
His addition came a month after C9 mainstay and Major Champion Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham decided to part ways with the organization and eventually retire. His retirement gave ‘kio’ the chance to play for C9 as a stand-in at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen and ESL Pro League.
The French superstar will be the third European member of the NA group along with Maikil "Golden" Kunda Selim and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist who both hail from Sweden. This also leaves Timothy "autimatic" Ta and William "RUSH" Wierzba as the remnants of the championship team that won the ELEAGUE Major 2018 at Boston.
A new beginning
In a statement released in their website, head coach Soham "Valens" Chowdhury shared his insights for the upcoming season with the changes.
“Our search to find that elusive form from earlier this year has been long and grueling, but hopes are high. Fabien has already made a great impression, both as a teammate and player, and the team is ready to build on our exciting first step at Copenhagen. We are looking forward to show you a revitalized Cloud9 leading into the next major.”
Cloud9 is still on a rebuilding phase months after they had won the first CS Major for NA. They are looking to end their post-major struggles as they return at the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII - Katowice Major 2019.
Cloud9 CEO and Owner Jack Etienne is optimistic with the addition of kioShiMa.
“I’m so proud of the way we’ve built this team and kioShiMa has been a great addition to the C9 family already. We’re all excited to see what the team can do in competition!”
They hope that kio’s veteran experience and long list of accomplishments along with two Major titles under his belt will help the cause of the rebuilding group.
kioShiMa will see his first action as a C9 regular at the ECS Season 6 Finals beginning November 22.