Cloud 9 adds Xeppaa
North American organization Cloud 9 has announced the acquisition of young prospect Erick “Xeppaa” Bach to its CS:GO squad. Xeppaa will be replacing Özgür “woxic” Eker in the Colossus’s starting lineup, with whom the organization parted ways earlier this month.
It's time to stir up some Chaos…
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) January 22, 2021
Xeppaa himself has been a hot commodity in the CS:GO landscape after getting released by Chaos Esports Club. An aggressive rifler with a lot of maturity and consistency in his game, Xeppaa has been hailed as one of the brightest prospects come out of North America in the last couple of years.
“Joining the Colossus C9 I never thought I would ever join an organization like C9 or anything big like this. This is always a dream come true. It’s great to represent an organization this big and hopefully, we do something big in the future.”, Xeppaa stated.
“He hasn’t had a chance to shine as a true star yet over in Europe. We’ve given him an opportunity and we know he’ll rise to the occasion.”, added Cloud 9 General Manager Henry “HenryG” Greer.
Some say he has unfinished business with CS:GO and I tend to agree😈
The Colossus is back online on the 25th.
— C9 HenryG (@HenryGcsgo) January 22, 2021
The player will be joining Cloud 9 on a three-year contract in a deal valued at $432,000, rising to $540,000 with undisclosed bonuses.
A shaky start for the Colossus
Cloud 9’s Colossus lineup is one of the single biggest ventures in CS:GO history. With record-breaking transfer fees and player contracts, a lot is expected from C9’s current CS:GO roster.
Cloud 9 has evidently underperformed in its first couple of outings. Even though the team has been hindered by ping issues and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a lack of synergy was almost palpable in the Cloud 9’s matches so far. Cloud 9’s best outing came in the form of a 3rd-4th place finish at BLAST Premier: Fall 2020 Showdown.
Losing woxic after only four months is definitely a heavy blow for the team, as his three-year deal worth $1,365,000 showed that Cloud 9 had big plans with the Turkish rifler.
Nevertheless, Xeppaa’s addition could be a move in the right direction, and a better long-term solution. The up-and-comer seems ready to take the next step in his professional career, and Cloud 9 seems like the perfect spot to do just that.
The new Cloud9 lineup will be making its debut at cs_summit 7 on January 25-31, and with a pretty stacked tournament lineup, the odds are definitely not in their favor.