Cloud9 Withdraw From ESL Pro League Season 19

15 Apr 2024
Tit Krajnik 15 Apr 2024
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  • Cloud9 have withdrawn from ESL Pro League Season 19
  • The decision comes following the departure of a key player
  • Cloud9 will be replaced by SAW
On Monday, April 15, 2024, ESL announced that Cloud9 won't be attending ESL Pro League Season 19. As confirmed the Russian Counter-Strike team withdrew from the tournament and have already got replaced.

ESL Pro League Season 19 is set to take place on April 23 – May 12 as one of the biggest Counter-Strike esports events of the year. The tournament will welcome some of the world’s top-rated CS2 teams; however, as confirmed on Monday, Cloud9 won’t join that list.

Cloud9 already received an invite to ESL Pro League Season 19 and were confirmed to attend until today, when ESL announced that C9 decided not to compete. Fortunately, the tournament organisers didn’t need long to find a replacement.

As revealed by ESL, Team Spirit were first in line to replace Cloud9 but they turned down the invite. As a result, ESL turned to SAW who accepted the invitation and will serve as a replacement team in the upcoming event.

Despite being a lower-rated squad, SAW will seed in the same spot as Cloud9. As per the ESL’s replacement rules, the tournament will not be re-seeded since the replacement happened less than 10 days before the event kicks off.

Cloud9’s withdrawal from ESL Pro League Season 19 comes in the wake of Denis “electroNic” Sharipov’s departure from the team to join That left Cloud9 with only four active players and seemingly not enough time to find a suitable replacement.

Cloud9’s replacement, SAW are currently ranked no.21 in the global Counter-Strike standings and have been on the rise over the last few months. The Portuguese side has recently produced a nearly-flawless run at BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2024 and qualified for PGL Major Copenhagen 2024 after finishing European RMR A in sixth-eighth place.

At the Major, SAW won two series against KOI and GamerLegion but crashed out of the Opening Stage with three losses. Still, the team found more traction since the start of April, winning four of the last five series played, including three at ESL Challenger League Season 47: Europe, where they topped Group A with a 5-0 record.

SAW received an invite to ESL Pro League Season 19 based on their current ESL World Ranking. Where they rank 17th, behind Cloud9 in eighth, and Team Spirit, who are ranked no.3.
SAW will play their first match of ESL Pro League Season 19 against 3DMAX in Group A