Cloud9 Counter Strike: Global Offensive announced the departure of Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker from its roster on Jan. 18 on its Twitter. His departure came merely three months after his joining. C9 had acquired woxic from mousesports on a three-year contract for a record $1.3 million deal following his phenomenal year-and-a-half long performance with his old team.
C9 thanked woxic for his time and efforts at the Colossus, declaring that woxic’s contract was terminated on mutually agreed terms. The official tweet also mentioned that C9’s General Manager, Henry “HenryG” Greer, will be issuing a statement regarding the issue, which arrived shortly after.
“There’s no denying Woxic’s skill … However it’s also no secret that recent months have been especially rough for him,” HenryG said. “We were unable to overcome various challenges that affected his performance … unfortunately, the logistics of overcoming them were almost insurmountable.”
HenryG stated “unreliable high ping” and “compromission time zone” as issues which hindered woxic and his team to collaborate properly and perform well. He further stated that woxic’s contract was terminated on mutual terms, effective as of Jan. 14, 2021.
“The decision may come as a shock to many,” HenryG said. “ … but allowing this to continue wouldn’t have been in the best interest of the squad in the long run. This was a team decision.” He went on to write that the tough decision was taken collectively by the team and they believed it to be the correct one.
Back in early January, there were rumours floating that C9 was looking to bench woxic from its starting lineup due to “non-performance related issues,” with suggestions of Erick “Xeppaa” Bach being his replacement. The issue was highlighted in an article by Rush B Media. These speculations were abound following C9’s ‘Colossus’ roster overhaul performing poorly in Flashpoint 2, BLAST Premier: Fall Showdown and Dreamhack Masters: Winter 2020 EU.
With the departure of woxic, C9 CS:GO is now short of an AWPer and a head coach since Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović’s departure in late December, 2020.
Current C9 CSGO roster:
Ricky “floppy” Kemery
Alex “ALEX” McMeekin
William “mezii” Merriman
Patrick “es3tag” Hansen