Olivia R. March 6, 2019
After an 11th place finish at the IEM Katowice Major, Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro is leaving Cloud9 to rejoin his old Swole Patrol teammates.
Zellsis was brought into Cloud9’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team as a stand-in for Maikil “Golden” Selim going into the year's first major. Team manager Jonathan Tran thanked Zellsis for his efforts on Cloud9's behalf. Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne had nothing but praise for the 21-year-old Rifler.
“We asked a lot of Zellsis with these three tournaments, and he ross to the challenge,” Etienne said.
During his stint with Cloud9, Zellsis helped the team advance past the New Challengers Stage at the Katowice Major and secure a second place finish at ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational.
Cloud9’s owner went on to say that Zellsis was level-headed and professional on these biggest of stages, and that he’s looking forward to their paths crossing again.
Zellsis called being a part of Cloud9 a “short-lived dream.” In an official statement, Zellsis said he learned a lot during his few months with the squad. Now that the major is over, Zellsis will be returning to the “stream grind.”
“I still have a lot to learn as a player, but it was an honor to spend my first major with such an incredible group of players,” Zellsis said. “I plan on coming back bigger and better than ever.”
Cloud9 is also looking towards a bright future. The North American organization announced that they are looking to bring aboard a new fifth member.
With the departure of Zellsis, Cloud9’s current lineup includes Golden, Tim “autimatic” Ta, Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey, and Will “RUSH” Wierzba.