Cloud9 splits with coach kassad
To end 2020, Aleksandar ‘kassad’ Trifunovic has opted to call it quits and steps down as the coach for Cloud9’s CS:GO team. That means that the team is yet headed for a big change in the new season in 2021 as they hope to win big with a lot of tournaments ahead of them.
Kassad has made a big call to leave due to a stylistic clash that is ripping his coaching style and the team’s in-game leader Alex McMeekin. The former coach claims that the vision he had and the team’s approach was not really working well together. GM Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer thought that it was best if the team parted ways with him.
It was the best for both sides as they hope to get a fresh start going, and it might have been the big change that C9 needed all along. That only means that the team could expect themselves to be playing for bigger tournaments in the coming months as well.
‘No one is or was at fault, and there is no bad blood between him (kassad) and the rest of the players’, HenryG said. ‘It simply felt like there was a stylistic clash between the IGL (Alex) and kassad’s game. That led to a lot of compromises from a strategic point of view’.
With the player break, the GM’s call could not have been timely for both ends. Stepping down ahead of 2021 means that kassad could well find another team to play with and it will also give C9 enough time to find a replacement for him if they choose to do so.
However, HenryG remains doubtful if he wants to put in another coach considering the recent coaching bans that have plagued a lot of teams in CS:GO.
‘I am still deciding which path to follow regarding the position’, HenryG said. ‘Considering the recent controversy around the role, my options are rather limited. Also, I think coaching is still a bit of a dark art we haven't quite harnessed when it comes to CS:GO’.
With a lot at stake, C9 must make a fine move to keep themselves ready for action as they hope to get better in this new season.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores