Cloud9 and the rest of the Counter-Strike world were left in disbelief as one of the biggest stars on the scene Dmitriy "sh1ro" Sokolov announced his departure from the team last week.
The 22-year-old Russian had been an integral part of the Gambit project that was later acquired by Cloud9. But since the arrival of the two former NAVI players, Denis "electroNic" Sharipov and Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy, Cloud9 has been dropping down in the rankings after several subpar performances. It is still unknown what triggered the decision from sh1ro.
The signing of Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhaylov as a replacement comes as no surprise after the now-former 1WIN IGL has played as a stand-in for Cloud9 in the absence of sh1ro.
Boombl4 joins the team where he links up with his two former teammates Denis "electroNic" Sharipov and Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy. The trio was part of one of the most dominant eras in history at NAVI in 2021, when they won almost everything possible. Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhaylov was later removed from the NAVI roster and ended up in 1WIN which he represented for the majority of 2023.
Cloud9 and Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhaylov will play BIG in the Quarter-Finals of Thunderpick World Championships later today.