Mohamad ‘m0E’ Assad has announced that he is “open to the idea” of playing for Cloud9 at the FACEIT London Major and donating all of the money he makes to charity.
Cloud9’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster is currently in a state of disarray after Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik decided to leave the team for a new opportunity with MiBR.
Tarik is now the second member of the ELEAGUE Boston Major winning team to have switched from Cloud9 to the Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo’s Brazilian team after Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip did the same in March.
With that said, the reigning Major Champions are in dire straights as they look towards defending their title at the FACEIT London Major in September with only three of their five players remaining.
Enter former professional player, and often controversial streaming personality, m0E. The 31 year old took to Twitter with a surprising announcement where he said he would consider playing for Cloud9 in London and would even donate “my cut of sticker money/prize” to a charity of the community’s choosing:
officially announcing that i will be open to the idea of being @Cloud9 stand in for the major. I will also be donating my cut of sticker money/ prize to a charity of the communities choice. https://t.co/Yz01WUTh7k
— mOE (@m0E_tv) July 16, 2018
m0E’s career in CS:GO never lived up to what he achieved in Counter-Strike: Source but his popular, and often controversial, streaming content meant that he was never far from the public eye.
He played as a stand-in for Team Liquid in the past but hasn’t played at a professional level since 2016 when he was a part of a largely unsuccessful Echo Fox project.
At first glance, the idea of m0E standing in for Cloud9 seems about as far fetched as they come. However, the Major roster lock rules meaning that anybody that played in the earlier qualification stages is already barred from competing with another team, shortening the list of available players significantly.
Other potential stand-ins could include former Cloud9 stars like Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert and Sean ‘[email protected]’ Gares, or European imports like Jørgen ‘cromen’ Robertsen, who made a name for himself as a stand-in for FaZe Clan in recent months.