Cloud9 bids Goodbye to sh1ro

Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov's finally departs from Cloud9. Check out the impact of his 20-month tenure, and achievements with Cloud9.

Cloud9 bids Goodbye to sh1ro
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CS2 Esports witnessed a significant shift with the departure of Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov from Cloud9. His 20-month journey with the organization, marked by remarkable achievements and a unique style of play, came to an end, opening a new chapter in his career and for Cloud9.


Before delving into the recent developments, it's crucial to understand sh1ro's impact on the esports scene. Emerging as a formidable player with Gambit Youngsters, sh1ro's skills flourished during the online era. His transition to Cloud9 in April 2022 was a testament to his growing prowess.


Notably, his tenure at Cloud9 was highlighted by a victory at IEM Dallas 2022 and a commendable performance at the IEM Rio Major, where he showcased his exceptional skills, especially with the AWP (sniper rifle), earning him accolades like the MVP of the V4 Future Sports Festival 2021.


In a surprising turn, sh1ro stepped down from Cloud9's active roster in late October and has been on the sidelines since then. This move marked a significant change for Cloud9, who have decided to continue without a primary sniper, a strategy underscored by their head coach, Konstantin "⁠groove⁠" Pikiner. The team has signed Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov as sh1ro's replacement, indicating a strategic pivot in their gameplay approach.


sh1ro's Next Chapter


Reports indicate that sh1ro is set to join Team Spirit, replacing Artem "⁠ArtFr0st⁠" Kharitonov. This transition opens up new possibilities for both sh1ro and Team Spirit, promising an exciting future in the esports landscape.


In his departure, sh1ro expressed gratitude towards Cloud9, reminiscing his favorite memory being the run at the Rio Major. He thanked the staff and teammates, particularly acknowledging the contributions of their analyst, Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov.


Additionally, sh1ro apologized to teammates Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov and Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy for his sudden exit, reflecting on the belief they had in the lineup.