Patrick “es3tag” Hansen is set to take over AWPing duties for Cloud9, HLTV.org has learned. The change to the team’s roles comes just one month after ALEX picked up the ‘Big Green’ following the release of Özgür “woxic” Eker, who was removed from the lineup in part due to his “unreliable high ping” and a “compromising time zone.”
The change failed to bear fruit as Cloud9 could not reach the cs_summit 7 playoffs in January and failed to qualify for IEM Katowice. The ‘Colossus’ lost to Spirit and OG in the Play-in stage of the $1 million tournament, leaving themselves out of contention for one of the most competitive events of the year.
es3tag is no stranger to the AWP, having often utilised the gun during his time with Heroic, especially during the five-month period in 2019 between Daniel “mertz” Mertz‘s benching and Casper “cadiaN” Møller‘s signing. He will have ample time to reacclimate with the role as Cloud9 currently have no events lined up until ESL Pro League Season 13, which is slated to kick off on March 8.