With Slemmy moving over to the coach role many people are wondering who Cloud 9 will pick up as their fifth. Top Frag has heard from a few reliable sources that the team is looking to pursue Timothy “Autimatic” Ta from TSM. Autimatic has played for teams such as Method, Complexity and most recently TSM. We know that together with Semphis his buyout from Complexity over to TSM was around $50,000. I doubt TSM as an organization is looking to get any less than $25,000 for him which if I recall correctly is close to the equivalent of what Skadoodle received as his signing bonus onto Cloud 9. Either way the rumor mill is that Autimatic isn’t happy at his current home and even though most Cloud 9 fans were hoping for a player who can provide more impact he is still an upgrade to Slemmy.
When you look at Autimatic’s tenure playing against top teams he has been average at best. I’m not sure if this move is the solution to Cloud 9’s recent slumps or if it will even help them regain their title as the best in North America. A title that is up for grabs now that Liquid no longer has s1mple. If this buyout comes into fruition we can expect Autimatic to perform better than Slemmy but don’t expect Cloud 9 to place at international events anytime soon. Considering Cloud 9 is a premiere North American organization there has to be confusion as to why a better prospect wasn’t found. The most concerning part about this pick-up is the attitudes that now occupy each member of Cloud 9 with the exception of n0thing. Stewie2k, Skadoodle, Shroud and even Slemmy as a coach all have passive attitudes and Autimatic is extremely similar.
Autimatic Stats – http://www.hltv.org/?pageid=173&playerid=8735
Slemmy Stats – http://www.hltv.org/?pageid=173&playerid=8708