Ax1Le on parting with interz: "It's up to the coach and management to decide whether to replace a player"

Cloud9 player Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov commented in a conversation with an Escorenews journalist on the change in the team's roster, which saw Timur "buster" Tulepov replacing Timofey "interz" Yakushin. According to the Russian, this decision was made by the coach and management, while the players were involved in the selection of a new teammate.

Typically, it's up to the coach and management to decide whether to replace a player. We were involved in the player selection process during the trials. <...> I was a little depressed after losing the Major: I understood that someone was likely to be replaced. Timofey is a very good person, I still keep in touch with him, we have a lot of local memes. It was sad to say goodbye to him.

Ax1Le also assessed interz's prospects after being removed from Cloud9's starting five. He is confident that his former teammate will be in demand on the transfer market.

He plays now, keeps in shape. Someone always needs such players. He may well get an offer in the near future. I'm sure he will not be lost. Can he return to the squad? It might happen if our results are too bad, but I can't be sure.

Cloud9 replaced interz with buster ahead of the new competitive season, which for the team will begin with IEM Katowice 2023. Tomorrow, February 1, the CIS squad will face IHC in their first match at the tournament.