A year ago he was mocked and derided for being an all aim, no brain PUG star. Now he is praised as one of the best players in North America. Step into the spotlight, Jake “Stewie2k” Yip.
Reddit circlejerks can be very amusing, especially when it comes to Stewie2k. The American first came to the community’s attention when seen in Pick Up Games (matches vs strangers) and 10-man games with NA pros/streamers. In one such game, Yip was matched with Sam “DaZeD” Marine, a game in which the former pro had very little in the way of praise to give to young Stuart 2000, due to his play style and lack of game Stewsense.
Soon after, Stewie attended the RGN Pro Series LAN to play on Torqued with the likes of Joshua “steel” Nissan and Mohamad “m0E” Assad – a tournament in which it’s fair to say his performance was subpar.
The aggressive, unconventional playstyle displayed at ESEA and FaceIt Pro League – often revolving around Stewie2k pushing through smokes to catch his opponent off guard, sometimes without any flashbangs and then using his decent aim in order to win the fight – led people to believe that he would be nothing more than a mere PUG star who also enjoyed engaging in some spicy extracts of trash talk.
With this well-established public image, you can imagine the head scratching that took place when it was announced that Young Stuart had joined Cloud9 following the departure of Seangares.
Though the new line-up got off to a rocky start with Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert trying to dictate the strategy, the team first added Alec “Slemmy” White to the line-up following Ryan “fREAKAZOiD” Abadir’s departure, before eventually replacing Slemmy with Timothy “Autimatic” Ta.
With the former Team SoloMid player now in their line-up, Cloud9 made history recently by winning the ESL Pro League Season 4 finals. C9 became the first North American team to win a big international $250,000 tournament in the history of CS:GO.
While Autimatic has somewhat become the star player for Cloud9, Young Stuart’s impact is still noticeable, given that he has become the in-game leader to many people’s surprise. His evolution in skill and game-sense has shown just how far he has come, and how hard work and dedication can accelerate your career in a seemingly short space of time.
Stewie’s in-game leading style also led to Steel jokingly imply that DaZeD had actually been calling the shots for C9, owing to the similar calling style that appeared to be on display as he was viewing one of the team’s demos on his Twitch stream.
Putting the mundane semantics of whether or not DaZeD would even attempt to coach Cloud9 – given Valve’s ruling that he was not only banned from competitive play, but also barred from helping other teams – it makes sense that Stewie may have taken inspirations from DaZeD’s style of calling, seeing as he often plays alongside the former professional on a regular basis. Whilst it may sound like a wild conspiracy theory on the surface, it has some logic to it.
Though Young Stuart still has a lot to learn, it is clear just how much improvement he has shown since joining C9 in January. It will be interesting to see where he goes with Cloud9 in 2017 and beyond.