— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) August 14, 2017
Swag will play for Timothy “autimatic” Ta, who will be out of town during the event, according to a Tweet from Cloud9’s Jake “Stewie2k“ Yip.
Tim will be out of town during our ESL NY qualifiers and we've decided to use Brax as our stand-in. Proud to work with you again @C9swag ❤️
— C9 Jake (@Stewie) August 14, 2017
Perhaps one of the most talented players of CS:GO in North America, swag was banned for his part in the 2014 match fixing scandal while playing for iBUYPOWER. He was banned from competing in any Valve-sponsored events, a decision almost every tournament organizer adopted, though swag stood in for Cloud9 during the CS Summit in April. Swag and the other players were unbanned by ESL last month, meaning even though he still can’t play in Valve-sponsored events, swag is eligible to compete in ESL events.
The ESL One New York qualifiers for North America will feature eight teams, with seven invited ones and one from the open qualifiers. The top team of the North American qualifier will join the six other invited teams at ESL ONE New York along with the top team of the European qualifier, to participate in the $250,000 event that runs Sept. 16-17 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.