Cloud9 is making changes to its LoL roster, with Licorice leaving the team & promoting the Academy top laner Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami to the main lineup. Not only that, but Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin will also be promoted to the head coach position, according to rumors.
Licorice at Cloud9
Licorice won’t be the starting top laner anymore for C9. Arrived in the roster at the end of 2017, following the departure of Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong ( who joined TL ), Licorice played for 3 years, winning the 2020 LCS Spring Split. He also participated in the 2018 & 2019 Worlds Championships, achieving the best result of a semifinal. However, it was probably the lack of results of this year which will lead to his departure. Failing to make it through playoffs in the most shocking way, Cloud9 missed for the 1st time in years a seed to Worlds.
Cloud9 – What now?
Licorice will become available for a buyout ahead of Season 11, before the free agency period ( which will begin Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. ET ). With one of the best top laners in North America looking for a team, teams will surely want to pick him up to upgrade their roster. Everything will depend on how C9 will price his contract. Despite that, demand will likely be very high.
The promotion of Fudge to the starting roster is a very intelligent one. After Riot Games had announced that they would close the OPL ( Oceanic Pro League ), Fudge, who previously played in MAMMOTH & was resident in that region, will no longer be considered an import. Even if C9’s import slots are currently covered by Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, Fudge can still play in the main roster, thus the reasoning behind the team’s choice. It will be interesting to see whether other roster changes will be implemented after this disappointing season, as C9 will surely want to aim to get back at least at the World Championship.
Not only that, but rumours have said that Reignover, former FNC & IMT jungler, will become Cloud9’s head coach. Joining the team in May 2019 after retiring, he will take over Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu’s position, after the latter had served for more than four years.
So what do you think of this change? Has C9 made the right choice? Who will pick up Licorice? Let us know in the comments.