Cloud9 have made the surprise announcement that they have released their Dota 2 roster and will be withdrawing from the game entirely just 4 months after returning to the Esport! This is now the third time that Cloud9 have exited Dota 2, doing so in 2015 and 2017.
Team Manager, Ysabel Noukky Müller, was quoted as saying:
“It was great working with these players and I want to thank them for being professional throughout and buying into our vision and company values. We’re confident that success will follow them as their careers progress.”
It was only months ago on January 29th that Cloud9 returned to Dota 2 with a roster made up of “Skemberlu”, “vtFαded”, “MISERY”, “FrancisLee” and “pieliedie”. However, this iteration of Cloud9 didn’t last long, with the squad only playing two Bo1s in the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Southeast Asia Open Qualifier. Soon after, on March 3rd, “Skemberlu” and “vtFαded” were benched while “FrancisLee” was released. They were then replaced with Fighting PandaS players ”EternaLEnVy” (This would be the third time that Envy has played under the Cloud9 organisation), ”Sneyking” and former Ninjas in Pyjamas carry ‘Ace’.
Then, just 8 days after forming, the NA roster played at the DOTA Summit 12 where they finished dead last, losing every game that they played! After that, they failed to make any progress at the WeSave! Charity Play event. However, their fortunes did start to change at the BTS Pro Series: Americas after switching the roles of Ace and EternaLEnVy. This caused the team to pick up impressive victories against the likes of Evil Geniuses, Furia and Beastcoast. However, just when it seemed that the NA roster was starting to find their feet, they have been released.
So where does that leave EternaLEnVy, Ace, Sneyking, MISERY and PieLiedie? Well, they could stick together and try to find a different team to sponsor them, or they could all go their separate ways. If I was them, I would remain as a unit; they’re all solid players who could form a reliable North American team.
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