One of – if not the – biggest teams in Esports, “Cloud9”, is set to make their return to the competitive scene for Halo with an updated roster.
Previously, Cloud9 had disbanded in 2016 after several roster changes that same year. This time around, the Cloud9 Halo roster will be comprised of: Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher, Zane “Pznguin” Hearon, Kevin “Eco” Smith, as well as Johnathon “Renegade” Willette. The Halo veterans will be coached by Emanuel “Hoaxer” Lovejoy.
New Cloud9 additions StelluR and Eco are known significantly from past championships. They took home a 3rd-place finish at the 2017 Halo World Championship with Team Liquid, while managing to score the title as well as a $500,000 grand prize the next year at the 2018 Halo World Championship, this time playing for Splyce. Pznguin also held a spot in the 2017 Team Liquid roster, managed to hold a Top 4 ranking through the duration of the entire Halo 5 competitive circuit, and also took part in the Red Bull Rise Til Dawn 2019 Halo 3 Tournament where he managed to snag a first place win.
To lead the squad, Cloud9 has chosen Hoaxer, a seasoned member of the Halo esports community. Hoaxer, a former player turned coach, has been coaching Halo esports since 2011 when he led his team to a 4th place ranking in the MLG Providence ‘11 BiC FLEX4 FFA Nationals.
“As a coach for Str8 Rippin, Hoaxer said that his main purpose is to ‘contribute to the betterment of the team in any way possible.'”
“‘I’d say that they should really focus a portion of their efforts at improving their performance in playing the game significantly,’ Hoaxer said. ‘I believe there are some intangible opportunities missed in coaches that don’t make that effort.'”Credit: Dot Esports
With his viewpoints on esports coaching and his head in the right place for both the players and himself, Hoaxer is bound to lead the Cloud9 Halo team to victory.