As broken by Travis Gafford, Cloud9 will have Summit replacing Fudge in Top Lane. Fudge will be role swapping to Mid. This new Cloud9 2022 LCS Roster also confirms the previous rumors of Isles getting promoted from Cloud9 Academy. Furthermore, this adds creditability to Vulcan joining EG.
Sources: Cloud9 have decided on their starting lineup and intend to run (pending free agency signatures)
via a Fudge roleswap pic.twitter.com/FrvMWTUsUl
— Travis Gafford (@TravisGafford) November 15, 2021
Summit was previously on Liiv Sandbox and was the clear standout for the team. His stats include a GD10 of 29, XPD10 of 73 and a CSD10 of 2.3. Liiv struggled all year coming 9th in the Spring Split and 7th in the Summer. With this in mind, Summit’s stats become much more impressive. It is hard to get big leads on a losing roster.
In terms of Fudge, there is little no doubt that he will be able to play Mid. The question is, at what level? Will he be a Top 5 LCS Mid Laner? Top 3? Bottom 3? Time can only tell in that regard. Fudge has though continued to improve all year on Cloud9 despite some bumps early in the year. It is very possible that Fudge replicates that same curve in Mid Lane.
Even with the role swap, the biggest question on this team is the Bot Lane. Zven Vulcan was generally a strong duo last year. Despite the King controversy, it never felt like C9 was losing games through Bot Lane. But replacing the best resident Support, Vulcan, with Isles is certainly questionable. Isles was quite good in Academy with his laning stats being the best in the role. Even with this, dominance on an Academy level does not always translate to the LCS stage. It is very possible C9 doesn’t skip a beat and continues their Bot Lane reign of terror. It is however also possible that this move could fall short.
What Caused this Cloud9 LCS Roster?
Simply put, this roster was far from the original plan for the Cloud9 2022 LCS Roster. With all the rumors and offseason leaks, it seems like C9 tried a bunch of stuff. From brining back Nisqy, to keeping Vulcan, to trying to get Bjergsen, C9 had a turbulent year. Ironically, the original rumors were that Zven was 100% out, but he has stayed. Such is the nature of the LCS Offseason. Anything can happen and there is no certainty that anyone keeps their job. It really all depends on what other teams do, in this case, TL, Fnatic and EG.
For more coverage of the LCS Offseason, check out our Leauge of Legends articles.