After a disappointing Worlds performance, it’s no surprise that Cloud9 is looking to update their roster. The Cloud9 roster receives an overhaul with the addition of Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme. Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam and Zach “Sneaky” Scuderi are all confirmed to be leaving Cloud9 for the upcoming season.
Svenskeren and Zeyzal are both confirmed to be leaving Cloud9 to join Evil Geniuses. Svenskeren was the MVP of the LCS summer split, so Cloud9 will certainly have high standards when looking for their new jungler. Zach “Sneaky” Scuderi confirmed on stream Tuesday that he will not be returning to Cloud9. It will be interesting to see the next steps in Sneaky’s career, however, nothing has been confirmed yet. He is often considered one of the best marksmen in the LCS, so teams may look to send him offers for the upcoming season.
Zven is leaving TSM to join Cloud9 as their starting bot laner. This will replace the import slot for Cloud9 that was previously held by Svenskeren. Although TSM as a team failed to qualify for Worlds, Zven put on a good performance during his time with the team. Sneaky is a long-time member and fan-favorite of Cloud9, so Zven will need to prove to Cloud9 fans that he can continue to perform. Vulcan is being bought out from Clutch Gaming (now rebranding to Dignitas) to join Cloud9 as their starting support. It’s a difficult task to find bot-lane synergy at the professional level, so Vulcan and Zven will spend much of their time practicing together in preparation for the 2020 season.
Eric “Licorice” Ritchie and Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer both have contracts with Cloud9 until November 2021, however, their spots on the team can’t be confirmed until the end of the free agency period. Robert “Blaber” Huang also is contracted with Cloud9 until November 2021. It’s still unclear whether or not Cloud9 will decide to start Blaber as their jungler, or if they will look to sign a new jungler.
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