You know it’s a time to be alive when the original OG is gone and the world is in chaos since the first day of 2020. That said, we got Cloud9, a familiar team org returning to the pro scene after so long. The last time Cloud9 was even relevant was back in the International 2014.
It was the mythical roster consisting of EternalEnvy, SingSing, pieliedie, Aui_2000 and bone7. This team made it to the quarterfinals of TI4, only to fall to Vici Gaming, who during TI4 became the finalist. The good old days when EE-sama was relevant and SingSing played some fine Ember Spirit game. However, Cloud9’s achievement was short-lived as despite making it to TI5, they ended at a miserable 12th place. Even when EE-sama was still playing for Cloud9 in 2017, they could not make it to the Internationals. Ever since, we did not hear a word about the team again.
Finally, after 2 years, the org has finally decided to return to the pro scene with new blood and veterans alike. After all, who can resist that juicy 30M USD prize pool? The new team consisted of:
The team definitely have some interesting players in it. For instance, Skem, of course, had a rough career last year when he accidentally used racist slur in a pro game, sparking the rage of many DOTA2 fans. This eventually ended his pro career in Complexity Gaming. Fortunately, he’s finally back after so long and hopefully he does well this time around. Meanwhile, MISERY and vtFaded were former Chaos Esports players who qualified to TI9 only to be eliminated as the last place team with Matumbaman. FLee is actually a veteran pro player who has been in the pro scene since 2015, just not very popular. That said, he did play in the Kuala Lumpur major when he was in paiN X Gaming.
Finally, the true veteran of them all, the original Cloud9 player, pieliedie, makes his debut back into the NA pro scene after years of migrating to different regions to play such as Fnatic, Mineski and Team Secret. Being a pro player who has attended 5 Internationals to date, pieliedie is definitely a player no one wants to miss because Cloud9’s legacy is back. Stay tuned as the team will be debuting in their first pro match during the ESL One Los Angeles Open Qualifiers, where they probably going to meet EE-sama’s Fighting PandaS if they do make it the regionals.