Cloud9 have announced that they have completed the signings of Ryan "fREAKAZOiD" Abadir and Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham, with Braxton "swag" Pierce joining the staff as analyst.
The North American team had been left with a three-man roster after dispensing with the services of Kory "SEMPHIS" Friesen and Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan following a run of poor form in both online and offline tournaments.
The final straw came at the ESEA Finals, in Dallas, where the team finished 7th-8th following 0-2 defeats against mousesports and Nihilum Gaming.
Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir, a former member of Dynamic and Frost Gaming, had been widely expected to join Cloud9, and not even the leak of information regarding a deal with the North American giants prevented the move from coming to fruition.
He has now been given the chance to play for the team on a permanent basis after acting as a stand-in for the squad in March 2014, following the departure of Braxton "swag" Pierce to iBUYPOWER.
Rounding out the roster will be Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham, who had been without a team since the disbandment of his iBP team following a match-fixing scandal. Since then, he had played for Torqued at Clutch Con and for eLevate at CEVO Season 6 finals, both as a substitute.
"There are few words that can accurately express the amount of revitalization going on within the Cloud9 camp," Cloud9 manager Tres "stunna" Saranthus said in a statement.
"In fREAKAZOiD and Skadoodle, we have two players with the most obvious goal to win first and foremost. I look at the hunger to succeed as an extremely essential key to success going forward with any player.
"These players aren’t out for themselves, but for the common good of bringing titles back to NA."
Looks like the dream died tonight boys, will be streaming in the AM. Light a candle for me in the meantime [*]— Spencer Martin (@HikoCS) April 29, 2015
Meanwhile, Cloud9 have announced that swag, who is currently banned from Valve-sponsored events and from most tournaments following his involvement in iBP's match-fixing scandal, has been hired as as analyst "to help ensure the roster’s performance and success" in future competitions.
"In Pierce, I see one of the world’s best competitors and with him a vast knowledge of competitive experience," Saranthus said.
"I cannot think of a former professional player more capable of helping to guide this team to where it needs to be."
Cloud9 now have:
Braxton "swag" Pierce (analyst)