Cloud9 revamp roster with four new players
Cloud9 announced their new starting five on "The 9s", the organization’s live stream, bringing in daps, mixwell, Kenneth "koosta" Suen, and Tyson "TenZ" Ngo to join the only remaining player from the previous lineup, autimatic.
The four new players will replace Maikil "Golden" Selim, René "cajunb" Borg, Daniel "vice" Kim, and William "RUSH" Wierzba as Cloud9 look to shake things up after the squad failed to qualify for the StarLadder Major's Americas Minor—following losses to The Quest and New Identity—, and finished in 9-12th place at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals with a single victory over DETONA and losses at the hands of Astralis and G2.
This move will see daps and mixwell reunite after the duo played together under the OpTic banner in 2016 and attended the ESL One Cologne Major that same year. koosta was without a team after being released by Ghost, while TenZ acted as a stand-in for teams like ATK and Lazarus after leaving Bad News Bears, even helping the latter to qualify for the Americas Minor.
James "JamezIRL" Macaulay, formerly of Ghost, has been hired to coach the team and will have the backing of Soham "valens" Chowdhury, who will still be active in the squad's practices and review sessions.
valens said the following about the need to rebuild on "The 9s":
"After the Major we never tried to rebuild completely, we just tried to slot in players and figure out if we can bring that kind of magic form back, we were just trying to slot in players after Stew and tarik left and Skadoodle retired, hoping to have another run when we just needed to rebuild."
With the addition of these five new members, Cloud9 is now:
James "JamezIRL" Macaulay (coach)