Valens parts ways with Cloud9
valens stepped down from his coaching role on Cloud9 in July to become more involved with the organization's analytical division, and has now decided to fully part ways with the team. The 30-year-old originally joined the organization in February of 2017 and most notably coached the Cloud9 lineup that won the ELEAGUE Major in 2018.
valens' transition to the analyst role saw James "JamezIRL" Macaulay take over as coach and Cloud9 entirely revamp their roster. Apart from their debut at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles 2019, which saw them place 4th on home soil, Cloud9 has struggled to perform.
In the statement that Cloud9 released, valens didn't specify whether or not he would be joining a new team anytime soon, but did note that he is open to any business inquiries revolving around his coaching or analyst role.
"Coaching was actually supposed to be a temporary position for me but it turned into something greater. We won the Major, we had roster issues, we lost out at the minor qualifiers, and we started again from scratch."
"I plan to keep pushing the envelope when it comes to esports analytics and hope to be a part of the innumerable number of folks dedicated to turning this industry into a sustainable, ethical, and exciting one. Thank you, Cloud9 fans and family, for all the love you’ve shown me. We’ve made history and I fully expect all of our teams will continue to do so." - valens
Interested parties are welcome to contact the 30-year-old tactician via Twitter.