The US team Cloud 9 had dared a radical change in League of Legends: They rely on young players from South Korea and sorted out the old veterans in rows. After a disappointing season, they are now taking a completely different approach, bringing back experienced players from Europe, including a 27-year-old Dane.
Cloud9 has always been the modern, somehow different team in League of Legends. For years, Sneaky was a colorful franchise player who liked to try his hand at cross-dressing.
But lately, people have been overdoing it a bit with the upheavals.
3 completely different identities in 1.5 years
This is what the team looked like a year ago: A year ago, Cloud9 was a team with 3 outstanding players: They bought Croatian Perkz for a lot of money. The strong Dane Zven raged on the botlane with his supporter Vulcan, who was considered a huge talent in North America.
However, the team’s weak points were jungler Blaber and top planer Fudge, who played solidly but not outstandingly.
Blaber once had such a terrible play that Zven apparently freaked out and was then banished to the “Academy League” where he ran amok.
Cloud9 finished second in the LCS with the team – but that wasn’t enough, so the team was completely rebuilt. You had to because Perkz slipped back to Europe after the chaos year.
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Cloud9 becomes the Korea Branch in the LCS
This is what the team looked like half a year ago: Before the 2022 Spring Split, the team made a radical bet on Korea: they did a boot camp in Seoul, brought in an innovative coach who had trained in Korea, and bet on a young, hungry team peppered with Koreans:
- The experienced Dane Zven was replaced on the botlane with the young Korean Berserker (18)
- Summit (23), another talent from Korea, moved to the top lane – the Australian Fudge had to switch to the mid lane, where the European and very expensive star game Perkz was lost
- Winsome, an American with Korean roots, now played as a supporter
In general, they were radical and wanted to build a “10 man” squad with equal players to enable optimal training.
This is how it went: The team had a strong run in the regular season, with South Korean Summit even being voted America’s best player on the top lane. But there were already cracks: The coach left the team early from an unspecified position.
Then in the playoffs, Cloud9 collapsed and lost all 6 games.
MVP Summit left the team after just 6 months – just like Winsome. Allegedly, the players were even offered to all other teams in the US-LIGA LCS for free.
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What’s next? Before the summer of 2022, Cloud9 is undergoing a complete turnaround:
- Only Berserker remains from the South Korean offensive.
- Zven (24) should now play the support part, the trained botlaner with a penchant for penta kills should become Berserker’s partner.
- Midlaner Fudge moves back to the top plane to replace Summit.
- Jensen, of all people, is now being brought back for the midlane, the 27-year-old Dane who played for Cloud9 from 2015 to 2019. But was last sorted out as part of Team Liquid and remained without a club in spring 2022.
So after Cloud9 relied on young Koreans in spring 2022, older Danes should now take care of it.
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