Cloud9 did not have a good season in Dota 2 competitions this year and it has been expected that this organization would be making serious changes in their roster for the upcoming season. The International 7 has been especially worrisome for this organization and as soon as the post-TI7 Shuffle started, rumors appeared about Cloud9 making huge changes in their team.
In the last couple of days, there were many rumors about their team but nothing was officially confirmed until yesterday and it was the outcome that rarely anyone was expecting. Before the International 7, Cloud9 signed the entire roster of Team NP who have been displaying a great game before signing with Cloud9.
A New Start
Team NP signed with Cloud9 in July at the last moment for Cloud9 to apply for the International 7. Several of the Team NP members have already been members of Cloud9 during the 2014/2015 season. At that time, Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao, Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling, Adrian ‘FATA-‘ Trinks, and Johan ‘pieliedie’ Astrom played for Cloud9 and once they announced their return to the organization, the fans were very excited to see their favorite players in the team once again.
However, last night, Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO confirmed the rumors about disbanding their team. He said that the results were not what they have been expecting. Despite that, Jack Etienne has expressed his gratitude towards players and what they have done while they were playing for this organization. The first indication about Cloud9 disbanding the team came a couple of days ago, when fans noticed that their Dota 2 team was removed from the Cloud9’s official website.
Until last night, Cloud9 has not confirmed anything about the rumors which left many fans worrying and it turned out that their worries were on point as Cloud9 took the ultimate solution.
Not a Final Farewell
However, it needs to be said that Jack Etienne has not confirmed another rumor that has been circulating in the past days about Cloud9 taking a break from Dota 2 competitions. Instead, Jack Etienne has stated that Cloud9 will be back in the Dota 2 competition and that they have already started to look for players that will be filling their roster.
Before the start of The International 7, Cloud9 was one of the biggest contenders for a very good result at the tournament and instead of achieving their best result, Cloud9 failed completely. They were eliminated by Team Empire in the lower bracket playoffs match and that meant that the tournament was over for them. They had very good players in their team, but apparently, problems were much deeper and the talent of their players was not enough for them to get them out those problems.
Cloud9 will have to spend serious time thinking about their Dota 2 division and what they want to achieve in the competition and only after that they could build their team for the competitions. Next Dota 2 season will be much different than any other before and it will be much harder for teams to get a place in the main events of Dota 2 tournaments.