According to a report by Will Land on RushBMedia, Cloud9 have benched trial player Daniel ‘vice’ Kim and in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim, and are considering former NRG in-game leader Damian ‘daps’ Steele and Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo as their replacements.
Daps is just coming off of a two-year tenure at NRG, during which he helped build and lead the team out of the second tier of North American competition to becoming a legitimate contender at the elite level of play, overtaking the incumbent Cloud9 as one of NA’s top two squads alongside Team Liquid.
TenZ, meanwhile, is a much less established player, perhaps most notable for competing in ECS Season 7 with Bad News Bears, and more recently standing in for South African squad ATK.
The moves would come off the back of the current Cloud9’s worst result yet, falling at the very first hurdle for Major qualification by losing consecutively in the first rounds of the double-elimination closed qualifier to the Americas Minor.
While failure to reclaim a Major spot that Cloud9 would have already held if they’d retained three of the players that competed at IEM Katowice might be the final straw, the roster has done little to impress in previous outings. Recent results include a last-place finish at DreamHack Masters Dallas, and failure to reach the playoffs in either the ESL Pro League or ECS.
In response to a request for comment, Cloud9 reportedly stated that they have yet to sign any new players, suggesting that at this point these moves are not yet final.
Reported Cloud9 roster:
Current Cloud9 roster: