Esports

Cloud9 drops marquee Fortnite stars Vivid and Chap in shock move

Published: 2/Jan/2021 4:44 Updated: 3/Jan/2021 5:26

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Cloud9 has dropped its marquee Fortnite stars, Vivid and Chap, in a shock move less than six months after joining, after the pair fell short of “a range of metrics,” including competitive performance, in the latter months of 2020. 

Cloud9 has started the new year with a bang. Less than six months ago, they signed two marquee Fortnite players, Noah ‘Vivid’ Wright and Ryan ‘Chap’ Chaplo, on multi-year contracts to compete in the popular battle royale.

The players already established themselves as a formidable duo in their time at Team Liquid. Cloud9 hoped to re-create the magic within their own organization. It was an ambitious power play that strengthened their presence in the competitive scene.

However, Cloud9 has decided to release both players from their contracts after the popular pair “failed to hit a range of metrics” in their 2020 deals.

According to founder Jack Etienne, the shock move was a “carefully considered decision” from Cloud9 upper management. He wrote on Reddit, “These players were released after falling short across a range of metrics, including but not limited to competitive performance. We wish them the best in the future.”

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Cloud9 shocked the world when they signed Vivid and Chap, and now they’ve done it again with their departure.

Chap was the first one to comment. He kept things short, sharp, and sweet and didn’t elaborate on any details. “FREE AGENT… LOL,” he said.

It led to an outpour of comments, with practically everyone left scratching their heads, trying to figure out what happened. 

However, after a series of memes, question marks, and nervous laughter, it slowly became apparent that he was telling the truth.

Vivid announces retirement after shock release

Shortly after, Vivid commented too. But unlike his teammate, he broke it down in a lengthy post on Twitlonger. “Got into the meeting with the Fortnite manager (Robin) over at C9 who basically immediately informed me that myself and Chap would be getting released today,” he said. “There was no real explanation.”

“I’m not mad or upset at C9. I understand that it’s just business,” he added. “But I just think it’s just crazyyyy how we can commit to an org for 2-3 years and have no say what or where we go but then they can decide to do whatever they want with us whenever they want.”

Then, in an even more shocking turn of events, he announced his retirement after reflecting on the situation.

“I don’t have the energy to search for another organization at this time, and I don’t want to continue professional play without having a guaranteed form of income,” he said. “SOO… I guess you can say I retire.”

Both the news of their release and Vivid’s retirement has come as a shock to fans and players within the community. It’s bittersweet to see one of the most dynamic partnerships come to an end, but it will be interesting to see what happens next.

League of Legends

LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: Perkz’s debut for Cloud9 goes awry

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 2:52

by Andrew Amos

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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 100 Thieves, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas open up LCS Lock In with wins.
  • Perkz’s Cloud9 debut goes awry with 4/7/2 statline on Yone.
  • Golden Guardians vs CLG next at 7pm PT / 10pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm