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Team Envy Announce Departure from Competitive Halo Esports

Published: 24/May/2018 17:48 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:58

by Calum Patterson

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Storied esports organization and long time competitor in Halo, Team Envy have announced the release of their Halo 5: Guardians roster and coach on May 24th.

The announcement will come as a surprise to some, but some will say the writing was on the wall, following similarly established organizations including OpTic Gaming also disbanding their Halo teams earlier this year.

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The Envy roster had only recently made a change, coming into the 2018 HCS season with three new additions – Jesse “bubudubu” Moeller, Joseph “TriPPPeY” Taylor and Tom “Saiyan” Wilson.

They had replaced the outgoing Eric “Snip3down” Wrona, Austin “Mikwen” McCleary (who both joined Reciprocity) and Cuyler “Huke” Garland, who returned to play competitive Call of Duty.

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And the new roster had performed well, under the veteran leadership of Justin “iGotUrPistola” Deese, they managed a 3rd place at MLG Orlando in February, 4th at MLG Columbus in March, and finally a 3rd place finish at the Halo World Championship in April, netting $100,000.

Team Envy have released the roster ahead of the upcoming MLG New Orleans, which is set for July 13-15th, and it is unknown where the squad members will end up.

Team Envy is departing the competitive Halo scene with no plans to compete for the remainder of the 2018 season. With that announcement, we are releasing our Halo roster consisting of Jesse “bubudubu” Moeller, Joseph “TriPPPeY” Taylor, Tom “Saiyan” Wilson, Justin “Pistola” Deese and coach Emanuel “Hoaxer” Lovejoy. We wish them the best of luck and hope this talented roster finds success moving forward.

The now former Team Envy Halo roster. Image: @TeamEnVyUs

The announcement does leave open the possibility of a return to competitive Halo for Envy, perhaps beyond the 2018 season with a look ahead to the upcoming Halo 6, development of which was officially confirmed on May 23rd.

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However if this is Team Envy’s plan, it is slightly surprising they would release a championship caliber roster at this point.

With the dominance of Splyce in Halo currently, there will likely be a number of top teams looking to make changes in order to challenge them, and this outgoing Envy lineup should have plenty of team options available to them.

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Cloud9 return to competitive Halo with star championship roster

Published: 5/Oct/2020 20:13 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 20:37

by Albert Petrosyan

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Cloud9 have announced that they are re-entering the Halo competitive scene with a new roster stacked with experienced, veteran talent that has won it all.

The prominent esports organization had been absent from competitive Halo since 2016, as their third tenure in the scene was ended after several players left for Team Liquid.

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Now, C9 are back in the fold, announcing a new, veteran lineup that’ll lead them back into the esport as the series’ next major title – Halo Infinite – is set to release in early 2021.

Cloud9 Halo roster:

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  • Braedon ‘StelluR’ Boettcher
  • Zane ‘Pznguin’ Hearon
  • Kevin ‘Eco’Smith
  • Jonathan ‘Renegade’ Willette
  • Emanuel ‘Hoaxer’ Lovejoy (coach)

All four players formerly featured for the North American-based team Turning Point, which disbanded after all four left in May/June of 2020. The only player who was part of that lineup that’s not been included in C9’s new roster is Swift Kill.

StelluR and Eco, formerly of Splyce and Team Liquid, bring valuable championship experience to the squad after winning the Halo World Championship in 2018 and finishing third the year prior.

Renegade was also part of that Splyce team that won it all in 2018, and he holds the distinction of being the only player ever to have championships in both 2v2 and 4v4 Free-For-All. Last but not least, there’s Pznguin, who rejoins StelluR and Eco after the trio achieved strong success with Team Liquid in 2017.

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Kevin ‘Eco’ Smith said in a video released by Cloud9 that he’ll be acting as In-Game Leader.

The team will be coached by Hoaxer, who’s been around competitive Halo since 2011. His coaching accolades include a third-place finish at the HCS Finals in 2018 and fourth-place at the 2018 Halo World Championship.

Cloud9 have yet to reveal the details of their plans to ease back into the Halo scene, so it’s unclear when this new roster will make its debut. But with Infinite set to release in 2021, following a delay, it’ll be exciting to see this championship lineup flex its muscles sooner or later.

Written with contributions from Tanner Pierce.

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