Cloud9 drops Dota 2 roster for the fifth time


SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)


May, 02.2020

Cloud9 returned to Dota 2 on March 3, 2020. This wasn’t the organization’s first rodeo with the popular MOBA as they’ve had three teams before that. Most of the time, C9 aimed to make it to the biggest event – The International. Many expected this time would be no different but the team had some rough times in the few tournaments it attended. Its first competition was during the Southeast Asia Open Qualifiers for the ESL One Los Angeles 2020. The team managed to move to the second round before it was eliminated.

Cloud9 failed to qualify for ESL One Los Angeles Online, took sixth place out of the six teams in DOTA Summit 12 and 5-6th in the BTS Pro Series. By early March Cloud9 made a big roster move. Both skem and vtFaded were benched and Flee was released from the roster. The team then signed on Jacky “EternalEnVy” Mao, Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard, and Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu.

Even with the roster change, things didn’t work out well for the team. Cloud9 received a direct invite for the Dota Summit 12, but the team placed last and had zero wins.In the latter, they managed to win a game versus Evil Geniuses, so you could say it was the team’s grand achievement. Still, it was clear from the start that this squad wasn’t working out and many fans hoped that roster changes were coming. Instead, the NA org decided to withdraw from the popular MOBA. 

“Effective immediately, all members of our roster are available to be signed by other organizations,” Cloud9 said. “We would like to thank all members of the Dota 2 team for their efforts during these past few months and we wish them success with the next stage of their careers.”

The roster consisted of:
* Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao
* Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard
* Jingjun "Sneyking" Wu
* Rasmus "MISERY" Filipsen
* Johan "pieliedie" Åström

While all of the players were very experienced, the team didn’t have any history of playing together except maybe for Envy and pieliedie. On the other hand, every single one of the players has played for C9 in the past.
“It was great working with these players and I want to thank them for being professional throughout and buying into our vision and company values. We’re confident that success will follow them as their careers progress,” Cloud9 team manager Ysabel Noukky Müller said in a statement.