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Cloud9 Departs Competitive Dota 2 After Three Months

Michael Hassall  | 
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C9’s return to Dota 2 was short lived. (Photo courtesy Cloud9)

North American esports organization Cloud9 has announced its departure from competitive Dota 2 just under three months after it’s return to the scene. The news was announced on Cloud9’s official Twitter page, with an accompanying post on their website.

In the statement, Cloud9 thanked fans and their now former players, explaining that all members are now available to be signed by other organizations.

Ysabel Noukky Müller, the team manager added: “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’s new roster was first announced on January 29th, unveiling the lineup of Rolen Andrei Gabriel “Skem” Ong, Cheng “vtFαded” Jia Hao, Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen, Francis “FrancisLee” Lee, Johan “pieliedie” Åström. In a now deleted blog post, C9 explained that it had been waiting for the best time to reenter Dota, which was described as a “phenomenon” and explained that they “couldn’t be more excited to be a part of that once again.”

The team later added Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao, Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard, and Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu.

The new C9 roster participated in only two competitive events, DOTA Summit 12, and the just concluded BTS Pro Series: Americas. The team also participated in a showmatch for WeSave! Charity Play, and the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Southeast Asia Open Qualifier.

In total, C9’s return to Dota 2 lasted 89 days, and they competed in only 13 pro matches.

Michael Hassall
Michael Hassall
Michael is a Brit-based esports generalist and timezone traveler. He spends his free time polishing his collection of fighting game tournament participation trophies.