2016 Final Roster
Top: Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong
Jungle: William “Meteos” Hartman
Mid: Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen
ADC: Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi
Support: Andy “Smoothie” Ta
2016 Spring Split Changes
Team leader and shot caller Hai "Hai" Du Lam stepped down from the mid lane position and now shares the support role with Michael "Bunny FuFuu" Kurylo in an attempt for Cloud 9 to have diverse playstyles on their roster. Cloud 9 finished 3rd in the regular season with a record of 12-6 but faced a disappointing loss to Team SoloMid in the quarterfinals. Not content with their standing, they benched three of their starting players, along with their coach, Lemonnation, who went on to represent the same organization in the NA CS as Cloud 9’s challenger team.
2016 Summer Split Ending Strong
With a revamped roster sporting Impact, Meteos and Bunny FuFuu in the starting lineup and Smoothie as a substitute, alongside a new Coach in Reapered, the team hoped for a stellar split ending with them raising the LCS trophy before representing NA at worlds. Things started slow, and after Bunny FuFuu stepped down from the starting roster, Smoothie started to pick up the pace and help push C9 back into relevance. They made it all the way to the split finals, only losing to the most dominant team in NA, Team SoloMid. They still went on the represent NA at the international stage as the 3rd seed. But no medals were won during the tournament.
After Meteos stepped down as their starting jungler, many pondered if C9 would become an overall weaker team, but his replacement, Contractz, was a key part of the success of C9’s Challenger squad, a team that should have qualified for the LCS, but due to the rules, was forced to sell their spot. Under the tutelage of a veteran player, C9 hopes that Contractz quickly adapts to his new environment. They now look to dethrone their frequent scrim partners TSM and take the NA LCS crown.
I think that C9 have an excellent chance at winning the NA LCS and would predict that they either finish 1st or 2nd to TSM in the split.
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