Roster shuffles continued today as Cloud9 announces they will be replacing three members of their starting roster.
In a statement published on their website, Cloud9 reported they have benched Greg “Grego” McAllen, Kevin “deBett” deBettencourt, and Derrick “reaver” Nowicki and have indicated the organization is willing to move them to other teams.
In the same statement, Cloud9 announced the acquisition of Ruben “ryb” Ljungdahl, Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson, and Randal “Roolf” Stark to complete their starting roster.
The announcement comes as no surprise. Cloud9 has been trying out new players for the past three weeks. The move adds depth to each skill position with the pickup adding one DPS, one Tank, and one Support player to back up the talent they already have.
Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson is a seasoned veteran of Overwatch’s relatively short history, having played on teams like IDDQD, SK Gaming, and Faze Clan. His ability to play solidly on almost every DPS hero will allow him to play around Cloud9’s other ace gunslinger, Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts, and lay a lot of damage down on their opponents.
Ruben ‘ryb’ Ljungdahl is arguably the most successful of the three additions, having won ELeague’s Overwatch Open as a member of Misfits. Stepping in as the new tank for Cloud9, ryb will replace Kevin “deBett” deBettencourt, who stated he was leaving Cloud9 in early October to focus on life outside of esports. Ryb’s Reinhardt play is solid but he can also use Winston to great effect.
Randal “Roolf” Stark moves into Cloud9’s support slot vacated by Greg “Grego” McAllen. Formerly a member of Method and 1Shot, Roolf has finally graduated to a top tier team. His addition gives Cloud9 one of the more aggressive support teams in the scene. His Zenyatta play is highly feared and can add even more damage output to a team already stacked with it.
With Blizzard’s announcement of a league coming in 2017 and the competitive scene growing at a breakneck speed, Cloud9 looks to position itself well for winning future events. If the changes work well for them and they use the time they have left in 2016 to build team chemistry, Cloud9 may have what they need to become a force to be reckoned with in the new year.