The owner of Cloud 9, Jack Etienne, has announced that the current Dota 2 squad is officially disbanded, confirming the rumors and speculation following TI5. Cloud 9 will continue with a new squad in the near future.
Yes, Cloud9 will remain in #Dota2. I'll miss our old team but I'm excited to create our new squad. TY EE, Misery, Fata, Bone, & BigDaddy!
— Jack Etienne (@CLOUD9_Jack) August 14, 2015
The news comes following many of the rumors and speculation after a sub-par TI5 performance with the team being eliminated on the second day of the main event, placing 10th overall. Cloud 9 has had substandard results ever since their appearance at DAC in February.
Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen had first indicated earlier on stream that the team would be disbanding and that he might even miss the first of the Majors depending on finding a good team quickly or not. The roster change deadline is September 1 for the first of the Majors, only two weeks away.
Jacky “Eternal Envy” Mao has also tweeted some changes regarding his role but has not provided any additional information.
I will most likely still play carry, potentially support.
— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) August 14, 2015
Cloud 9’s appearance at TI5 was their second invite since the organization’s debut into Dota 2 in February 2014, when they picked up the former Speed Gaming Roster, consisting of current members Jacky “Eternal Envy” Mao and Pittner “BOne7” Armand. At TI4 the team placed sixth and since then had a few roster changes.
The team was often subject of controversial headlines – involving Eternal Envy‘s public social media rants and often carried around the reputation of “always placing second”.
They went through a significant reshuffle in January 2015 when Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling and Johan “pieliedie” Åström – two more of the original Speed Gaming members, were replaced by Johan “BigDaddy” Sundstein and Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen.
Cloud 9 continued to work hard and were able to land third place at StarLadder StarSeries Season XII, after falling to Invictus Gaming, and fifth place at The Summit 3. They completed the all-Western podium at the Chinese MarsTV Dota 2 League, where they placed third and took a disappointing seventh place finish at the ESL One Frankfurt 2015. Just prior to TI5, Cloud 9 were defeated by Evil Geniuses, 0:3, in the Dota Pit finals and then placed 10th at TI5.
Read Cloud 9’s in-depth profile – Cloud 9 go into TI5 with outside chance of winning title: “We are confident!”
Former Cloud 9 roster
Jacky “Eternal Envy” Mao
Adrian “FATA-“ Trinks
Pittner “bOne7” Armand
Johan “BigDaddy” Sundstein
Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen