Cloud9 dismissed Ravindu “Ritsu” Kodippili from the roster and organization, effective immediately. The discharge comes as a consequence of recent unprofessional behavior and involvement in unsportsmanlike conduct. Cloud9 was eliminated from the Frankfurt Major just prior to the action, but is unrelated.
Cloud9 issued a statement of the immediate release of Ravindu “Ritsu” Kodippili from the team, merely hours after Cloud9 was eliminated from The Frankfurt Major. The team’s performance and results were unrelated to the decision as it was based on his involvement in recent controversies regarding an anti-Digital Chaos skype group and out-of-game conduct.
Ritsu’s performance on the roster was better than I expected and while I will miss having him around as a friend and teammate, the indiscretions of his past inevitably lead towards this outcome. His recent efforts to improve his behavior came too late and following our elimination from the Major, it was determined that Cloud9 was no longer the place for him to be.
Cloud9 Captain, Theeban “1437” Siva
Cloud9’s General Manager, Danan Flander echoed the same sentiment as 1437 regarding the decision.
Ritsu did make a statement regarding his time with Cloud9 and his dismissal from the team.
“While it’s coming to a bittersweet end, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the guys at Cloud9. I made a consistent effort leading up to and during the Major to improve my behavior and felt that I was making progress. I feel that my play and behavior at the Major were both acceptable, but the conclusion Cloud9 drew in removing me isn’t something I can fault them for. In the end, I’m happy I had the opportunity to attend two LANS, participate in my first Major, and work with Theeban, Brax, MSS, and SVG.”
After their previous Dota 2 squad disbanded on August 14th, Cloud 9 have decided to pick up the North-American team “Dark Horse”, just in time to meet the registration deadline for the first Dota 2 Major. The announcement about the Cloud 9 new roster was made by the team’s captain, Theeban “1437” Siva, on his Facebook page.
Cloud 9 has been demonstrating steady performances, quickly establishing themselves as a top NA team.
This season, the team has qualified for the Nanyang Championships LAN after taking down Digital Chaos, 3:0, in the Americas qualifiers’ finals. They also qualified for the MLG World Finals, on September 27th.
Current Cloud 9 roster:
Theeban “1437” Siva
Arif “MSS” Anwar
Braxton “Brax” Paulson
Avery “SVG” Silverman