The new Cloud9 Dota 2 Roster will now be made up of their former players after the organisation announced that they had just picked up Team NP’s roster prior to TI7.
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) July 21, 2017
The Old-New Cloud9 Dota 2 Roster
All five members of the new Cloud9 Dota 2 roster have previously played for the organisation at various points throughout their careers.
Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao, Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling and Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström all played together as part of Cloud9’s TI4 squad. Meanwhile, Adrian ‘FATA-‘ Trinks was brought in to replace WehSing ‘SingSing’ Yuen after he had left the organisation post-TI4.
Arif ‘MSS’ Anwar also had a stint with Cloud9, albeit with a different roster, after the organisation picked him up along with the rest of Team Dark Horse
back in 2015.
2nd at TI confirmed. pic.twitter.com/rgOoMewv4g
— Jack Etienne (@JackEtienne) July 21, 2017
Cloud9 is perhaps best known in Dota 2 for their TI4 squad that made several 2nd-place finishes at many tournaments, which has since spawned a running joke that continues up to this day.
Earlier this year, Team NP’s creator and captain, EternaLEnVy, had stated Cloud9 had been in contact with them regarding sponsoring the team. However, nothing much came out of those talks, probably because Team NP didn’t like the terms offered.
It’s safe to assume by now that Cloud9 must have upped their offer after seeing Team NP’s recent run of finishing high in LAN tournaments, including qualifying for The International 7.
With the announcement, Cloud9 is now the second organisation to pick up a team prior to The International 7 after Hellraisers announced that they would sponsor Planet Dog yesterday.
With Team NP officially Cloud9 2.0, we can only wait for The International 7 to start in two weeks to see if the 2nd-place curse will continue to live on.
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