Cloud9 Roster Changes: Contractz Reports for Jungle Duties, Meteos Benched
The year-end Cloud9 roster changes are a sight for weary followers of the competitive scene. Instead of splitting announcements for every role, the North American esports organization released a video detailing the final lineup for next year’s round of competitive League of Legends.
Long-time jungler William “Meteos” Hartman has been placed on the bench as a substitute, making way for Juan “Contractz” Garcia as the team’s starting jungler.
South Korean import Jeon “Ray” Ji-won is another substitute pick for the top lane. Him being part of the Cloud9 roster changes may have relation to rumors regarding the retirement of Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong. While everyone else signed a term for either two or three years, Impact remains as the only Cloud9 member whose term ends next year. Ray may eventually join the starting lineup once he’s ready.
Former NaJin and CJ Entus support Jang “Cain” Nu-ri is the team’s new Assistant Coach while Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu has agreed to remain as head coach for the next two years.
Here’s the starting lineup in accordance with recent Cloud9 roster changes that will be playing the upcoming split of North American League Championship Series (NA LCS):
- TOP: Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong
- JUN: Juan “Contractz” Garcia
- MID: Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen
- ADC: Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi
- SUP: Andy “Smoothie” Ta
In May, majority of the original roster was moved to the Cloud9 Challenger team. The organization sold that spot to Wesley Edens, NBA owner of Milwaukee Bucks, last week for an estimated $1.8 million. Edens also purchased the Cloud9 Challenger contracts of Hai “Hai” Lam, Johnny “Altec” Ru, Daerek “LemonNation” Hart and An “Balls” Van Le in an estimated $700,000 buyout.
It’s unknown what the new team will be called but it has been confirmed that Edens is passing the torch over to his 24-year-old son. Ryan Edens will be managing his father’s newly acquired Cloud9 Challenger spot as well as the accompanying roster of players next year.