Cloud9 have announced a few changes to their League of Legends roster for the LCS. Top laner Ibrahim "Fudge" Allami has been promoted to the starting lineup from the Academy.
Cloud9 have announced a few changes to their League of Legends roster for the LCS. Top laner Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami has been promoted to the starting lineup from the Academy.
He will replace Eric “Licorice” Ritchie, who will soon be available for a buyout when the free agency begins on November 16. Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin has also been promoted to the position of head coach of Cloud9.
Being one of the best top laners in North America will surely improve Licorice’s price in the free agency period. However, it remains to be seen how Cloud9’s contract value changes after the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Licorice has a strong body of work for Cloud9: he participated in the World Championship in 2018 and 2019, and also helped Cloud9 win the spring split of the LCS.
Changes were bound to happen after Cloud9 had a sub-par summer split, in which they failed to qualify for the playoffs. They also failed to qualify for the ongoing World Championships for the first time in the franchise’s history.
According to ESPN, the move comes after Riot Games closed the Oceanic Pro League – Fudge’s home region – meaning that players from that region will no longer count as interregional movement policy import players. Cloud9’s two import slots are currently filled by mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen. In his debut season in North America Academy, Fudge helped Cloud9 Academy to a first place finish in the league.
In the case of Reignover, it was a natural progression for Cloud9. He was promoted to head coach after joining the franchise as coach in 2019. After the end of the local season, Cloud9 and head coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu parted away after close to five seasons.