Cloud9 without Reapered? It seems almost impossible. The 28-year-old has been part of the North American organization for the past four and a half years, joining back in 2016 and leading the team to consecutive knockout-stage visits in the League of Legends World Championship.
Late Monday evening it was announced by Cloud9 that they are letting go of their head coach after a disappointing end to their Summer Split.
Thank you to all the staff members and to all the players who worked with me. And thank you to the fans who watched our journey from beginning to end, and thank you for being with us, happiness, sadness, disappointment, fulfillment, and all the emotions, with us ! https://t.co/W9HUkcY2Re— Reapered (@Reapered) September 14, 2020
It seemed 2020 was going to be the year for Cloud9, with an impressive Spring Split, losing only a single game during the regular split and only one game during the playoffs. The team managed to secure a LCS Championship title for the first time in six years with an impressive run in the Spring.
C9 and Reapered continued to steamroll into the Summer with the same conviction as Spring and it looked to be theirs for the taking. But halfway through the split, the team faltered. It seemed the team couldn’t adapt to the change in the meta, essential champions being left unplayed.
The team had stumbled and couldn’t seem to catch their footing, losing two crucial series in the summer playoffs against FlyQuest as well as TSM to lose out on the last worlds spot NA had left. It’s the first time the org will not be representing North America on the worlds stage.
Cloud9 has already announced that they will keep the players together in the coming 2021 season but it seemed the organization had wanted to make some sort of change. Reapered played an integral part of the teams storied history, winning Coach of the Split three times in his four years as head coach.