Cloud9 (C9) has shocked the League of Legends (LoL) esports community after he abruptly fired head coach Nick “LS” De Cesare just before week three of the LoL Championship Series (LCS) Spring Split. .
The sudden announcement came last Saturday (February 19) from the official C9 Twitter page.
“LS has been released from Cloud9 and Max Waldo has been promoted to Head Coach of the LCS. We would like to thank LS for his contribution to the team and wish him the best,” the statement read.
Shortly after, LS also confirmed the news on Twitter.
LS said they were informed of his release shortly before C9’s game against Counter Logic Gaming (CLG).
“I wanted to show that certain things were possible and in such a short time I think we were able to show a glimpse of it. Even if the trip ends, I’m still satisfied that the team and the players were able to show what we had, and knowing that much more was possible,” the former C9 head coach tweeted later.
LS will be replaced by Maxwell Alexander “Max Waldo” Waldo, who had been C9’s coach since 2020 and served as the team’s stage coach during LCS Lock In 2022 as the organization awaited LS’s arrival at the United States.
LCS fans have found themselves searching for answers about the sudden changes in C9’s technical staff. On Wednesday, February 23, the organization posted a video on social media about the context of LS’s release as head coach:
In the video, Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne said that “Cloud9 over the years has developed systems of how we like to coach and operate our team. Despite our best efforts in conjunction with LS to try to hear and see how it should work, we haven’t been able to make it happen.
“We want to thank LS for helping us create the roster and staff we have today, and we also want to recognize the incredible intelligence and strategic mindset he brought to Cloud9,” he said. -he adds.
The team has seen major roster changes since the arrival of LS, with Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami moving into the mid lane and signing South Korean talents Park “Summit” Woo-tae, Kim “Berserker” Min- cheol and Kim “. Winsome” Dong-keon.
Since the start of the 2022 season, C9 has been a strong contender to win the Spring Split with a 3-1 record. LCS viewership has also increased, with many viewers returning to watch LCS matches due to the exciting drafts LS has created or selected for C9, including enchanting midfielders.
The team lost to CLG after LS was fired from the coaching staff and bounced back with a win over TSM, taking their current record to 4-2.
Max Waldo went on to say that “our goals and the direction of our team have not changed, our intention is to improve at a pace where we will be good enough at Worlds to be an international threat”.
C9 top laner Park “Summit” Woo-tae and jungler Robert “Blaber” Huang were also in the video.
“We’re not afraid of this change and we can do well, so look forward to it,” Summit said.
Blaber said he has worked for C9 for over four years and has been through the changes in the organization.
“I’m really enjoying my time with LS and I’m sorry to see him go, but I really believe in Max moving forward as the new head coach, I think he’s going to do a really good job. I believe in my teammates, myself, I believe in my teammates, myself, and I know that we are going to do a good job in the future, no matter what.
Blaber notably tweeted “One last round for the church”, dedicating their LCS vs. TSM game to (the church of) LS following the former head coach’s release.
This came after their loss to CLG, when they used a “standard draft” that matches the current meta, and their win against TSM, after drafting a “Karthus-Senna” bot lane, which was more like the style from LS.
Fudge also touched on the situation before Cloud9 released an official statement, in an interview with Travis Gafford last Sunday (February 20).
The C9 mid laner said he felt it was going to happen at any moment, knowing there were issues. Although he wasn’t as surprised, he mentioned that he was “a bit disappointed with our preparation.”
“I don’t feel like it was a very bad situation, just because I think it was probably the best outcome for both parties…because it wasn’t really working out,” he said. he declares.
Cloud9’s vague and generic official statement has raised more questions than answers in the LoL Esports community.
LS was hired by C9 in December 2021 from League of Legends Championship Korea (LCK) juggernaut T1, where he was previously a streamer. This is the first time LS has coached for a long time.
Before joining T1, South Korean fans were outraged that LS was a coach in the most fearsome LoL organization due to his run.
However, LS clarified that he only signed as a streamer, where he was able to study and explore new ideas by playing League of Legends for the past two seasons, and co-streaming games from LoL Esports.
The former C9 coach is a resident of South Korea and is known for his controversial approach to League of Legends, as well as coaching many Korean players on Solo Queue.
Prior to T1, he also coached Korea BBQ Olivers and North American teams Gravity and Tempo Storm.
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