Cloud9 Steps Back into Dota 2

After a year of hiatus from the massive eSports scene, Cloud9 has announced that they have returned to Dota 2 with the acquisition of Denmark-based lineup Danish Bears, formerly known as The Imperial.

The roster has been together since June of 2016, with Jon “BabyKnight” Andersen being the final addition just before the team was signed to The Imperial. However, despite having been together for several months, the Danish bears lineup has yet to play in any premier-level events, frequently missing being qualified by the skin of their teeth.  They’ve recently lost to tournament-favorite teams such as Team Secret and Alliance, with their most recent event, Royal Arena #2, seeing them come in 5th-6th.

This is not due to a lack of experience, however, as none of the players on the Danish Bears roster is even remotely considered to be a rookie. Several of the Danish Bears members have been playing Dota 2 competitively since 2012, and have even played together on other teams early in their careers. Even the player that is newest to professional Dota 2, BabyKnight, began his career in eSports in 2011 playing StarCraft II for Natus Vincere.

Despite their unimpressive history, Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne explains that he sees a team with a lot of potential. Etienne described the lineup as, “young talent that I believe, if supported correctly, can establish themselves as a proper team.”

Team carry 13abyKnight agreed that they are a roster that merely needs proper guidance.

“I think [Cloud9] saw potential and good results,” said BabyKnight “We are a team that will stick together even when times are tough. Every team has issues and the easy thing to do is to throw in the towel, look for another team or just quit altogether. Sticking together and learning from your mistakes, not being too hard on one another but instead looking inwards and improving as a player and a human being is what sets apart good teams from the best.”

The carry player continued to explain the team’s current goal is to master the latest Dota 2 patch, which has shaken up the meta in such a way that left several top-tier players frazzled with the changes.

“We felt very confident last patch, and we’re getting there with this one but it takes time. Eventually our goals for 2017 will be to do our best and attend as many big events as possible.”

When the roster parted ways with The Imperial in December, CEO Oli Adams claimed that it was due to the fact that the players had been approached by an organization that offered more than what their smaller organization could compete with. He described the split as, “a really sad day for the organization,” and accused larger organizations for stunting the progress of smaller ones who, “can’t grow when bigger ones come knocking.” When Cloud9 was one of the few big brand organizations that had yet to reestablish themselves in Dota 2, it was little surprise to hear that it was Cloud9 that had approached The Imperial’s lineup.

Cloud9’s new roster, which has yet to confirm their debut, is as follows:

Name Role
Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard Carry
Jon “BabyKnight” Andersen Carry
Mikki “HesteJoe-Rotten” Junget Offlane
Danny “Noia” Junget Support
Christopher “Ryze” Winther Support

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