Cloud9 Have Finalized Their 2022 Starting Line-Up
Cloud9 have finalized their 2022 LCS starting line-up and, well, it’s quite divisive in nature. Most folks think it’ll either wreck house and compete for a spot near the top of the standings, or implode in the most underwhelming of ways. We’re not quite sure what to think, but we’re nonetheless mighty excited to see these players in action as there’s definitely a fair bit of potential present!
Whether it’ll be harnessed and realized in time still remains to be seen, though. Moving one of their best players from top to mid is already an experiment that carries a ton of risk; bringing in three Korean players on top of it is basically asking “for trouble.” Still, Cloud9 are no strangers to thinking outside of the box, and it’s impossible not to applaud their approach here, even though we’re not fully convinced it’s going to pan out.
As already mentioned in our reporting, Cloud9 are either going to be celebrated for their foresight and 200 IQ team-building, or flamed beyond measure for ever thinking something like this could work out. Either way, we’ll have something to talk about and will not be left indifferent!
2022 Cloud9 Line-Up — Wholly Unexpected
The roster Cloud9 will field next year is, in short, vexing. It’s not what anyone had expected, but it’s so “crazy” it might just work! With that being said, many things will need to go their way for this line-up to stand a chance at leaving a mark.
Top Lane: Park “Summit” Woo-tae [formerly of Liiv SANDBOX]
Jungle: Robert “Blaber” Huang
Mid Lane: Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami
AD Carry: Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol [formerly of T1 Challengers]
Support: Kim “Winsome” Dong-keo [formerly of Shadow Battlica] & Jonah “Isles” Rosario
Cloud9 will field a somewhat “flexible” roster in the sense that nothing is yet set in stone. A lot of it will hinge around their upcoming bootcamp in Korea, and if for some reason one of their players doesn’t deliver or isn’t capable of performing at a high enough level, changes will be made. And even though we know which players will start initially, things could very well change should certain expectations not be met.
“It’s mainly about that we want the best outcome for the team, so we have to sacrifice some parts of the ego that’s attached to the LCS position. We can’t attach our self worth to our games on stage. We just want the best outcome for our main team so that we can all improve as fast as possible. So it doesn’t matter if I’m playing on Academy this week and LCS the next week, what matters is: am I doing what’s best for me to improve? Am I putting myself in the right place and the right circumstances to get better at the game,” says Maxwell “Max” Waldo, Cloud9’s strategic coach.
We’re all so intrigued to see whether Cloud9 will be able to “work their magic” and deliver, or if they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. The LCS returns to action on January 14 with the second-ever 2022 LCS Lock-In tournament.