Cloud9 K1ng Promoted to LCS, Zven to Compete in Academy, Reignover and Mithy to Switch Roles
Leave it to Cloud9 to surprise us all with a seemingly illogical roster change in the very midst of the competitive season. Calvin “K1ng” Truong has been promoted to the starting line-up, which means that Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen will be competing on Cloud9 Academy going forward. We’re talking about an LCS and LEC champion and Worlds semifinalist being demoted to the “little leagues.” If you’re perplexed and baffled beyond reason, know that you’re not the only one.
To demote your starting marksman — who just so happens to be one of the best AD carries in the West — after winning Spring doesn’t really scream “reasonable.” Be that as it may, Cloud9 have earned our benefit of the doubt. If they’ve decided to promote K1ng then there must be a good enough reason why they’ve opted to do so. This wouldn’t be the first time that Cloud9’s coaching staff has made a seemingly irrational roster change; still, their decisions always make sense once we manage to catch up and fully comprehend the bigger picture.
K1ng has been quite a solid performer in Academy thus far, although far from spectacular. Then again, if he’s getting promoted over Zven, Cloud9 must’ve seen something from their end that would justify such a decision — much like they did with Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami and Robert “Blaber” Huang. So color us intrigued!
Then again, this might just be one of Jack Etienne’s genius moves. He’s a businessman first and foremost and we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that he greatly capitalized on the worth and value of his players throughout history. The moment he has a solid enough back-up in place he always makes a call much like this one, so there’s a good chance that we might see Zven compete under someone else’s banner come 2022.
But, assuming that’s what’s happening here, one simply has to wonder: why would Cloud9 sell Zven, one of the best AD carries in the LCS?
Trouble in Paradise
It’s no secret that Cloud9 failed to meet expectations at the most recent 2021 Mid-Season Invitational. They did have flashes of brilliance, but not getting out of groups — despite having one of the most expensive rosters in the West if not the world — is definitely inexcusable. Robert “Blaber” Huang was, perhaps, the biggest offender. Heck, we’re putting it mildly here. And, naturally, whenever Zven had the opportunity to air his frustration, he didn’t exactly hold back. Things never got out of hand, but he always had a wholly exasperated expression on his face and, in all fairness, it was easy to understand why.
The mistakes Cloud9 made were often indefensible. Most folks believed they had all the right tools to go deep and eventually leave a mark, but in the end, none of it transpired.
We don’t know what happened behind closed doors, but it’s fair to assume that it didn’t lack in tension.
So who knows? Maybe Zven took their losses the “wrong way.” One could construct any number of theories — some good, some less so. Either way, there’s a whole lot that we don’t know, so it’s best to just reserve judgement for the time being.
A Role Swap That Makes Sense
Additionally, Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin (of Fnatic and Immortals fame) will be relinquishing head coaching duties and will instead operate as an assistant coach going forward; Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez will therefore be getting promoted.
This exchange in obligations and responsibilities is definitely in everyone’s best interest. The position of head coach was taking too big of a toll on Reignover’s mental health, so he and Mithy will switch roles for the upcoming split. The fact that both individuals will remain with Cloud9 means that the team itself shouldn’t regress or deteriorate in performance. Moreover, Mithy already had a fairly successful coaching stint with Fnatic prior to signing with Cloud9, so he’s definitely up to the task.
All in all, it’ll be interesting to see how well Cloud9 will perform with a less experienced marksman like K1ng. We can’t help but wonder whether they’ve made the correct call on this one, but they’re the Spring Split champions for a reason, so they must be doing something right.