Two of Cloud9's former players already found a new place: Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao and JingJun 'Sneyking' Wu join business associates, as the team announced on Wednesday.
We’ll be making our @BEATesports Invitational debut soon against Quincy Crew after the first series of the day.— business associates (@BusinessDota) April 28, 2020
We’ll be playing with two new businessmen in this tournament:
business Associates further explain that their former midlaner Leon 'nine' Kirilin will take a break from competitive Dota 2. Support player Joel Mori 'MoOz' Ozambela on the other hand left bA.
Today Cloud9 steps back from Dota 2.— Cloud9 vs COVID19 (@Cloud9) April 28, 2020
We thank all members of the team for their efforts as part of #C9DOTA and wish them the best of luck!
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It was a surprise to see Cloud9 back in Dota 2: their name vanished from our scene in 2017 and was missing for almost three years. In January 2020 the North American organisation decided to give another squad a chance. Cloud9 picked up an international roster that competed in SEA for its first qualifier.
Afterwards, JingJun 'Sneyking' Wu and Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao joined the team to compete in further NA tournaments, but COVID-19 made it nearly impossible for the five players to attend events. The organisation left the following statement about their departure from Dota 2:
While EE and Sneyking will probably search for a new roster in NA, Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard, Misery and pieliedie are interesting assets for the European squads in the upcoming online tournaments.
Which teams could former Cloud9 players help improving?
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