A year and a half after forming a competitive team for Heroes of the Storm, Cloud9 has announced that they will no longer be supporting a lineup for the scene.

The roster was formed in October of 2014 with Cameron “Bobbyhankhill” Nelson, Kun “iDream” Fang, Christopher “Zuna” Buetcher, Justin “Jintae” Dinh and Aaron “Bischu” Kim. Later that year the roster was split into two, Cloud9 Vortex and Cloud9 Maelstrom, upon signing Josh “RawrJar” Kofalt to the organization. Unfortunately, C9 Vortex was was short-lived, as it dissolved in September of 2015 to become Based God FMB. C9 Malestrom was then renamed to Cloud9, as the organization had no intention to replace its Vortex roster.

Cloud9 went down in HotS history as being the first-ever World Champions, taking home $200,000 in prize money after defeating Team Dignitas in the grand finals 3-0. They managed to maintain that level of success until April of 2016, where they placed 5th-6th at the Heroes of the Storm Spring Global Championship after losing to EStar Gaming 0-2. After that event they struggled to make it out of 3rd-4th place, and eventually found themselves back in 5th-6th at the 2016 ESL North America Summer Regional Championship.

After a year of roster changes, and months of disappointing results with no improvement, Cloud9 had to make the decision to let the lineup go.

“It is with great difficulty that we announce the dissolution of the Cloud9 Heroes of the Storm division. As of today, Cloud9 will no longer field a competitive Heroes of the Storm roster. We’d like to thank the fans, sponsors, and players who supported us over the last twenty months and put us on the path to victory at both BlizzCon events.”

Shortly after the announcement, iDream expressed an interest in retiring from the scene to return to school. Derek “DunkTrain” Arabian has yet to confirm what plans he has for his future, saying that he hasn’t decided on what to do next. Currently, the other members of the former C9 roster appear to be remaining with the scene.

The former lineup for CLoud9’s HotS lineup is as follows:
Derek “DunkTrain” Arabian
John Paul “KingCaffeine” Lopez
Kun “iDream” Fang
Keiwan “k1pro” Itakura
Benjamin “Cattlepillar” Bunk

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