How many championships will the boys in blue rack up this year?
If there is one team that will be at the top of almost every LCS 2024 power ranking, it is Cloud9. The six-time North American champions are gunning to defeat long-time rivals TSM's unprecedented seven titles to become the most-winningest team in LCS history. And with the roster they have accrued this offseason, the sky is the limit for this Cloud9 squad. ESTNN is here to explain how the offseason went for Cloud9, what changes they made to their roster, and how it should stack compared to the rest of the league.
Cloud9 Went Big Ahead Of 2024 LCS Season
we've got him 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/JYJv7YBGTB
— Cloud9 League of Legends (@C9LoL) November 24, 2023
Cloud9 arguably has the strongest roster heading into the 2024 LCS Spring Split. After a pitiful display in the 2023 Summer Finals and the 2023 League of Legends World Championship, it was time for Cloud9 to add some serious players to an already star-studded roster. Firstly, let's start with the outs; Jang “EMENES” Min-soo left without hardly a mention from the organization outside of a small X post. While the Korean Mid Laner started strong, previous demons seemed to plague EMENES and swiftly exited the organization after only a year. On a lighter note, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen departed Cloud9 after four glorious years. The Danish veteran wanted to return to ADC, and with Cloud9 already locked in that role, it meant Zven's time on C9 was at an end.
It didn't take long for Cloud9 to secure their 2024 LCS roster. Over five days, Cloud9 announced via X (formerly Twitter) their 2024 starting five. First up, Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami is returning to the top lane after signing a contract extension with the organization. In the next two days, Robert “Blaber” Huang and Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol also extended their contracts, committing to Cloud9 beyond the 2024 season. This is where the fun begins: the following two days saw Cloud9 announce the acquisitions of Joseph Joon “jojopyun” Pyun and Philippe “VULCAN” Laflamme, both of Evil Geniuses and FlyQuest, respectively.
The Sky Is The Limit For Cloud9 In 2024
As the header mentions, the sky is the limit for Cloud9 in 2024. This roster is not built to be anywhere but at the top of the standings, with second place being a worst-case scenario. If you were to create an LCS superteam, this is pretty much what it would look like. Blaber, Jojopyun, and Berserker are arguably the best players in their respective roles, with Fudge and Vulcan at times in the career also claiming the titles of the best Top Laner and best Support, respectively. NRG's synergy is the blueprint for all LCS rosters to copy, and Cloud9 has done just that with players who want to play with one another and should be at least on par with the previous Cloud9 roster out the gate.
Cloud9 used to be “the” North American team that fans could count on every year to give them an international run. There is no reason why Cloud9 should not be competitive. Perhaps not to the level of T1, that would be unrealistic. Still, when another Western squad in G2 can consistently take down the lower seeds from the East, there is no reason why Cloud9 should not look to replicate this level of success. With NRG having a solid showing at the World Championship and defeating C9 in the Summer, they are the team to beat whether Cloud9 has put together a better team on paper. Watching these two teams battle on the opening day of the 2024 LCS Spring Split will be exciting.
Here is the Cloud9 2024 LCS roster:
- Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami
- Robert “Blaber” Huang
- Joseph Joon “jojopyun” Pyun
- Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol
- Philippe “VULCAN” Laflamme
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