Currently, one of the biggest eSports organizations in the world, Cloud9 and their Call of Duty team are going through some changes. These are mostly reflected in the change of the roster. A couple of days ago, Cloud9 and Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacy have announced that Ricky will be leaving the team.
This decision comes amidst the series of very bad results that the team has had in the last couple of months. Many commentators and fans expected roster changes in a number of COD teams would be happening very soon. However, rarely anyone could have predicted that Cloud9 would be the team that will start with the changes. Even less likely was that Ricky will be the first player to leave the team.
Despite that, it started with Cloud9 and Ricky but it did not end there, as another player will be leaving the team as well.
Saying Goodbye to Lacefield
The second player that left the team was Andres Lacefield. For him, the team announced that he was being released in order to try and make Cloud9 team as good as possible. Even though the departure of these two players has surprised many, the names of the players that replaced Ricky and Lacefield in Cloud9 were even more surprising.
Even though there were reports saying that Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor might be coming from Australia and replacing Ricky in the team, that did not happen. That became especially clear as the team released Lacefield from the roster and with that move it became clear Cloud9 already had something big planned for their new Call of Duty team.
Welcoming Xotic and Priest to the roster
Two players that will be replacing Ricky and Lacefield in Cloud9 Call of Duty team are Preston ‘Priest’ Greiner and John ‘Xotic’ Bruno. Rarely anyone could have predicted that Cloud9 will be taking this path. With the signing of Xotic and Priest, Cloud9 has signed some of the best young Call of Duty players in the world.
Before joining Cloud9, Priest and Xotic were playing for The Gosu Crew. The team came really close to qualifying for the Season One of the Call of Duty World League and they missed on that opportunity very narrowly.
Preston ‘Priest’ Greiner and John ‘Xotic’ Bruno will be joining Adam ‘Assault’ Garcia and Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price in the new Cloud9’ Call of Duty roster. According to the current situation, their first official match they’ll all play together will be the opening match of the relegation tournament of the CWL Global Pro League taking place in June.
According to ACHES, the team’s captain, the addition of Priest and Xotic will be very good for Cloud9. These young players will bring new enthusiasm to the team that they might have lacked at some of the tournaments in the recent past.
The new Cloud9 Call of Duty roster will be under tremendous pressure from the fans and team’s officials. The fresh line-up will have to prove they are worthy of the trust the officials have bestowed on them by giving them the opportunity to play for Cloud9.