It has been claimed that Cloud9 is close to finalizing the signings of Jake “jakee” Anderson and Dylan “runi” Cade to their Valorant lineup in order to replace Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker and Anthony “vanity” Malaspina.
Dot Esports reports that Cloud9 are nearing the completion of negotiations to add two new players to round out their Valorant squad in preparation for the VCT Americas League. Both runi, the former IGL of Soniqs, and jakee, a collegiate Valorant player most recently seen competing with the University of St. Thomas’ esports program, are expected to join the North American organization in the near future. runi will serve as the organization’s new IGL. jakee played Valorant in college.
runi has been active in the North American Valorant scene since 2021. Before signing with Soniqs in 2022, he was a competitor on Zero MarksMen Black. Runi and Jakee each participated in an open qualifying event to earn a spot in the North American Challengers League.
Runi was only one series win away from qualifying with Soniqs until the team lost to OREsports, and jakee competed on the free-agent squad NSIC, which was eliminated from the competition in the Round of 32. Runi’s team, Soniqs, lost to OREsports. With the departures of IGL vanity and Valorant star Yay, Cloud9 will complete its lineup with the addition of the two players. Runi will be the one to take on the IGL responsibilities for the team. While Jakee will most likely be the one to take on the Controller responsibilities.
With the departures, Cloud9 is about to complete the Valorant roster
After the VCT LOCK/IN tournament concluded, Cloud9 surprised many by letting go of their vanity, and Yay. Yay, who would go on to become the most outstanding player for the Valorant in 2022? They had been added to the squad just under five months ago, while vanity had been there since 2021.
Many people believe the adjustments were made because of the financial problems recently plaguing the esports business. Jack Etienne, the CEO of Cloud9, has dispelled allegations that the company is bankrupt, although he has acknowledged that he is “managing costs” and planning for the long run. On April 2, Cloud9 will face Evil Geniuses in the first match of the VCT Americas competition. During that match, the lineup will make its debut of two new players.
Cloud9 Valorant roster:
- Mateja ‘qpert’ Mijovic (substitute)
- Hasan ‘BlackHeart’ Hammad (substitute)
- Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf
- Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach
- Jordan ‘Zellsis’ Montemurro
- Jake ‘jakee’ Anderson
- Dylan ‘runi’ Cade