Cloud9 announces plans to create an NA Challenger team, hints at changes to LCS team

by theScore Staff Apr 20 2016
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Cloud9 is expanding to include a new North American Challenger team, the organization announced Wednesday.

In a video posted to YouTube, support player Hai "Hai" Lam and head coach Daerek "LemonNation" Hart announced the organization's intent to build a Challenger team with the purpose "of training challenger players and growing the pool of North American players."

"We wanted to see who was available that we could use to try and play with," Hai said. "There's no confirmed roles for any of the roles yet. But we are trying out other people to see what we like."

According to the announcement, Hai "Hai" Lam, Lee "Rush" Yoonjae, An "Balls" Le and Daerek "LemonNation" Hart are among the nine people currently on the roster, although that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be playing on the team next season.

"But that doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to be playing there but that is what's set up for the moment," Hai said.

Because of the roster change, Hai said that the LCS roster will be changing too.

"I personally can't tell you what's happening yet due to various reasons. But there are changes coming to the LCS team," he said. "Obviously since Balls or me are playing on the challenger or like in charge of that stuff. Then we may not be the starter for the LCS team."

Hai then hinted that "if people use their head they might be able to figure things out."

Cloud9 are reportedly looking to add top laner Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong to their LCS roster for the upcoming summer split. According to ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, they made an offer to NRG eSports that the top laner is reportedly interested in.

Will Alcopra is a News Editor at theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter!