Cloud9 Announces Coaching Changes Ahead Of 2022 Season

Cloud9 Announces Coaching Changes Ahead Of 2022 Season

League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) team, Cloud9, is getting ready for a fresh start heading into the 2022 season.

As revealed on Tuesday, November 30, Cloud9 parted ways with most of its coaching staff shortly after forming a new roster.

Cloud9 Replace Coaching Personnel

As revealed by Cloud9, the organization has cut ties with Jonathan “Westrice” Nguyen, Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin, and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodr√≠guez, who will no longer be leading the boys in blue. The decision follows Cloud9’s overhaul of its LoL esports roster earlier in November.

As stated, the departure was mutual. This leaves Cloud9 with Marius “Veigar v2” Aune and Maxwell Alexander “Max” Waldo as the only two members of the team’s coaching personnel.

And while Veigar v2 and Max are confirmed to stay with the team for the 2022 season, mithy, Reignover, and Westrice are free to find a new home.

It’s unclear who will replace the departed coaches, but Veigar v2 or Max could likely get promoted. The two currently serve as position & strategic coaches, having been with the organization since December 2020.

Out of the two, however, Veigar v2 is the only one with previous coaching experience.

He has coached several teams, including Fact Revolution, Dusty, Domino Effect, and Divine Vendetta. Max, meanwhile, was a professional player between 2015-2020, most notably for 100 Academy.

Mithy, Reignover, and Westrice Out

Former support player, mithy joined Cloud9 at the end of 2020 as the team’s strategic coach. He was previously the head coach of Fnatic, who he led to the quarter-finals of the 2021 LoL World Championship.

Although mithy joined C9 as a strategic coach, he took over the head coach position in May. With mithy in charge, Cloud9 won the LCS Mid-Season Showdown and made a deep run at the Mid-Season Invitational.

Reignover has been with Cloud9 for over two years and has worked in several roles for the organization. Reiognover first joined Cloud9 in May 2019 as a positional coach before he got appointed the position of Cloud9 Academy head coach.

In October 2020, Reignover moved back to the main roster as a head coach. He held the position until mithy took over in May 2021.

Westrice has been the longest-serving coach of Cloud9. He first joined the organization in 2018 as a head coach of C9 Academy and served as an assistant coach for the LCS roster.

All three have been an integral part of Cloud9 success in 2021. Although the team failed to win the LCS Summer, Cloud9 impressed many with a quarter-final run at the 2021 LoL Worlds.

What’s Next?

Mithy, Reignover, and Westrice have all proven to be highly talented leaders, so it is shocking to see Cloud9 let them go. However, with all the changes C9 made last month, it’s evident that the team is looking for a fresh start.

It’s currently unclear where mithy, Reignover, and Westice will continue their careers. But, with the success they’ve achieved in 2021, they won’t struggle to find a new home.

However, the biggest question is who will take over as Cloud9’s new head coach for the 2022 season. While some rumors suggest C9 could continue with Max and Veigar v2 as their head coaches, it’s likely that the team will look to add another by the end of the offseason.

But no matter which coach C9 decides to go with, the expectations are high. With the addition of Kim “Winsome” Dong-keon, Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol, and Park “Summit” Woo-tae, Cloud9 look set to compete for the top spots in 2022, no matter who will lead the new-look roster.