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Cloud9 releases Licorice and Rapidstar from roster, welcoming Fudge to Top Lane

Cloud9 replaces long-time Top Laner Licorice with Academy player Fudge. The organization has also welcomed Academy Coach Reignover to take over Reapeared’s position as Head Coach.
Cloud9 releases Licorice and Rapidstar from roster, welcoming Fudge to Top Lane

Top-performing NA team Cloud9 has recently made some shocking changes, including the release of long-time Head Coach Bok “Reapered” Han-Gyu. Unfortunately for many fans, this is also the end of the road for their famed Top Laner, Eric “Licorice” Ritchie.

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Cloud9 plans to continue their top lane with Academy player Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami.

Originall from the Oceanic region, Fudge has been playing with Cloud9 this March. He has been developing his skills, especially after helping his team defeat TSM’s and Evil Geniuses’ Academy teams in important matches.

Notably, Fudge played for Australian team MAMMOTH until his departure early this year. In 2019, MAMMOTH secured a victory in the OPL 2019 split 2 playoffs. Overall, his professional history shows determination and skill, proven by his back-to-back wins throughout the last two years.

Ever since Reapered decided to leave Cloud9, fans have speculated on who would take his place, and when the change will happen. According to the organization’s statement, retired professional League of Legends player and current Academy coach Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin will take Reapered’s place.

Unfortunately for Reignover, he’ll be temporarily left without an Assistant Coach, as C9 said their farewells to Jung “RapidStar” Min-Sung. As an integral member of the team since 2018, RapidStar will be leaving the organization to fulfill his mandatory military service in South Korea.

Licorice has stated that the roster change is a “part of being a pro” and thanked the team for having him. He shared his sentiments over Twitter, receiving many mixed responses from C9 and LCS fans. 

After playing with C9 since November 2017, it’s clear that this news has upset many fans, especially after C9’s strong Spring split this year. Fortunately, not all is lost, as Licorice shared that he’ll be able to be bought out after free-agency begins on November 16 at 7 PM ET.