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Cloud9 allegedly planning Rocket League esports return

The North American organisation that crowned themselves World Champions in Season 6 hasn’t looked back since surprisingly releasing their roster back in June 2020.
Cloud9 will always be the org that got away, at least in the eyes of Rocket League esport fans around the globe.

In the summer of 2020, the Californian organisation announced the departure and separation of the Muffin Men roster AKA Mariano "SquishyMuffinz" Arruda, Kyle "Torment" Storer, Jesus "gimmick" Parra.

This would mark the end of one of the most decorated rosters in the esports scene. The squad would have one of the most dominant streaks in LANs to date topping it off with a Season 6 World Championship, derailing the Dignitas legacy so much that it broke the team up during the offseason.

That Cloud9 roster built a reputation and a diehard following for the blue brand that only left heartbreak after they abruptly left the org in June 2020.

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Hopes are still high even after a year and some change of the C9 org’s absence from the esports scene. (Picture: Jayski/Psyonix)

Their recently signed coach Jayson "Fireburner" Nunez followed Gimmick and Torment to Rat Enterprises who were quickly signed to Version1.

Captain Squishy is now a part of one of the most accomplished teams in the North American region, the defending World Champions, The General NRG.

Since the hurtful breakup, C9 has been teasing the community about a potential return and even the RLEsports subreddit has caught up to the trend meme-ing for the monthly theory -- but this time, it is more real than ever.

Word on the street is that True Neutral (former South American champions, currently a top-four team in NA after relocating) are fast becoming the hottest commodity in the region and there are a number of interested parties including Cloud9.

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The Muffin Men have raised the bar high for whoever is in Cloud 9’s next and long-awaited roster. (Picture: Psyonix)

Including a head-to-head race with Moist Esports confirmed by Charles "MoistCr1TiKaL" White himself, some slight and more subtle signs of involvement have been caught on Twitter.

Rocketeer Redditors found out that Senior General Manager at Cloud9, Gaylen Malone, is currently mutuals with the entire True Neutral roster on Twitter and let’s be honest, not even LinkedIn is as powerful a source for networking as the bird app.

While Malone's follows and even Cr1TiKal name-dropping the org during bidding war talk doesn’t confirm C9’s involvement in the bids, it definitely is their patient, diehard fans’ latest dose of copium, at least through the end of 2021.

 

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Featured image courtesy of Cloud9.