Cloud9 has finalized its Academy roster ahead of the 2020 LCS Academy League Spring Split. Support David "Diamond" Bérubé is the sole returning member from last season alongside Head Coach Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin and Assistant Coach Jeong "Rapidstar" Min-seong; the rest of the roster has been completely re-designed from the ground up.
Joining Diamond in the Bot Lane is Oceanic AD Carry Calvin "k1ng" Truong, one of many established OPL talents to move to North America for the 2020 season. Most recently, k1ng played for MAMMOTH at the 2019 World Championship alongside Top Laner Ibrahim "Fudge" Allami, who will also start for C9A in 2020.
Cristian "Palafox" Palafox will start in the Mid Lane for C9A for his third season in the LCS Academy system. Palafox turned heads at the 2017 NA Scouting Grounds and started for OpTic Gaming Academy throughout the 2018 season. Most recently, Palafox started in the Mid Lane for Golden Guardians Academy.
Rounding out the roster is Rami "Inori" Charagh. The journeyman Jungler was a revelation for a struggling Phoenix1 in the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split, hard carrying the bottom feeding organization in the second half of the split with innovative carry picks like Hecarim, Rengar, and Mordekaiser.
The 2017 NA LCS Spring Split saw an improved P1 roster, but Inori did not get as well with the new roster and found himself replaced as the starter by William "Meteos" Hartman. Inori started a few games for a hemorrhaging Team Liquid in the summer of 2017, but since then, has not seen play at the top competitive level.
Inori has stayed active in the amateur and lower tier competitive scenes, and most recently, participated in the 2019 NA Scouting Grounds alongside top laner and fellow P1 alumnus Zig.
Cloud9 Academy finished in 1st place with a 15-3 record last summer, but fell short in the playoffs at the hands of eventual champion 100 Thieves Academy. The full roster announcement can be read on Cloud9’s official website.
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