Only 6 short months after being crowned Heroes of the Storm World Champions at Blizzcon 2015, Cloud9 has dissolved its Heroes of the Storm roster and decided to no longer compete in Blizzard’s fledgling MOBA.
The decision to dissolve the roster came after Cloud9 failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Global Championships at the ESL Burbank Heroes of the Storm event. This coupled with the fact that the team was unsuccessful in finding a permanent replacement for Fan Yang, widely considered the best HoTS player in North America, after his departure in Demeber 2015 spelled disaster for Cloud9 as they were constantly struggling to keep hold of the top spot in the North American Heroes of the Storm scene.
The news of Cloud9’s departure from the Heroes scene comes on the heels of widespread talk that the game has failed to live up to expectations in the esports community. It is unclear whether these rumors helped in the decision making process to dissolve the team, but it is definitely not a good thing for the Heroes scene to lose a large organization like Cloud9.
There has been no word yet as to what will happen with the players that were on Cloud9’s active roster. Derek ‘Dunktrain” Arabian tweeted this shortly after the announcement came down.
It was a great run, met a lot of cool people and had unforgettable experiences. Chase your dreams 🙂
— Derek Arabian (@DunkTrain) June 10, 2016
This post was originally written by Nick Caminita.