Cloud 9, having announced their spot in the Overwatch League representing London last week, has picked up the full roster of Laser Kittenz. This comes just a week away from Overwatch Contenders– Europe Season 1. Laser Kittenz took third place in Contenders Season Zero.
Cloud 9 also signed Laser Kittenz manager Alicus, who now serves as their Overwatch Manager. In a statement released by the organization, Jack Etienne, CEO and Founder of Cloud 9, said of the pickup: “What Laser Kittenz were able to do in Season Zero grabbed everyone’s attention, myself included. From top to bottom the organization proved themselves committed to competition, devoting their talent and time to earning their place in Season One. I’m excited to welcome them to the Cloud9 family and we’re all looking forward to adding to their already long list of accomplishments.”
Alicus himself said of the opportunity: “It is a great honor to join Cloud9. Jack is a true industry leader, and the iconic brand he has built here speaks for itself. I’m happy to be able to fully focus on equipping us with the best possible chance at winning Overwatch League, and the road starts now with Contenders. Representing London is a dream come true and marks my return to the UK scene. I look forward to making all our fans proud.”
London is the first city in Europe to represent the Overwatch League, so many fans will be looking to Cloud 9 in Contenders and the first season of the League for a strong performance. Cloud 9 EU will be made up by:
Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson (DPS)
Finley “Kyb” Adisi (DPS)
Carl “crems” Aspehult (Flex)
Tiago “mowzassa” Rodrigues (Tank)
Luis “Greyy” Perestrelo (Support)
Ryan “CrusaDe” van Wegen (Support)
Cloud 9 did not clarify what this means for their current US based team. With talent like Surefour, Roolf, Adam, Gods, and xepheR, Cloud 9 seems to have more than enough flexibility in their lineup. The US Cloud 9 team did not qualify for Season 1 of Contenders. This marks an important step in the path to the Overwatch League, as smaller teams dissolve and are acquired by larger organizations.