Saturday, January 22

Cloud9 Signs LS as Head Coach for 2022 LCS Season

It’s official: Cloud9 have appointed Nick “LS” De Cesare as their head coach for the 2022 competitive season! What an unexpected and yet wholly spectacular pairing! There were many rumors of this being in the works, but one can never be too certain until pen meets paper! Now, though, we can finally start getting hyped!

The line-up LS will lead and tutor is strange, layered, and — potentially — brilliant. It’s also a gamble, but if there’s one team that can pull it off, it’s Cloud9. Talking about LS specifically and his contribution to the scene would be somewhat redundant. He had many different roles throughout the years, and not all of them were met with enthusiasm and praise. Right now, though, he’s one of the most cerebral and respected minds in the world of competitive League and a figure that’s basically omnipresent.

The sheer fact that Cloud9 was able to get him on board is a “W” for the ages! And, well, they’ll need it if they want to stand a chance at reclaiming the LCS throne.

Things Just Got Serious

The fact that Cloud9 opted for such a thorough restructuring — despite “going the distance” back in Spring, reaching Worlds, and being the only North American team to make it out of groups — is worthy of the highest praise and admiration. They’re not content and would rather take a risk and potentially win big further down the line than maintain their current power level (even though it’s still mighty impressive and can yield results most other orgs can only dream of).

“I thought watching Worlds this past year that LCK and LPL teams actually regressed in terms of gameplay, and I thought that it actually looked possible for Western teams to legitimately take games off or even actually upset or beat them outright, and I never ever felt that in previous years. So, I feel going forward that’s an actual possibility and I feel like with the discussions that I’ve had with Cloud9 I thought there was no better landing spot for me,” said LS in the official announcement video.

It goes without saying, but we’re excited beyond measure to see Cloud9 play! Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer as the 2022 LCS Spring Split is scheduled to begin on January 14!

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