The 2018 season for League of Legends is right around the corner. The NA LCS for the next season will have four new teams introduced, and plenty of roster moves.
Let us take a close look at one of the 2018 NA LCS teams: Cloud9
Cloud9's 2017 Season
Cloud9 started the season by moving Juan "Contractz" Arturo Garcia from their Challenger team as their starting jungler. Cloud9 performed well in the Spring Split, placing second in the Playoffs.
Their Summer Split performance was not as impressive, only being able to place fourth in the overall season and losing to Team Dignitas in the Quarterfinals. Luckily, Cloud9 were able to beat out Counter Logic Gaming in the 2017 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers, sending them to the 2017 World Championship.
Cloud9 dominated in their Play-In Stage with a record of 4-0, moving them into the Group Stage. They had a rough group, being placed with SK Telecom T1, EDward Gaming, and ahq e-Sports Club.
However, Cloud9 played really well and managed to move onto the Quarterfinals where they lost to Team WE 2-3.
Cloud9's Roster Change
The offseason was huge for Cloud9 as they made plenty of roster changes. They lost top laner Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong and Contractz. The only members to stay with Cloud9 were mid laner Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen, AD carry Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi, and support Andy "Smoothie" Ta.
Cloud9 signed three players Eric "Licorice" Ritchie, Raymond "Wiggily" Griffin, and Marcin "Selfie" Wolski, all from Challenger teams. Their biggest signing was ex-TSM jungler, Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen.
C9 would eventually release Selfie from his contract at the start of the new year.
What to Expect From Cloud9 in the New Season
There are a lot of young faces joining Cloud9 for the new season meaning plenty of training as a team before going into the NA LCS. Cloud9 should definitely struggle in the Spring Split as their new team gets acquainted to playing together.
Fans shouldn't lose hope, however, as Cloud9 will be able to bounce back during the Summer Split and make it to the World Championship again.