On November 27, Esport organization Cloud 9 has announced their departure from Halo. The team was known for being one of the most dominant squads in Halo Infinite’s first season of the Halo Championship Series.
Throughout the first season, they have been consistently placed top 2 for online and offline events. Their last LAN event which was the Halo World Championship 2022, they were placed second behind OpTic Gaming.
The team managed to 4-1 OpTic Gaming to reset the Grand Final bracket, but they fell short when OpTic Gaming answered back with a 4-0 victory.
The original squad lineup consisted of Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher, Zane “Penguin” Hearon, Jonathan “Renegade” Willette, and Kevin “Eco” Smith. Later through the season, Renegade left the team for FaZe and was replaced by one of the former FaZe teammates: Adam “Bound” Gray.
Video credit: The Halo HQ.
The Cloud 9 members all have their own individual accolades. Stellur, Eco, and Renegade were former Halo 5 world champions when they won one of the Halo World Championships event back in 2018.
Other noteworthy things to mention was Penguin won his first major 4v4 LAN event back in 2021. HCS Kickoff Major Raleigh 2021 was the first Halo Infinite LAN tournament.
Bound has been awarded for one of the categories for Esports Awards. He is currently nominated for Esports Controller Rookie of the Year.
One day after the announcement of Cloud 9 departure, Esport organization Spacestation Gaming revealed their Halo team roster. It happens to be the same roster from Cloud 9.
Bound announced on his Twitter page before the Spacestation Gaming confirmation that he was a free agent for the second season of the Halo Championship Series.
The next Halo Infinite LAN event is called OpTic Halo Invitational. It will take place at Esports stadium Arlington on December 9 to 11. The event has already sold out its ticket offerings.
SOURCE: Cloud 9 Twitter Post.