With many teams and organizations in Europe, like Ninjas in Pyjamas, and FunPlus Phoenix, recently investing in support staff, there have been a lot of questions on whether some of North America’s best would also start announcing their back staff plans. Cloud9 have answered with the recruitment of head coach, Ash “Chu” Long, and strategic coach, James “JamezIRL” Macauley.
Chu used to coach in Overwatch, with notable teams, EnVision eSports and Team Envy, playing an integral part in Envy’s Overwatch Contenders seasons, helping them grow from a top eight team in 2018, into winning Season 1 and 2 of Overwatch Contenders 2019: North America West. The Brit is most known for his abilities in player development and helping to launch his teams up a few placements within months.
Coming from Counter-Strike, JamezIRL joins Cloud9’s VALORANT division after already being signed with the organization for over a year. This isn’t his first time in Cloud9 though, as he worked closely with them as an analyst throughout a near two year period, starting from 2015. His most notable achievements were all under Ghost Gaming, where his squad with Matthew “Wardell” Yu, Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik, and Joshua “steel” Nissan took ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018, and came runner up in the eight season of the North American ESL Pro League, upsetting some of the strongest teams in the region.
With many of Cloud9’s rivals, such as TSM and Gen.G Esports, already boasting coaches, this change will help them start climbing the North American rankings, and maybe even help the squad place higher in future tournaments. Do you think coaches and analysts are key to a team’s long term success? Let us know below!
With the coaching additions, Cloud9 is now:
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
Mitch “mitch” Semago
Josh “shinobi” Abastado
Skyler “Relyks” Weaver
Daniel “vice” Kim
Ash “Chu” Long (Head Coach)
James “JamezIRL” Macauley (Strategic Coach)