Cloud9 and its League of Legends coach part ways
By Bob Garcia
The eSports organization has decided to go in a new direction
Popular eSports organization Cloud9 is going through a major change as its long-time head coach is leaving the team. Bok “Reapered” Han-Gyu coached the team for more than four years, and has vast experience working and playing in the League of Legends (LoL) Championship Series and the LoL Champions Korea. Since joining the organization in 2016, he has led the team to win several first places and make it to multiple finals and playoffs. The news of his departure was shared by Cloud9 through its Twitter account, and it was accompanied by many shocked reactions from fans and broadcasters, especially because his contract had been extended until 2022.
“Thank you for all the memories, draft kingdoms, and achievements within the last 4 years,” Han-Gyu stated. Along with the tweet, there was a video included of the now-former coach speaking about his experience with the team for the past few years. “Thanks for everyone I worked with, Impact, Meteos, BunnyFuFu, Smoothie, Contractz,” he stated. “The first time I came to the NA, I didn’t even speak English at all. Because of the people I had around me, they helped me grow as a person and coach, I’m a very different person from before.”
Han-Gyu confirmed that he is going to be coaching another team and that he parted ways with Cloud9 on good terms. He added that the squad and he are very good friends and that he still considers them family; however, he is seeking to expand his horizons somewhere else. Besides the fact that fans expected him to have a couple more years with the team, this move is also surprising as Cloud9 was the top performer this past spring, although the team did not qualify for this year’s World Championship. “Thank you for letting me have a warm farewell, and let’s cheer for us who will go different ways in the future,” Han-Gyu added.