Esports organization Cloud9 have officially reentered the competitive Halo scene after spending over four years on hiatus. On Monday, the organization announced the signings of four new players and as well as their new head coach.
The last major splash of Cloud9 Halo was made all the way back in 2016, when the organization signed the entire Renegades roster. Some of those faces may be familiar, as one of the four players on that team was none other than Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the face of Fortnite himself.
Zane “Pznguin” Hearon, who actually competed in a tournament with Ninja and Cloud9 back in 2016, is best known among Halo fans as an extremely talented Assault Rifle user and is remembered for his time with Team Liquid during their 2017 run in the Halo World Championship. Despite being just 22-years-old, Pznguin is a seasoned veteran who has been competing professionally since 2015.
Along with Pznguin, Braedon “StelluR” Boettche and Kevin “Eco” Smith, both of whom were on the Team Liquid roster with Pznguin, and Jonathan “Renegade” Willette all have a long history of competing alongside one another. StelluR, Eco and Renegade all have a World Championship under their belt, which they acquired while playing for Splyce during the 2018 Halo World Championship.
Cloud9’s newly signed coach, Emanuel “Hoaxer” Lovejoy, has a long Halo history himself which dates all the way back to 2011. The team certainly has veteranship behind them, which they’ll use to their advantage when Halo Infinite finally comes out.
Speaking of Xbox Game Studios’ newest Halo title, Halo Infinite is set to come out some time during December 2020, however no specific release date has been announced.