Source: Cloud9 UPDATE 10/23: Cloud9 posted a video on his YouTube channel thanking Licorice for his time with the organization. In the video, Licorice recalls his entire C9 career and reflects on its context now that he’s moving on as footage of his best moments is interspersed throughout the video. The new Licorice team is currently unknown. Source: Paul de Leon for Riot Games UPDATE 10/19: Cloud9 has also confirmed the separation of the organization with assistant coach Jung “RapidStar” Min-sung, who has worked with the team since June 2018. Rapidstar se separates from the team to return to his home country, South Korea, to complete his compulsory military service. UPDATE 10/19: Licorice confirmed via Twitter that Cloud9 approached him last week, advising him that he will not be on C9’s 2021 roster. Original Story: According to a report by Jacob Wolf of ESPN Esports, Cloud9 is looking to promote Cloud9 Academy head coach Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin and top laner Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami to his League of Legends Championship Series for the 2021 season. Former head coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu was fired after the end of the 2020 C9 season, and his current top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie is the subject of a buyout offer, although C9 originally said the team would stay together next year. If the report is true, Reignover will be Cloud9’s first new head coach since Reapered took over from Daerek “LemonNation” Hart before the start of the 2016 NA LCS Summer Division. C9 has competed at four world championships and won an LCS title with Reapered at the helm, but after failing to qualify for the world championships for the first time in the organization’s history, it’s clear that the organization wants to make things happen. Of the two alignment moves, the change to the top lane is perhaps the more surprising. Since making his LCS debut in 2018, Licorice has been in the conversation for the best national top laner in North America. On the Academy side, Fudge also made a strong case that he was ready for the LCS after his outstanding performance in the Academy League, as he and Reignover led the C9 Academy in a tour de force in 2021, winning both Splits and both playoffs. It’s also worth mentioning that with the disbandment of the Oceanic Pro League, imports of OCEs like Fudge are now considered top domestic laners in LCSs and do not take an import slot. Fudge could start alongside Cloud9 mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dincer and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, both European importers. For more information and content on LoL Esports, visit our section dedicated to League of Legends! Find full schedules, brackets and more for your favorite esports at Juked.gg! .