GWANGJU, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 28: Team Cloud9 of North America stand on the stage before the semifinal match of 2018 The League of Legends World Championship at Gwangju Women's University Universiade Gymnasium on October 28, 2018 in Gwangju, South Korea. (Photo by Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

Most coaches are let go because of what they didn’t accomplish, but this time, it seems like a coach was released for what most people thought they would accomplish. Cloud9 has parted ways with their League of Legends coach, Reapered, after failing to make Worlds for the first time in the organization’s history. This is wild, especially since Reapered is walking away with a veritable boatload of accolades to his name. 


After failing to make World’s despite their stellar first half of the Summer Split, Cloud9 release their head League coach, Reapered, who may be one of the best coaches in the entire world despite a disappointing end to their 2020 season. And, Activision continues to go to war with cheat makers as they blow up yet another hacker website, plus, Fall Guys invent an entire island to banish their cheaters off to.

Cloud9 Release Reapered

After 4 years with the org, Reapered was named Coach of the Split in 2017, 18, and 2020, plus brought the team to four consecutive Worlds’ appearances which included an appearance in the semis in 2018. But the bigger story is for sure the collapse of what people thought was the UNTOUCHABLE team at one point earlier this year. With NA flaming out in the group stages AGAIN this year, Cloud 9 was supposed to be the saving grace of N.A. League after going 17-1 in the regular season and winning their first LCS title since 2014. They then continued the Summer Split, going 9-0, before everything just sort of….fell apart. A loss to FlyQuest in the upper brackets of the Summer Split finals, and then getting knocked out by TSM spelled the end of their amazing run and crushed any hope they had of heading to Worlds.

The writing has been on the wall for a while for Reapered, and it wasn’t any more apparent than when Cloud9 owner Jack Etienne made an appearance on a Cloud9 podcast where he spoke about the failures of the team stemming from coaching.

Even with all of the smoke, when the firing came, it still came as a bit of a shock to the league. This is one of the most successful coaches of the current era, and while Cloud9 may have larger aspirations than what they experienced this year, it is still heads and shoulders above what many other NA teams are accomplishing, so this is for sure putting other coaches in the league on notice. As of right now, Reapered is a hot commodity on the free-agent market, and there are plenty of LCS or LEC teams that would love to have him on staff. We will keep you in the loop on where he eventually lands.


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