Cloud9 Cloud9 North America Rank #4 have let Head Coach Matthew "mCe" Elmore go, he announced on Twitter/X. mCe also announced he is exploring any and all options as coaching staff, even in collegiate competition.
mCe joined Cloud9 off of a year building The Guard The Guard Inactive from the ground up. He ultimately led The Guard to a LAN debut at Masters Reykjavik and a second-place finish at the NA LCQ in 2022, before getting picked up in October 2022.
Under mCe's leadership, Cloud9 debuted with a top 16 finish at LOCK//IN. Their form grew between São Paulo and the VCT Americas, where the team finished second only to LOUD LOUD Brazil Rank #1 in the regular season. They eventually fell short in the playoffs, suffering crippling losses to Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses North America Rank #1 and NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #3 that eliminated them from the tournament.
Cloud9 returned in the Americas LCQ as heavy favorites, but proved no match to KRÜ Esports KRÜ Esports Latin America South Rank #3 's historic run. KRÜ knocked the team down to the lower bracket, and Leviatán Leviatán Latin America South Rank #1 knocked Cloud9 out altogether in a 3-2 lower bracket final.
With mCe gone, Cloud9 will now have to find a new coach for the 2024, as he was the sole coach of the team. He is the fourth coach in the Americas to split with his team since August.