During a recent stream, veteran AD carry Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi confirmed that he will no longer be playing for Cloud9 on their starting roster next year.
This comes after an ESPN report in which Cloud9 are said to have signed former Team SoloMid bot laner Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen to go along with Dignitas transfer Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme as the squad’s new bot lane.
While streaming on twitch, Sneaky also hinted at a few issues between him and C9. According to Sneaky, some members of the team were no longer wanting to play with him and were instead favoring a change in the bot lane.
“I think it’s kind of obvious but I won’t be playing for C9 and I’m not going to contest for a spot on C9,” Sneaky said. “Pretty much it just seemed like there were some people that didn’t want to play with me anymore, it wasn’t only me, they wanted a new bot lane.”
May fans have drawn the conclusion that top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie was the primary reason for the change. Licorice has established himself as a world class player in his position, something Sneaky could no longer say. The top laner was shown during the 2019 World Championship to have at one point criticized the play of Sneaky and support Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam, giving context to Sneaky’s saying the bottom lane as a whole was being turned over.
Mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dincer has taken to social media to broadly defend Licorice and make clear that the decision to change the roster was a team decision.
Will Sneaky play in the LCS in 2020?
At the time of this writing Sneaky has not yet revealed where he will play for 2020, but having represented Cloud9 since 2013, this change will mark the end of an era for the 25-year-old. He went on to say during his stream that at this stage he is not sure of his plans and not certain that he will play in 2020.
Sneaky has accrued a massive following on streaming platform Twitch, giving him options as a full-time streamer. But his achievements in the game would be a great addition to any LCS team. He has two LCS titles, finished in first place at IEM Season 9, and has been to every World Championship since 2019 with a top-four finish in 2018 being a particular highlight.
Should Sneaky return to competitive play then the first time he competes against his former team will surely be an epic grudge match. The North American legend would surely hope he could show Cloud9 that they made a mistake.