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Cloud9 exploring buyout market with Perkz looking to leave for family reasons

The superstar mid laner is likely on the move after finishing his first year in North America.

It was confirmed minutes ago by Jacob Wolf and Pablo Suárez that Cloud9 is looking to sell superstar mid laner Perkz. The Western veteran joined the LCS giants during the 2021 season, buying out his contract for a hefty price. Perkz and the rest of Cloud9 have just wrapped up their 2021 Worlds campaign, surpassing expectations by reaching the quarter-finals.

According to the report from Dot Esports, the Croatian veteran informed Cloud9 management prior to their quarter-finals match against Gen.G that he wishes to leave the team due to family reasons. It was also reported that amongst his peers, Perkz has expressed his desire to join an organization that will allow him to build his own team.

Perkz's time on Cloud9 has been a mixed bag of results. The season started out well for C9, reaching the final of the Lock-in tournament before taking home the spring championship. Problems occurred in the summer split as Zven was benched for K1NG early in the split before coming back in. While Cloud9 was able to qualify for Worlds, they were unable to retain their thrown as they lost to 100 Thieves in the lower bracket.

At the 2021 League of Legends World Championship. Cloud9 would once again defy expectations as they escaped the group of death. Despite starting 0-3, C9 rallied behind Perkz and qualified for yet another quarter-finals. While they dropped the ball against Gen.G, another championship plus top eight at Worlds was a successful year for Cloud9.

The report goes on to detail Perkz's next destination is likely to be in Europe so that he can be closer to his family. In 2020 Perkz tragically lost his father, and with the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, it was difficult for Perkz to come home during the North American season.