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Cloud9 announced as the final competitor for the Red Bull Home Ground Valorant event

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Cloud9 joins the likes of Team Vitality, Liquid and 100 Thieves in Manchester.

The heavy hitters are ready to fight in Manchester as Cloud9 is the last team announced to compete at Red Bull Home Ground. The one-of-a-kind Valorant event will take place on December 9 and run until December 11. Red Bull Home Ground will feature some of the best teams from Europe and North America.
During the offseason, Cloud9 put together a powerful roster, headlined by the acquisition of the best Valorant player in the world, Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker. Amongst the 'heavy hitters' is the core of Nathan "leaf" Orf, Anthony "vanity" Malaspina and Erick "Xeppaa" Bach. Rounding out the roster is Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro who is returning to Cloud9 after competing for the organization in CSGO.

This will be the first time fans get to watch the 'heavy hitters'

<em>Image courtesy of C9VAL via Twitter</em>
Image courtesy of C9VAL via Twitter
This is will be an exciting event for not only Cloud9 Valorant fans but competitive Valorants too. Red Bull Home Ground will be the first time fans will get to see Cloud9's 'superteam' in action. With Chamber nerfs being announced as recently as yesterday, it will be interesting to see what adaptions C9 will make to their compositions from map to map.
Cloud9 will be up against stiff competition from the word go, with the defending Red Bull Home Ground champions Team Liquid, as well as fellow VCT Americas side 100 Thieves also in attendance. The Red Bull Home Ground event is part of the official VCT 2023 off-season, meaning fans will be in for a treat with high-quality games.
Here is the expected Cloud9 lineup for the 2022 Red Bull Home Ground event:
  • Nathan "leaf" Orf
  • Anthony "vanity" Malaspina
  • Erick "Xeppaa" Bach
  • Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker
  • Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro

How will the Valorant map rotation affect Cloud9 moving forward?

Esports.gg covered the news today that Bind and Breeze will be pulled from the map rotation when patch 6.0 launches in early January. Cloud9 fans and their players alike will be happy to see Bind hit the chopping block. Bind is the only map Cloud9 does not have a winning record on with the VCT squad donning a 49% win-rate all-time according to VLR.
Breeze, however, historically has been a very strong map for Cloud9. Don't let the past couple of months fool you, when they were at their peak, C9 was one of the best Breeze sides in the world. C9 historically boasts an impressive 76% win-rate over 25 games on the tropical map. This is the last time fans will get to see these maps for sometime with 6.0 on the horizon.
Red Bull Home Ground will officially kick off on December 9 and will conclude on December 11. Esports.gg will be bringing you live updates from the Victoria Warehouse.
Stay tuned to Esports.gg for the latest Valorant news and updates.
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Jordan Marney
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Jordan "Marn" Marney is an esports journalist from across the pond. Marn specialises in telling stories about League of Legends and Call of Duty. Marn has been a passionate esports fan since 2014 and has written for publications Unikrn, Esports Network, ESTNN and The United Stand.