Cloud9’s former head coach Max Waldo has formally departed from the group in the present day after breaking into the North American League of Legends scene with the crew during the last two years.
The 23-year-old will likely be pursuing content material creation as his subsequent profession path, forsaking a brief however memorable legacy with C9 that ended with the crew’s first LCS Summer Split championship since 2013. His path to the top coach place was a curler coaster, however ultimately, the crew discovered the success they had been in search of.
“[It was] 100 percent my decision to leave,” Waldo stated on social media. “I had an awesome two years with C9 and wish them nothing but the best. I made the decision recently which is why I was included in their most recent team announcement.”
Waldo joined C9 on the finish of 2020 as a strategic coach and helped the crew attain the head of the league by ending the 2021 Spring Split on the prime of the common season standings with former players-turned-coaches Mithy and Reignover. They ultimately took down Team Liquid within the finals however stumbled to an early exit at that 12 months’s Mid-Season Invitational.
By the beginning of 2022, Waldo was second-in-command behind the crew’s latest head coach, Nick “LS” De Cesare. Controversy struck a few month into the 12 months, nevertheless, when the 29-year-old streamer was out of the blue launched by the crew as a result of the employees was unable to “come to terms and see eye-to-eye” when it comes to the programs in place for the League division.
Related: A full timeline of LS’ tenure as Cloud9’s League of Legends head coach
As a outcome, Waldo was promoted to go coach this previous February to information the brand new roster C9 had assembled within the earlier offseason. Although they didn’t discover any success within the Spring Split, the new-look C9 lastly captured a Summer Split trophy, making them the area’s No. 1 seed on the World Championship.
This offseason, nevertheless, Waldo was changed by Mithy as head coach. Aside from a mid lane roster change, C9’s lineup has remained virtually the identical from 2022 and can look to construct off of the profitable season that they had this previous summer season.
The 2023 LCS Spring Split begins on Jan. 26.