Daniel “vice” Kim had re-joined Cloud9, joining their newly formed VALORANT roster and becoming the latest former CS:GO pro to move to the first-person shooter from Riot Games. Having represented the organisation in 2019, vice has now made the move back to the North American organisation, where he will be hoping to make a bigger impact.
Vice will team up with former CS:GO pro’s in the shape of Josh “shinobi” Abastado, Mitch Semago, Skyler “Relyks” Weaver and Tyson “TenZ” Ngo, with the Cloud9 VALORANT roster certainly having experience on its side. With the VALORANT season having been underway for a while now, vice has already featured significantly for Cloud9, competing most recently in the Pittsburgh Knights Invitation Gauntlet Series. Cloud9 recorded wins against the likes of Envy, Renegades, Complexity and Luminosity during the tournament, however they eventually came unstuck in the upper bracket finals against TSM.
Can vice and Cloud9 Be Successful in VALORANT?
Cloud9 has already played against some of the biggest names in North America when it comes to VALORANT, with the organisation demonstrating that they will undoubtedly be competitive. A second place finish at the PAX Arena Invitational earlier this summer proves this, a competition where they eventually lost out to Sentinels in the Finals.
Cloud9 are widely regarded as one of the top VALORANT teams, alongside Sentinels, Immortals and Gen.G, while Team Envy and T1 are also improving steadily. In terms of the world rankings, the North American’s find themselves behind European organisation Team Liquid in seventh position, however this could quickly be improved upon following the signing of vice.
Where Have We Seen vice Before?
CS:GO fans will have seen vice represent Cloud9 in the opening months of 2019, competing in the BLAST Pro Series: Miami 2019, BLAST Pro Series: Madrid 2019 and ESL Pro League Season 9 – Finals, three offline tournaments in which the organisation failed to make any significant impact. In fact, the team finished only in the top-12 in the ESL Pro League Season 9, with defeats against both Astralis and G2 effecting their chances heavily.
Vice also played for the likes of Rogue, Enigma6 Group and Team SoloMid during his CS:GO career, with the former rifler having earned an estimated $35,000 in this time. Both he and Cloud9 will be hoping that a move into VALORANT will be more fruitful, with many well known names having turned to the game over recent weeks and months.