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Cloud9 founder and CEO Jack Etienne spoke out about roster rumors circulating around his League of Legends Championship Series team on Wednesday, debunking claims that Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle and Steven “Hans sama” Liv would play on the roster next season.

Although most roster transfers will occur starting Nov. 15, when many players enter free agency, the League of Legends community has already been buzzing about potential moves. Cloud9’s mid laner, Luka “Perkz” Perković, is expected to leave the organization and return to European soil just one year after crossing the Atlantic to play in the LCS.

Little else is known about the future of Cloud9’s roster. Every single player on the roster has a contract until November 2023, but as the expected Perkz transfer indicates, Cloud9 aren’t hellbent on their players sitting out those contracts.

Bjergsen, Mikyx and Hans sama each have been active parts of offseason discussions. Bjergsen, who is seeking to return to the mid lane after a year of coaching for TSM, was confirmed to be departing from the LCS squad. G2 Esports let Mikyx go earlier this year, with the organization seeking a team to buy out his contract. Although nothing concrete has been reported on Hans sama’s situation with Rogue, the community has heavily speculated about his future — so much so that even Cloud9 themselves leaned into the conversation.

Cloud9’s changes come after a mixed year. The team succeeded in the LCS spring split and attended the Mid-Season Invitational, but they fell short in the summer split. However, once at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship, the squad pulled off an impressive performance. They trumped both FPX and Rogue in the Group Stage, advancing to the knockout stage. There, Cloud9 were swiftly defeated in a 0-3 fashion by South Korea’s Gen.G.

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