The 32-year-old Brit linked up with the organisation in September 2020, and was responsible for the creation of the ‘Colossus’, a European roster that initially featured Alex “ALEX” McMeekin, Özgür “woxic” Eker, and William “mezii” Merriman as its core trio and Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović as coach.
Cloud9 later went on to sign Patrick “es3tag” Hansen from Astralis and retain the services of Ricky “floppy” Kemery from Cloud9‘s previous roster, but were soon faced with issues as kassad left the lineup and “unreliable high ping” and a “compromising time zone” led to the release of woxic and signing of Erick “Xeppaa” Bach. The move, in turn, saw ALEX and es3tag both attempt to fill the role of sniper, but inconsistent results continued to plague the roster as a whole.
The inability to gather the team in North America due to the coronavirus also added to their troubles as they were unable to build rapport and team chemistry in-person, and ultimately led to Cloud9 placing their players on the transfer list and putting their CS:GO division on hold following a group stage exit from ESL Pro League Season 13.
“It’s truly a shame how things panned out with a lot of mitigating circumstances but plenty of positive memories, too,” HenryG said in his announcement. “While the space is in this strange transition period I have decided to take a sabbatical and enjoy some of the normality that life has to offer. It’s certainly been a while.
“I will be back eventually when the right opportunity arises.”