Ricky “floppy” Kemery has stepped back from Counter-Strike and will continue his career for Cloud9 in VALORANT, the North American organisation has announced, confirming a joint report between Rush B Media and DailyEsports that was released on Friday.
floppy first picked up CS:GO in 2014, going on to compete in ten seasons of ESEA MDL before finally breaking through into ESL Pro League in 2019, a journey that took three years and culminated in an appearance at the Season 10 Finals with ATK, who saw to the elimination of North and G2 in the group stage.
ATK‘s strong showing in Odense led to Cloud9 signing the roster the following year, but the outbreak of the coronavirus kept the team locked into competing against domestic competition while their results faltered, leading to the organisation eventually releasing the roster, the core of which would go on to sign for Extra Salt.
Those issues, combined with the inability to gather the team in-person, saw Cloud9 put their CS:GO division on hold at the end of March, with Alex “ALEX” McMeekin, Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit, Joshua “m1cks” Micks and HenryG all recently announcing their departure from the organisation.
With few opportunities available on North American rosters, floppy takes his leave from CS:GO, raising questions regarding Erick “Xeppaa” Bach‘s future as he also remains on Cloud9‘s bench for the time being with no roster destinations in sight.