Cloud9 Extend Contract With Jungler Blaber

22 Nov 2023
Tit Krajnik 22 Nov 2023
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  • Cloud9 extended contract with jungler Robert "Blaber" Huang
  • The 23-year-old jungler agreed to sign a three-year contract extension
  • Blaber will remain with the North American LoL esports team until 2026
Robert "Blaber" Huang (credit: via Twitter (@C9LoL))
On Tuesday, November 21, North American esports organisation announced that Robert "Blaber" Huang has signed a three-year contract extension. The deal locks in the superstar League of Legends jungler with Cloud9 until 2026.

Cloud9 are one of the most successful League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) teams of recent years, and a lot of the team's success was thanks to jungler Blaber. Widely regarded as the best LoL jungler in the North American league, Blaber has become a staple member of C9 since he joined the team in July 2018, and as confirmed on Tuesday, the 23-year-old will stay with the team for at least three more years.

Blaber first joined the Cloud9 organisation in December 2017 as a substitute jungle for C9 Academy, and in July 2018 got his first chance to prove his worth after being promoted to the C9 Academy main roster. Blaber didn't need long to prove his worth.

In the first split with C9 Academy, Blaber helped the team to win NA Academy 2018 Summer, which earned him a spot in the main lineup, where he eventually replaced Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen as the starting jungler.

One Of The Best NA LoL Players

Since joining the LCS team, Blaber has won four LCS titles and helped the team qualify for five LoL World Championships and two Mid-Season Invitationals. During that time, he's grown his reputation as one of the best North American LoL esports players and potentially one of the best Western players.

Blaber's contract extension comes after a rough season for Cloud9, who, while he managed to win the LCS 2023 Spring Playoffs and reached the finals of the LCS 2023 Championship, failed to show much on the international stage.

In May, Cloud9 crashed out of Mid-Season Invitational 2023 in fifth-sixth place and ended the season with a 12th-14th-place finish at the LoL World Championship 2023, with a poor 1-3 record in the Swiss Stage. Still, despite the team's underwhelming results, Blaber has proven to be one of the more consistent players on Cloud9, earning him a contract extension that'll last until 2026.

Besides Blaber, it's unclear who Cloud9 will field in the 2024 LCS season. Top laner Ibrahim "Fudge" Allami is still under contract until 2026, while ADC Kim "Berserker" Min-cheol is tied with the team until 2025. This leaves two spots – mid lane and support – to fill up.

According to recent rumours, Cloud9 have agreed with former FlyQuest support Philippe "Vulcan" Laflamme to join the team; however, it remains to be seen who'll join C9 as a new mid laner.