Cloud9 Rumored to Be Picking Up EVO Champion
Many were surprised to see Elliot “Ally” Carroza-oyarce win the recent EVO 2016 Super Smash Bros. 4 event. While certainly proving himself to be a top player, no one foresaw the undefeated run that this Canadian player would be making.
From the outside, many non-fans who looked at the results found it strange that the event was won by a player who was not sponsored by a major team. But it seems like there is a distinct chance of that changing soon.
As noted by DreamTeam smash player ANTi, Ally was recently followed by Cloud9 owner, Jack Etienne. Etienne also liked several tweets involving the call for an organization or sponsor to pick Ally up. While in some cases, this sort of activity could be labelled as “trollish,” Etienne has been known as nothing but professional and likely would not engage in such activities.
In response to ANTi’s observations, Ally had this to say. “NOT GONNA SAY ANYTHING BUT U MAY BE 100% RIGHT.” Coincidentally, this is an interesting way to “not say anything.”
In the past, current Cloud9 Super Smash Bros Melee player Joseph “Mango” Marques has mentioned how he enjoys being the only Smash Bros. player under Cloud9’s banner and would prefer to keep it that way. However, as the two play different Smash Bros. games with neither crossing over, it would not seem to be a problem.
If Ally is looking to join the Cloud9 family, a big congratulations is due. As the current record holder for most money won from a single Smash event (both Melee and Smash 4), joining an organization is the logical step forward for him. He would also help move professional Canada Smash Bros, and Canadian esports in general, forward by making such a big move.
This potential move also raises the question of who else in the Smash Bros. scene will be picked up next? The Smash 4 scene in particular has several key Japanese players who have yet to be sponsored, including the silver medal recipient at this year’s EVO, Kamemushi. American and European organizations have not shied away from sponsoring Asian players in other games. Could we see the same event happening in Smash Bros.?