The coach is taking a step back from FPS games.
That was quick. Only two months after his initial signing, British head coach of Cloud9's VALORANT roster "Blue" Ash "Chu" Long has parted ways with the organisation. In his retirement post, Chu stated that he had fallen out of love with Overwatch, the game he had previously coached, and had not been able to rekindle it in VALORANT. He stated that he's looking to focus his efforts on League of Legends, a game he has taken a liking to for a long time.
Taking over for him in the head coach position will be former assistant coach James "JamezIRL" Macaulay.
Chu had previously been the coach for Overwatch teams EnVision eSports and Team Envy. Especially with the latter, the coach enjoyed success in Overwatch Contenders which he managed to win the North American Western region with twice, being able to have a large number of his former players promoted into the Overwatch League. Due to his achievements in Contenders, he was considered one of the most promising up and coming coaches and looked destined to become a coach for an Overwatch League team in the fourth season in 2021.
Instead, Chu took his talents to VALORANT as he started to coach Cloud9's North American team Blue. In his short time as a coach, the team achieved some top positions but also failed to qualify for the First Strike North America event this December, which teams had to qualify by going through a single-elimination bracket.
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