Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam, a former League of Legends professional, has joined the coaching team of Cloud9. Zeyzal participated in the LCS for three seasons, beginning in 2018 with Cloud9. Max Waldo, who assumed leadership of the coaching team for Cloud9 in February, will be his immediate supervisor.

In the vote for the LCS’ Rookie of the Split award in the summer of 2018, Zeyzal came in second place behind his teammate and fellow rookie Blaber. The two young players helped Cloud9 finish the regular season of 2018 on an eight-game winning streak while taking the group within one game of an LCS title.

Later that year, Zeyzal and Cloud9 made history by being the first team to advance to the World Championship semifinals in the competitive League’s contemporary era. Since Cloud9 in 2018, no North American team has advanced to the Worlds semifinals.

Since 2021, when he played for the North American amateur squad SolaFide Esports, Zeyzal had not participated in professional League games. Before Colin “Oddity” Ethan, the team’s owner, was given a three-year suspension, the team dissolved its lineup. Members of SolaFide’s League weren’t paid for the work they did while Oddity was in control. Niship “Dhokla” Doshi, a former teammate of Zeyzal’s, is now the top laner for CLG this split.

Against TSM later today, Cloud9 will return to the LCS stage for the first time under Zeyzal’s leadership.