In an understated announcement made by Cloud9, the American esports organization introduced that members of the player-owned organization of Team NP will now be playing under their banner for The International 2017
Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao, Adrian "FATA-" Trinks, Arif "MSS" Anwar, Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling, and Johan "pieliedie" Åström, all of whom played under Cloud9 at some point, revived the old, but not forgotten, banner.
During the early days of Team NP, EternaLEnVy shared how Cloud9 offered to acquire his team to which he declined. As of publication time, statements as to why Team NP accepted C9's offer this time has yet to be made.
From bearing the curse of second place finishes to being dubbed as "Clown9", Cloud9 and EternaLEnVy has shared a fair amount of history together. But the, arguably, biggest Cloud9 moment of them all happened during The International 2014 when their impressive run produced an anti-climactic ending all because of them not carrying a Town Portal Scroll.
Cloud9's acquisition over Team NP's Dota 2 roster made them the second organization to sign a new Dota 2 roster after Hellraisers acquired Planet Dog's roster.