After it was announced that Smoothie had been traded to Echo Fox, Cloud9 penned their farewell to Smoothie in a press release.
“We at Cloud9 are announcing the departure of Andy Smoothie Ta via trade with Echo Fox. In return, Cloud9 is receiving Wang Feng Xiao-Feng. The decision was a difficult one, but Cloud9 wanted to honor Smoothie’s wishes and, despite there being opportunities that were substantially better for the organization, we wanted to provide Smoothie with the pathway he thought most beneficial to his career.”
We’re grateful for the leadership and passion @Smoothie provided here at C9. We wish him nothing but the best and look forward to meeting him on the Rift!
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) July 25, 2018
— Andy Ta (@Smoothie) July 25, 2018
As stated before, the decision was a difficult one for Cloud9 and Jack Etienne, Cloud9’s CEO and Owner vocalized these thoughts and said, “Every now and then you encounter someone you’d like to work with forever, and Smoothie was the embodiment of that. We’re thrilled to be working with Feng and what he brings to us, but Echo Fox is receiving one of the best there is and we’re excited to meet him again on the Rift, both as a tough opponent and also as a friend.”
Smoothie made such an impact with Cloud9 that they plan on honoring the support with a tribute to him on their broadcast on Thursday at 5:30 P.M. PST.
Cloud9 are currently 10th in the League of Legends North American League Championship Series with a record of 3-7. Cloud9 hit the rift against TSM on Saturday but will get to see Smoothie firsthand on Sunday when C9 squares off against Echo Fox.