Evo 2016 Smash 4 champion 'Ally' joins Cloud9

Evo 2016 Smash 4 champion Elliot Bastion 'Ally' Carroza-Oyarce
Evo 2016 Smash 4 champion Elliot Bastion ‘Ally’ Carroza-Oyarce (Stephanie Lindgren)

The reigning Evo 2016 Super Smash Bros. Wii U champion Elliot Bastion “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce has found himself a new team.

Earlier today, Ally announced on Twitter he will be playing for Cloud9, making him the org’s first Smash 4 player.

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Ally first gained notoriety in Smash Brawl as a Snake player, but has since become the premier Mario main in Smash 4. Panda Global ranked Ally the sixth best Smash 4 player in the world. He finished fifth at Evo 2015 before returning a year later to win it all. He recently took fifth place at Super Smash Con 2016 and claimed gold for Canada in the Rio De Janeiro eGames.

“We set a pretty high standard when it comes to Smash because we know that anyone we pick up will be put on a pedestal alongside Joseph,” Cloud9 General Manager Danan Flander told Yahoo Esports. “After speaking extensively with Elliot about his EVO 2016 victory and getting some clarification on what his goals are as a player, we were confident enough to make an offer. Smash’s crazy event schedule delayed us a bit, but we’re super excited to step into a modern Smash title.”

Currently, Cloud9 also sponsors former Evo champion and Evo 2016 Smash Melee runner-up Joseph “Mango” Marquez.

Ally’s move to Cloud9 highlights an interesting week in team-related news in Smash 4. Earlier this week, Denial eSports jumped into the scene by signing rising Smash 4 star Tyler “Marss” Martins and top Smash 4 player Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada announced his departure from Team Liquid, making him a highly sought after free agent.

Michael Martin covers all things related to the FGC. Follow him on Twitter @Bizarro_Mike.