1. Cloud 9
It’s the phrase you use for the elation upon achieving something tremendous. It’s the high level of aspirations a team guns for. Cloud 9’s name is entirely positive and works wholly in their favor.
2. Team Solo Mid
Not only does it distill itself into the most famous three-letter chant in esports, but the name itself is descriptive of both the confidence and spotlighting the team expects and demands.
The only thing keeping a name as strong as “The Immortals” from topping the charts is the fact that you can’t chant it. “IMT” reduces to “I’m empty” a bit too easily.
4. Echo Fox
Sure, they’re clearly named after organization founder and celebrity Rick Fox, but remove that from the context and the team could be the code name for some high-secrecy black-ops special forces squad. Badass.
The 1 seems extraneous, and naming anything after the legendary bird of rebirth and fire – not the worst option, but also heavily overused.
6. Team EnVyUs
The problem is, it cuts both ways. If the team’s doing well, they’re clearly supposed to be envied. But if they’re doing anything less than great, the name suggests that they’re the ones that are envious. Dual-edged swords are a bit difficult to keep from cutting you.
7. Counter Logic Gaming
Also a dual-edged sword. Sets them right up for jokes when they do anything even remotely suspect.
8. Team Liquid
And the reward for most generic name possible goes to something defined by its ability to fit all possible containers in which it is held.
9. Team Dignitas
I’m sure naming themselves after an assisted-death non-profit was entirely coincidental, but talk about bad for search engines…
YES I’M PICKING ON THE NEW KID. You’re owned by the Milwaukee Bucks’ co-owner, a city off the shores of the Great Lakes, and you had to choose a name that sounds like the sort of magazine published to distract transcontinental fliers?! You’re among the many news sports team affiliated organizations and you couldn’t take a page out of their cultural practices to name yourselves after something aspirational or impressive? Heck, naming yourself after the Fortress Investment Group that backs the organization might be a bit cheesy, but at least “Fortress Esports” sounds intimidating!