Team NP was started by EternaLEnVy after he left Team Secret. EternaLEnVy wrote a long blog post explaining that the lack of transparency and issues such as delays in payouts being the reason why he left Secret and started his own team.
Team NP’s best result since its formation was a quarterfinal finish at the Boston Major in December. The team reached TI7 by winning the North American qualifier and will be one of the 18 teams to vie for Dota 2’s most prestigious title.
Cloud9 has had an on and off relationship with Dota 2. The League of Legends and Counter-Strike giant had a team reach The International in 2014 and 2015. EternaLEnVy played for Cloud9 both times, as he was with the organization from February 2014 through August 2015.
Cloud9 re-entered Dota in January when it bought the Danish Bears, but the team disbanded in May.