Sources: Cloud9 to pay $1.5 million buyout for Dignitas support Vulcan

Support Philippe "Vulcan" Laflamme will be leaving the Dignitas team, sources told ESPN. Provided by Riot Games

Dignitas have agreed to a trade that will send support Philippe "Vulcan" Laflamme to Cloud9 in return for $1.5 million and Academy AD carry Johnson "Johnsun" Nguyen, league sources told ESPN.

The deal cannot be executed until Monday at 7 p.m. ET. Cloud9 and Dignitas declined to comment.

Vulcan will join the blue and white for the 2020 season after the team agreed to another transfer that will send starters jungler Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen and support Tristan "Zeyzal" Stidam and two Academy players, AD carry Matthew "Deftly" Chen and top laner Ziqing "Kumo" Zhao, to Evil Geniuses, as reported by ESPN on Nov. 9. The $1.5 million fee is one of the highest single-player buyouts in the history of pro League of Legends.

Cloud9 are also in search of a new AD carry this offseason with the future of Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi's competitive career uncertain, sources said. The team will retain top laner Eric "Licorice" Ritchie, jungler Robert "Blaber" Huang and Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer.

Dignitas will now enter the free-agent support market. The team agreed to terms with top laner Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon for a two-year contract extension worth $2.3 million total in guaranteed money over the course of the deal, as reported by ESPN on Nov. 11.

Johnsun is expected to compete on Dignitas's Academy team. For the past few months, the Canadian AD carry played for Team SoloMid Academy, where he gained a reputation as a young prospect with a lot of potential. Johnsun was bought out by Cloud9 to be part of the deal with Dignitas for Vulcan.

Both Cloud9 and Dignitas, formerly Clutch Gaming, competed at the League of Legends World Championship in October. Neither qualified for the bracket stage of the tournament.