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Cloud9
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Team Information
Location: United States USA
Analysts: Charlie "Charlie" Lipsie
Managers: Jack "Jack" Etienne
Team Captain: Hai "Hai" Lam
Website: http://www.cloud9.gg/
Sponsor: Alienware
Homejoy
Kingston HyperX
Logitech G
LoL-Class.com
NEEDforSEAT USA
Kinguin
MOBAfire
Sideqik
Youtube: C9ggTV
Facebook: Cloud9
Twitter: Cloud9gg
Number of Players: 9
History
Created: 2012-12-04
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Cloud9 (C9) is a North American League of Legends team competing in the North American League Championship Series. The team is notable for winning two LCS seasons, as well as a top eight finish at the Season 3 World Championship.

The team currently competes under the name Cloud9 HyperX, in representation of their sponsor Kingston HyperX. It was initially formed by the roster of Quantic Gaming after leaving the financially struggling Quantic Gaming organization and currently also features divisions in Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft, DotA 2, Smite and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

History

Pre-Season 3

During the off-season, the Quantic Gaming organization went bankrupt and shut down operations, leaving its League of Legends team without a sponsor. Competing under the name "Team NomNom" and then Cloud9, Nientonsoh, Hai, Yazuki, Wild Turtle and LemonNation secured a spot in the Season 3 North American Offline Qualifier for the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). However, Cloud9 was knocked out of the tournament in the group stage after losing to Azure Gaming and future LCS team Team MRN in a close base race.

Initially, Nientonsoh said that Cloud9 would disband in light of the loss. The team later decided to stay together, although Nientonsoh and Yazuki left the team. Hai shifted from jungle to mid, and the team tried out new junglers and top laners in online competitions.

Season 3

On April 1st, the Cloud9 roster of Hai, LemonNation, Meteos,Sneaky and Balls was picked up by Quantic Gaming. However, just a few weeks later the roster would once again become Cloud9 with previous TSM manager Jack Etienne becoming the manager and owner of the team.

In the Summer Promotion Qualifier, Cloud9 went 5-0 to earn a spot in the LCS Summer Split, beating Team Astral Poke 2-0, and former LCS team compLexity 3-0. Midway through the season, Cloud9 went on the longest win streak in LCS history (13 games) and went on to earn 25 victories, the record most in an LCS season split, and won first place in the Summer Split regular season. Throughout the NA LCS Summer Playoffs, they won every single one of their games and sets, first against Team Dignitas, and then the grand finals against TSM. Cloud9 took home $50,000 USD as well a first round bye at the Season 3 World Championship. They finished their season 3 LCS and playoffs with a 30-3 total, the highest in LCS history and with a 91% win rate.

With high hopes, C9 went into the S3 Championship quarterfinals with a first round bye for being the North American champions. Their first international match was against the top European seed, Fnatic. In a formidable set of games, Cloud9 lost 1-2, being the last North American team to be eliminated and ending up in 5th-8th place.

Pre-2014 Season

On October 29th, the organization announced the departure of coach Alex Penn and the addition of Dan Dinh as Penn's replacement.[1]

At the first international tournament after the World Championship, IEM Cologne in November, Cloud9 received a bye into the second round and competed against Gambit Gaming of Russia. Gambit defeated Cloud9 2-0, marking their second immediate exit from an international tournament.

In December 2013, Cloud9 joined four other North American LCS teams at the Battle of the Atlantic, facing European champions Fnatic for the second time. With dominating performances by mid laner Hai, Cloud9 took the series 2-0, resulting in an overall North American win at the tournament and $10,000 USD for the team.

2014 Season

As a top five finisher in the Season 3 LCS Summer Split, Cloud9 earned a berth in the 2014 Season Spring Split. After having trailed just behind Team SoloMid after the first week, Cloud9 finally regained first place by facing off against and defeating them during week 7. They would go undefeated afterwards (equaling their previous 13 win streak record) and finish first place for the regular Spring Season. During the eighth week of the season, Cloud9 secured a top six finish and a spot in the Spring Playoffs. Cloud9 would repeat their 2013 Summer Playoff success with a 2-0 victory over Curse in the semi-finals, and a 3-0 against TSM in the grand finals; earning the team a spot in the 2014 All-Stars. Cloud9's LCS success had resulted in a record regular season win percentage of 87.5% (49 wins to 7 losses) and 89.4% when including playoffs (59-7).

In March 2014, Cloud9 competed against an international field at the IEM Season VIII World Championship. Cloud9 opened with 1-0 victories against the Chinese World Elite and Taiwanese Taipei Assassins, but fell 1-2 against rival Fnatic in the tournament semifinals. The team thus took home third/fourth place and $14,000 USD.

In April 2014, Cloud9 placed first in the 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs going undefeated after beating Team Curse 2-0 in the semi-finals and then Team SoloMid 3-0 in the finals.

In May 2014, Cloud9 would participate in the All-Star Paris 2014 event. In group stage, the team defeated OMG, Fnatic and Taipei Assassins but lost to SK Telecom T1 K finishing 2nd with a 3-1 record. In the semi-finals, Cloud9 lost to OMG placing 3rd-4th in the tournament.

Cloud9's several international encounters with Fnatic in late 2013 and early 2014 has resulted in a rivalry between the two teams. Cloud9 currently has a 5-4 game record and a 1-2 series record against Fnatic, winning the Battle of the Atlantic while losing at IEM and the Season 3 World Championship.

During the summer split of the LCS, Cloud9 faced unprecedented competition and briefly found themselves in fifth place at 10-8. However, with an impressive 8-2 finish to the season, the team leapfrogged struggling top competitor LMQ by holding the tiebreaker at a record of 18-10. With the first place position, Cloud 9 qualified to compete at the August 2014 2014 Season Summer Playoffs as the top seed. There, Cloud9 first faced Team Curse, a team against which they held a 3-1 record, and continued this success by sweeping Curse 3-0. Advancing to the finals, Cloud 9 hoped to extend its unprecedented playoff win streak of thirteen games against Team SoloMid. TSM made history by ending Cloud 9's streak and winning its second LCS playoff, while C9 settled for second place and a berth in the Season 4 World Championship. During the Season 4 World Championship group stages due to Balls and Hai excelling Cloud 9 became the first NA team to ever beat a Korean Team at the World Championship taking down NaJin Shield and crushing Alliance's hope of getting out of the Group Stage once again Cloud 9 stood the as the reprensetation of NA being greater than EU in the competitive league scene. The Casters even stated that Na has become the third best region in the World only slightly behind China.

Timeline

2012

To read about Quantic Gaming history (November 2012 - December 2012), click here.
To read about Orbit Gaming history (April 2012 - November 2012), click here.

2013

2014

Player Roster

Cloud 9's Season 2014 LCS Spring Roster
Left to Right: Balls, LemonNation, Hai, Meteos, Sneaky

Active

ID Name Role
USA Balls An Le Top
USA Meteos Will Hartman Jungle
USA Hai Hai Lam Mid
USA Sneaky Zachary Scuderi AD
USA LemonNation Daerek Hart Support
USA Yazuki Gabriel Ng Sub/Top
USA otter Brian Baniqued Sub/AD
USA Dan Dinh Daniel Dinh Sub/Jungle
USA MeyeA Abe Nguyen Sub/Support

Former

ID Name Role Next Team
USA Kez Kevin Jeon Sub/Jungle
compLexity Gaming
USA MegaZero Patrick Glinsman Sub
Team SoloMid
Canada WildTurtle Jason Tran AD
Team SoloMid
USA Nientonsoh Zach Malhas Mid
Azure Cats

Temporary Subs

ID Name Role Replacing Tournament
USA LiNk Austin Shin Mid USA Hai All-Star 2014

Organization

Current

ID Name Position
USA Jack Jack Etienne General Manager/Owner
China Charlie Charlie Lipsie Analyst

Former

ID Name Position Next Team
USA Alex Penn Alex Penn Coach/Analyst
Team Coast

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-12-07 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season IX - San Jose 3 : 0
Unicorns of Love
2014-10-04 WC2014.png A55 - 8th 2014 World Championship 1 : 3
Samsung Galaxy Blue
$ 75,000
2014-09-01 NA LCS.png A22nd 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 2 : 3
Team SoloMid
$ 25,000
2014-08-03 NA LCS.png A11st 2014 NA LCS Summer Regular Season 18 : 10 Group Stage (W/L)
2014-05-10 2014Paris.jpg A33 - 4th All-Star 2014 0 : 2
OMG
2014-04-20 NA LCS.png A11st 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 3 : 0
Team SoloMid
$ 50,000
2014-04-06 NA LCS.png A11st 2014 NA LCS Spring Regular Season 24 : 4 Group Stage (W/L)
2014-03-15 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VIII - World Championship 1 : 2
Fnatic
$ 14,000
2013-11-24 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VIII - Cologne 0 : 2
Gambit Gaming
$ 5,000
2013-09-23 RpPoints.png A55 - 8th Season 3 World Championship 1 : 2
Fnatic
$ 75,000
2013-09-02 NA LCS.png A11st LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs 3 : 0
Team SoloMid
$ 50,000
2013-08-16 NA LCS.png A11st LCS North America Season 3 Summer Regular Season 25 : 3 Group Stage (W/L)
2013-03-17 MLG-Logo-Small.png A11st 2013 MLG Winter Championship Summer Promotion 2 : 0
Velocity eSports
$ 20,000

Videos

Highlights

Miscellaneous

Interviews

2013

2014

See also

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dan Dinh to coach Cloud9 na.lolesports.com
  2. Nientonsoh Twitter Status twitter.com
  3. WildTurtle Replacing Chaox as Starter on TSM newsoflegends.com
  4. Quantic Gaming welcomes Cloud9 quanticgaming.com
  5. Quantic Respond To Reports cadred.org
  6. Hai's Twitter post regarding Megazero Sub twitter.com
  7. C9's Facebook post regarding otter Sub facebook.com
  8. Cloud9 Facebook Post facebook.com
  9. Powerhouse Cloud9 HyperX Team Joins iBUYPOWER ibuypower.com
  10. Cooler Master sponsors Cloud9 coolermaster.com
  11. Alienware and Cloud9 Join Forces cloud9.gg
  12. Logitech Gaming's Facebook Post facebook.com
  13. MeyeA joins as sub facebook.com