|Number of Players:||10|
|Coaches:||Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu|
Jang "Cain" Nu-ri
|Analysts:||Seunghwan "Robin" Lee|
Olivier "Olivier" Debeuf
Jonathon "Platypus" McDaniel
|Managers:||Jack "Jack" Etienne|
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|Created:||December 4, 2012|
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Cloud9 (C9) is a North American League of Legends team competing in the North American League Championship Series.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Although initially shaky, Cloud9 managed to make its way to the 2nd place spot of the 2015 NA LCS Spring/Regular Season, earning the team an automatic bye into the semifinals of the bracket stage. By the end of the 9th week of the regular season, Balls, Meteos, and Sneaky all took top players in their respective roles — with Sneaky taking first place overall. In the semifinals, C9 seemed to struggle in the first two games against Team Liquid, dropping both games and underperforming. However, Cloud9 would come back in a reverse sweep to face off against longtime rivals Team SoloMid in the Finals. But Cloud9 was not able to carry its semifinal momentum and lost 1-3 to take 2nd place in the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split. Soon after, C9's midlaner, Hai, stepped down from the team citing a hand injury. Soon after Hai's retirement, Incarnati0n took up the mantle as the new midlaner for Cloud9.
Suffering from yet another shaky start, Cloud9 was on the brink of relegation in the 2015 NA LCS Summer/Regular Season. Concurrently, Meteos willingly stepped down as the jungler for the team and was replaced by formerly retired teammate Hai. With the roster changes made, Cloud9 won its games against Team SoloMid and, more importantly, Team 8. Although finishing 7th in the Regular Season, Cloud9's week 9 victories and Spring Championship Points guaranteed the team a spot in the 2015 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers and a spot in the next LCS split. In the Regional Qualifiers, Cloud9 defeated NA's former number one team, Gravity Gaming, and two-time fourth place team, Team Impulse, respectively in two back-to-back reverse sweeps en route to the Finals. Cloud9 was ultimately able to clinch the final NA spot for the 2015 World Championship by defeating Team Liquid 3-1. Because of all the hardship and pressure Cloud9 had to deal with in the Summer Split, many fans and casters alike deem Cloud9's run in the gauntlet a "Cinderella" run.During their first week at Worlds, Cloud 9 won all 3 of their first games, doing so against heavily favored teams such as: Invictus Gaming, ahq e-Sports Club, and Fnatic, with Balls getting a pentakill against the latter team. However, the team fell short in their final week as they proceeded to lose the next 3 games and ultimately lose a tiebreaker match, knocking them out of the World Championship.
Cloud 9 started the Season strong after signing 2015 Summer MVP Rush. With Hai stepping down as the mid laner and jungler, he then moved to support role sharing the spot with Bunny FuFuu where they played 50/50 in scrims but about 90/10 in the LCS. Cloud 9 finished 3rd in the regular season with a record of 12-6 but faced a disappointing lose to Team SoloMid in the quarterfinals. After failing to achieve the result they wanted, the team made a few roster changes in between splits where they benched Balls, Rush, and Hai who then created a challenger team that latter qualified for 2017 NA LCS Spring. Benched players were replaced by Impact, Meteos, Bunny FuFuu and Smoothie with the addition of Reapered who replaced Lemonnation as the new Coach.
Cloud9 started the split slow, with most of their matches going 3 games. Bunny FuFuu then stepped down from the starting roster, thus giving Smoothie the starting Support role. Cloud9 ended the season strong beating Team EnVyUs (3-1) in the quarterfinals and Immortals (3-2) in the semifinals, but dropping to Team SoloMid in the finals (1-3). They moved to the gauntlet for the Regional Qualifiers where they beat Team EnVyUs (3-0) and Immortals (3-1) giving them the #3 seed for North America in the 2016 World Championship.
- January 2nd, iBUYPOWER sponsors Cloud9.
- January 12th, MSI sponsors Cloud9.
- January 15th, Instant eSports sponsors Cloud9 
- May 9th, Impact joins, while Meteos and Bunny FuFuu move to starting roster. Balls, Rush, and Hai move to subs/Challenger team. 
- May 15th, Reapered and Kubz join as Head Coach and Assistant Coach.
- May 23rd, Robin joins as Translator and On-Site Analyst.
- June 1st, Smoothie joins Cloud9 LCS team, Altec joins Cloud9 NA CS team. Kubz left.
- December 19th, Ray joins. Contractz joins as starting Jungler, Meteos becomes Sub. Cain joins as Assistant Coach.
- January 24th, HTC sponsors Cloud9.
- April 22nd, Hai moves to a management position
- May 8th, Incarnati0n joins.
- July 3rd, Meteos steps down from starting roster. Hai to play as Jungler for Week 6 of NA LCS..
- August 16th, Loot Crate sponsors Cloud9.
- September 23rd, DraftKings sponsors Cloud9. 
- October 21st, Hai is fined €500 for violating Section 9.1.3 of the World Championship Ruleset - Disruptive Behavior/Insults.
- October 23rd, LemonNation moved to a Staff position. 
- November 19th, Rush and Bunny FuFuu join. Hai moves to Support position.
- December 22nd, Red Bull sponsors Cloud9.
- January 1st, Alienware sponsors Cloud9.
- January 17th, Logitech G sponsors Cloud9.
- March 1st, MeyeA joins as substitute.
- March 15th, 3rd-4th place at IEM Season VIII - World Championship.
- April 20th, 1st place at 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs
- May 6th, Cloud 9 opens a Super Smash Bros. division, signing defending Melee EVO champion Joseph Marquez (Mango) from Melee It On Me. He goes on to defend his title at EVO 2014 under the Cloud 9 banner.
- May 10th, 3rd-4th place at All-Star Paris 2014
- June 26th, Cloud 9 opens a Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft division by acquiring the Dogehouse roster, including Aleksandr Marsh (Kolento), Marcin Filipowicz (Gnimish), Rumay Wang (Hafu) and Cong Shu (StrifeCro).
- September 1st, 2nd place at 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs
- December 7th, 1st place at IEM San Jose
- January 8th, Team NomNom renames to Cloud9.
- January 13th, Nientonsoh and Yazuki leave.
- February, Meteos joins.
- March 25th, WildTurtle leaves.
- April 1st, Cloud9 roster is picked up by Quantic Gaming. Hai, LemonNation, Meteos, and Balls leave.
- May 23rd, Cloud9 reforms after the departure from Quantic Gaming. Hai, LemonNation, Meteos, Balls and SnEaKyCaStRoO join.
- May 31st, MegaZero joins as sub.
- June 7th, otter joins as sub.
- June 8th, Kingston HyperX title sponsors Cloud9.
- June 14th, iBUYPOWER sponsors Cloud9. 
- June 25th, Cooler Master sponsors Cloud9.
- September 1st, 1st place at LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs
- October 28th, Alex Penn leaves, while Dan Dinh joins as new Coach.
|Ray||Jeon Ji-won (전지원)||Top||11/18/2019|
|Bunny FuFuu||Michael Kurylo||Support||11/20/2017|
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|Danan||Danan Flander||General Manager|
|Reapered||Bok Han-gyu (복한규)||Head Coach|
|Platypus||Jonathon McDaniel||Remote Analyst|
|Cain||Nuri Jang (장누리)||Assisstant Coach|
|Olivier||Olivier Debeuf||Remote Analyst|
|Bubbadub||Royce Newcomb||Lead Analyst|
|Charlie||Charlie Lipsie||Strategic Coach|
|Kubz||Kublai Barlas||Assistant Coach|
|LemonNation||Daerek Hart||Head Coach|
|Alex Penn||Alex Penn||Coach/Analyst|
|Dan Dinh||Dan Dinh||Coach|
|2017-03-26||2nd||2017 NA LCS Spring Split||14-4||Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)|
|2016-10-13||5 - 8th||2016 World Championship||0 : 3||
|2016-09-05||Q||2016 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers||3 : 1||
|2016-08-28||2nd||2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs||1 : 3||
|2016-07-31||3rd||2016 NA LCS Summer Split||12-6||Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)|
|2016-04-02||5 - 6th||2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||1 : 3||
|2016-03-20||3rd||2016 NA LCS Spring Split||12 : 6||Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)|
|2015-12-18||5 - 6th||IEM X Cologne||1 : 2||
|2015-10-11||9 - 12th||2015 World Championship||3 : 4||Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)||$ 45,000|
|2015-08-31||Q||2015 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers||3 : 1||
|Q for 2015 Worlds|
|2015-07-26||7th||2015 NA LCS Summer Split||7 : 12||Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)|
|2015-04-19||2nd||2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||1 : 3||
|2015-03-29||2nd||2015 NA LCS Spring Split||13 : 6||Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)|
|2015-03-13||7 - 8th||IEM IX World Championship Katowice||0 : 1||
|2014-12-07||1st||IEM Season IX - San Jose||3 : 0||
Unicorns of Love
|2014-10-04||5 - 8th||2014 World Championship||1 : 3||
Samsung Galaxy Blue
|2014-09-01||2nd||2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs||2 : 3||
|2014-08-03||1st||2014 NA LCS Summer Regular Season||18 : 10||Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)|
|2014-05-10||3 - 4th||All-Star 2014||0 : 2||
|2014-04-20||1st||2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 0||
|2014-04-06||1st||2014 NA LCS Spring Regular Season||24 : 4||Group Stage/Round Robin (W/L)|
|2014-03-15||3 - 4th||IEM Season VIII - World Championship||1 : 2||
|2016-12-01||The Game Awards 2016||Best Esports Team|| |
- February 4th - C9 Head Coach Reapered: "Communication is the driving force behind the undefeated streak" with Inven Global
- February 6th - C9 coach Reapered: “I work to make sure to not have my players go through the same things I thought were very difficult.” with Slingshot Esports
- February 21st - In-depth interview with C9 Jack (Part 1): “One of the biggest concerns I do have is that the folks that are getting involved in esports now, they don’t understand that there is a delicate nature to the ecosystem that we have.” with Slingshot Esports
- February 22nd - In-depth interview with Cloud9 CEO and founder Jack Etienne (Part 2) with Slingshot Esports
- April 21st - VIDEO: C9 Jack on his involvement with his players’ daily routines, the importance of a support staff, and the ‘secret sauce’ for making playoffs with YAHOO! Esports
- April 20th - VIDEO: Cloud9 announces plans to create an NA Challenger team, hints at changes to LCS team with TheScore eSports
- September 28th - VIDEO: LoL 2014 World Championship Interview - Jack Etienne (C9 Owner) with OGN Global
- January 10th - VIDEO: Cloud 9: High Hopes with LoL Esports
- March 20th - Cloud 9's Team AMA! with Reddit
- June 13th - VIDEO: Alex Penn talks about life as coach of Cloud 9 with GameSpot
- August 16th - VIDEO: Cloud 9's Manager Jack talks about Managing this Past Season with GameSpot
- September 22nd - VIDEO: Cruising Altitude: Cloud 9 with Machinima
- September 26th - VIDEO: HyperX Cloud 9 LCS NA Regional Champions Interview with HyperX
- September 31st - Cloud 9 HyperX Talks League of Legends Championship with GameSkinny
- October 29th - Interview with Cloud 9 manager Jack Etienne with LoL Esports
- February 7th - NA LCS: Triumphs and disappointments so far by Emily Rand (thescoreesports.com)
- February 9th - Cloud9’s well-oiled machine off to a strong LCS start by Andrew Kim (slingshotesports.com)
- February 13th - Dreamweaving: FlyQuest is Playing Like the Best Team In NA by James Bates (wwg.com)
- February 27th - Manager spotlight with C9’s Danan Flander: “I don’t get days off. That’s not how this works.” by Andrew Kim (slingshotesports.com)
- April 5th - VIDEO: NA LCS Spring Playoffs: Champions Start Here by LoL Esports
- September 25th - Feet on the Ground, Head in the Clouds: Cloud9 by Emily Rand (thescoreesports.com)
- October 9th -
- SKT, C9 qualify for Worlds quarterfinals, Flash Wolves, I MAY eliminated by Daniel Rosen (thescoreesports.com)
- Quarterfinals bracket set as SKT and C9 advance by Paul Marshall (lolesports.com)
- October 11th - NA AT WORLDS: EXPECTATIONS VS REALITY by Kit Emry (esportsheaven.com)
- October 12th - UZI'S ULTIMATE REVENGE AND 5 OTHER STORYLINES FOR WORLDS TOP 8 by CD Mangaka (esportsheaven.com)
- October 13th - VIDEO: Cloud9 vs. Samsung Galaxy: 2016 Worlds Quarterfinal Preview by theScore Esports
- November 18th - Twitch becomes exclusive sponsorship sales partner for Cloud9 and Team SoloMid by Daniel Rosen (thescoreesports.com)
- January 29th - CLOUD9 COLLAPSES IN WEEK 1 AMIDST CHANGING META by Frank 'Riot Mirhi' Fields (lolesports.com)
- February 7th - VIDEO: On the Road Again: A Weekend with Cloud9 by LoL Esports
- April 25th - VIDEO: Captain by onGamers
- May 8th - Reincarnated: Incarnati0n joins Cloud9 by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger (thescoreesports.com)
- May 30th - VIDEO: Cloud 9: Past and Present by LoL Esports
- August 31st - CLOUD9 COMPLETES MIRACULOUS GAUNTLET RUN, EARNS SPOT AT WORLDS by Leah Jackson (lolesports.com)
- September 1st - VIDEO: Best of Cloud9 - 2015 NA LCS Regional Qualifier
- September 10th - The unstoppable rise of Cloud9 by Josh Augustine (lolesports.com)
- October 3rd - Cloud9 downs IG to take lead in Group B by Leah Jackson (lolesports.com)
- October 4th - VIDEO: Worlds Feature: Cloud9's Road to Worlds by LoL Esports
- October 12th - VIDEO: Best of Cloud9 (Worlds 2015) youtube.com
- April 10th - VIDEO: C9 Top 5 Plays in S4 NA LCS Spring Split Week 11
- April 28th - The history and formation of Cloud 9 - Part 1 of the Cloud 9 story
- January 12th - VIDEO: A Video Tribute to Orbit Gaming/Reddit Nation/Quantic Gaming/Nomnom/Cloud 9
- January 18th - VIDEO: Cloud9 gets a 5 for 1 in Rising Stars Invitational
- July 10th - VIDEO: 72 Hours: Cloud 9 at MLG Anaheim
- September 9th - The Secrets of Cloud 9's League of Legends Success
- September 13th - Road to Worlds with Cloud 9
- September 15th - Top 4: Cloud 9 HyperX
- September 20th - VIDEO: Cloud 9 house cleaned by Homejoy
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- Cloud9 LoL | Genesis Ep.9 - Reformed youtube.com
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- Kubz's Twitlonger Post twitlonger.com
- C9 2017 LCS Roster Announcement youtube.com
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- Incarnati0n officially joins Cloud9 dailydot.com
- LoL Esports' Twitter Update twitter.com
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- Competitive Ruling: C9 Hai worlds.lolesports.com
- [http://cloud9.gg/news/lcs-tryouts Cloud9 LCS Announces Support/Jungler Tryouts cloud9.gg
- Bunny FuFuu and Rush Agree to Terms with Cloud9 redbull.com
- Red Bull sponsors Cloud9 cloud9.gg
- Alienware and Cloud9 Join Forces cloud9.gg
- Logitech Gaming's Facebook Post facebook.com
- MeyeA joins as sub facebook.com
- Nientonsoh Twitter Status twitter.com
- WildTurtle Replacing Chaox as Starter on TSM newsoflegends.com
- Quantic Gaming welcomes Cloud9 quanticgaming.com
- Quantic Respond To Reports cadred.org
- Hai's Twitter post regarding Megazero Sub twitter.com
- C9's Facebook post regarding otter Sub facebook.com
- Cloud9 Facebook Post facebook.com
- Powerhouse Cloud9 HyperX Team Joins iBUYPOWER ibuypower.com
- Cooler Master sponsors Cloud9 coolermaster.com