|Analysts:||Charlie "Charlie" Lipsie|
|Managers:||Jack "Jack" Etienne|
|Team Captain:||Hai "Hai" Lam|
|Number of Players:||9|
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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.
- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Organization
- 5 Team Achievements
- 6 Videos
- 7 Interviews
- 8 See also
- 9 External Links
- 10 References
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 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.
- To read about Quantic Gaming history (November 2012 - December 2012), click here.
- To read about Orbit Gaming history (April 2012 - November 2012), click here.
- 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.
- 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. Melee division, signing defending Melee EVO champion Joseph Marquez (Mango) from Melee It On Me. He goes on to defend his title at EVO 2014 as part of the team.
- 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) and Cong Shu (StrifeCro).
- September 1st, 2nd place at 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs
|Dan Dinh||Daniel Dinh||Sub/Jungle|
|LiNk||Austin Shin||Mid||Hai||All-Star 2014|
|Jack||Jack Etienne||General Manager/Owner|
|Alex Penn||Alex Penn||Coach/Analyst|
|In Minor, Monthly, and Weekly Tournaments|
|2013-03-03||3rd||National ESL Premier League V||? : ?||
|2013-02-21||1st||Rising Stars Invitational Title Fight #6||2 : 0||
Dirt Nap Gaming
|2013-02-20||1st||Rising Stars Invitational #6||2 : 0||
|2013-02-13||1st||Rising Stars Invitational #5||2 : 0||
|2013-02-06||1st||Rising Stars Invitational #4||2 : 0||
|2013-01-18||1st||Rising Stars Invitational #1||2 : 0||
Dirt Nap Gaming
|2013-01-06||3rd||Solomid NA Invitational 12||0 : 2||
|2012-12-04 - Present||?||Life Time Earnings||92 : 33||
- Cloud9 gets a 5 for 1 in Rising Stars Invitational
- A Video Tribute to Orbit Gaming/Reddit Nation/Quantic Gaming/Nomnom/Cloud 9
- January 10th - Cloud 9: High Hopes (video) with LoL Esports
- March 20th - Cloud 9's Team AMA! with Reddit
- June 13th - Alex Penn talks about life as coach of Cloud 9 with GameSpot
- August 16th - Cloud 9's Manager Jack talks about Managing this Past Season (video) with GameSpot
- September 22nd - Cruising Altitude: Cloud 9 with Machinima
- September 26th - 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
- September 28th - LoL 2014 World Championship Interview - Jack Etienne (C9 Owner) (video) with OGN Global
- Road to Worlds with Cloud 9
- The Secrets of Cloud 9's League of Legends Success
- Top 4: Cloud 9 HyperX
- The history and formation of Cloud 9 - Part 1 of the Cloud 9 story
- Dan Dinh to coach Cloud9 na.lolesports.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
- Alienware and Cloud9 Join Forces cloud9.gg
- Logitech Gaming's Facebook Post facebook.com
- MeyeA joins as sub facebook.com