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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
United States Air Force Reserve
Youtube: C9ggTV
Facebook: Cloud9
Twitter: Cloud9gg
Number of Players: 8
History
Created: 2012-12-04
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Cloud9 is a North American League of Legends team formed by the roster of Quantic Gaming after leaving the financially struggling Quantic Gaming organization.

The team currently competes under the name Cloud9 HyperX, in representation of their sponsor Kingston HyperX.

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History

Pre-Season 3

During the off-season, the Quantic Gaming organization fell into financial distress and shut down operations, leaving the 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 eighth place.

Pre-2014 Season

On October 29th, it was announced that coach Alex Penn would leave and Dan Dinh would join as new coach.[1]

At the first international pre-season tournament, 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 has resulted in a record season win percentage of 87.5% (49 wins to 7 losses), 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.

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 4-4 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.

In April 2014, Cloud9 placed 1st 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.

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
Cloud 9's Season 3 World Championship Roster
Left to Right: BalIs, Meteos, Hai, LemonNation, 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 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
USA Dan Dinh Daniel Dinh Life Coach

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-05-10 RpPoints.png A33 - 4th All-Star 2014 0 : 2
OMG
2014-04-20 LCSlogo small.png A11st LCS North America Season 4 Spring Playoffs 3 : 0
Team SoloMid
$ 50,000
2014-04-06 LCSlogo small.png A11st LCS North America Season 4 Spring Regular Season 24 : 4 Blanklogo std.png 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 LCSlogo small.png A11st LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs 3 : 0
Team SoloMid
$ 50,000
2013-08-16 LCSlogo small.png A11st LCS North America Season 3 Summer Regular Season 25 : 3 Blanklogo std.png Group Stage (W/L)
2013-03-17 MLG-Logo-Small.png A11st 2013 MLG Winter Championship Summer Promotion 2 : 0
Velocity eSports
$ 20,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-06-08 A11st National ESL Pro Series Season VI 2 : 0
Velocity eSports
$ 6,800
2012-11-11 A22nd SoloMid Series - Finals 1 : 3
Team Curse
$ 3,000
In Minor, Monthly, and Weekly Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-03-03 A33rd National ESL Premier League V  ? : ?
Square Duck
$ 800
2013-02-21 A11st Rising Stars Invitational Title Fight #6 2 : 0
Dirt Nap Gaming
$ 250
2013-02-20 A11st Rising Stars Invitational #6 2 : 0
Falafel Gaming
$ 250
2013-02-13 A11st Rising Stars Invitational #5 2 : 0
Team TowerDiveTV
$ 250
2013-02-06 A11st Rising Stars Invitational #4 2 : 0
Team Dignitas
$ 250
2013-01-18 A11st Rising Stars Invitational #1 2 : 0
Dirt Nap Gaming
$ 250
2013-01-06 A33rd Solomid NA Invitational 12 0 : 2
Team Curse
$ 250

Videos

Highlights

Miscellaneous

Interviews

2013

Gallery


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