Balls

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BalIs
FLY Balls 2017 Spring.png
Background Information
NameAn Van Le
Country of Birth
United States
BirthdayJune 22, 1994 (age 26)
Residency
NA
North America
Competitive
Role
Top Laner
Favorite Champs



Soloqueue IDsC9 Squirtle, The KidRobot, C9 Balls, EunjiSuzy (KR), BlG HUEVOS, d2piayer
Social Media & Links
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An "BalIs" Van Le is a retired League of Legends esports player, previously top laner for FlyQuest.

Team History

Combine Role Swaps:No|Yes
Dates:Approx|Exact
TeamStartEnd
NA
APictureOfAGooselogo std.pngAPictureOfAGoose
≈Feb 2012≈2012-02-11Feb 20122012-02-14[1]≈3d
ejel
NA
Mtwlogo std.pngmTw North America
Feb 20122012-02-14[3]Aug 20122012-08-22[2]6mo 8d
ejel
NA
Monomaniaclogo std.pngMonomaniac Ferus
Aug 20122012-08-22[5]Oct 20122012-10-26[4]2mo 4d
ejel
NA
MeatPlaygroundLogo std.pngMeat Playground
≈Dec 2012≈2012-12-??Jan 20132013-01-23[6]≈1mo 22d
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Jan 20132013-01-21Apr 20132013-04-01[7]2mo 11d
ejel
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
≈Feb 2013≈2013-02-??≈May 2013≈2013-05-??≈3mo
ejel
NA
Quantic std.pngQuantic Gaming
Apr 20132013-04-01[9]May 20132013-05-23[8]1mo 22d
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
May 20132013-05-23[10]Jul 20162016-07-133yr 1mo
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9 Challenger
Apr 20162016-04-22Jan 20172017-01-06[11]8mo 14d
ejel
NA
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFlyQuest
Jan 20172017-01-09[13]Nov 20172017-11-21[12]10mo 12d
ejel
TeamStartEnd
NA
APictureOfAGooselogo std.pngAPictureOfAGoose
≈Feb 2012≈2012-02-11Feb 20122012-02-14[1]≈3d
ejel
NA
Mtwlogo std.pngmTw North America
Feb 20122012-02-14[3]Mar 20122012-03-151mo 1d
ejel
NA
Mtwlogo std.pngmTw North America
Mar 20122012-03-15May 20122012-05-02[14]1mo 18d
ejel
NA
Mtwlogo std.pngmTw North America
May 20122012-05-02[14]Aug 20122012-08-22[2]3mo 20d
ejel
NA
Monomaniaclogo std.pngMonomaniac Ferus
Aug 20122012-08-22[5]Oct 20122012-10-26[4]2mo 4d
ejel
NA
MeatPlaygroundLogo std.pngMeat Playground
≈Dec 2012≈2012-12-??Jan 20132013-01-23[6]≈1mo 22d
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Jan 20132013-01-21Apr 20132013-04-01[7]2mo 11d
ejel
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
≈Feb 2013≈2013-02-??≈May 2013≈2013-05-??≈3mo
ejel
NA
Quantic std.pngQuantic Gaming
Apr 20132013-04-01[9]May 20132013-05-23[8]1mo 22d
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
May 20132013-05-23[10]Apr 20162016-04-222yr 10mo
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Apr 20162016-04-22Jul 20162016-07-132mo 21d
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9 Challenger
Apr 20162016-04-22Jan 20172017-01-06[11]8mo 14d
ejel
NA
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFlyQuest
Jan 20172017-01-09[13]Nov 20172017-11-21[12]10mo 12d
ejel

News

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2016
  • 2017
NA
APictureOfAGooselogo std.pngAPGFebruary 11 (approx.),
Balls joins.
NA
APictureOfAGooselogo std.pngAPGFebruary 14, APictureOfAGoose transfers its roster to mTw North America.
Balls,
Xmithie,
mandatorycloud,
Atlanta, and
cuRtoKy leave.[1]
NA
Mtwlogo std.pngMTWFebruary 14, mTw North America acquires the roster of APictureOfAGoose.
Balls,
Xmithie,
mandatorycloud,
Atlanta, and
cuRtoKy join.
[3]
NA
Mtwlogo std.pngMTWMarch 15,
Zuna joins.
Balls (Top to Bot) and Atlanta (Bot to Support) change positions.
cuRtoKy leaves.
NA
Mtwlogo std.pngMTWMay 2,
Muffinqt joins.
Balls (Bot to Top) and Atlanta (Support to Bot) change positions.
Zuna leaves.[14]
NA
Mtwlogo std.pngMTWAugust 22,
Balls,
Xmithie,
mandatorycloud,
Aphromoo,
Muffinqt, and Gnomesayin (Manager) leave.[2]
NA
Monomaniaclogo std.pngMMFAugust 22,
Balls,
Xmithie,
mandatorycloud,
Aphromoo, and
Muffinqt join.
[5]
NA
Monomaniaclogo std.pngMMFOctober 26,
Balls leaves.[4]
NA
MeatPlaygroundLogo std.pngMPDecember (approx.),
Balls joins.

Pobelter and
LightSludge leave.
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9January 21,
Balls and
Calitoxic join.
NA
MeatPlaygroundLogo std.pngMPJanuary 23, MeatPlaygroundLogo std.pngMeat Playground is disbanded.
xHazzard,
Nk Inc,
Arthelon,
Balls, and
Lemongod leave.[6]
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLGFebruary (approx.),
Balls joins as substitute.
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9April 1,
Balls,
Meteos,
Hai, and
LemonNation leave.[7]
NA
Quantic std.pngQTCApril 1,
Balls,
Meteos,
Hai, and
LemonNation rejoin.
[9]
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLGMay (approx.),
Balls leaves.
NA
Quantic std.pngQTCMay 23, Quantic std.pngQuantic Gaming is disbanded.
Balls,
Meteos,
Hai,
Sneaky, and
LemonNation leave.[8]
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9May 23, Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9 is reformed after the roster's departure from Quantic std.pngQuantic Gaming.
Sneaky joins.

Balls,
Meteos,
Hai, and
LemonNation rejoin.
[10]
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9April 22,
Altec joins as substitute.
Hai (Support to Sub/Mid) changes position. LemonNation (Coach to Sub/Support) changes position.
Balls and
Rush move to substitutes.
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9CApril 22,
Balls,
Rush,
Hai,
Altec, and
LemonNation join.

Licorice,
Morning,
Thinkcard,
bobqinXD,
kt Smurf, and
Fragnat1c join as substitutes.
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9July 13,
Thinkcard and
Zeyzal join as substitutes.

Balls,
Hai, and
Altec leave.
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9CJanuary 6,
Balls,
Hai,
Altec,
LemonNation,
Bubbadub,
Bunny FuFuu,
Smoothie, and Thinkcard (Head Coach) leave.[11]
NA
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLYJanuary 9,
Balls,
Moon,
Hai,
Altec,
LemonNation, and Thinkcard (Head Coach) join.

bigfatlp and
Remilia join as substitutes.
[13]
NA
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLYNovember 21,
Balls,
Hai, and
bigfatlp leave.[12]

Biography[edit]

An "Balls" Van Le started playing League of Legends during the beta along with his friends and cousin, Dang Le, known ingame as Professor Rice. Prior to playing League of Legends, he had played Runescape, Maplestory, and other casual online games, but once Season 1 began, he started playing ranked games and quickly climbed the Elo ladder. He achieved an Elo of 2252 during that season playing mainly
Ezreal
and
Corki
. Eventually, Balls started playing weekly Go4LoL tournaments and got a taste of the competitive scene.

League of Legends Career[edit]

After a few unsuccessful tournaments, Balls was introduced to mandatorycloud, Atlanta, LemonGoD, and wallstop, and they formed the team APictureOfAGoose, where Balls switched between AD Carry and toplane. The team qualified for IEM Kiev but were unable to attend due to external commitments[15]. The roster was later picked up by mTw.NA and soon transferred once again to Monomaniac Ferus. When AD player Aphromoo joined mTw.NA in August 2012, Balls switched to top lane.

In October 2012 Balls left mMe Ferus to focus on school, but in December of the same year he was picked up for the AD carry position of Meat Playground just before the NA LCS Season 3 qualifiers. When the team failed to qualify, they disbanded, leaving Balls a free agent. He was picked up by Quantic Gaming as their toplaner in April, and on May 2013, they qualified for the summer split. After qualifying, the current Quantic roster reformed as Cloud 9. Balls has played for Cloud 9 since, winning two splits of the NA LCS, taking second place in the 2014 Summer Split, and qualifying for and playing in two World Championships.

Balls is widely recognized as one of the best toplaners in North America and is known in particular for his
Rumble
play.

2015 Preseason[edit]

Cloud 9 was the North American team fan-voted to IEM San Jose.[16] They defeated paiN Gaming 2-0, Alliance 2-1, and then Unicorns of Love 3-0 to win the tournament.

2015 Season[edit]

Due to their IEM San Jose victory, Cloud9 qualified for IEM Katowice in March. They lost their only two games, first to GE Tigers and then to yoe Flash Wolves, and finished in 7th/8th place. Domestically, they underperformed at the start of the season, and were in 8th place at the end of the second week of the spring LCS split. However, they improved over the course of the season, ending with a second-place finish behind Team SoloMid and a playoff bye; after beating Team Liquid 3-2, Cloud9 lost to TSM 1-3 in the finals and finished the split overall in second place.

Cloud9 replaced mid laner Hai with Incarnati0n at the start of the Summer Split due to Hai's retirement. They performed poorly for the first five weeks of the split and replaced Meteos with Hai going into the sixth week. With Hai back on the team, Cloud9's record improved from 3-7 to 6-12 by the end of the split, and they finished in 7th place after a tie-breaker victory against Team 8, narrowly avoiding relegations and retaining their Championship Points, though they did not qualify for playoffs. In the Regional Finals Gauntlet, Cloud9 reverse-swept both Gravity Gaming and Team Impulse before beating Team Liquid 3-1 in the finals. Their fourteen games played over the course of three days gave them North America's third seed to the 2015 Season World Championship, Cloud9's third-consecutive Worlds.

Considered an underdog at Worlds, Cloud9 were placed into Group B along with Fnatic, ahq, and Invictus Gaming and expected to place last. Balls's soloqueue performance in Korea was especially called into question, as he was demoted from Diamond I to Diamond II multiple times during the team's bootcamp in Korea. Instead, Cloud9 surprised with an undefeated 3-0 first week, with Balls suddenly picking up Darius. In the second week, Cloud9 needed only one win to advance to the quarterfinals but were unable to find it, losing four games in a row including a tiebreaker loss to ahq. They placed third in their group, ahead of only Invictus Gaming.

2016 Season[edit]

For the 2016 season, Cloud9 added two new players - Rush and Bunny FuFuu - and moved Hai to support, with the intention of splitting time with Bunny. However, after two losses with Bunny and two wins with Hai in the spring split, they committed to starting Hai fulltime and rose to a 67% winrate, with a third-place seed in the playoffs. However, despite a seeding advantage, the team lost to TSM in the first round and were eliminated.

Before the summer season began, Balls moved to the newly-formed Cloud9 Challenger, joining his former teammates Hai and LemonNation. The team, which had acquired Enemy's NACS Qualifiers slot, easily qualified for the NACS 2016 Summer and then dominated the circuit, losing only two games throughout the season. In the playoffs, they swept Dream Team, then beat Team Liquid Academy in the finals to secure the best possible seed heading into the promotion tournament. There, they swept 9th place LCS team NRG Esports to qualify for the 2017 NA LCS.

2017 Season[edit]

Due to rules preventing one organization from owning multiple LCS teams, Cloud9 Challenger was bought and rebranded to FlyQuest. Balls joined the new team, along with Moon and his C9C teammates Hai, Altec, and LemonNation. FlyQuest started the spring split with a surprisingly strong 6-2 record but went 1-7 over the next four weeks. However, a 2-0 final week let them squeak into the playoffs as the fifth seed.

In the quarterfinals, FlyQuest faced off against fourth seed Counter Logic Gaming, who were favored due to FlyQuest's weak late-season performance. After going to 0-2 in the series, FlyQuest roared back to win the next two games and eventually reverse sweep CLG off the back of some questionable aggressive calls in game seven. Unfortunately, the Cinderella story ended there, as they were quickly swept by eventual champions TSM in the semifinals, and fell to Phoenix1 in the third-place match despite taking a 2-1 series lead.

Unfortunately, despite their playoff performance, the struggles that had begun for FlyQuest in the spring split continued in the summer. FlyQuest never managed to climb higher than seventh place or reach a .500 record and only avoided relegation by winning their final two games. Although the team didn't make playoffs, due to having 30 championship points from the Spring Season, they were eligible to play in the 2017 Regional Finals. With little expected of them, FlyQuest managed to shockingly sweep Team Dignitas in the first gauntlet match and take the first game of the second series off of CLG before eventually falling in a close 3-1 series, ending their Worlds hopes.

Balls left FlyQuest in November. He never officially announced his retirement but didn't join another competitive team.

Trivia[edit]

  • His favorite champion was at one point
    Ezreal
    .
  • His cousin, known as Professor Rice on the NA server, was a diamond player in season 1.
  • He is also related to Shiphtur and AnDa.
  • Used to play tennis and was a cross-country runner. As such, he spends a lot of time exercising.
  • Benches 155/160 lbs (8 reps) with a max of 200 lbs.
  • Being the first ever toplaner to achieve a pentakill at World Championship all-time.
  • Known for his
    Rumble
    .

Pentakills

DateRegionTournamentTeamVsChampionPosW/LKDASBVOD
2015-10-04
INT
International
Worlds 2015Cloud9logo std.pngFnaticlogo std.png
Darius
TopW9/4/2LinkLink
Click here for a full list of pentakills by all players.

Tournament Results[edit]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

Balls Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultRoster
2020-07-101 LCS 2020 Summer Classic Showmatch
1 : 0Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSM
Cloud9logo std.pngC9 Balls,  Meteos,  Hai,  Sneaky,  LemonNation
2017-09-103 NA Regional Finals 2017
1 : 3Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY Balls,  Moon,  Hai,  WildTurtle,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard
2017-08-067 NA LCS 2017 Summer
6 - 12Blanklogo std.pngRR
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY Balls,  Moon,  Hai,  WildTurtle,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard,  Hermes
2017-04-234 NA LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs
2 : 3Phoenix1logo std.pngP1
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY Balls,  Moon,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard
2017-03-265 NA LCS 2017 Spring
9 - 9Blanklogo std.pngRR
FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY Balls,  Moon,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard
2016-08-07Q NA LCS 2017 Spring Promotion
3 : 0NRG Esportslogo std.pngNRG
Cloud9logo std.pngC9C Balls,  Contractz,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard
2016-07-201 NACS 2016 Summer Playoffs
3 : 2Team Liquidlogo std.pngTL.A
Cloud9logo std.pngC9C Balls,  Contractz,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation,  Thinkcard
2016-07-071 NACS 2016 Summer
3-2-0Blanklogo std.pngRR
Cloud9logo std.pngC9C Balls,  Rush,  Contractz,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation
2016-05-25Q NACS 2016 Summer Qualifiers
3 : 0Logo std.pngDFGL
Cloud9logo std.pngC9C Balls,  Rush,  Hai,  Altec,  LemonNation
2016-04-175 - 6 NA LCS 2016 Spring Playoffs
1 : 3Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSM
Cloud9logo std.pngC9 Balls,  Rush,  Jensen,  Sneaky,  Hai,  LemonNation

Media[edit]

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017

Images[edit]

External Links[edit]

Redirects

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References