Balls

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BalIs
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Background Information
NameAn Van Le
Country of BirthUnited States United States
BirthdayJune 22, 1994 (age 24)
Residency
NA
 North America
Competitive
RoleTop Laner
Favorite ChampsVladimirSquare.pngRumbleSquare.pngDianaSquare.pngEzrealSquare.png
Soloqueue IDsC9 Squirtle, The KidRobot, C9 Balls, EunjiSuzy (KR), BlG HUEVOS
Social Media & Links
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Team History
??? ???? - Feb 2012
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Feb 2012 - Aug 2012
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Aug 2012 - Oct 2012
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Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
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Jan 2013 - Apr 2013
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??? 2013 - May 2013
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Apr 2013 - May 2013
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May 2013 - Apr 2016
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Apr 2016 - Jan 2017
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Apr 2016 - Jul 2016
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Jan 2017 - Nov 2017
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An "BalIs" Van Le was previously the top laner for FlyQuest.

Biography

An "BalIs" 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 EzrealSquare.png Ezreal and CorkiSquare.png Corki. Eventually, Balls started playing weekly Go4LoL tournaments and got a taste of the competitive scene.

League of Legends Career

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[1]. 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 RumbleSquare.png Rumble play.

2015 Preseason

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

2015 Season

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

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.

Trivia

  • His favorite champion was at one point EzrealSquare.png 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.

Pentakills

Date Region Tournament Team Vs Champion Pos W/L KDA SB VOD
2015-10-04
INT
 International
World Championship 2015 Cloud9logo std.png Fnaticlogo std.png DariusSquare.png Darius Top W 9/4/2 Link Link
Click here for a full list of pentakills.

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Balls Tournament Results
DatePlaceEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2017-09-10A33WCS logo small.png NA Regional Finals 20171 : 3Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png CLG
 Balls,
 Moon,
 Hai,
 WildTurtle,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2017-08-06A77NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Summer6 - 12Blanklogo std.png RR
 Balls,
 Moon,
 Hai,
 WildTurtle,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard,
 Hermes
2017-04-23A44NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs2 : 3Phoenix1logo std.png P1
 Balls,
 Moon,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2017-03-26A55NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Spring9 - 9Blanklogo std.png RR
 Balls,
 Moon,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2016-08-07I1QNA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Spring Promotion3 : 0NRG Esportslogo std.png NRG
 Balls,
 Contractz,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2016-07-20A11CS NA logo.png NACS 2016 Summer Playoffs3 : 2Team Liquid Academylogo std.png TL.A
 Balls,
 Contractz,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2016-07-07A11CS NA logo.png NACS 2016 Summer3-2-0Blanklogo std.png RR
 Balls,
 Rush,
 Contractz,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation
2016-05-25I1QCS NA logo.png NACS 2016 Summer Qualifiers3 : 0Logo std.png DFGL
 Balls,
 Rush,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation
2016-04-17A55 - 6NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2016 Spring Playoffs1 : 3Team SoloMidlogo std.png TSM
 Balls,
 Rush,
 Jensen,
 Sneaky,
 Hai,
 LemonNation
2016-03-20A33NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2016 Spring12 - 6Blanklogo std.png RR
 Balls,
 Rush,
 Jensen,
 Sneaky,
 Bunny FuFuu,
 Hai,
 LemonNation

Interviews

Other Content

  • 2017

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