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LOCATION: United States USA
COACHES: Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu
ANALYSTS: Seunghwan "Robin" Lee

Jonathon "Platypus" McDaniel

MANAGERS: Jack "Jack" Etienne
Danan Flander
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CREATED: December 4, 2012(2012-12-04)

Cloud9 (C9) is a North American League of Legends team competing in the North American League Championship Series.


Season 3

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.

Season 4
On October 29th, the organization announced the departure of coach Alex Penn and the addition of Dan Dinh as Penn's replacement.[1]

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 April 2014, Cloud9 placed first 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.

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.

Season 5
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.

Season 6
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.[7]
  • January 12th, MSI sponsors Cloud9.[8]
  • January 15th, Instant eSports sponsors Cloud9 [9]
  • May 9th, Impact joins, while Meteos and Bunny FuFuu move to starting roster. Balls, Rush, and Hai move to subs/Challenger team. [10]
  • May 15th, Reapered and Kubz join as Head Coach and Assistant Coach.[11]
  • May 23rd, Robin joins as Translator and On-Site Analyst.[12]
  • June 1st, Smoothie joins Cloud9 LCS team, Altec joins Cloud9 NA CS team.[13] Kubz left.[14]
  • December 19th, Ray joins. Contractz joins as starting Jungler, Meteos becomes Sub. Cain joins as Assistant Coach.[15]

  • January 24th, HTC sponsors Cloud9.[16]
  • April 22nd, Hai moves to a management position[17]
  • May 8th, Incarnati0n joins.[18]
  • July 3rd, Meteos steps down from starting roster. Hai to play as Jungler for Week 6 of NA LCS..[19][20]
  • August 16th, Loot Crate sponsors Cloud9.[21]
  • September 23rd, DraftKings sponsors Cloud9. [22]
  • October 21st, Hai is fined €500 for violating Section 9.1.3 of the World Championship Ruleset - Disruptive Behavior/Insults.[23]
  • October 23rd, LemonNation moved to a Staff position. [24]
  • November 19th, Rush and Bunny FuFuu join. Hai moves to Support position.[25]
  • December 22nd, Red Bull sponsors Cloud9.[26]

Player Roster

ID Name Contract
Top Laner South Korea Impact Jung Eon-yeong (정언영) 11/20/2017
Jungler USA Contractz Juan Garcia 11/19/2018
Mid Laner Denmark Jensen Nicolaj Jensen 11/18/2019
AD Carry USA Sneaky Zachary Scuderi 11/18/2019
Support Canada Smoothie Andy Ta 11/18/2019
Top Laner South Korea Ray Jeon Ji-won (전지원) 11/18/2019
Top Laner USA Westrice Jonathan Nguyen 11/20/2017
Jungler France loulex Jean-Victor Burgevin Signed
Support USA Bunny FuFuu Michael Kurylo 11/20/2017

ID Name Next Team
Support Canada Winter Olivier Lapointe
Jungler USA Meteos William Hartman
Substitute USA Zeyzal Tristan Stidam
Jungler USA Thinkcard Thomas Slotkin
Support USA Hai Hai Lam
Cloud9 Challenger
AD Carry Canada Altec Johnny Ru
Cloud9 Challenger
Jungler South Korea Rush Lee Yoonjae
Support Canada Sheep Jamie Gallagher Retired.png Retired
Jungler Canada Hard Anthony Barkhovtsev
Echo Fox
Support USA LemonNation Daerek Hart
Cloud9 Challenger
USA otter Brian Baniqued
USA Kez Kevin Jeon
Team Dragon Knights
Substitute USA MegaZero Patrick Glinsman
Team SoloMid
AD Carry Canada WildTurtle Jason Tran
Team SoloMid
Mid Laner USA Nientonsoh Zach Malhas
Azure Cats

ID Name Role Replacing Tournament
USA LiNk Austin Shin Mid USA Hai All-Star 2014


ID Name Position
USA Jack Jack Etienne Owner
USA Danan Danan Flander General Manager
South Korea Reapered Bok Han-gyu (복한규) Head Coach
South Korea Robin Lee Seung-hwan Manager/Translator
USA Platypus Jonathon McDaniel Remote Analyst
France loulex Jean-Victor Burgevin Positional Coach

ID Name Position Next Team
South Korea Cain Nuri Jang (장누리) Assisstant Coach
Team Liquid
USA Olivier Olivier Debeuf Remote Analyst
USA Bubbadub Royce Newcomb Lead Analyst
USA Charlie Charlie Lipsie Strategic Coach
Canada Kubz Kublai Barlas Assistant Coach
USA LemonNation Daerek Hart Head Coach
USA Alex Penn Alex Penn Coach/Analyst
Team Coast
USA Dan Dinh Dan Dinh Coach
Team SoloMid

Team Achievements

2017 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2017-09-10 NA LCS.png Q 2017 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers 3 : 1
Counter Logic Gaming
2017-08-19 NA LCS.png 5 - 6th 2017 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 1 : 3
Team Dignitas
2017-08-06 NA LCS.png 4th 2017 NA LCS Summer Split 12-6 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2017-07-08 2017RRBlues.png 1st 2017 Rift Rivals - Blue 3 : 0
2017-04-23 NA LCS.png 2nd 2017 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 2 : 3
Team SoloMid
2017-03-26 NA LCS.png 2nd 2017 NA LCS Spring Split 14-4 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)

2016 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-10-13 Worlds Logosmall.png 5 - 8th 2016 World Championship 0 : 3
Samsung Galaxy
$ 268,000
2016-09-05 NA LCS.png Q 2016 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers 3 : 1
2016-08-28 NA LCS.png 2nd 2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 1 : 3
Team SoloMid
2016-07-31 NA LCS.png 3rd 2016 NA LCS Summer Split 12-6 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2016-04-02 NA LCS.png 5 - 6th 2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 1 : 3
Team SoloMid
10 CP
2016-03-20 NA LCS.png 3rd 2016 NA LCS Spring Split 12 : 6 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)

2014 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-12-18 Esltumbnail.png 5 - 6th IEM X Cologne 1 : 2
2015-10-11 Worlds Logosmall.png 9 - 12th 2015 World Championship 3 : 4 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L) $ 45,000
2015-08-31 NA LCS.png Q 2015 NA LCS Regional Qualifiers 3 : 1
Team Liquid
Q for 2015 Worlds
2015-07-26 NA LCS.png 7th 2015 NA LCS Summer Split 7 : 12 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2015-04-19 NA LCS.png 2nd 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 1 : 3
Team SoloMid
70 CP
2015-03-29 NA LCS.png 2nd 2015 NA LCS Spring Split 13 : 6 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2015-03-13 Esltumbnail.png 7 - 8th IEM IX World Championship Katowice 0 : 1
Flash Wolves
$ 2,500

2014 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-12-07 Esltumbnail.png 1st IEM Season IX - San Jose 3 : 0
Unicorns of Love
$ 25,000
2014-10-04 WC2014.png 5 - 8th 2014 World Championship 1 : 3
SG Blue
$ 75,000
2014-09-01 NA LCS.png 2nd 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 2 : 3
Team SoloMid
$ 25,000
2014-08-03 NA LCS.png 1st 2014 NA LCS Summer Regular Season 18 : 10 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2014-05-10 2014Paris.jpg 3 - 4th All-Star 2014 0 : 2
2014-04-20 NA LCS.png 1st 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 3 : 0
Team SoloMid
$ 50,000
2014-04-06 NA LCS.png 1st 2014 NA LCS Spring Regular Season 24 : 4 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2014-03-15 Esltumbnail.png 3 - 4th IEM Season VIII - World Championship 1 : 2
$ 14,000

2013 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-11-24 Esltumbnail.png 3 - 4th IEM Season VIII - Cologne 0 : 2
Gambit Gaming
$ 5,000
2013-09-23 RpPoints.png 5 - 8th Season 3 World Championship 1 : 2
$ 75,000
2013-09-02 NA LCS.png 1st LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs 3 : 0
Team SoloMid
$ 50,000
2013-08-16 NA LCS.png 1st LCS North America Season 3 Summer Regular Season 25 : 3 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2013-06-08 Epssmalllogo.png 1st National ESL Pro Series Season VI 2 : 0
Velocity eSports
$ 6,800
2013-03-17 MLG-Logo-Small.png 1st 2013 MLG Winter Championship Summer Promotion 2 : 0
Velocity eSports
$ 20,000
2013-03-03 Epssmalllogo.png 3rd National ESL Premier League V  ? : ?
Square Duck
$ 800
2013-02-21 Rising Stars Invitational.png 1st Rising Stars Invitational Title Fight #6 2 : 0
Dirt Nap Gaming
$ 250
2013-02-20 Rising Stars Invitational.png 1st Rising Stars Invitational #6 2 : 0
Falafel Gaming
$ 250
2013-02-13 Rising Stars Invitational.png 1st Rising Stars Invitational #5 2 : 0
Team TowerDiveTV
$ 250
2013-02-06 Rising Stars Invitational.png 1st Rising Stars Invitational #4 2 : 0
Team Dignitas
$ 250
2013-01-18 Rising Stars Invitational.png 1st Rising Stars Invitational #1 2 : 0
Dirt Nap Gaming
$ 250
2013-01-06 Tsm25.png 3rd Solomid NA Invitational 12 0 : 2
Team Curse
$ 250

2012 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2012-11-11 Tsm25.png 2nd SoloMid Series - Finals 1 : 3
Team Curse
$ 3,000

Individual Awards
Date Event Award Team
2016-12-01 The Game Awards.png The Game Awards 2016 Best Esports Team


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Dan Dinh to coach Cloud9
  2. Riot: Meteos traded to Phoenix1
  3. Contract Database
  4. LiQuiD112's Twitter Post
  5. C9LoL | Meet C9 Loulex
  6. Winter's Twitter Post
  7. iBUYPOWER sponsors Cloud9
  8. MSI sponsors Cloud9
  9. Cloud9 partners up with Instant eSports
  10. Impact & Meteos Join Cloud9 LCS Team
  11. Cloud9 LoL | Genesis Ep.9 - Reformed
  12. Reapered and Robin to Cloud9
  13. Smoothie & Altec Join Cloud9
  14. Kubz's Twitlonger Post
  15. C9 2017 LCS Roster Announcement
  16. Cloud9 Welcomes HTC Into Esports
  17. Thank you Hai
  18. Incarnati0n officially joins Cloud9
  19. LoL Esports' Twitter Update
  20. Meteos Steps Down as Jungler
  21. [1]
  22. [2]
  23. Competitive Ruling: C9 Hai
  24. [ Cloud9 LCS Announces Support/Jungler Tryouts
  25. Bunny FuFuu and Rush Agree to Terms with Cloud9
  26. Red Bull sponsors Cloud9
  27. Alienware and Cloud9 Join Forces
  28. Logitech Gaming's Facebook Post
  29. MeyeA joins as sub
  30. Nientonsoh Twitter Status
  31. WildTurtle Replacing Chaox as Starter on TSM
  32. Quantic Gaming welcomes Cloud9
  33. Quantic Respond To Reports
  34. Hai's Twitter post regarding Megazero Sub
  35. C9's Facebook post regarding otter Sub
  36. Cloud9 Facebook Post
  37. Powerhouse Cloud9 HyperX Team Joins iBUYPOWER
  38. Cooler Master sponsors Cloud9