Hai

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Hai
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Background Information
NameHai Du Lam
Country of BirthUnited States United States
BirthdaySeptember 20, 1992 (age 26)
Residency
NA
 North America
Competitive
RoleMid Laner
Previous Role(s)Support
Jungler
Manager
Favorite ChampsKha'ZixSquare.pngZedSquare.png
Soloqueue IDsC9 HyperX Diego, C9 Hai, Cloud9 Hai (EUW), KvotheKelsier (KR), C9 KingKiller (KR), BaamSouma
Social Media & Links
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Team History
Apr 2012 - May 2012
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Logo std.png nFear Gaming
May 2012 - Nov 2012
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Orbitlogo std.png Orbit Gaming
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
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Quantic std.png Quantic Gaming
Dec 2012 - Feb 2013
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Cloud9logo std.png Cloud9
Feb 2013 - Apr 2013
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Feb 2013 - May 2013
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Team Curselogo std.png Team Curse
Apr 2013 - May 2013
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Quantic std.png Quantic Gaming
May 2013 - Apr 2015
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Cloud9logo std.png Cloud9
Apr 2015 - Jul 2015
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Jul 2015 - Nov 2015
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Cloud9logo std.png Cloud9
Nov 2015 - Apr 2016
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Cloud9logo std.png Cloud9
Apr 2016 - Jan 2017
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Cloud9logo std.png Cloud9 Challenger
Apr 2016 - Jul 2016
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Jan 2017 - Nov 2017
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FlyQuestlogo std.png FlyQuest
Dec 2017 - Apr 2018
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Golden Guardianslogo std.png Golden Guardians
Hai "Hai" Du Lam was previously the mid laner for Golden Guardians. He is most well known for being the original mid laner and primary shotcaller for Cloud9, with whom he won two NALCS splits and went to Worlds three times.

Biography

Hai Lam comes from Grandville, Michigan and graduated from Grandville Highschool. During his high school life, Hai was an active participant in the Counter Strike community, and enjoyed many Warcraft III custom games along with climbing the ladder.

Hai moved to East Lansing, Michigan, after completing high school in pursuit of a degree in Media Arts and Technology at Michigan State University. He was a prominent member of the League of Legends club on campus.

With the end of the Spring 2012 semester, Hai hit 2500 elo and a top 5 position on the Solo Queue ladder. Using his new-found influence, he was able to gather a team of his own to create No Fear.

Orbit Gaming

On May 25, 2012, Orbit Gaming announced the acquisition of the roster form Hai's nFear Gaming.

Afterward, Orbit placed 7th/8th at the 2012 MLG - Spring Championship. At the Spring Championship, Orbit defeated vVv Gaming 2-0 in the first round, but lost 1-2 to Counter Logic Gaming Prime in the second round which placed them in the loser's bracket. In the loser's bracket, Orbit defeated Redact 2-0, Team Legion 2-0, and Team SoloMid Evo 2-0. They eventually lost to Counter Logic Gaming EU 1-2 in the fifth round of the loser's bracket.

On June 30, 2012, Orbit Gaming competed in the Leaguepedia North American Invitational. In the two day online tournament, they were able to finish in first place, most notably defeating Curse Gaming 2-1 in the quarterfinals and sweeping Team Dynamic 2-0 in the finals. On August 26, Orbit took fourth place at the 2012 MLG Summer Championship, losing to Dynamic 1-2 in the third place match. This led to a tie with Monomaniac Ferus for eighth place in the North American Season Two Circuit Rankings. To decide the last spot for Season Two Regional Finals Seattle, a best of three tiebreaker match was held. Orbit lost 0-2 to mMe and was denied a spot at the North American Regionals.

Quantic Gaming

With the tournament being done, on November 12, 2012, Hai left Orbit Gaming and joined Quantic Gaming, along with teammates Nientonsoh, LemonNation, WildTurtle, and Yazuki.

This was short lived as Quantic Gaming disbanded due to lack of resources to support the team.

Hai later rejoins Quantic Gaming on Febuary 1st, 2013. He leads the team as they qualify for the Summer Season of the NA LCS.

Cloud9

Competing under the name "Team NomNom" and then Cloud9, Nientonsoh, Hai, Yazuki, Wild Turtle and LemonNation would secure a spot in the Season 3 North American Offline Qualifier for the League of Legends Championship Series. However, Cloud9 would be knocked out of the tournament in the group stage after losing to Team MRN and Azure Gaming.

Initially, Nientonsoh said that Cloud9 would disband in light of the loss. The team later decided to stay together, although Nientonsoh and Yazuki would leave the team and a massive roster swap would ensue. Hai shifted from jungle to mid, and new junglers and top laners were actively being tried out in online competitions. With their final roster of Balls, Meteos, Hai, LemonNation, and SnEaKyCaStRoO finally being set, the team set out to qualify for the NA LCS.

Next Stop: LCS

On Febuary 1st, 2013 Quantic Gaming reforms. Shortly after on April 6, 2013, Quantic's Roster was set with: Balls, Meteos, Hai, LemonNation, and SnEaKyCaStRoO.

On May 11, 2013, Quantic qualified for the Summer Season of the NA LCS after cruising past Complexity 3-0 in the promotion tournament finals to earn their LCS spot. However, it would end up being the last game they played for Quantic, as Cloud9 resurfaced and re-acquired the team ahead of its LCS debut against Team Dignitas. Hai played ZedSquare.png Zed in the first game and opened with a 1v1 kill on Scarra's OriannaSquare.png Orianna - after Scarra had just competed at All-Star 2013 as North America's mid-laner - en route to a 3/3/3 performance in a debut win. Cloud9 went on to become the first non-founding LCS team to become champions in their rookie split - a feat that is still yet to be replicated - they went on to make the quarterfinals of the 2013 World Championship.

2015 Preseason

Cloud9 was the North American team fan-voted to IEM San Jose.[1] 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.

A few days later, he announced his retirement from professional League of Legends. He cited his wrist injuries and the fact that his support carry playstyle was not viable anymore as reasons for his retirement. He would continue to be a part of the Cloud9 organization in an administrative position as Chief Gaming Officer.[2] However, when Cloud9's Summer Split record was 3-7 after the first five weeks, and they were tied for 7th place with Team 8 and Enemy, Hai returned to competitive play, but switching from mid lane to jungle and replacing Meteos. Cloud9's record for the remainder of the split was 3-5, which was enough to place them in 7th after a tie-breaker victory over Team 8; they avoided relegations and retained 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. Instead, they surprised with an undefeated 3-0 first week, with Hai suddenly performing well on Lee Sin. 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. Hai joined Cloud9 Challenger in April of 2017. The team was very dominant in the 2017 NA CS Summer Season and finished 1st in the regular split. They won the playoffs with a 3-2 win over Team Liquid Academy. In the Summer Promotion Tournament, C9C defeated NRG Esports 3-0 and qualified for the NA LCS.

2017 Season

In January of 2017, Cloud9 Challenger was purchased and re-branded into FlyQuest. Although the team was expected to flop, they were dominant in the early stages of the Spring Split. Although they fell off later on, they still finished 5th with a 9-9 record. In the playoffs they defeated Counter Logic Gaming with a 3-2 reverse sweep. In the semifinals they lost 0-3 to Team SoloMid and later on lost the third place match 2-3 too Phoenix1, placing 4th overall. The Summer Season was much harder for FlyQuest as the competition within the region increased. They finished 7th in the regular season and barely retained their Championship Points. This would let them participate in the 2017 Season North America Regional Finals and although they defeated Team Dignitas 3-0 in the first round, they lost 1-3 to CLG in the second round which ended their season. Hai left FlyQuest in November and in December he would join the newly formed Golden Guardians.

2018 Season

Despite Hai's reputation as a leader and shotcaller, Golden Guardians were predicted to be one of the weakest teams in the Spring Split, in part due to being the only team to have a roster solely consisting of North American players. This prediction would prove prescient, as they were the last team to record a win and finished 4-14 despite showing some late season improvement. After the season ended, Hai elected to retire after Golden Guardians announced their intention to replace him with Mickey.

Trivia

  • Hai was a sub for Salce on Epik Gamer and nearly went to Dreamhack.
  • Favors tanky/utility junglers, including MaokaiSquare.png Maokai, ShenSquare.png Shen and SkarnerSquare.png Skarner.
    • When he returned to the jungle after coming out of retirement, he was successful playing non-meta junglers such as RengarSquare.png Rengar and ShyvanaSquare.png Shyvana.
  • Hai has played in many positions for professional teams, and previously was a jungle main before switching to the midlane. His emergency call-up out of retirement to stand in for Meteos marked his return to the jungle.
  • Prefers AD mids like Kha'ZixSquare.png Kha'Zix and ZedSquare.png Zed
    • Is also known for playing TeemoSquare.png Teemo during the customary final rematch against TSM on the opening day of the 2014 Spring Split.
  • While hospitalized with the collapsed lung that forced him to miss All-Star Paris 2014, he streamed from his hospital bed and was joined by Doublelift. Part of his lung was removed and he was unable to speak, but he was still able to communicate via chat.
  • His brother Bao has worked for Riot as a recruiter and was the player manager for Ember. His brother Kien is a writer for LoL Esports, known for writing a recurring "10 Thoughts" article.

Pentakills

Date Region Tournament Team Vs Champion Pos W/L KDA SB VOD
2017-02-19
NA
 North America
NA LCS Spring 2017 - Week 5 FlyQuestlogo std.png Team SoloMidlogo std.png OriannaSquare.png Orianna Mid W 9/5/6 Link Link
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Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Hai Tournament Results
DatePlaceEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2018-08-24A11Return of the Legendslogo square.png Return of the Legends 20183 - 2Team East (Return of the Legends)logo std.png EastTeam West (Return of the Legends)logo std.png West
 Dyrus,
 Alex Ich,
 Hai,
 Tabzz,
 LemonNation
2018-03-18B010NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2018 Spring4 - 14Blanklogo std.png RRGolden Guardianslogo std.png GGS
 Lourlo,
 Contractz,
 Hai,
 Deftly,
 Matt,
 Locodoco,
 Akiri
2017-09-10A33WCS logo small.png NA Regional Finals 20171 : 3Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.png CLGFlyQuestlogo std.png FLY
 Balls,
 Moon,
 Hai,
 WildTurtle,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2017-08-06A77NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Summer6 - 12Blanklogo std.png RRFlyQuestlogo std.png FLY
 Balls,
 Moon,
 Hai,
 WildTurtle,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard,
 Hermes
2017-04-23A44NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs2 : 3Phoenix1logo std.png P1FlyQuestlogo std.png FLY
 Balls,
 Moon,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2017-03-26A55NA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Spring9 - 9Blanklogo std.png RRFlyQuestlogo std.png FLY
 Balls,
 Moon,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2016-12-04A22Logitech2016 square.png Logitech G Challenge 20161 : 2CNB Infinitylogo std.png CNBICloud9logo std.png C9C
 Licorice,
 Hai,
 Damonte,
 deftly,
 Zeyzal
2016-08-07I1QNA LCS 2018 Logo.png NA LCS 2017 Spring Promotion3 : 0NRG Esportslogo std.png NRGCloud9logo std.png C9C
 Balls,
 Contractz,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2016-07-20A11CS NA logo.png NACS 2016 Summer Playoffs3 : 2Team Liquid Academylogo std.png TL.ACloud9logo std.png C9C
 Balls,
 Contractz,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation,
 Thinkcard
2016-07-07A11CS NA logo.png NACS 2016 Summer3-2-0Blanklogo std.png RRCloud9logo std.png C9C
 Balls,
 Rush,
 Contractz,
 Hai,
 Altec,
 LemonNation

Interviews

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

Vlogs and Blogs

Articles and Videos

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • March 11, The Story of Hai (29m5s) by Daniel Rosen & Dennis Gonzales on theScore

Additional Content

  • 2017
  • 2015

Gallery

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