|Country of Birth||United States|
|Birthday||July 1, 1994 (age 25)|
|Previous Role(s)||Top Laner|
|Soloqueue IDs||Quantic Nien, Quantic Nientons, oRb Nien, MRN Nientonsoh, CLG Nien, Xflying penguinX, nientonsoo, zoluffyro, zorotonsoh, x L U F F Y x, UziPigDeft, FSN VampireGoku, FSN D Luffy, woofwoofhuhidog|
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Zachary "Nien" Malhas was previously a substitute bot laner for Team EnVyUs.
Prior to playing League of Legends, Zach "Nientonsoh" Malhas was ranked in the top ten of Heroes of Newerth, often playing with Scarra. He also played World of Warcraft, where he was a rank 1 Warlock in PvP. After seeing Scarra's success in LoL, he moved on to League of Legends.
Nientonsoh's first team was nFear Gaming, where he played with Hai, Yazuki, Arthelon, and nubbypoohbear. When nubbypoohbear departed the team in September 2013, Nien switched roles from AD carry to midlane, and he stayed as the team's midlaner through their sponsorship by Quantic Gaming and then renaming to Cloud 9. In January 2013, Nientonsoh left left Cloud 9 to play for Azure Cats and attempt qualification into the first NA LCS split.
After failing to qualify with Azure Cats, Nientonosh was picked up by a team that had qualified for the LCS: Team MRN, originally as a substitute. He became the starting AD carry on March 19, moving Heartbeat to support and replacing AtomicN on the roster. Nientonsoh became recognized as a top AD carry player, particularly known for his Tristana play. However, Team MRN was relegated at the end of the split, losing to Velocity eSports in the relegation tournament.
On May 26, 2013 Counter Logic Gaming announced that Nientonsoh would start as their toplaner for the summer split of the LCS, replacing HotshotGG. At this time, Nientonsoh shortened his ID to Nien.
On April 23, 2014 Nien stepped down from his starting position, citing that "the community’s intense criticism of his play and general attacks towards him had become increasingly taxing mentally, and damaging to his confidence as a player over time." He was replaced by Seraph.
After stepping down from CLG's starting roster, Nien remained a sub for the team and also joined Frank Fang Gaming as their starting toplaner. The team placed fourth in the NACS Summer Series #1. Nien departed the team in June 2014.
On October 23, 2014 it was officially announced that Nien would be the AD carry for Team Fusion, a team formed to play in the North American Expansion tournament. The team qualified for the Expansion Tournament via the Challenger ladder. They won their first-round match against Team Confusion due to a forfeit from Confusion, and then defeated Enemy eSports 2-0 in the second round. In the offline tournament, Team Fusion narrowly beat Final Five 3-2 after losing the first two games. They then lost to Curse Academy 3-1 and were knocked down to the loser's bracket to face Team Coast. This time, Fusion got ahead 2-0 but then ultimately lost the series and did not qualify for the LCS; however, their placement did qualify them for the NACS Spring Season.
After a pattern of losing almost every off-stream game and winning every on-stream game, Fusion finished the NACS season in third place, with a 6-4 record, splitting 1-1 against every team except for CLG Black. In the playoffs, Fusion lost to Team Dragon Knights and then beat Final Five, finishing in third place. Despite Fusion's defeat by TDK, Winterfox chose to play against TDK in the Promotion Tournament, leaving Fusion to face Dignitas for a spot in the summer LCS season. Fusion lost the series 2-3 but retained an automatic qualification into the NACS Summer Season; however, the team disbanded. Nien joined Team 8, replacing maplestreet, though he was unable to start playing with the team before the second week of the summer split.
Team 8 finished the regular season tied for seventh but then lost to Cloud9 in a tiebreaker game and were sent to the 2016 Spring Promotion Tournament. They chose Team Imagine as their Challenger opponent and beat them 3-1 to stay in the LCS for the spring season. In a post-game interview, Nien stated that he would be bootcamping in China in the off-season to improve his individual AD carry play.
- Was in the Season 3 Challenger Tier and reached a peak rank of number one with 1,001 league points and was the first player to achieve over 1,000 league points
- Scored an unofficial Pentakill with Tristana against CLG during Riot Season 3 NA Spring Season.
- Was the first person eliminated from the Best Riven NA Tournament.
- Has played three roles competitively: AD Carry, Midlane, and Toplane.
- Known for an Elise play during MLG Anaheim where he took 3 Inhibitors and got a triple kill against TSM, winning the game for CLG.
This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
|Nien 1v1 Tournament Results|
|2013-10-13||9 - 12||Best Lee Sin NA Tournament||0 : 2 FeedOn|
|2013-05-05||48 - 64||Best Riven NA Tournament||1 : 2 Pobelter|
- January 27 - Challenger Chat Episode 4. Special Guest: Fusion Nien (video) with Esports Heaven
- February 5 - Inside The Reactor 6 – Nien with TeamFusion
- September 10 - Nien Discusses His Plans to Bootcamp in China During the Offseason with onGamers
- March 2 - Doublelift and Nien discuss their intense match with CRS and CLG catchphrases (video) with onGamers
- March 29 - Nien talks about CLG's performance in Day 1, Week 10 of the LCS (video) with onGamers
- April 24 - CLG Nien announces his decision to step down from starting roster (video) with onGamers
- August 2 - CLG HotShotGG & Nien: "I want C9 to win for the sake of NA" (video) with Azubu
- August 2 - Nien talks about his future in LCS (video) with onGamers
- October 29 - First Look at Team Fusion with Cloth5
- December 12 - Nien on returning to ADC and Fusion's first day games (video) with onGamers
- December 12 - NA Expansion: Nien's Thoughts on F5 Match (video) with SK Gaming
- March 16 - MegaZero talks about his amazing play and Nientonsoh as a sub (video) with GameSpot
- March 17 - LCS Week 5 (MLG Dallas) MRN's Nientonsoh "I'm just glad I'm getting recognition." (video) with Leaguepedia
- March 23 - LCS Week 6 - Nien "I guess stuff has to happen for stuff to happen." (video) with Leaguepedia
- March 29 - Getting Personal with Nientonsoh (video) with MachinimaVS
- March 31 - MegaZero and Nientonsoh talk about their LCS Week 7 Performance (video) with GameSpot
- April 9 - Interview with Nientonsoh: "As Vayne vs. Caitlyn, you just have to be a man." with Team Dignitas
- April 19 - Megazero and Nientonsoh talk about their intense match with CLG (video) with GameSpot
- April 19 - League of Legends LCS WK10 - Nientonsoh - CLG vs. MRN (video) with MachinimaVS
- May 15 - What's Next: Nientonsoh (video) with State of the League
- May 30 - Nientonsoh talks about joining CLG and Playing a New Role (video) with GameSpot
- June 13 - Interview with CLG Nientonsoh About His New Team with Team Dignitas
- June 20 - League of Legends LCS [SS WK 2] NIENTONSOH - Cloud 9 vs. CLG (video) with MachinimaVS
- June 21 - Nientonsoh talks about CLG's strong performance against TSM (video) with GameSpot
- June 29 - CLG Nientonsoh Interview - MLG Anaheim 2013 (video) with Leaguepedia
- June 30 - Nientonsoh talks crazy match against TSM at MLG Anaheim (video) with GameSpot
- July 14 - Nientonsoh AMA - top lane fot CLG with Reddit
- July 16 - Interview with Nien & Doublelift - League Out Loud (video) with MachinimaVS
- July 17 - Interview with CLG Nien: "Unconventional picks are incredibly strong - especially in a Bo1 format" with Team Dignitas
- July 26 - Doublelift and Nientonsoh talk Swinging Back and New Team House (video) with GameSpot
- July 26 - LCS Week 7 Day 2 CLG Nien "Im looking forward to picking up more champions and beating everyone" (video) with Leaguepedia
- August 16 - Nientonsoh Discusses CLG's Close Match with Velocity and More (video) with GameSpot
- August 31 - PAX Prime 2013 CLG Nien - "The calls were [made by] mostly Chauster and Link." (video) with Leaguepedia
- November 22 - The Inner League - Zach "Nien" Malhas - Episode 5 with Lol King
- April 29 - from 1500 first season to 2460+ and top 10 on ladder 2nd season! AMA (AD player) with Reddit
- May 30 - Nientonsoh, from 1400 s2 to 2661 elo s2, AMA with Reddit
- August 13 - Orb Nientensoh - IPL San Francisco Faceoff with State of the League
- August 26 - Pluto Interviews Orbit Nientonsoh at MLG Raleigh (video) with Reign of Gaming
- September 15 - Entrevistamos a Nientonsoh de Orbit Gaming (Spanish) with MasWards
- October 1 - oRb Nien, AMA! with Reddit
- October 1 - Interview with Orbit Gaming's Nientonsoh: "I had no idea that there would be this much money in League" with Team Dignitas
- November 2 - MLG Dallas - Pluto Interviews Nientonsoh (video) with Reign of Gaming
- November 11 - Pro Pass at Lone Star Clash 2: Quantic's Nientonsoh (video) with ESFI World
- December 28 - Interview with Nientonsoh with Absolute Legends
- December 23 - Making the case for Nientonsoh from Esports Heaven
- February 27, update on TwitLonger
The following pages redirect here.
- HotshotGG steps down as Top Laner for CLG clgaming.net
- Casters and analysts announced for Worlds na.lolesports.com
-  CLG Roster Changes: Nien Steps Down
- CLG LCS Week 11 Announcementclgaming.net
- Team Fusion's Twitter Post twitter.com
- Team Fusion's Tweet twitter.com
- Gaming, Tech, Media & Sports Executives Launch eSports Franchise “Immortals” twitlonger.com