Nien

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Nien
NV Nien 2016 Summer.png
Background Information
NameZachary Malhas
Country of Birth
United States
BirthdayJuly 1, 1994 (age 26)
Residency
NA
North America
Competitive
Role
Sub/Bot
Favorite Champs


Competitive IDsNientonsoh
Soloqueue IDsQuantic 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
Social Media & Links
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Zachary "Nien" Malhas is a retired League of Legends esports player, previously substitute bot laner for Team EnVyUs. He was previously known as Nientonsoh.

Team History

Combine Role Swaps:No|Yes
Dates:Approx|Exact
TeamStartEnd
NA
Logo std.pngnFear Gaming
≈Apr 2012≈2012-04-??May 20122012-05-25≈1mo 24d
ejel
NA
Orbitlogo std.pngOrbit Gaming
May 20122012-05-25[2]Nov 20122012-11-01[1]5mo 7d
ejel
NA
Quantic std.pngQuantic Gaming
Nov 20122012-11-11[6]Dec 20122012-12-04[3]23d
ejel
NA
Logo std.pngTeam NomNom
Dec 20122012-12-04Jan 20132013-01-081mo 4d
ejel
NA
Azure CatsLogo std.pngAzure Cats
Jan 20132013-01-02Feb 20132013-02-18[7]1mo 16d
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Jan 20132013-01-08Jan 20132013-01-13[8]5d
ejel
NA
TeamMRNlogo std.pngTeam MRN
Jan 20132013-01-24[10]May 20132013-05-11[9]3mo 18d
ejel
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
May 20132013-05-26[11]≈Oct 2014≈2014-10-??≈1yr 4mo
ejel
NA
Frank Fang Gaminglogo std.pngFrank Fang Gaming
≈Apr 2014≈2014-04-30Jun 20142014-06-29[12]≈1mo 29d
ejel
NA
Team FusionLogo std.pngTeam Fusion
Oct 20142014-10-23[13]May 20152015-05-136mo 21d
ejel
NA
Team 8logo std.pngTeam 8
May 20152015-05-22[16]Oct 20152015-10-07[15]4mo 16d
ejel
NA
Immortalslogo std.pngImmortals
Oct 20152015-10-07[17]Nov 20152015-11-161mo 9d
ejel
NA
Team EnVyUslogo std.pngTeam EnVyUs
May 20162016-05-23[19]Nov 20172017-11-20[18]1yr 5mo
ejel
TeamStartEnd
NA
Logo std.pngnFear Gaming
≈Apr 2012≈2012-04-??May 20122012-05-25≈1mo 24d
ejel
NA
Orbitlogo std.pngOrbit Gaming
May 20122012-05-25[2]Oct 20122012-10-204mo 26d
ejel
NA
Orbitlogo std.pngOrbit Gaming
Oct 20122012-10-20Nov 20122012-11-01[1]12d
ejel
NA
Quantic std.pngQuantic Gaming
Nov 20122012-11-11[6]Dec 20122012-12-04[3]23d
ejel
NA
Logo std.pngTeam NomNom
Dec 20122012-12-04Jan 20132013-01-081mo 4d
ejel
NA
Azure CatsLogo std.pngAzure Cats
Jan 20132013-01-02Feb 20132013-02-18[7]1mo 16d
ejel
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Jan 20132013-01-08Jan 20132013-01-13[8]5d
ejel
NA
TeamMRNlogo std.pngTeam MRN
Jan 20132013-01-24[10]Mar 20132013-03-19[20]1mo 26d
ejel
NA
TeamMRNlogo std.pngTeam MRN
Mar 20132013-03-19[20]May 20132013-05-11[9]1mo 23d
ejel
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
May 20132013-05-26[11]Apr 20142014-04-23[21]10mo 28d
ejel
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG
Apr 20142014-04-23[21]≈Oct 2014≈2014-10-??≈5mo 8d
ejel
NA
Frank Fang Gaminglogo std.pngFrank Fang Gaming
≈Apr 2014≈2014-04-30Jun 20142014-06-29[12]≈1mo 29d
ejel
NA
Team FusionLogo std.pngTeam Fusion
Oct 20142014-10-23[13]May 20152015-05-136mo 21d
ejel
NA
Team 8logo std.pngTeam 8
May 20152015-05-22[16]Oct 20152015-10-07[15]4mo 16d
ejel
NA
Immortalslogo std.pngImmortals
Oct 20152015-10-07[17]Nov 20152015-11-161mo 9d
ejel
NA
Team EnVyUslogo std.pngTeam EnVyUs
May 20162016-05-23[19]Nov 20172017-11-20[18]1yr 5mo
ejel

News

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
NA
Logo std.pngNFEAApril (approx.),
Yazuki,
Hai L9,
nubbypoohbear,
Nientonsoh, and
Arthelon join.
NA
Logo std.pngNFEAMay 25, nFear Gaming transfers its roster to Orbit Gaming.
Yazuki,
Hai L9,
nubbypoohbear,
Nientonsoh, and
Arthelon leave.
NA
Orbitlogo std.pngORBMay 25, Orbit Gaming acquires the roster of nFear Gaming.
Yazuki,
Hai L9,
nubbypoohbear, and
Nientonsoh join.

Vech and
YoDa leave.[2]
NA
Orbitlogo std.pngORBOctober 20,
WildTurtle joins.
Nientonsoh (Bot to Mid) changes position.
NA
Orbitlogo std.pngORBNovember 1, Orbit Gaming is disbanded.
Yazuki,
Hai L9,
Nientonsoh,
WildTurtle, and
LemonNation leave.[1]
NA
Quantic std.pngQTCNovember 11, Quantic Gaming acquires the roster of Orbit Gaming.
Yazuki,
Hai,
Nientonsoh,
WildTurtle, and
LemonNation join.
[6]
NA
Quantic std.pngQTCDecember 4, Quantic Gaming is disbanded.
Yazuki,
Hai,
Nientonsoh,
WildTurtle, and
LemonNation leave.[3][4][5]
NA
Logo std.pngNOMNDecember 4, Team NomNom is formed by the roster of Quantic Gaming.
Yazuki,
Hai,
Nientonsoh,
WildTurtle, and
LemonNation join.
NA
Azure CatsLogo std.pngACJanuary 2, Azure Cats acquires the roster of Cutest of Cats.
Yazuki,
bigfatlp,
Nientonsoh, and
BloodWater join.
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9January 8, Logo std.pngTeam NomNom renames to Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9.
NA
Cloud9logo std.pngC9January 13,
Yazuki and
Nientonsoh leave.[8]
NA
TeamMRNlogo std.pngMRNJanuary 24,
Nientonsoh joins.
[10]
NA
Azure CatsLogo std.pngACFebruary 18,
Nientonsoh leaves.[7]
NA
TeamMRNlogo std.pngMRNMarch 19, Nientonsoh (Mid to Bot) and Heartbeat (Bot to Support) change positions.
AtomicN moves to substitute.[20]
NA
TeamMRNlogo std.pngMRNMay 11, Team MRN is disbanded.
MegaZero,
ClakeyD,
ecco,
Nientonsoh,
Heartbeat,
Cruzerthebruzer,
AtomicN, and Marn (Owner) leave.[9]
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLGMay 26,
Nientonsoh joins.
bigfatlp (Sub/Mid to Jungle) and Chauster (Jungle to Support) change positions. HotshotGG (Top to Sub/) changes position.
Aphromoo leaves.[11]
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLGApril 23,
Nien moves to substitute.[21]
NA
Frank Fang Gaminglogo std.pngFFGApril 30 (approx.),
Nientonsoh,
Cpt Ziploc,
BabyZeus,
Lattman, and
babyeator join.
NA
Frank Fang Gaminglogo std.pngFFGJune 29, Frank Fang Gaming transfers its roster to Wazabi Gaming.
Nientonsoh,
Captain Ziploc,
H4xDefender,
BonQuish,
LattmaN, and
babyeator leave.[12]
NA
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLGOctober (approx.),
Nien leaves.
NA
Team FusionLogo std.pngFSNOctober 23, Team Fusion is formed.
MakNooN,
NintendudeX,
Huhi,
Nien, and
Gleebglarbu join.

Bee Sin and
Chunkyfresh join as substitutes.
[13][14]
NA
Team FusionLogo std.pngFSNMay 13, Team Fusion is disbanded.
Chunkyfresh,
NintendudeX,
HuHi,
Nientonsoh, and
Trance leave.
NA
Team 8logo std.pngT8May 22,
Nien and HISTORY TEACHER (Head Coach) join.

maplestreet moves to substitute.[16]
NA
Team 8logo std.pngT8October 7, Team 8 transfers its roster and NA LCS spot to Immortals.
PorpoisePops,
goldenglue,
Nien,
Dodo8,
BrandonFtw,
CheeseBeluga,
Alex Ich,
Slooshi,
maplestreet, and HISTORY TEACHER (Head Coach) leave.[15]
NA
Immortalslogo std.pngIMTOctober 7, Immortals acquires the roster and NA LCS spot of Team 8.
PorpoisePops,
goldenglue,
Nien,
Dodo8, and HISTORY TEACHER (Head Coach) join.
[17]
NA
Immortalslogo std.pngIMTNovember 16,
PorpoisePops and
Nien leave.
NA
Team EnVyUslogo std.pngnVMay 23,
Procxin and
LOD join.

Nientonsoh joins as substitute.
[19]
NA
Team EnVyUslogo std.pngnVNovember 20, Team EnVyUs is disbanded.
Seraph,
LirA,
Nisqy,
Apollo,
Hakuho, and
Nientonsoh leave.[18]

Biography[edit]

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.

Season 3[edit]

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.[22]

Nien was part of the Season 3 World Championship Analyst desk in September 2013.[23]

2014 Season[edit]

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."[24] 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.

In the final week of the 2014 summer split, Nien played four games for CLG while the starting roster was training in Korea in preparation for the playoffs.[25]

2015 Preseason[edit]

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.[26] 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.

2015 Season[edit]

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.[27] 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.

2016 Season[edit]

In October 2015, Immortals was announced as the new brand of Team 8.[28] Nien left the new organization with the rest of the team when their contracts expired in November.

In May 2016, Nien joined Team EnVyUs, who had acquired Renegades' spot in the NA LCS.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

Tournament Results[edit]

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

Minimum place

Nien Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultRoster
2015-09-06Q NA LCS 2016 Spring Promotion
3 : 1Team Imaginelogo std.pngIMG
Team 8logo std.pngT8 CaliTrlolz,  Porpoise,  Goldenglue,  Nien,  Dodo8,  History Teacher
2015-07-268 NA LCS 2015 Summer
6 - 12Blanklogo std.pngRR
Team 8logo std.pngT8 CaliTrlolz,  Porpoise,  Slooshi,  Goldenglue,  Maplestreet,  Nien,  Dodo8,  Matthew Schmieder,  History Teacher
2015-06-16Q NACS 2015 Summer Qualifier
2 : 0Magneticlogo std.pngIMG
Misfits (North American Team)logo std.pngMSF RF,  Crumbz,  Alex Ich,  Maplestreet,  Nien,  Remilia
2015-04-26NQ NA LCS 2015 Summer Promotion
2 : 3Dignitaslogo std.pngDIG
Team FusionLogo std.pngFSN Chunkyfresh,  Nintendude,  HuHi,  Nien,  Trance,  CurryshotGG
2015-04-083 NACS 2015 Spring Playoffs
2 : 0Final Fivelogo std.pngF5
Team FusionLogo std.pngFSN Chunkyfresh,  NintendudeX,  HuHi,  Nientonsoh,  Trance
2015-03-253 NACS 2015 Spring
6 - 4Blanklogo std.pngRR
Team FusionLogo std.pngFSN Chunkyfresh,  MiMo,  NintendudeX,  HuHi,  Nientonsoh,  Trance
2015-01-111 ESL Pro Series America 11
3 : 0Team Dragon Knightslogo std.pngTDK
Team FusionLogo std.pngFSN Chunkyfresh,  NintendudeX,  HuHi,  Nien,  Trance
2014-12-14NQ NA LCS 2015 Spring Expansion
2 : 3Team Coastlogo std.pngCST
Team FusionLogo std.pngFSN MakNooN,  NintendudeX,  HuHi,  Nientonsoh,  Chunkyfresh,  Gleebglarbu
2014-08-035 NA LCS 2014 Summer
13 - 15Blanklogo std.pngRR
Counter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCLG Seraph,  Nien,  dexter,  Thinkcard,  Link,  HotshotGG,  Doublelift,  Chaox,  aphromoo,  Baby,  MonteCristo
2014-06-224 NACS 2014 Summer Series 1
0 : 2Curse Academylogo std.pngCA
Frank Fang Gaminglogo std.pngFFG Nientonsoh,  Cpt Ziploc,  BabyZeus,  Lattman,  babyeator
Nien 1v1 Tournament Results
DatePlEventPrizeTeamLast Result
2013-10-139 - 12Best Lee Sin NA Tournament0 : 2 FeedOn
2013-05-0548 - 64Best Riven NA Tournament1 : 2 Pobelter

Interviews[edit]

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

Articles[edit]

  • 2014

Player Content[edit]

  • 2017
  • February 27, update on TwitLonger

Images[edit]

Redirects

The following pages redirect here:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Orbit Gaming LoL - No Longer Part of Orbit + Lonestar Clash 2 Attendance reddit.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Orbit Gaming Announces New League of Legends Team na.leagueoflegends.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Slasher's Tweet twitter.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Quantic Gaming's Tweet twitter.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Quantic Gaming's Tweet twitter.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Introducing Quantic's LoL Division quanticgaming.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Azure Cats is Looking For AD/Support Players reddit.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Nientonsoh's Tweet twitter.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Marn Twitter Post twitter.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Marn Twitter Update twitter.com
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 CLG Roster Changes clgaming.net
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Wazabi Gaming's Facebook Post facebook.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Team Fusion's Tweet twitter.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Bee Sin's Tweet twitter.com
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Immortals's Tweet twitter.com
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Team 8 Welcomes History Teacher and Nien team-8.net
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Immortals' Tweet twitter.com
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Team EnVyUs' Tweet twitter.com
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Team EnVyUs' Tweet twitter.com
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Marn Twitter Update twitter.com
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Nien steps down from starting role clgaming.net
  22. HotshotGG steps down as Top Laner for CLG clgaming.net
  23. Casters and analysts announced for Worlds na.lolesports.com
  24. [1] CLG Roster Changes: Nien Steps Down
  25. CLG LCS Week 11 Announcementclgaming.net
  26. Team Fusion's Twitter Post twitter.com
  27. Team Fusion's Tweet twitter.com
  28. Gaming, Tech, Media & Sports Executives Launch eSports Franchise “Immortals” twitlonger.com