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Team Information
Location: United States USA
Managers: Danan "Kaniggit" Flander
Sponsor(s): Logitech G
Youtube: C9ggTV
Facebook: Cloud9
Team Subreddit: /r/Cloud9
Twitter: Cloud9gg
Sister Teams (Current): Cloud9 Tempest
Cloud9 Challenger
Sister Team (Former): Cloud9 Eclipse
Created: 2012-12-04
Current Roster
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Cloud9 (C9) is a North American eSports team formed by the former roster of Quantic Gaming following its dissolution. The team currently competes under the name Cloud9 G2A, in representation of their sponsor G2A. Aside from League of Legends, the organization also has divisions for DotA 2, Halo, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Super Smash Bros, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Heroes of the Storm, and Smite.


Pre-Season 3

During the off-season, the Quantic Gaming organization fell into financial distress and shut down operations, leaving the League of Legends team without a sponsor once again. 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. However, Cloud9 was knocked out of the tournament in the group stage after losing to Azure Gaming and future LCS team Team MRN.

Initially, Nientonsoh said that Cloud9 would disband in light of the loss. The team later decided to stay together, although Nientonsoh and Yazuki did leave, causing a large roster change. Hai shifted from jungle to mid, and the team tried out new junglers and top laners in online competitions.

Season 3

On April 1st, the Cloud9 roster of Hai, LemonNation, Meteos, 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 their 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 compLexity 3-0. Cloud9 possesses the longest win streak in LCS history (13 games), the most victories in an LCS season split (25 games), and won first place in the Summer Split. Throughout the NA LCS Summer Playoffs, they were able to win every single one of their games/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 straight into the S3 Championship quarterfinals for being the North American champions. Their first international match as a team 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 eighth place.

2014 Pre-season

On October 29th, it was announced that while Alex Penn leaves, Dan Dinh would join as new coach.[1]

At the first international pre-season tournament, 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.

2014 Season

Cloud9 won the spring split of the LCS once again, and qualifying for the All Star event. However, prior to the event, Hai's lung collapsed, hospitalizing him and requiring him to use a respirator, and the team had to play with a substitute. After C9 requested Link as a temporary replacement, Counter Logic Gaming readily agreed to a two-month emergency loan deal that would cover the time in between splits, including All-Stars. Cloud9 went 3-1 in the group stage, losing only to SK Telecom T1 K, but in the bracket they were eliminated in the first round by OMG, losing 2-0.

In the summer season, despite placing first in the round robin, they took second place overall, losing to Team SoloMid in the finals 2-3. The second-place finish qualified them for the 2014 Season World Championship, where they were drawn into Group D along with NaJin White Shield, Alliance, and KaBuM! e-Sports. Cloud9 went 4-2 in the group, drawing with NaJin Shield for first place but losing the tiebreaker game. They were eliminated from the tournament in the bracket stage, falling 3-1 to Samsung Blue.

2015 Preseason

Cloud9 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.

On December 30th, it was announced that Cloud9 were holding open tryouts for a North American Challenger team.[3] See information about this team at Cloud9 Tempest.

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.

Soon after the spring finals, Hai announced his retirement from professional play, citing his wrist injuries and the fact that his support carry playstyle was not viable anymore as reasons for his retirement; however, he would remain with the Cloud9 organization as their Chief Gaming Officer.[4] After tryouts including Cloud9 Tempest mid laner Yusui and the recently-unbanned European solo queue star Incarnati0n, the team settled on Incarnati0n as their new mid laner for the Summer Split. The team 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, Cloud 9'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 70 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 and Balls on Darius; Incarnati0n also introduced Veigar as a pick in their first game against ahq. 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 Preseason

After their Worlds run, Cloud9 announced the retirement of LemonNation and his move to a staff role; they also opened tryouts for jungler and support, with Hai to play whichever role was not filled via a tryout.[5] They ended up adding two new players - former Gravity support Bunny FuFuu and Team Impulse jungler Rush - with Hai to split time with Bunny in the support role.[6]


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To read about Quantic Gaming history (November 2012 - December 2012), click here.
To read about Orbit Gaming history (April 2012 - November 2012), click here.

Player Roster


R C ID Name Role Contract Ends
Current Official Residency USA Balls An Le 01 Top 2016-11-21
Current Official Residency South Korea Rush Lee Yoon-jae (이윤재) 02 Jungle -
Current Official Residency Denmark Incarnati0n Nicolaj Jensen 03 Mid 2016-11-21
Current Official Residency USA Sneaky Zachary Scuderi 04 AD 2016-11-21
Current Official Residency USA Hai Hai Du Lam 05 Support 2016-11-21
Current Official Residency USA Bunny FuFuu Michael Kurylo 10 Sub/Support -
Current Official Residency USA Westrice Jonathan Nguyen 06 Sub/Top -
Current Official Residency Canada Hard Anthony Barkhovtsev 07 Sub/Jungle 2016-11-21
Current Official Residency USA Meteos William Hartman 07 Sub/Jungle -
Current Official Residency USA Yusui David Bloomquist 08 Sub/Mid -
Current Official Residency Canada Sheep Jamie Gallagher 10 Sub/Support 2016-11-21


ID Name Role Next Team
USA LemonNation Daerek Hart 05 Support Coachlogo std.png Coach
USA Solo Colin Earnest 06 Sub/Top C9logo std.png Cloud9 Tempest
Canada LOD Benjamin deMunck 09 Sub/AD C9logo std.png Cloud9 Tempest
USA Yahoo David Chang 08 Sub/Mid
USA Yazuki Gabriel Ng 06 Sub/Top
USA otter Brian Baniqued 09 Sub/AD NMElogo std.png Enemy
USA MeyeA Abe Nguyen 10 Sub/Support Riotlogo std.png Riot Games Inc.
USA Kez Kevin Jeon 07 Sub/Jungle Complexitylogo std.png compLexity Gaming
USA Link Austin Shin 03 Mid Clglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
USA MegaZero Patrick Glinsman 11 Sub Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid
Canada WildTurtle Jason Tran 04 AD Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid
USA Nientonsoh Zach Malhas 03 Mid Azure CatsLogo std.png Azure Cats

Player LCS Participation

Player 2013 2014 2015 EU NA Total
Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer
# Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team
Balls 28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  18 C9logo std.png  18 C9logo std.png  0 120 120

Meteos 28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  18 C9logo std.png  10 C9logo std.png  0 112 112

Hai 28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  18 C9logo std.png  8 C9logo std.png  0 110 110

Sneaky 28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  18 C9logo std.png  18 C9logo std.png  0 120 120

LemonNation 28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  28 C9logo std.png  18 C9logo std.png  18 C9logo std.png  0 120 120

Incarnati0n 18 C9logo std.png  0 18 18

For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.



ID Name Position
USA Jack Jack Etienne Owner/Founder
USA Kaniggit Danan Flander General Manager
USA Dan Dinh Daniel Dinh 11 Life Coach & Mentor
USA Bubbadub Royce Newcomb 11 Coach
USA LemonNation Daerek Hart 11 Coach
USA Hai Hai Du Lam 11 Chief Gaming Officer


ID Name Position Next Team
China Charlie Charlie Lipsie Head Coach/Analyst NRGlogo std.png NRG eSports
Belgium Krepo Mitch Voorspoels 11 Streamer ELlogo std.png Elements
USA Alex Penn Alex Penn Coach/Analyst CSTlogo std.png Team Coast

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-10-11 WCS 2015 small.png A99 - 11th 2015 Season World Championship 3 : 3 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L) $ 45,000
2015-08-31 RpPoints.png A11st 2015 Season North America Regional Finals 3 : 1 Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid WC Seed
2015-07-26 LCSlogo small.png A77th 2015 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 6 : 12 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-04-19 LCSlogo small.png A22nd 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 1 : 3 Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid $ 25,000
2015-03-29 LCSlogo small.png A22nd 2015 NA LCS Spring Round Robin 12 : 6 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-03-13 Esltumbnail.png A77 - 8th IEM Season IX - World Championship 0 : 2 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L) $ 2,500
2014-12-07 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season IX - San Jose 3 : 0 UOLlogo std.png Unicorns Of Love $ 25,000
2014-10-04 IWC logo small.png A55 - 8th 2014 Season World Championship 1 : 3 Samsunglogo std.png Samsung Blue $ 75,000
2014-09-01 LCSlogo small.png A22nd 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 2 : 3 Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid $ 25,000
2014-08-03 LCSlogo small.png A11st 2014 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 18 : 10 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2014-05-10 RpPoints.png A33 - 4th All-Star Paris 2014 0 : 2 OMGlogo std.png Oh My God
2014-04-20 LCSlogo small.png A11st 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 3 : 0 Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid $ 50,000
2014-04-06 LCSlogo small.png A11st 2014 NA LCS Spring Round Robin 24 : 4 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2014-03-15 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VIII - World Championship 1 : 2 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic $ 14,000
2013-11-24 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season VIII - Cologne 0 : 2 GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming $ 5,000
2013-09-23 RpPoints.png A55 - 8th Season 3 World Championship 1 : 2 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic $ 75,000
2013-09-02 LCSlogo small.png A11st LCS NA Season 3 Summer Playoffs 3 : 0 Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid $ 50,000
2013-08-16 LCSlogo small.png A11st LCS NA Season 3 Summer Regular Season 25 : 3 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2013-03-17 MLG-Logo-Small.png A11st 2013 MLG Winter Championship 2 : 0 Velocity eSportsLogo std.png Velocity eSports $ 20,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-06-08 A11st National ESL Pro Series Season VI 2 : 0 Velocity eSportsLogo std.png Velocity eSports $ 6,800
2012-11-11 A22nd SoloMid Series - Finals 1 : 3 Crslogo std.png Team Curse $ 3,000
In Minor, Monthly, and Weekly Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-03-03 A33rd National ESL Premier League V  ? : ? Logo std2.png Square Duck $ 800
2013-02-21 A11st Rising Stars Invitational Title Fight #6 2 : 0 Dirtnaplogo std.png Dirt Nap Gaming $ 250
2013-02-20 A11st Rising Stars Invitational #6 2 : 0 FalafelLogo std.png Falafel Gaming $ 250
2013-02-13 A11st Rising Stars Invitational #5 2 : 0 Towerdivetvlogo std.png Team TowerDiveTV $ 250
2013-02-06 A11st Rising Stars Invitational #4 2 : 0 Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas $ 250
2013-01-18 A11st Rising Stars Invitational #1 2 : 0 Dirtnaplogo std.png Dirt Nap Gaming $ 250
2013-01-06 A33rd Solomid NA Invitational 12 0 : 2 Crslogo std.png Team Curse $ 250



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See also

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dan Dinh to coach Cloud9
  2. Cloud9 and Unicorns of Love confirmed, get your tickets now!
  3. Cloud9 begin open tryouts for challenger team
  4. Thank you Hai
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cloud9 LCS Announces Support/Jungler Tryouts
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bunny FuFuu and Rush Agree to Terms with Cloud9
  7. Krepo's facebook
  8. Cloud9 Welcomes HTC Into Esports
  9. Krepo's facebook
  10. Thank you Hai
  11. Incarnati0n officially joins Cloud9
  12. Cloud9 Powered By Intel
  13. Meteos Stepping Down
  14. Charlie Lipsie's answer
  15. MeyeA joins as sub
  16. Link joing to replace Hai at All Stars Paris 2014l
  17. Link joins Cloud 9 to compete in All-Stars Paris 2014
  18. Nientonsoh Twitter Status
  19. WildTurtle Replacing Chaox as Starter on TSM
  20. Quantic Gaming welcomes Cloud 9
  21. Quantic Respond To Reports
  22. Hai's Twitter post regarding Megazero Sub
  23. C9's Facebook post regarding otter Sub
  24. Cloud9 Facebook Post