|Coaches:||Daerek "LemonNation" Hart |
Royce "Bubbadub" Newcomb
|Managers:||Danan "Kaniggit" Flander|
|Sponsor(s):||Logitech G |
|Sister Teams (Former):||Cloud9 Eclipse |
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- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Player LCS Participation
- 5 Organization
- 6 Team Achievements
- 7 Videos
- 8 Interviews
- 9 Articles
- 10 Gallery
- 11 See also
- 12 External Links
- 13 References
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
- January 8th, Krepo joins as streamer.
- January 24th, HTC sponsors Cloud9.
- February 25th, Krepo part ways with Cloud9.
- April 19th, 2nd Place at the 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs.
- April 23rd, Hai retires as player and moves to Chief Gaming Officer position.
- May 8th, Incarnati0n joins.
- May 19th, Intel sponsors Cloud9.
- July 3rd, Meteos steps down and Hai moves to the starting jungle position. 
- July 18th, Charlie is moved to Cloud9 Tempest. Bubbadub joins.
- August 31st, 1st Place in the 2015 Season North America Regional Finals and qualification for the 2015 Season World Championship.
- October 23rd, LemonNation retires.
- November 19th, Rush and Bunny FuFuu join. Hai moves to support.
- December 18th, Incarnati0n renames to Jensen.
- March 1st, MeyeA joins as substitute.
- April 30th, Counter Logic Gaming loans Link to Cloud 9 as a replacement for Hai at All Stars Paris 2014 after Hai is hospitalized with a collapsed lung. 
- May 20th, Link rejoins CLG at the end of his loan.
- December 7th, 1st Place at IEM Season IX - San Jose.
- January 8th, Team NomNom renames to Cloud9.
- January 13th, Nientonsoh and Yazuki leave.
- February, Meteos joins.
- March 25th, WildTurtle leaves.
- April 1st, Cloud9 roster is picked up by Quantic Gaming. Hai, LemonNation, Meteos, and Balls leave.
- May 23rd, Cloud9 reforms after the departure from Quantic Gaming. Hai, LemonNation, Meteos, Balls and SnEaKyCaStRoO join.
- May 31st, MegaZero joins as sub.
- June 7th, otter joins as sub.
- June 8th, HyperX title sponsors Cloud9.
- September 1st, 1st place at LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs
- October 28th, Alex Penn leaves, while Dan Dinh joins as new Coach.
|Rush||Lee Yoon-jae (이윤재)||Jungle||2016-11-21|
|Bunny FuFuu||Michael Kurylo||Support||2017-11-20|
|Hai||Hai Du Lam||Support||2017-11-20|
|Hard||Anthony Barkhovtsev||Sub/Jungle||Echo Fox|
|Solo||Colin Earnest||Sub/Top||Cloud9 Tempest|
|LOD||Benjamin deMunck||Sub/AD||Cloud9 Tempest|
|MeyeA||Abe Nguyen||Sub/Support||Riot Games Inc.|
|Kez||Kevin Jeon||Sub/Jungle||compLexity Gaming|
|Link||Austin Shin||Mid||Counter Logic Gaming|
|MegaZero||Patrick Glinsman||Sub||Team SoloMid|
|WildTurtle||Jason Tran||AD||Team SoloMid|
|Nientonsoh||Zach Malhas||Mid||Azure Cats|
Player LCS Participation
- For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
|Danan||Danan Flander||General Manager|
|LemonNation||Daerek Hart||Head Coach|
|Bubbadub||Royce Newcomb||Assistant Coach & Lead Analyst|
|Saiph||Anthony Busack||Remote Analyst|
|Timkiro||Timothy Cho||Remote Analyst|
|JReborn||James Roberts||Remote Analyst|
|Charlie||Charlie Lipsie||Head Coach/Analyst||Cloud9 Tempest|
|Dan Dinh||Daniel Dinh||Life Coach & Mentor|
|Alex Penn||Alex Penn||Coach/Analyst||Team Coast|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2015-12-18||5 - 6th||IEM Season X - Cologne||1 : 2||H2k-Gaming||$ 2,000|
|2015-10-11||9 - 11th||2015 Season World Championship||3 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 45,000|
|2015-08-31||1st||2015 Season North America Regional Finals||3 : 1||Team Liquid||WC Seed|
|2015-07-26||7th||2015 NA LCS Summer Round Robin||6 : 12||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-04-19||2nd||2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||1 : 3||Team SoloMid||$ 25,000|
|2015-03-29||2nd||2015 NA LCS Spring Round Robin||12 : 6||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-03-13||7 - 8th||IEM Season IX - World Championship||0 : 2||Group Stage (W/L)||$ 2,500|
|2014-12-07||1st||IEM Season IX - San Jose||3 : 0||Unicorns Of Love||$ 25,000|
|2014-10-04||5 - 8th||2014 Season World Championship||1 : 3||Samsung Blue||$ 75,000|
|2014-09-01||2nd||2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs||2 : 3||Team SoloMid||$ 25,000|
|2014-08-03||1st||2014 NA LCS Summer Round Robin||18 : 10||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2014-05-10||3 - 4th||All-Star Paris 2014||0 : 2||Oh My God|
|2014-04-20||1st||2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 0||Team SoloMid||$ 50,000|
|2014-04-06||1st||2014 NA LCS Spring Round Robin||24 : 4||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2014-03-15||3 - 4th||IEM Season VIII - World Championship||1 : 2||Fnatic||$ 14,000|
|2013-11-24||3 - 4th||IEM Season VIII - Cologne||0 : 2||Gambit Gaming||$ 5,000|
|2013-09-23||5 - 8th||Season 3 World Championship||1 : 2||Fnatic||$ 75,000|
|2013-09-02||1st||LCS NA Season 3 Summer Playoffs||3 : 0||Team SoloMid||$ 50,000|
|2013-08-16||1st||LCS NA Season 3 Summer Regular Season||25 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2013-03-17||1st||2013 MLG Winter Championship||2 : 0||Velocity eSports||$ 20,000|
|In Minor, Monthly, and Weekly Tournaments|
|2013-03-03||3rd||National ESL Premier League V||? : ?||Square Duck||$ 800|
|2013-02-21||1st||Rising Stars Invitational Title Fight #6||2 : 0||Dirt Nap Gaming||$ 250|
|2013-02-20||1st||Rising Stars Invitational #6||2 : 0||Falafel Gaming||$ 250|
|2013-02-13||1st||Rising Stars Invitational #5||2 : 0||Team TowerDiveTV||$ 250|
|2013-02-06||1st||Rising Stars Invitational #4||2 : 0||Team Dignitas||$ 250|
|2013-01-18||1st||Rising Stars Invitational #1||2 : 0||Dirt Nap Gaming||$ 250|
|2013-01-06||3rd||Solomid NA Invitational 12||0 : 2||Team Curse||$ 250|
- February 19th, Cloud9 LoL | HyperX House Tour by HyperX
- May 30th, Cloud 9: Past and Present by LoL Esports
- September 3rd - Ride Along with Cloud 9 by Lisa Doan and Nic Doucet for theScore
- October 1st, Cloud9 LoL - Against All Odds EP01 - Trials by Cloud9
- October 4th, Worlds video feature: Cloud9's road to Worlds by LoL Esports
- October 9th, Cloud9 LoL - Against All Odds EP02 - Worrying Trend by Cloud9
- October 20th, Cloud9 LoL - Against All Odds EP03 - Persevere by Cloud9
- January 12th, A Video Tribute to Orbit Gaming/Reddit Nation/Quantic Gaming/Nomnom/Cloud 9 - Highlight Video
- January 18th, Cloud9 gets a 5 for 1 in Rising Stars Invitational - Highlight Video
- July 10th, 72 Hours: Cloud 9 at MLG Anaheim - with Machinima
- September 20th, Cloud 9 house cleaned by Homejoy
- April 15th - Game Over - 4.14.14 - Charlie on Cloud 9 (audio) with Game Over
- January 10th - Cloud 9: High Hopes (video) with LoL Esports
- March 20th - Cloud 9's Team AMA! with Reddit
- June 13th - Alex Penn talks about life as coach of Cloud 9 with GameSpot
- August 16th - Cloud 9's Manager Jack talks about Managing this Past Season (video) with GameSpot
- September 22nd - Cruising Altitude: Cloud 9 with Machinima
- September 26th - HyperX Cloud 9 LCS NA Regional Champions Interview with HyperX
- September 31st - Cloud 9 HyperX Talks League of Legends Championship with GameSkinny
- October 29th - Interview with Cloud 9 manager Jack Etienne with LoL Esports
- January 28th, A brief history of Cloud9 by Paul Marshall on LoLEsports
- January 2nd, Living on Cloud 9 by Gold Per 10
- January 19th GP10 NA LCS Rankings: #1 Cloud 9 by Gold Per 10
- April 23rd, The tough road ahead of Cloud 9 by SK Gaming
- May 30th, We Need No Savior: Incarnati0n and the New Era of Cloud9 from theScore
- June 1st, Restructuring Kingdoms: Team SoloMid and Cloud9 from theScore
- September 10th, The Unstoppable Rise of Cloud 9 (Official 2015 World Championship Preview) by Josh Augustine for LoL E-Sports
- September 27th, The Road to Worlds: an in-depth look at Cloud9 from theScore
- October 6th, The Waltz of Cloud9 : How the Cinderella Run Continues at Worlds from Gold Per 10
- October 7th, Princess or Pumpkin? Cloud9's week 1 fairytale from Unikrn
- October 7th, Outsmart, Outmaneuver, Outlast: Chronicling Cloud9's Perfect Start at Worlds by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- November 20th, The Triumvirate: Europe (TSM) vs America (C9) vs Korea (NRG) by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- November 23rd, C9's history of team play will help Rush and Bunny maximize their talents by Ryan Tang on Goldper10
- December 17th, The Sky's the Limit: Revamped Cloud9 look to regain their North American crown by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- September 9th, Breaking down Group D - from LoL Esports
- September 14th, World Championship Preview: Cloud 9 – Consistently Consistent (Group D) - from Cloth5
- September 23rd, League of Legends World Championship Preview – Group D - from Azubu
- October 2nd, Pick a Side – Samsung Blue vs Cloud9 - from Azubu
- October 4th, Samsung Galaxy Blue survive scrappy Cloud9 to reach semifinals at Worlds - from The Daily Dot
- October 15th, Cloud 9: The "Hai Dilemma" - from EsportsHeaven
- October 21st, Winners, Losers & Legends - by Harold Goldberg of Playboy
- December 8th, Cloud9 still the team to beat in the West with IEM San Jose win from TheDailyDot
- December 11th - Past the Friendship Veil - Recognizing Cloud9's Individual Talents from Gold per 10
- December 30th, Cloud9 begin open tryouts for challenger team from TheDailyDot
Cloud9's 2014 Season World Championship Roster
- Road to Worlds with Cloud 9
- The Secrets of Cloud 9's League of Legends Success
- Top 4: Cloud 9 HyperX
- League of Legends’ Profitable World (features Cloud9) - with The New York Times
- Dan Dinh to coach Cloud9 na.lolesports.com
- Cloud9 and Unicorns of Love confirmed, get your tickets now! en.intelextrememasters.com
- Cloud9 begin open tryouts for challenger team dailydot.com
- Thank you Hai Cloud9.gg
- Cloud9 LCS Announces Support/Jungler Tryouts cloud9.gg
- Bunny FuFuu and Rush Agree to Terms with Cloud9 redbull.com
- Echo Fox's Tweet twitter.com
- Krepo's facebook postfacebook.com
- Cloud9 Welcomes HTC Into Esports cloud9.gg
- Krepo's facebook postfacebook.com
- Thank you Hai cloud9.gg
- Incarnati0n officially joins Cloud9 dailydot.com
- Cloud9 Powered By Intel cloud9.gg
- Meteos Stepping Down cloud9.gg
- Nicolaj Jensen's tweet twitter.com
- MeyeA joins as sub facebook.com
- Link joing to replace Hai at All Stars Paris 2014l cloud9.gg
- Link joins Cloud 9 to compete in All-Stars Paris 2014 content.azubu.tv
- Nientonsoh Twitter Status twitter.com
- WildTurtle Replacing Chaox as Starter on TSM newsoflegends.com
- Quantic Gaming welcomes Cloud 9 quanticgaming.com
- Quantic Respond To Reports cadred.org
- Hai's Twitter post regarding Megazero Sub twitter.com
- C9's Facebook post regarding otter Sub facebook.com
- Cloud9 Facebook Post facebook.com