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Balls

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BalIs
C9 Balls 2016 Spring.png
Background Information
NameAn Van Le
Country of BirthUnited States
Birthday6/22/1994
Competitive
TeamFlyquest
RoleTop
Peak LeagueChallenger I
Alternate IDsC9 Squirtle, The KidRobot, C9 Balls, EunjiSuzy (KR), BlG HUEVOS



Biography

An "BalIs" Van Le started playing League of Legends during the beta along with his friends and cousin, Dang Le, known ingame as Professor Rice. Prior to playing League of Legends, he had played Runescape, Maplestory, and other casual online games, but once Season 1 began, he started playing ranked games and quickly climbed the Elo ladder. He achieved an Elo of 2252 during that season playing mainly  Ezreal and  Corki. Eventually, Balls started playing weekly Go4LoL tournaments and got a taste of the competitive scene.

League of Legends Career

After a few unsuccessful tournaments, Balls was introduced to mandatorycloud, Atlanta, LemonGoD, and wallstop, and they formed the team APictureOfAGoose, where Balls switched between AD Carry and toplane. The team qualified for IEM Kiev but were unable to attend due to external commitments[1]. The roster was later picked up by mTw.NA and soon transferred once again to Monomaniac Ferus. When AD player Aphromoo joined mTw.NA in August 2012, Balls switched to top lane.

In October 2012 Balls left mMe Ferus to focus on school, but in December of the same year he was picked up for the AD carry position of Meat Playground just before the NA LCS Season 3 qualifiers. When the team failed to qualify, they disbanded, leaving Balls a free agent. He was picked up by Quantic Gaming as their toplaner in April, and on May 2013, they qualified for the summer split. After qualifying, the current Quantic roster reformed as Cloud 9. Balls has played for Cloud 9 since, winning two splits of the NA LCS, taking second place in the 2014 Summer Split, and qualifying for and playing in two World Championships.

Balls is widely recognized as one of the best toplaners in North America and is known in particular for his  Rumble play.

2015 Preseason

Cloud 9 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.

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.

Cloud9 replaced mid laner Hai with Incarnati0n at the start of the Summer Split due to Hai's retirement. They 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, Cloud9'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 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. Balls's soloqueue performance in Korea was especially called into question, as he was demoted from Diamond I to Diamond II multiple times during the team's bootcamp in Korea. Instead, Cloud9 surprised with an undefeated 3-0 first week, with Balls suddenly picking up Darius. 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.

Trivia

  • His favorite champion was at one point  Ezreal.
  • His cousin, known as Professor Rice on the NA server, was a diamond player in season 1.
  • He is also related to Shiphtur
  • Used to play tennis and was a cross-country runner. As such, he spends a lot of time exercising.
  • Benches 155/160 lbs (8 reps) with a max of 200 lbs.

Pentakills

{{#ask:Pentakill Name:: Balls |?Pentakill FullLine= |mainlabel=- |sort=Pentakill Date |sep=}}

Date R Tournament Team Vs Champion P W/L KDA SB VOD
Click here for a full list of pentakills.

Achievements

2015
Date Event Result
2015-08-31 2015 Season North America Regional Finals Gold.png C9 3 : 1 Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
2015-04-19 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Silver.png C9 1 : 3 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid


2014
Date Event Result
2014-12-07 IEM Season IX - San Jose Gold.png C9 3 : 0 UOLlogo std.png Unicorns Of Love
2014-09-01 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs Silver.png C9 2 : 3 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2014-05-11 All-Star Paris 2014 SF.png cloud 9 0 : 2 OMGlogo std.png Oh My God
2014-04-20 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Gold.png Cloud9 C9logo std.png 3 : 0 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2014-03-15 IEM Season VIII - World Championship SF.png c9 1 : 2 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic
2013
Date Event Result
2013-09-02 LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs Gold.png Cloud 9 3 : 0 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2013-03-17 2013 MLG Winter Championship Gold.png Cloud 9 2 : 0 VESlogo std.png Velocity eSports
2013-02-13 Rising Stars Invitational #5 Gold.png Cloud 9 2 : 0 TDTVlogo std.png Team TowerDiveTV
2013-02-06 Rising Stars Invitational #4 Gold.png Cloud 9 2 : 0 Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
2012
Date Event Result
2012-09-30 SoloMid NA Invitational 11 Silver.png monomaniac ferus 0 : 2 ORblogo std.png Orbit Gaming
2012-09-23 Solomid NA Invitational 10 Gold.png monomaniac ferus 2 : 0 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2012-08-12 IPL Face Off: San Francisco Showdown Copper.png mtwna 0 : 2 Crslogo std.png Team Curse
2012-08-08 Solomid NA Invitational 6 Silver.png mtwna 0 : 2 TSMlogo std.png Team SoloMid
2012-07-29 Solomid NA Invitational 5 Silver.png mtwna 1 : 2 Dignitaslogo std.png Team Dignitas
2012-07-22 Leaguecraft ggClassic Presented by Arqade Bronze.png mtwna 0 : 2 CLG Blogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming Black
2012-07-08 SoloMid NA Invitational 4 Silver.png mtwna 1 : 2 ORblogo std.png Orbit Gaming
2012-06-30 SoloMid NA Invitational 3 Gold.png mtwna 4 : 1 TDlogo std.png Team Dynamic


Interviews

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

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