Cloud9 (team)

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Template:Infobox gaming group Cloud9 (C9) is an American electronic sports team. They field teams in League of Legends, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Heroes of the Storm, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Smite, and Heroes of the Storm. Their full name is Cloud9 HyperX, named after sponsor, Kingston HyperX. They also sponsored by HTC. Cloud9's League of Legends team competes in the North American League of Legends Championship Series. They also have a team called Cloud9 Tempest that competes in the North American League of Legends Challenger Series. The organization was founded in December 2012. The owner and manager of the team is Jack Etienne.

History

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League of Legends

Pre-Season 3

During the off-season, the Quantic Gaming organization went bankrupt and shut down operations, leaving its League of Legends team without a sponsor. Competing first 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 (LCS). However, Cloud9 was knocked out of the tournament in the group stage after losing to Azure Gaming and future LCS team Team MRN in a close base race.

Initially, Nientonsoh said that Cloud9 would disband in light of the loss. The team later decided to stay together, although Nientonsoh and Yazuki left the team. 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, Sneaky 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 the 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 former LCS team compLexity 3-0. Midway through the season, Cloud9 went on the longest win streak in LCS history (13 games) and went on to earn 25 victories, the record most in an LCS season split, and won first place in the Summer Split regular season. Throughout the NA LCS Summer Playoffs, they won every single one of their games and sets, first against Team Dignitas, and then the grand finals against TSM. Cloud9 took home Template:Usd50,000 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 into the S3 Championship quarterfinals with a first round bye for being the North American champions. Their first international match 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 5th-8th place.

Pre-2014 Season

On October 29, the organization announced the departure of coach Alex Penn and the addition of Dan Dinh as Penn's replacement.[1]

At the first international tournament after the World Championship, 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 Template:Usd10,000 for the team.

2014 Season

As a top five finisher in the Season 3 LCS Summer Split, Cloud9 earned a berth in the 2014 Season Spring Split. After having trailed just behind Team SoloMid after the first week, Cloud9 finally regained first place by facing off against and defeating them during week 7. They would go undefeated afterwards (equaling their previous 13 win streak record) and finish first place for the regular Spring Season. During the eighth week of the season, Cloud9 secured a top six finish and a spot in the Spring Playoffs. Cloud9 would repeat their 2013 Summer Playoff success with a 2-0 victory over Curse in the semi-finals, and a 3-0 against TSM in the grand finals; earning the team a spot in the 2014 All-Stars. Cloud9's LCS success had resulted in a record regular season win percentage of 87.5% (49 wins to 7 losses) and 89.4% when including playoffs (59-7).

In March 2014, Cloud9 competed against an international field at the IEM Season VIII World Championship. Cloud9 opened with 1-0 victories against the Chinese World Elite and Taiwanese Taipei Assassins, but fell 1-2 against rival Fnatic in the tournament semifinals. The team thus took home third/fourth place and Template:Usd14,000.

In April 2014, Cloud9 placed first in the 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs going undefeated after beating Team Curse 2-0 in the semi-finals and then Team SoloMid 3-0 in the finals.

In May 2014, Cloud9 would participate in the All-Star Paris 2014 event. In group stage, the team defeated OMG, Fnatic and Taipei Assassins but lost to SK Telecom T1 K finishing 2nd with a 3-1 record. In the semi-finals, Cloud9 lost to OMG placing 3rd-4th in the tournament.

Cloud9's several international encounters with Fnatic in late 2013 and early 2014 has resulted in a rivalry between the two teams. Cloud9 currently has a 5-4 game record and a 1-2 series record against Fnatic, winning the Battle of the Atlantic while losing at IEM and the Season 3 World Championship.

During the summer split of the LCS, Cloud9 faced unprecedented competition and briefly found themselves in fifth place at 10-8. However, with an impressive 8-2 finish to the season, the team leapfrogged struggling top competitor LMQ by holding the tiebreaker at a record of 18-10. With the first place position, Cloud 9 qualified to compete at the August 2014 2014 Season Summer Playoffs as the top seed. There, Cloud9 first faced Team Curse, a team against which they held a 3-1 record, and continued this success by sweeping Curse 3-0. Advancing to the finals, Cloud9 hoped to extend its unprecedented playoff win streak of thirteen games against Team SoloMid. TSM made history by ending Cloud 9's streak and winning its second LCS playoff, while C9 settled for second place and a berth in the Season 4 World Championship. During the World Championship group stages due to Balls and Hai excelling Cloud 9 became the first NA team to ever beat a Korean Team at the World Championship taking down NaJin Shield.

Preseason 2015

After Worlds Cloud 9 beat Alliance in a 2-1 victory and crushing Unicorns Of Love 3-0 to win IEM becoming the best team in two regions for the third time. C9 has started every season rather slow. For the first time they dropped their first three games in the new Season of the LCS eventually falling to a unfamiliar 10th place. Soon C9 took down second place CLG and then proceeded to defeat through TSM, Gravity, and CLG a second time in the fastest 27 minute win of the split, automatically advancing them to Semi-Finals. Like in the previous Summer Split and right on time Cloud 9 rallied excelling with uncommon picks coming from behind and making their way to second place and tying with rivals TSM for first place. Balls, Meteos, and Sneaky all took top players in week 9 in their respective roles. With Sneaky taking first place overall, a familiar place for Sneaky considered to be the best and most consistent ADC in NA.[no citations needed here]

2015

Cloud9 met TSM in the finals of the LCS Spring playoffs but lost three games to one.[2] It was the fourth consecutive LCS final that featured the two teams.[2]

Roster

League of Legends

Cloud9 Tempest (League of Legends)

  • David "Yusui" Bloomquist (mid Lane)
  • Colin "Solo" Earnest (top lane)
  • Jamie "Sheep" Gallagher (support)
  • Anthony "Hard" Barkhovtsev (jungler)
  • Benjamin "LOD" deMunck (AD Carry)

Dota 2

  • Jacky "EternaLEnVy" Mao (Position: 1)
  • Adrian "Fata" Trinks (Position: 2)
  • Pittner "bOne7" Armand (Position: 3)
  • Johan "BigDaddyN0tail" Sundstein (Position: 4)
  • Rasmus "MiSeRy" Filipsen (Position: 5)

Maelstrom (HOTS)

  • Keiwan "k1pro" Itakura
  • John Paul "KingCaffeine" Lopez
  • Keaton "Biceps" Consentine
  • Kun "iDream" Fang
  • Derek "DunkTrain" Arabian
  • Julian "R3be1x" Collins (Manager)

Heathstone: Heroes of Warcraft

  • Marcin "Gnimsh" Filipowicz
  • Aleksandr "Kolento" Malsh
  • Cong "StrifeCro" Shu
  • Rumay Hafu Wang
  • Jan "ek0p" Palys
  • Andrew "TidesofTime" Biessener

Super Smash Bros. Melee

References

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