|Divisions||Apex Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, League of Legends, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros. Melee, World of Warcraft|
|Founded||December 4, 2012|
|Based in||Los Angeles, California|
|Partners||AT&T, BMW, HP Inc., HyperX, Red Bull, Secretlab, Twitch, U.S Air Force, Microsoft, Puma (brand)|
Cloud9 (C9) is an American esports organization, which fields teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Fortnite, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, World of Warcraft, and Apex Legends.
Cloud9 formed when Jack Etienne bought the former Quantic Gaming League of Legends roster. Following the success of the Cloud9 LoL team in the North American League of Legends Championship Series, the team was able to expand to field rosters in other esports. In 2015, Cloud9's Heroes of the Storm team won the first Heroes of the Storm World Championship, becoming the inaugural winner of the championship. In 2018, Cloud9's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster became the first American team to win a major championship, securing a 2–1 victory against FaZe Clan in the ELEAGUE Boston: Major 2018 final.
Cloud9 has since grown into one of the largest esports organisations in the world, gaining thousands of followers across social media daily. Cloud9 currently sits at #7 on the list of biggest esports organisations by social media following.
- 1 History
- 2 League of Legends
- 3 Counter-Strike
- 4 Vainglory
- 5 Hearthstone
- 6 Super Smash Bros.
- 7 Overwatch
- 8 Rocket League
- 9 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
- 10 Apex Legends
- 11 Current rosters
- 12 Management
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Cloud9 has its origins in the League of Legends team of Orbit Gaming, which had several current C9 team members. After Lone Star Clash in November 2012, members of Orbit Gaming signed with Quantic Gaming, which had only been sponsoring a StarCraft II team. Quantic Gaming was an esports team and media company founded in 2010 by Simon Boudreault, a Quebec native who had come upon a large inheritance upon the death of his father and decided to invest nearly all of it in esports. During its existence, several players and coaches claimed that they consistently missed payments from Boudreault. When QG failed to make the 2013 LCS Spring split, Boudreault cut off contact with society and soon dissolved the company. Despite being owed tens of thousands of dollars, former players say they are no longer considering legal action against Boudreault. Former Team SoloMid manager Jack Etienne bought the team for US$15,000 in May 2013 and also became its manager.
In July 2014 the C9 Smite team disbanded just before the start of the Smite Pro League. On May 6, 2014 Cloud9 signed Super Smash Bros. Melee player Mang0. Cloud9 acquired compLexity Gaming's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team in August 2014. The team left compLexity after it received a better offer from C9 before renewing their contract with their previous team. Cloud9 announced the formation of a Challenger Series team and held open tryouts. On November 26, 2014 Cloud9 added a Halo team by acquiring The Agency, which boasted several experienced players. In December 2014 Cloud9 withdrew their Dota 2 team from the Chinese I-League because of concerns over poor playing and living conditions and were subsequently banned for the next seasons for doing so. In February 2015 Riot suspended C9 Tempest after it was revealed that the team had illegally used a non-roster member during a game. His name was Joe Fuller 
League of Legends
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|Game||League of Legends|
|Division titles||NA LCS: Summer 2013, Spring 2014|
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.
On April 1, the Cloud9 roster of Balls, Meteos, Hai, Sneaky, and LemonNation was reacquired by Quantic Gaming, now led by former COO Bernie Catalan. 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.
On May 17, C9 placed first at the 2013 MLG Winter Championship Summer Promotion, defeating Velocity esports 2–1 in the finals.
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 a 13-game win streak, the 2nd longest in LCS history. They 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 3–0. Cloud9 took home US$50,000 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.
C9 went into the Season 3 World Championship quarterfinals with a first round bye as the North American champions. Their first international match was against the top European seed, Fnatic. Cloud9 lost the set 1–2, being the last North American team to be eliminated and ending up in 5th-8th place.
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 US$10,000 for the team.
As a top five finisher in the Season 3 LCS Summer Split, Cloud9 earned a berth in the 2014 Season Spring Split, which began on January 17. After having trailed just behind Team SoloMid after the first week, Cloud9 finally regained first place by defeating TSM in week 7. They would go undefeated afterwards (equaling their previous 13 win streak record) and finish first place for the regular Spring Season and securing a spot in playoffs. Cloud9 would repeat their 2013 Summer Playoff success with a 2–0 victory over Team Curse in the semi-finals, and a 3–0 against TSM in the grand finals on April 20. Their LCS playoffs victory earned 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% (49-7) and 89.4% including playoffs (59-7).
On April 28, Hai suffered a collapsed lung, which prevented him from attending the All-Star event in Paris. CLG's Link replaced him on the lineup. 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 playoff semi-finals, Cloud9 lost to OMG to finish 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.
As the winner of the previous LCS split, C9 automatically qualified for the summer split of the LCS, which began on May 23. Cloud9 faced unprecedented competition and briefly found themselves in fifth place at 10-8. However, with an 8-2 record in the last 10 games to finish the season, the team leapfrogged struggling top competitor LMQ by holding the tiebreaker at a record of 18-10. With the first-place position, Cloud9 qualified for 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 Cloud9'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, C9 became the first North American team to ever beat a Korean Team at the World Championship by taking down NaJin Shield.
After Worlds, Cloud9 beat Alliance in a 2–1 victory and crushing Unicorns of Love 3–0 to win IEM Season IX San Jose, becoming the best team in two western regions for the third time.
For the first time C9 had dropped their first three games in the new Season of the LCS, eventually falling to an 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 Cloud9 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 North America.
Cloud9 finished 2nd in the Spring LCS Regular Season with a 13–6 record. Cloud9 met TSM in the finals of the LCS Spring playoffs but lost three games to one. It was the fourth consecutive LCS final that featured the two teams. In May, Hai officially retired from the team, citing chronic hand pain. Hai transitioned into a role as Chief Gaming Officer. On March 8 Incarnati0n joined the team and replaced Hai on the starting roster. The team struggled through the season due to issues with shotcalling, as Hai had been the primary shotcalled. The team dropped down to 8th place, in danger of relegation until July, when Meteos steps down and Hai rejoined the team in the jungle. With Hai, they were able to win enough games to rise to 7th place, high enough to avoid relegation, but not high enough to make playoffs.
Cloud9 beat Team 8 in a tiebreaker match in order to qualify for the gauntlet bracket for the third North American seed in the Season 5 World Championship. In the gauntlet they faced off against Team Gravity, Team Impulse and Team Liquid. They beat Team Gravity and Team Impulse by 3–2 reverse sweeps, and beat Team Liquid by 3–1. Their journey from 7th place in NA to the world championship showed how much Hai's leadership impacted the teams performance. By winning the gauntlet, Cloud9 earned North America's third seed to Cloud9's third consecutive world championship.
At worlds, Cloud9 was placed in Group B with Fnatic, ahq, and Invictus Gaming. Cloud9 was a heavy underdog and was expected to come in last. Shockingly, they went an undefeated 3–0 in the first week, defeating every team in their group. In the second week, they only needed one win to move on to the next round of the tournament. They dropped 3 games in a row, as well as losing a tiebreaker game against ahq, leaving them in third place in their group and eliminated from the tournament.
In the offseason, LemonNation retired. Cloud9 announced the signings of two new players, jungler Rush and substitute support Bunny FuFuu. Hai changed positions once again, switching to Support. Cloud9 stated that Hai would be playing during the beginning of NA LCS Spring Split, with the intention of teaching BunnyFuFuu, who will overtake Hai some time during Season 6. In December, Incarnati0n announced he was changing his gamer name to his real name, Jensen. The new roster debuted at IEM X Cologne, where they lost 2–1 to H2K and were eliminated.
BunnyFuFuu and Hai alternated as support for the first 2 weeks of the split but then Hai took over as full-time support due to poor results. Cloud9 finished 3rd in the regular season with a record of 12-6 but faced a disappointing loss to Team SoloMid in the quarterfinals. After failing to achieve the result they wanted, the team made a few roster changes in between splits where the main roster became Impact, Meteos, Jensen, Sneaky, and Smoothie/Bunny FuFuu, with the addition of Reapered as coach. Cloud9 also formed a challenger series roster with Balls, Rush, Hai, Altec, and LemonNation.
Cloud9 started the split slow, with Bunny FuFuu and Smoothie alternating in the support role. Bunny FuFuu then stepped down from the starting roster, giving Smoothie the starting support role. Cloud9 ended the season strong beating Team EnVyUs (3–1) in the quarterfinals and Immortals (3–2) in the semifinals, but dropping to Team SoloMid in the finals (1–3). They moved to the gauntlet for the Regional Qualifiers where they beat Team EnVyUs (3–0) and Immortals (3–1) giving them the #3 seed for North America in the 2016 World Championship.
Cloud9 Challenger did well in the challenger series and qualified for LCS Season 7. Rush then announced he was leaving Cloud9 Challenger and returning to his home in South Korea, to stream and look for opportunities on a Korean team.
On September 20, 2016, Cloud9's coach Reapered's Twitter account was compromised by hackers who published Cloud9's competitive scrimmages, account logins, chat logs, and contact information for several NA LCS team members.
At the 2016 World Championship, Cloud9 was placed into Group B with China's IMay, Korea's SK Telecom T1, and Taiwan's Flash Wolves. Cloud9 went 2–1 in the first round of matches, then finished with a 1–2 record in the second round. Finishing the group 3-3, they earned the second seed from their group and a spot in quarterfinals. They were placed into a quarterfinal match against Samsung Galaxy. Samsung swept Cloud9 3–0 and went on to finish second in the tournament, while Cloud9 was eliminated.
On December 9, 2016 Cloud9 announced they had moved Juan Arturo "Contractz" Garcia into the starting jungler position and signed Jeon "Ray" Ji-won as a substitute top laner. During the off- season, the Cloud9 Challenger roster, including Balls, LemonNation, Hai, and Altec was purchased by Wes Edens, owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, and rebranded as team FlyQuest.
In week 5 of the LCS, sub jungler Meteos was traded to Phoenix1 to fill in for their jungler "Inori". The Team finished with a 14-4 record and were runners-up in the league, losing to TSM in the Finals.
For the start of summer split, Cloud9 signed “Westrice” Nguyen (top) and Olivier “Winter” Lapointe (support).
In November 2017, Cloud9 announced that Licorice, Selfie, and Wiggily were joining the team and that Contractz and Impact were leaving.
Along with the recent acquisition of Licorice as their new top laner, Cloud9 also signed a replacement jungler, Svenskeren (formerly of Team SoloMid). After the Summer Split and after a flurry of roster changes, Cloud9 made it into the playoffs. The team managed to claim a victory in the Semifinals over Team SoloMid with a 3-2 record, however lost to Team Liquid, being swept 0-3. After this defeat, Cloud9 moved onto the Regional Qualifier to try to qualify for the 2018 World Championship. Again, their opponents were Team SoloMid, but this time Cloud9 claimed a 3-0 victory and secured their spot at the World Finals.
During the 2018 World Championships, Cloud9's first obstacle was the Play-In Stage to try their hand at qualifying for the Main Event. The team picked up a 4-0 record in the Play-in Group Stage, and went on to beat Russian organisation Gambit Gaming 3-2, allowing them to qualify for the Main Event.
In the Main Event, Cloud9 were seeded into Group B; this group was nicknamed the "Group of Death", also containing Team Vitality, and two of the favourite teams in the competition; Royal Never Give Up and Gen.G. Despite being one of the teams seemingly weaker teams in the group, Cloud9 defied expectations and came out of the group stage with a 4-3 record, allowing them to proceed into the Quarterfinals in second place for their group.
In the Quarterfinals, Cloud9 was paired against Afreeca Freecs. This series became one of the most infamous series at a World Finals event, as Cloud9 claimed victory over Afreeca with a 3-0 record, making Cloud9 the first North American team that had made the semi-finals of a World Championship since the Season One World Championship. Cloud9 went on to play against Fnatic in the Semifinals, a series that was coined "The Battle of the West", in which Cloud9 lost 0-3.
On November 12, Cloud9 was awarded the "Esports Organisation of the Year" prize at the Esports Awards.
Cloud9 acquired compLexity Gaming's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team in August 2014. The team left compLexity after it received a better offer from C9 before renewing their contract with their previous team. After going 2–0 in Group D of the group stage of ESL One; Cologne 2014, Cloud9 lost to Swedish team Ninjas in Pyjamas in the quarterfinals, who later won the tournament. On November 26, Sean 'seang@res' Gares took over the in-game leader position, formerly belonging to Spencer 'Hiko' Martin. On December 14, Hiko left Cloud9, to be replaced by Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan.
On April 24, Cloud9 released Khan and Kory 'Semphis' Friesen. On April 29 Ryan 'fREAKAZOiD' Abadir and Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham, formerly of iBUYPOWER, joined the team and Braxton 'swag' Pierce joined as an analyst, later changed to a CS:GO Streamer position.
On November 24, Sean "sgares" Gares stepped down from the Counter-Strike roster.
Cloud9 has historically been considered to be one of the best North American CS:GO team, finishing 2nd at multiple LAN events against top European teams, such as FNATIC at the ESEA ESL Pro League Finals.
On April 12, 2016 announced the departure of fREAKAZOiD from the starting roster. Team Liquid's Eric "adreN" Hoag was announced as a temporary stand-in. Alec "Slemmy" White was announced as the official replacement on April 23, 2016.
On March 31, 2018, Cloud9's main AWPer, Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham announced on Twitter that he would become inactive in the professional CS scene. On the same day, a much anticipated transfer occurred in the active roster of Cloud9 with Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip terminating his multi-year contract with Cloud9 to move to SK Gaming.
On April 18, 2018, Michael "shroud" Grzesiek officially retired from Competitive Counter-Strike, and left Cloud9 
On September 1, 2016, Cloud9 acquired Nemesis Hydra from Team Nemesis, getting their feet into the mobile esports scene. Nemesis Hydra had been one of the first competitive teams of Vainglory, having first appeared in March 2015. In their short year and a half of existence, Hydra had made it to the third tournament day, at least semi-finals, in each live championship. While never winning a championship, they completed a 14-game win streak in Split One of the 2016 Summer Season tournament "Evil 8."
In the Vainglory Summer Live Championships, under the blue and white of Cloud9, the team beat Phoenix Reborn in the first round, falling to Team SoloMid in the second round, and Phoenix Reign in the loser's bracket, missing their first day three of live finals in their history. Cloud 9 would not qualify for the 2016 Vainglory World Championship. The team overcame Team SoloMid in the semifinals of the First Vainglory Unified Championship in London and were crowned winners after taking down Gankstars in Finals. In the 2017 Summer Unified Championships in Los Angeles they would once again be crowned Unified Champions, defeating Immortals in the final. At the 2017 World Championship, Cloud 9 would make it all the way to the semifinal, before losing to Tribe Gaming, the former roster of Immortals.
On February 5, 2018 Cloud9 disbanded their Vainglory division.
Cloud9 joined the Hearthstone scene in mid-2014 with the acquisition of DogeHouse.
Super Smash Bros.
Cloud9 joined the Super Smash Bros. scene in May 2014 after picking up Mang0. In 2016, the organization expanded their smash division by adding Ally for Smash 4 and Tafokints as Mang0's personal coach. On March 31, 2018, Tafokints announced he was departing the organization to join Counter Logic Gaming as their business development manager.
On August 10, 2017, Cloud9 was announced as one of the teams that has acquired an Overwatch League franchise spot to represent London. On November 1, 2017 the name of Cloud9's Overwatch franchise was announced as the London Spitfire. On February 15, 2018, the European Overwatch Contenders team was announced as the British Hurricane.
RLCS Season 6
In Season 6, Cloud9 won the RLCS World Championship, ending the 4 season long domination from the European region. After a 2-1 overtime win from Cloud9, Cloud 9 went on to outscore Dignitas 9-0 in the next two games. Dignitas went on to shut out Cloud9 4-0 in game 4. Cloud9 followed up with a 2-0 win over Dignitas to win the first of two series‘ 4-1. Cloud9 again took a 1-0 lead at the start of the second series with a game winning goal from Torment with :58 seconds left with a double pass play from Squishy and Gimmick. Dignitas won game two in a 2-0 shutout to tie the series 1-1. Cloud9 took a commanding 2-1 lead after a 4-1 win. In game 4 Gimmick scored a clutch goal with 1:20 remaining to take a 3-1 lead and win to go up 3-1 in the series. With a tied game half way through game 5 and really good defensive plays by both teams, it seemed no one could score and game 5 could go to overtime. With 1:29 left Torment scores a huge goal that seems to seal the deal, but 7 seconds later ViolentPanda tie the game 2-2. It was back to square one for both teams. In the last 1:22 Cloud9 went on a 2-1 run to win game 5 5-3, and win the second series 4-1.
On November 20th, 2018, Cloud9 announced on their Twitter that the organization was picking up the North American PUBG Mobile Star Challenge Champions, who were originally apart of Team Gates Mobile for the North American Regional Star Challenge. The team was disbanded after the Star Challenge, on December 1st, because Cloud9 stated that the team was only going to be with them for the duration of the Star Challenge.
On March 21, 2019, Cloud9 announced their inaugural Apex Legends roster, including Grego, PVPX, Frexs, and Chappie, the latter two of which were members of Cloud9's H1Z1 roster up until this announcement.
|Apex Legends||Jamison Moore||PVPX||–|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||Timothy Ta||autimatic||AWPer/Lurker|
|Will Wierzba||RUSH||Entry Fragger|
|Maikil Selim||Golden||Captain/Entry Fragger|
|Daniel Kim||vice (trial)||Support|
|Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft||Aleksandr Malsh||Kolento||–|
|League of Legends||Eric Ritchie||Licorice||Top Laner|
|Yasin Dinçer||Nisqy||Mid Laner|
|Zachary Scuderi||Sneaky||Bot Laner|
|Jung Min-sung||RapidStar||Assistant Coach|
|Choi Seung-tae||Bdosin||Flex Support|
|Kim Jong-seok||NUS||Flex Support|
|Lee Hee-dong||Guard||Flex DPS|
|Kim Jeong-min||Jfeel||Assistant Coach|
|Hong Cheol-yong||Agape||Assistant Coach|
|PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds||Thierry Kaltenback||Kaymind||–|
|Rocket League||Kyle Storer||Torment||–|
|Rules of Survival||Alex Yee||Ayee||–|
|Streamers||Michael Kurylo||Bunny FuFuu||–|
|Kang Hyung-woo||Cpt Jack||–|
|Super Smash Bros.||Joseph Marquez||Mang0||Melee|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege||Kim Sung-su||EnvyTaylor||–|
|World of Warcraft||Cameron MacDonald||Kubzy||–|
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|Awards and achievements|
| North American League of Legends Championship Series winner
Summer 2013–Spring 2014
PGL Major Kraków 2017
| ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 winner
FACEIT Major: London 2018