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Cloud9 is a North American eSports Organization. While in SMITE, the team competed under the name Cloud9 G2A, in representation of their sponsor G2A. They first entered the scene by acquiring Azzur, then reentered by acquiring Cognitive Prime. Aside from SMITE, the team also has divisions for League of Legends, Hearthstone, Call of Duty, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros., and Vainglory.

History

Pre Launch

On December 28, 2013, Cloud9 entered the SMITE eSports scene by picking up the roster of Azzur. Shortly before the Launch Tournament, FrostiaK left the team, replaced by Murrdurr, as former support Suntouch moved to jungle.

At the Launch Tournament, Cloud9 finished in 5-6th, after losing 2-1 to SNIPE Gaming in the first round, defeating Team Coast 2-0 in the first round of the Loser's Bracket, and finally being knocked out by Team Dignitas 2-0 in the Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals.

Season 1

Following the Launch Tournament, HalfDevil joined the team as a support player, and Murrdurr left to join the Challenger team Agilitas under the new alias of KanyeLife.

On April 24, Smek left to join competitor Team SoloMid as their hunter YOUNGBAE left. Shortly thereafter, on May 4, YOUNGBAE joined Cloud9 along with enQu, as solo laner Xaliea left the team.

On July 30, Psiyo, HalfDevil, and Suntouch left. Two days later, on August 1, only a week before the Kick-off LAN, Optixx, emilitoo, and Hyrrok joined to complete the roster. Cloud9 then finished in 3-4th place at the EU SPL Kick-off LAN.

Over the next seven weeks, Cloud9 would face off against 5 other top European teams in the first season of the SMITE Pro League. They emerged tied for 4th place with SK Gaming at a 9-11 record, winning out in tiebreakers, claiming the definitive 4th position and qualifying for the Regional Championships, while SK was relegated to compete for a spot in the Regional Play-ins. Shortly thereafter, on October 8, enQu left and was replaced by NinjaBobat.

At the Regional Championships on November 15, Cloud9 faced off against Aquila, the newly sponsored team qualifying from the Regional Play-ins. Quickly going up 1-0, C9 looked prepped to take the series, with all three of Aquila's phoenixes down and the titan at less than a quarter health. However, in a now-infamous comeback, Aquila defended their titan, waited for phoenixes to respawn, snuck a Fire Giant, and won the game after a quadra kill and Deicide from Aquila's Repikas on  Kali to tie up the series. Game 3 was easily won by Aquila, knocking Cloud9 out after just one round of play.

On December 22, the Cloud9 roster would disband.

Season 2

Prior to the start of Season 2, Cloud9 picked up the former roster of COGnitive Gaming on January 26, 2015, fresh off their victory at the SMITE World Championship 2015.

Spring Split

Despite having no roster changes since the World Championships, Cloud9 was met with middling performance in the Spring Split. They finished with a record of 3-2, beating out the tie with 3-2 Denial eSports due to their better game score. Cloud9 lost series in week 2 against their former sister team, playing under the new sponsorship of Team SoloMid, and in week 5 against AFK Gaming. Cloud9 finished in 3rd place, qualifying for the Summer Split but failing to make the cut for the Multi-Region LAN.

Summer Split

Cloud9 would return in the Summer Split with a vengeance, rocketing out of the starting gates with an immediate eight game win streak. During the winstreak, hunter BaRRaCCuDDa would go deathless for the first 7 games, racking up an incredible 95 KDA before finally dying in Cloud9's game 2 win over TSM. On May 16, after their first match, the team would pick up MrMakey, as a coach and substitute. The rest of the split continued to go well, with Cloud9 dropping a single game in an upset loss against Team Eager. In the 7th and final week, Cloud9 would face off against AFK Gaming for a battle for first place, which AFK would win handily in a 2-0 series. This put Cloud9 in 2nd place with an 11-3 record, tying in score with TSM but winning in the head-to-head tiebreaker from week 3. With their 2nd place finish, Cloud9 qualified for the Summer Finals, where they are slotted to play against Europe 3rd seed Paradigm.

At the Summer Finals, Cloud 9 struggled. Unfortunately, starting hunter BaRRaCCuDDa was sick and unable to play, forcing Cloud 9 to shift Omega to hunter and use coach and sub MrMakey in the solo lane. After going down 0-2 against Paradigm, BaRRaCCuDDa was able to begin playing, starting a rally in the third game and helping Cloud 9 come back 1-2. However, Funballer's  Freya, aided by support  Bellona play by Trixtank, proved too strong to overcome, and Cloud 9 dropped down to the 5th place match 1-3. Facing off against Fnatic, Cloud 9 once against drafted MrMakey, this time in the hunter role, with 0mega back in the solo lane. However, they were unable to overcome the unorthodox picks of the European 2nd seed, losing 0-1 and finishing in 6th place.

Fall Split

After rumors of 0mega leaving, he was finally announced to have joined Team Eager on August 12, 2015, only days before the start of SPL Season 2 NA Fall.[1] Two days later, Baskin was announced as the team's new solo laner.[2] During the Fall Split, many members of C9, would have connection issues, leading to a multiple unfortunate losses. Despite these problems, the team still managed to finish in 3rd place, and qualify for the Season 2 NA Super Regionals. Along the way, they picked up their substitute, the "famous multi-role player", Hurriwind.

At the Super Regionals, they faced off against COGnitive Gaming in the quarterfinals. While all three games were close, C9 would defeat COG 3-0 to advance to the semifinals. In the second round, C9 faced Eager, arguably one of the most wanted match-ups in all of Smite. Winning the first 2 rounds and then losing the next 2, the entire set was decided mainly by  Zhong Kui, with both MLCst3alth and Lassiz being highly comfortable on him, despite his poor performance at the event overall. With Eager selecting Zhong Kui in Game 5, JeffHindla's choice of actives, Shell, led C9 to victory. With this win C9 advanced to the finals against Enemy, as well as securing a spot in the 2016 SMITE World Championship. Despite Enemy's upsets against Team SoloMid and Team EnVyUs in the same tournaments, they were unable to take a single match versus the then reigning World Champions, losing 0-3 to C9, who took first seed in North America.

Receiving a bye through the placement stage of the SWC, C9 faced the Qiao Gu Reapers of China, easily walking over them 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Their semi-finals round would be one of the most hyped-up matches in all of SMITE as they faced Epsilon eSports, who were largely considered the best team in Europe as they went 27-1 in the Season 2 SPL EU Fall. This match also featured the top 2 junglers in the world, Andinster and Adapting. Going all five matches, C9 took Game 1 from Epsilon in an incredible comeback spearheaded by MLCst3alth's  Janus pick, forcing Epsilon to ban Janus in the remaining games. In Game 2, Epsilon returned with a cautious vengeance, picking apart MLCst3alth's  Zeus and BaRRaCCuDDa's  Neith with calculated precision. In Game 3, C9 revealed their pocket strategy, MLCst3alth's Neith mid, something that had not been seen since the hunter meta of the Summer Split. Combined with 2 Guardians from JeffHindla and Baskin and another hunter from BaRRaCCuDDa, C9 took Game 3 in convincing fashion. In Game 4, MLCst3alth played Neith yet again, but this time, C9 would not win. Led by Adapting's  Fenrir, C9 was simply too slow to react, and they lost Game 4 largely due to the performances from Adapting and Dimi. By Game 5, C9 had apparently run out of steam, and picked Neith in their first draft despite the overwhelming evidence that  Xing Tian and  Bellona were much better picks. C9 would lose Game 5 to flawless performances from Dimi, iRaffer, Yammyn (who played  Medusa middle to amazing effect), and emilitoo.

Pre-Season 3

With this loss, C9 would be eliminated from the tournament, resulting in a 3-4th place finish alongside the 1st seed of Europe, Paradigm. In the following month, Hurriwind, their substitute, left to play mid for Problem Solved, and Andinster made the decision to swap out both JeffHindla and MLCst3alth for Snoopy and TheBoosh, as he wanted to play with his friends. Baskin followed in his footsteps, and after tough deliberation, BaRRaCCuDDa did as well. On February 8, 2016, BaRRaCCuDDa announced the team had chosen to leave Cloud9, this to surprise by many fans of the team.

Timeline

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

Player Roster

Former

C ID Name Role Next Team
South Korea Baskin Kim Woon-young (김운용) 01 Solo Woony Tuneslogo std.png Woony Tunes
USA andinster Andrew Woodward 02 Jungle Woony Tuneslogo std.png Woony Tunes
USA TheBoosh Nicholas Lewis 03 Mid Woony Tuneslogo std.png Woony Tunes
USA BaRRaCCuDDa John Salter 04 Hunter Woony Tuneslogo std.png Woony Tunes
Canada Snoopy Evan Jones 05 Support Woony Tuneslogo std.png Woony Tunes
USA MLCst3alth Brett Felley 03 Mid Logo std.png Team Hopeful
USA JeffHindla Rosario Vilardi 05 Support Logo std.png Team Hopeful
USA Hurriwind Tyler Whitney 11 Sub PStemp std.png Problem Solved
USA 0mega Ryan Johnson 01 Solo Egrlogo std.png Team Eager
Netherlands Xaliea Jeroen Klaver 01 Solo Exposed Secretslogo std.png Exposed Secrets
Austria Psiyo Leo Stefan Helpferer 11 Jungle/Mid Morlogo std.png Mortality eSports
United Kingdom Suntouch Peter Logan 11 Jungle/Mid/Support Potato Boyslogo std.png Potato Boys
Austria Smek Rafael Kowar 04 Hunter Team SoloMidlogo std.png Team SoloMid
Israel HalfDevil Adir Doel 05 Support Exposed Secretslogo std.png Exposed Secrets
Sweden Murrdurr Andreas Christmansson 05 Support Titanlogo std.png Titan
Austria enQu Gregor Rudolf 01 Solo TheNightsWatchlogo std.png TheNightsWatch
Malaysia YOUNGBAE Aiman Azmir 04 Hunter Novus Orsalogo std.png Novus Orsa
Poland FrostiaK Arkadiusz Krupka 02 Jungle Novus Orsalogo std.png Novus Orsa
Germany Optixx Christoph Thoömmes 03 Mid Pantheralogo std.png Panthera
Sweden emilitoo Emil Stärnman 01 Solo Pantheralogo std.png Panthera
Germany NinjaBobat Robert Kaminski 02 Jungle Spicy Waffleslogo std.png Spicy Waffles
Denmark Hyrrok Jesper Haagensen 05 Support Retiredlogo std.png Retired

Organization

Current

ID Name Position
USA Jack Jack Etienne Owner
USA Kaniggit Danan Flander General Manager

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
USA MrMakey Sunny Moran 11 Coach Logo std.png A Mighty Storm

Team Achievements

Team Achievements
Date Place Event Roster Winnings
2016-01-10 A33 - 4 SMITE World Championship 2016 BaskinandinsterMLCst3althBaRRaCCuDDaJeffHindla $ 75,000
2015-11-22 A11 2015 NA Regional Championship BaskinandinsterMLCst3althBaRRaCCuDDaJeffHindla $ 70,000
2015-10-25 A33 Season 2 NA SPL Fall Season BaskinandinsterMLCst3althBaRRaCCuDDaJeffHindla
2015-09-20 A11 Gears of Fate Cognitive Gaming Invitational BaskinandinsterMLCst3althBaRRaCCuDDaJeffHindla $ 8,860
2015-07-26 A66 Season 2 SPL Summer Finals 0megaandinsterMLCst3althBaRRaCCuDDaJeffHindla $ 18,250
2015-07-11 A33 NA Hitbox Invitational 0megaandinsterMLCst3althBaRRaCCuDDaJeffHindla $ 500
2015-06-28 A22 Season 2 NA SPL Summer Season 0megaandinsterMLCst3althBaRRaCCuDDaJeffHindla
2015-04-05 A33 Season 2 NA SPL Spring Season 0megaandinsterMLCst3althBaRRaCCuDDaJeffHindla $ 5,000
2014-11-16 A55 - 6 2014 EU Regional Championship emilitooNinjaBobatOptixxYOUNGBAEHyrrok $ 2,500
2014-10-05 A44 Season 1 EU SPL Regular Season enQuHyrrokOptixxYOUNGBAEemilitoo $ 3,625
2014-03-30 A55 - 8 SMITE Launch Tournament XalieaSuntouchPsiyoSmekMurrdurr $ 4,358
Total earnings:
    • USD 188,093

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