Cloud9 is a North American esports organisation currently fielding teams in Hearthstone, League of Legends, Smite, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm, Halo, CS:GO, Overwatch, and Rocket League. C9 first started out as a small League of Legends team, as they qualified for the LCS for the first time, Jack Etienne, the current Owner and General Manager decided to pick the team up and ever since has grown exponentially over the years.
Originally acquired from compLexity Gaming, Cloud9's core Counter-Strike squad formerly consisted of most of the players originally of the compLexity team, which included shroud, Semphis, Hiko, n0thing, and sgares. Etienne, the General Manager of C9 stated that he caught glimpse of the CS:GO scene at EMS One: Katowice 2014 and knew he wanted to hold a CS:GO team after seeing that event and eventually took up the opportunity to sign the former compLexity players, who placed in the 5-8 slot at the major. Throughout the years many of the teammates that were from the original complexity lineup left leaving only, shroud and n0thing as the last two members of the original lineup. This was until the 15th of August 2017, when both shroud and n0thing were benched from the active roster, the two longest serving members of the squad. This leaves nobody from the original compLexity roster in the active lineup. Despite this, the team's main influences can still be linked back to the play style of the original compLexity roster.
ESL One: Cologne 2014
After going 2-0 in Group D of the group stage of ESL One: Cologne, beating Titan 22-18 and Team Dignitas 16-14, Cloud 9 lost to Swedish team Ninjas in Pyjamas in the quarter-finals 2-1 with a win 16-8 on Nuke and losing both Dust 2 and Cobblestone 16-14. Ninjas in Pyjamas would eventually progress to win the tournament. After Cologne the team struggled, they placed 9-12th at DreamHack Winter and then placed 5-6 at ESEA Season 17 Finals. The team needed a change and thus ShahZam from Denial eSports replaced Hiko in the starting lineup.
Summer of 2015
In April 2015, the team released Semphis and ShahZam and signed Skadoodle from iBUYPOWER and also signed fREAKAZOiD. In the summer of 2015, Cloud9 hit a run of good form, with wins over EnVyUs in multiple BO3 upsets and other strong results throughout the summer, which led them to second place finishes at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1, ESWC, FACEIT 2015 Stage 2 Finals and at DreamHack Valencia 2015. Later that year in November, sgares stepped down from the lineup following internal issues with the team, he would later join Torqued which went on to become the first roster of Rick Fox's Echo Fox.
Beginning of 2016
In January, the team controversially picked up Stewie2k. During this time n0thing would be the in-game leader for the team. The team also picked up Irukandji to coach and prepare the team for the upcoming major, MLG Columbus 2016; however, due to his prior commitments with dentistry school Irukandji was unable to attend the Major itself. The team scrapped through the qualifier with a loss from Gambit and two narrow victories over Dignitas and Renegades. During the Major, the team did quite poor with crushing defeats 9-16 and 3-16 from Natus Vincere and G2 Esports respectively. Shortly after the Major fREAKAZOiD stepped down from the active roster, he, later on, joined Echo Fox after some time of inactivity. Now with an open slot on the roster, Cloud9 began trialing potential new 5ths. One of the more notable players that were trialed during this period was AdreN of Team Liquid. Eventually, the new in-game leader of Cloud9 was found, Slemmy from Without a Roof.
autimatic Transfer and Championship Win
After the first season of ELEAGUE Irukandji left as the team's coach. Only a couple weeks after, Slemmy asked to be removed from the active roster. Cloud9 replaced him with autimatic from TSM and added valens from TSM. valens became more of a psychologist for the team and helped solve some internal problem the team was having and helped boost the confidence of the team. Then, their results unexpectedly and immediately took an upward turn, with a 3rd-4th finish at StarLadder's StarSeries Season 2 finals, second at Dreamhack Bucharest, and another second at Northern Arena Toronto. Cloud 9 had an impressive near flawless run in the online season of ESL Pro League, the only loss was to former Cloud9 leader seangares' Echo Fox. Despite their great showing in the online portion Cloud9 were not a favoured to do well at the offline finals with Dignitas, NiP, FaZe and SK Gaming in their group, however C9 made it past the group stage with only a loss to SK. In the playoffs, Cloud9 blitzed through OpTic and then through mousesports to make it to the grand final, against regional rival SK. The first map ended in overtime after a 2-13 comeback by SK on Overpass, however, the second and third maps were not so. C9 surprised many as they beat SK Gaming, seemingly with ease on Mirage and Dust II.
Cloud9's win marked the first win at an international premier tournament by a North American team in 10 years, the last of which being done by compLexity at CPL Summer in 2006.
Summer of 2017
Following the win at ESL Pro League Season 4, the team struggled with leadership as both autimatic and Stewie2k would switch the IGL role constantly. Eventually, the role was given to Stewie2k to allow autimatic to focus more on his fragging in the game. During this time of IGL switching the team struggled to get past many group stages of tournaments, but once Stewie2k was permanently set as the IGL the team were able to break their curse by achieving a 3rd-4th finish at the ECS Season 3 Finals, winning over Fnatic 16-8 and getting an upset victory at 19-15 over Astralis to make the playoffs, before losing to FaZe Clan in the semi-finals. The week after, they finished with a 3-1 record at the PGL Krakow Major Qualifier, earning their first major spot since MLG Columbus 2016. Their second place finish at ESL One: Cologne 2017 has put Cloud9 in the spotlight, projecting them as one of the best teams going into the Major.
End of an Era
Despite showing promise at the ECS Season 3 Finals by reaching the semi-finals and placing 2nd at ESL One: Cologne 2017, the team placed 9th-11th at PGL Major Kraków 2017, marking yet another Major group stage exit. Following the poor result, Cloud9 benched its two longest serving players, n0thing and shroud, and replaced them with former OpTic Gaming duo, RUSH and tarik.
- January 11th - Cloud9 announce Stewie2k as their new player 
- March 24th - As stated in an interview for the upcoming MLG Columbus 2016 major, Irukandji is recruited as a trial coach.
- April 12th - Cloud9 announce that fREAKAZOiD will no longer be part of the starting roster by his own decision and that adreN will be playing for the team under loan from Team Liquid 
- April 23rd - Cloud9 announce Slemmy as their new player and in game leader 
- July 26th - stunna and Irukandji leave their positions as manager and coach, respectively 
- August 17th - Cloud9 announce that Slemmy will be stepping down from the starting roster and will be replaced by autimatic. 
|Skadoodle||Tyler Latham||2015-04-29 |
|Stewie2k||Jake Yip||2016-01-11 |
|autimatic||Timothy Ta||2016-08-17 |
|RUSH||Will Wierzba||2017-08-15 |
|tarik||Tarik Celik||2017-08-15 |
|valens (Coach)||Soham Chowdhury||2017-02-03|
|ID||Name||Join Date||Inactive Date|
|n0thing||Jordan Gilbert||2014-08-01 ||2017-08-15 |
|shroud||Michael Grzesiek||2014-08-01 ||2017-08-15 |
||autimatic||Timothy Ta||ESL One: New York 2017 - North America Qualifier|
|ID||Name||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|Slemmy||Alec White||2016-04-23 ||2016-??-?? ||Selfless Gaming|
|Irukandji (Coach)||Andrew Timmerman||2016-03-24 ||2016-07-26 |
|fREAKAZOiD||Ryan Abadir||2015-04-29 ||2016-05-19 ||Echo Fox|
|sgares||Sean Gares||2014-08-01 ||2015-11-24 ||Torqued|
|Semphis||Kory Friesen||2014-08-01 ||2015-04-24 ||Nihilum Gaming|
|ShahZaM||Shahzeb Khan||2014-12-14 ||2015-04-24 ||Tempo Storm|
|Hiko||Spencer Martin||2014-08-01 ||2014-12-14 ||GX|
||Skadoodle||Tyler Latham|| Global eSports Cup - Season 1 - NA Group Stage |
||Skadoodle||Tyler Latham|| ESL Pro League Season V (vs Misfits) |
StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 - Americas (vs Renegades)
|adreN||Eric Hoag||CEVO Season 9 Professional - Qualifier #3 |
||fREAKAZOiD||Ryan Abadir||ESL Pro League Season III|
|Irukandji (Coach)||Andrew Timmerman||iBUYPOWER Invitational 2016 - Spring|
|FugLy||Jacob Medina||ELEAGUE Road to Vegas - North America Closed Qualifier|
||sgares||Sean Gares||RGN Pro Series|
||fREAKAZOiD||Ryan Abadir||CEVO Season 7: Professional - North America (vs. vVv Gaming)|
||ShahZaM||Shahzeb Khan||CEVO Season 6: Professional - North America|
|Jack||Jack Etienne||General Manager/Owner|
|Danan||Danan Flander||General Manager|
|calle||Calle Danielsson||Video Producer|
|shroud||Mike Grzesiek||Streamer (backup player)||2017-08-15 |
|ID||Name||Position||Join Date||Leave Date|
|swag||Braxton Pierce||Streamer||2015-04-29 ||2017-??-?? |
|stunna||Tres Saranthus||Manager||2014-08-01 ||2016-07-26 |
|2017-07-09||2nd||Premier||ESL One: Cologne 2017||0 : 3||$40,000|
|2017-06-25||3 - 4th||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 3 - Finals||0 : 2||$65,000|
|2017-06-11||1st||Major||Americas Minor Championship 2017 - Kraków||2 : 1||$30,000|
|2016-10-30||1st||Premier||ESL Pro League Season 4 - Finals||2 : 1||$200,000|
|2016-09-18||2nd||Premier||DreamHack Bucharest 2016||0 : 2||$20,000|
|2016-07-21||5 - 8th||Premier||ELEAGUE Season 1||1 : 2||$50,000|
|2016-06-25||5 - 6th||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 1 - Finals||0 : 2||$65,000|
|2015-11-15||1st||Premier||iBUYPOWER Cup||2 : 1||$65,000|
|2015-07-05||2nd||Premier||ESL ESEA Pro League Season I - Finals||1 : 3||$60,000|
|2015-06-22||1st||Premier||ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 - North America||19/3||Grp. S.||$18,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- Cloud9 are the first team to win all but one map in the ESL Pro League, in the fourth season, with a 25-1 record. Their only map loss was to former in-game leader seangares' Echo Fox.
- Following on from their outstanding result in EPL Season 4, they were also able to win the offline finals 2-1 over home favourites; SK Gaming. This win also marked the first premier international event won by a North American team in ten years.
- Cloud9 HyperX Reloads With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, cloud9.gg
- Official: Cloud9 sign coL, HLTV.org
- n0thing: "[sgares] is calling again" (Interview), HLTV.org
- Cloud9 Welcomes Shahzam, cloud9.gg
- Cloud9 add ShahZaM; Hiko out, HLTV.org
- Cloud9 Signs Shahzam, Hiko Steps Back, news.esea.net
- Cloud9 release ShahZaM, SEMPHIS, HLTV.org
- Cloud9 sign Skadoodle and fREAKAZOiD, HLTV.org
- sgares steps down from Cloud9, cloud9.gg
- Tres "stunna" Saranthus (2016-01-11). "Cloud9 CS:GO Adds Stewie2k!". cloud9.gg/.
- Striker (2016-03-24). ""C9: Not satisfied with Summer 2015"". HLTV.org.
- "C9 n0thing on fREAKAZOiD". ESEA.net. 2016-05-15.
- Tres "stunna" Saranthus (2016-04-12). "fREAKAZOiD Departs Starting CS:GO Roster". Cloud9.
- Tres "stunna" Saranthus (2016-04-23). "Cloud9 CS:GO Welcomes Alec "Slemmy" White!". cloud9.gg/.
- "Cloud9 ESEA Roster History". ESEA. 2016-07-26.
- Danan Flander (2016-08-17). "Slemmy Steps Down; autimatic to Cloud9 CS:GO". cloud9.gg/.
- "Cloud9 Acquires RUSH, tarik as ESL One: NY Qualifiers Begin". Cloud9. 2017-08-15.
- . 2017-08-15. https://clips.twitch.tv/MuddyAmericanHabaneroPeteZarollTie.
- Ryan "fREAKAZOiD" Abadir (2016-05-19). "Thanks to Cloud9 for the opportunity and memories.".
- swag (2017-07-12). "Brax's Contract with C9".
- Danan "Danan" Flander (2016-07-26). "stunna Departs from Cloud9". Cloud9.