The Formation of the Cloud9 Challenger squad was announced as a new team being built by parent organization Cloud9 in August 2015. The team was to be built around former Cloud9 starting jungler Meteos, after he was replaced on the main roster by Hai. The team held open tryouts, and in October, KEITHMCBRIEF was announced as their starting AD carry. Starting in early November 2015, C9C participated in the HTC Ascension tournament. After making it through the group stages, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals and disbanded. On April 21st, team reformed for the NA CS Summer Qualifier, purchasing Enemy's qualifier seed.
Original Roster ID
Smurf Sujal Adhikari Sub/Mid
Fragnat1c Cole Gregory Sub/AD
Solo Colin Earnest Top
Ember KEITH Yuri Jew AD
Meteos William Hartman Jungle
Sub: Goldenglue Greyson Gilmer Mid | Xpecial Alex Chu Support
The original team composition of C9C is elegant in a way with Meteos as their jungle. Since the team was created around Meteos it suffered a huge loss when he left resulting to a 1-2 standing during the HTC Ascension tournament, thus giving a way for the team to disband. The Stormy Cloud Reforms C9C stormed the NA Challenger Series with a dominant 3:0 performance against DFGL with their new line up consisting of An “Balls” Le as their top lane, Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae for jungle, Hai “Hai” Du Lam for mid, Johnny “Altec” Ru as AD and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart as their support together with Michael “Bunny FuFuu” Kurylo and Andy “Smoothie” Ta being their subs.
2017 NA LCS Spring Promotion
The new C9C made a very promising debut and followed that up with an overwhelming performance during the 2017 NA LCS Spring promotion as a qualifying team finishing it with a standing of 3:0 against NRG. Will the Cloud continue to make a storm? Recent developments for C9C somehow went downhill after their primary four players; Balls, Hai, Altec and LemonNation, left the team to transfer to FlyQuest eSports just as 2017 started. And with these big boys gone it sure will be difficult for C9C to maintain its original rapport and the strategy that the roster for 2017 LCS has been practicing. Yet I have to emphasize that it’s only going to be more difficult meaning that C9C can still do it given the time to practice and the time for a new team comp to understand each other’s opportunities they can make it.
There is no official announcement yet as to who the new fillers are but should C9C proceed to the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split we can all expect that they are going to see a very competitive Cloud 9 Challenger to storm the LCS.
With the uncertainty surrounding their roster in such a short period of time before the LCS kicks off, it's difficult to predict but we think that C9C will finish in the bottom third of the NA LCS in their first taste of professional play at the top-flight of North America.
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