|Website||Cloud 9 Halo|
|Sponsor(s)|| Alienware |
|Esportspedia Network:|| League of Legends|
|Created||November 26th, 2014|
Cloud9 is a North American Esports organization. They sponsor teams in numerous esports titles, such as League of Legends, Hearthstone, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Call of Duty.
For information about their League of Legends team, see their page on Esportspedia's League of Legends Wiki. For information about their Call of Duty team, see their page on Esportspedia's Call of Duty Wiki. For information their former SMITE team, see their page on SMITE Esportspedia.
Halo 2: Anniversary
On November 26th, 2014, Cloud9 announced its entry into the Halo scene with the acquisition of the roster of The Agency. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Justin "FearitSelf" Kats, Jacob "Hysteria" Reiser, and Cameron "Victory X" Thorlakson, along with coach Kory "Symbolic" Arruda, joined the organization as Cloud9 Halo.
Cloud9 did not participate in the first ESL HCS Pre-Cup, but in the second preseason tournament they advanced all the way to the finals. They fell to Counter Logic Gaming, and finished second overall. In HCS Cup #1, Cloud9 Halo ended with a top 16 finish, after a loss to Optic Gaming. They rebounded from this disappointing finish at the first LAN event of the HCS season, Iron Gaming Columbus, where they finished 4th overall, although they were again eliminated by Optic. In HCS Cup #2, Cloud9 managed to reach the finals where they would face off against Denial Esports.
Cloud9 emerged victorious in the series and the tournament, and seemed to be in excellent form heading into UGC St. Louis. However they once again ran into their old nemesis in Optic Gaming, and finished in 5th place. Their placing did not improve in HCS Cup #3, where they lost to Str8 Rippin in the quarterfinals and finished top 8. The team did not get down however, and managed to take home first place in HCS Cup #4, again beating Denial in the finals.
Cloud9 had a strong showing at Gamers For Giving 2015. In WB Round 4, they were narrowly defeated 3-2 by OpTic Gaming. They then took to the Losers Bracket, defeating Velocity Halo and VexX Reality Check 3-0. In LB Round 7, they upset the 2nd seeded UGC winners Denial with a series score of 3-1. In Round 8, they faced off against 1st seed Counter Logic Gaming and took the first two games. CLG took the next two, but Cloud9 took a late lead in Game 5. Unfortunately for Cloud9, CLG perfectly executed a game ending push to steal the game and the series, ending Cloud9's weekend with a 4th place finish.
Cloud9 went into the HCS Season 1 Finals at PAX East as the 5th seed. In WB Round 1, they defeated season-long rivals OpTic Halo 3-2 to secure top 6 and advance to WB Round 2, where they faced Evil Geniuses. EG dominated the match, sweeping C9 3-0. In LB Round 2, C9 faced Str8 Rippin for top 4, sweeping them 3-0. C9 then faced Noble Black in the LB Semifinals, and were defeated 3-2, ending their tournament and season with a 4th placing.
Cloud9's average LAN placing in HCS Season 1 was 4.25 and their total winnings amounted to $10,550 USD.
Cloud9 captain Ninja was released on March 18, 2015. Cloud9 began the second HCS season with a top 16 finish in the first [[Preseason Cup, with FierceElite subbing in for Victory X and iGotUrPistola acting as the 4th. Ninja was officially replaced with Justin "iGotUrPistola" Deese on April 7, 2015, though the team had been running with him for weeks beforehand. At Iron Games Atlanta 2015, Cloud9 was defeated in Winners Round 4 by Counter Logic Gaming despite gaining a 2-0 series lead. They then staged a dramatic losers' bracket run, defeating Annex, Velocity, OpTic Gaming and Winterfox before falling to Denial eSports in the Losers' Finals in 4 games, earning them a 3rd place finish.
Throughout the seven online cups of season 2, Cloud9 was inconsistent, placing as high as 3rd and as low as top 16. At HCS Indianapolis, Cloud9 defeated Counter Logic Gaming 3-1 before being swept 3-0 by Evil Geniuses. In the LB, Cloud9 were defeated 3-0 by Winterfox. They lost to OpTic Gaming in consolation to end their tournament with a 6th place finish. Cloud9 went into the HCS Season 2 Finals with the 5th seed. Their first match was against Counter Logic Gaming, and they were defeated 3-1 and sent to the Losers' Bracket. In the LB, they faced eXcellence and defeated them 3-0 before defeating Winterfox 3-1. They then met up with CLG once again, and were again defeated 3-1, ending their tournament and their season with a 4th place finish.
On September 1st, 2015, Buckness confirmed in a forum post that Pistola had left the organization. As of December 2015, Cloud9's Halo roster was no longer listed on their official website, and the players had removed all Cloud9 branding from their social media pages, unofficially indicating that they had parted ways with the organization.
Months later, on March 3rd, 2016, Cloud9 made a late entry into Halo World Championship 2016, acquiring the Triggers Pound roster of Scott "Cloud" Holste, Dan "Danoxide" Terlizzi, Clete "Assault" LoRusso and a returning Hysteria. As Triggers Pound, the team had earned a spot in HWC as a top 8 North American team. At Worlds, Cloud9 were upset in their group by Epsilon eSports, which eventually lead to them not making it out of the group and finishing top 16.
- January 4th, 5th place at UGC St. Louis 2015
- January 11th, 7th - 8th place in HCS Cup #3
- January 25th, 2nd place in HCS Cup #4
- February 1st, 7th - 8th place in HCS Cup #5
- February 8th, 5th - 6th place in HCS Cup #6
- February 15th, 5th - 6th place in HCS Cup #7
- February 22nd, 4th place at Gamers For Giving 2015
- March 7th, 4th place at HCS Season 1 Finals
- March 18th, Ninja is released.
- iGotUrPistola joins.
- April 5th, 9th - 16th place in Preseason Cup #1 with FierceElite subbing in for Victory X.'
- April 12th, 3rd place in Preseason Cup #2
- April 19th, 3rd place at Iron Games Atlanta 2015
- May 10th, 4th place in HCS Cup #1
- May 17th, 9th - 16th place in HCS Cup #2
- May 24th, 5th - 6th place in HCS Cup #3
- May 31st, 3rd place in HCS Cup #4
- June 7th, 7th - 8th place in HCS Cup #5
- June 14th, 5th - 6th place in HCS Cup #6
- June 21st, 4th place in HCS Cup #7
- June 27th, 6th place at HCS Indianapolis 2015
- July 25th, 4th place at HCS Season 2 Finals
- Team disbands. Hysteria, FearItSelf, Victory X and iGotUrPistola leave.
|Hysteria||Jacob Reiser||Team eLevate|
|Assault||Clete LoRusso||Team Liquid|
|Cloud||Scott Holste, Jr.||Denial eSports|
|Danoxide||Dan Terlizzi||Team eLevate|
|Victory X||Cameron Thorlakson||The Agency|
|FearItSelf||Justin Kats||The Agency|
|iGotUrPistola||Justin Deese||Team EnVyUs|
|Ninja||Tyler Blevins||Noble Black|
|End Date||Game||Place||Prize||Event||Players (Coach)|
|March 20, 2016||9 - 16th||$25,000||Halo World Championship 2016||Assault • Cloud • Hysteria • Danoxide • Randa|
|July 26, 2015||4th||$12,000||HCS Season 2 Finals||Victory X • FearitSelf • Hysteria • iGotUrPistola • Symbolic|
|June 28, 2015||6th||$2,500||HCS Indianapolis||Victory X • FearitSelf • Hysteria • iGotUrPistola • Symbolic|
|April 19, 2015||3rd||$4,000||Iron Games Atlanta 2015||Victory X • FearitSelf • Hysteria • iGotUrPistola • Symbolic|
|March 7, 2015||4th||$8,000||HCS Season 1 Finals||FearitSelf • Hysteria • Ninja • Victory X • Symbolic|
|February 22, 2015||4th||-||Gamers For Giving 2015||FearitSelf • Hysteria • Ninja • Victory X • Symbolic|
|January 4, 2015||5th||$550||UGC St. Louis 2015||FearitSelf • Hysteria • Ninja • Victory X • Symbolic|
|December 14, 2014||4th||$1,000||Iron Gaming Columbus 2014||FearitSelf • Hysteria • Ninja • Victory X • Symbolic|
- HCS Team Profile with Cloud9 - play.eslgaming.com - 02/24/15
- Cloud9 Boards The Halo Scene - cloud9.gg - 11/26/14