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After a 3-4 run at the 2015 World Championship and making it to the world stage in what is considered a miracle run, Cloud 9 has announced that they will begin searching for either a new Jungler or Support player.

Current starting support Daerek “LemonNation” Hart will be stepping down from playing to transition into a staff role, where Cloud 9 will move forward based on who they find to fill the void in their roster, with two main ideas in mind:

 

  1. Recruiting a talented Jungler while Hai transitions to the Support role, or
  2. Recruiting a talented Support while Hai remains in the Jungler role.

 

NoL will continue to follow Cloud 9’s roster heading into the 2016 LCS Spring Split as the offseason develops.

 

For full tryout details, check out the official post.

 

 

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How does it feel to qualify for the LCS again after multiple close attempts? How do you stay motivated?

It feels really good, especially since I’ve been on this team for months and we’ve all worked hard in the gaming house to make it happen. Winning by a 3-2 margin was just one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. It was amazing that me and my teammates perserved after losing 2 games to tie the series. Honestly a good amount of my motivation comes from when I lose horribly to my opponents. Sometimes there’s a lot of mental blocks like the enemy is bad and just lucky etc but sometimes the enemy plays really agressive and just outplays you the whole game so I always want to strive to do better than them but at the same time perfect my play so I can try to be the best in the world.

 

Is this the strongest team you’ve been on so far? How do you believe you will perform in the LCS, and do you think you can reach the top 6?

Yea it’s definitely the strongest team I’ve qualified with but myself and the other players on my team take a good amount of time to adapt to the meta. so atm we’re not doing super well but I believe in my teams potential and the hard work that they put in. The first split might be shaky but I definitely think we can make top 3 and go to worlds in 2015.

 

Who are you most looking forward to playing against? More specifically who do you think will be the biggest challenge for your team?

I’m excited to play almost every team. I think there’s never been so much talent in LCS ever, I am excited to watch and play against a lot of the talented players who I believe will become huge carry superstars: Quas, Pobelter, Impaler, Crumbzz, Cali(no pressurino) etc.

 

Who do you feel is the biggest threat to you in the bot lane?

I think most bot lanes have better mechanics than us but I think me and dodo have a strong strategic mind so as long as we don’t blunder super hard I think sneaky and lemon will be the biggest threat as they have strong mechanics and brains meaning I should cheese them with my good old kennen ADC.

 

How much do you think the role of AD has changed in the recent patches? What changes do you like or dislike most? Is there anything you would change before the new season starts?

I don’t think it’s changed too much, it feels like a lot of junglers can do significantly more damage though making the early game more difficult for ADCs. Riot has nerfed a lot of the ADC’s recently so now they’re all pretty similarly balanced. Corki doesn’t have a ridiculous edge anymore because Sivir OP.

What are the biggest obstacles in playing in Challenger and the road to the LCS? Do you feel Riot is taking the right steps in creating a viable path to the Pro Scene?

Well everyone kind of starts off in Challengerland and its just not cutthroat enough in a way. You have to beat an LCS team to make it in so you gotta assemble a really strong challenger team to do that. When the current roster of team 8 formed we were slightly behind the monstrous LMQ in skill but had a good record against most teams. A bad seeding (partially our fault but also ranked 5’s is a horrible way to bracket because for example : if seed 1 was LMQ seed 18 would avoid seed 1 until finals  but 20,10,11,2,19,9,12 are all doomed to face seed 1 early to the point where they wouldn’t get enough points to get into the playoff stage.

 

How do you feel about the new teams entering the LCS and of them who do you feel is strongest?

I thought Coast would be really good coming into the tournament but they looked a little shaky. I think they’ll eventually pick it up and be a huge threat in terms of mechanics and laning phase. Also Impaler seems to be ‘slightly’ good at jungling. Curse Academy was on and off amazing they would seemingly play teamfights brilliantly and then follow it up with them getting picked off multiple times. I think if CA fixes that they’d be a similar team to C9 with absolutely dominant team fighting pressure.

 

It seems that newer teams have trouble not being relegated. Is this just not adjusting properly to the level of play or not changing practice habits? What plays most into this?

Don’t know. It seems like a lot of the teams end up disliking each other when they finish low in the standings. I thought Complexity had really strong ward control but it seemed that our teamwork and essentially chemistry was better than CoL for teamfights which decided most games.

 

How was it subbing for Lyon Gaming? What was it like playing with a squad from a different region?

I just wanted to have fun. We didn’t get a huge amount of practice so it was kind of an uphill battle and then during the tournament games we ran completely different stuff. Wish there was a loser’s bracket so we could’ve played against pain they were really cool people that I met during the afterparty. It’d also help the international scene grow!

 

What are your overall thoughts on IEM San Jose? How is playing on an international stage compared to the LCS or even Challenger? What did you learn most?

I sucked but people were congratulating me for shooting a rocket that got me a triple kill when Seiya completely set up that play LOL. I wasn’t on my game because I wasn’t used to how uncomfortable earbuds + tight headsets were. It was very painful for me but I made a few amateurish mistakes so I gotta just work harder so that doesn’t happen next time.
Draven. Will we get to see him again? Where does he fit in 4.21 and what types of AD carries do you enjoy most right now? 

Draven is always playable but a very unsafe pick. He’s got the damage potential though and the dollah bills. In the current patch I still love Corki. He’s absolutely broken after triforce is finished, I feel like I always have 2k+ gold on my next back. He’s insanely flexible and still super OP imo.

 

Shoutouts?

Shoutout to all the m8’s who have supported the team. Be sure to follow the team on twitter because we’re eventually gonna have a store that will sell hella stuff! Shoutout to our sponsors Freedom, CyberpowerPC and Wearhaus and all the people that want hugs at live events. Hugs are cool.

 

Having been robbed by their sponsors Orbit Gaming, then founding a new team Reddit Nation, getting donations to go to Lonestar, and Yazuki going through Hurricane Sandy it has been a rough year for Hai L9 and company. Which is why it was great to see them get picked up by Quantic Gaming. However this is why it saddens me to inform you that Quantic Gaming is shutting down and disbanding their StarCraft II, DotA 2, Call of Duty, and League of Legends teams. This morning Complexity’s Jason Lake warned over twitter that “Big NA team news coming later today. Not good news either. Can’t elaborate w/o breaking trust but it’s a sad day,” and it looks like this is what he was talking about. Allegedly their closure was due to investors having pulled out from the team cutting off funding. There has been no official statement from QxG as of yet, but founder Mark Ferraz had this to say:

“Don’t believe the hype. No drama here, just not enough growth to justify pushing forward. I’m very sad, but it’s for the best… “ – Mark Ferraz, Quantic Gaming

 

 

“We attempted to create one of the world’s greatest eSports teams out of an ultimate belief in the pursuit of passion and greatness. We love you all, our fans, players, staff, sponsors, and owners… 2012… and forever in the hearts and minds of those touched…”Quantic Gaming

 

Quantic Gaming started in 2010 as a small group of friends and grew to be a eSports titan in the North American community. It’s really a shame to see them go, and more importantly where does Reddit Nation go from here?

Not in any rush for sponsors, after the whole orbit thing we were being cautious and it’s quite unfortunate with what happened to Quantic. It’s not their fault but we’ll take it slower, and uhm we still plan to stay together and qualify for Season 3, under who/anyone, we don’t know yet.” – Hai L9

 

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Captain Hai L9 is accompanied by an all star cast. Yazuki, who having played League of Legends for only a year shot to the top. Merciless Gladiator Nientonsoh who was a top WoW player, and would later be known as teamcarry` in HoN. WildTurtle the unpredictable AP and AD Carry who shocked the onlookers when he subbed for Team Legion. Finally we have LemonNation the last member of Orbit to stick with Team <Insert Sponsor Name Here>, the support only player who took the rank one spot in solo queue. Boasting a strong line up, the team formerly known as Quantic Gaming / Reddit Nation / Orbit Gaming has the potential to be a top contender in season 3. Follow them on twitter @hai_l9, @nientonsoh2, @yazuki_l9 and support this amazing team.