Cloud9 first joined the North American LCS back in the summer of 2013. One of the first teams to enter the league through the Challenger Series, C9 was made up of fairly low profile solo queue talent and had little to no expectations during their first split. But the roster, An “Balls” Le, William “Meteos” Hartman, Hai Lam, Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart, quickly proved that they were one of the best in North America, winning their first split handily over favorite’s TSM.
Perhaps the strongest testament to that roster’s talent is the fact that now, almost five years later, most of them remain in the NA LCS, though scattered across the league to almost entirely different teams — if rumors are to be believed. Thanks to the different paths each player has taken, there is still something special about members of that original Cloud9 roster meeting during the season and facing off against one another.
As the only member still on Cloud9 from the original team, AD Carry Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi has an interesting perspective on these match ups. When the Rift Herald had a chance to catch up with Scuderi at All-Stars 2017, we asked him which one he enjoyed most.
“I’d say playing against Hai [Lam] has been pretty interesting. You know, like, FlyQuest? He’s so much more annoying to play because he just usually goes for really big plays all the time rather than slowing down the game, which I’d say a lot of people do,” Scuderi said.
He mentioned specifically the first time the two met in the NA LCS last year, as a standout example of what it’s like to play AD Carry against Lam’s teams.
“I just couldn’t get any farm, I bought GA, like, third item when, you know, GA was AD and MR. I just couldn’t survive anymore. I was getting four-manned.” Scuderi continued, “It was a super odd game so I hope I see more of those spicy games come out.”
And Scuderi might just get his wish. While Lam isn’t currently confirmed to be on any team, as he was dropped from the FlyQuest roster during the offseason, he has been rumored to take the starting midlane position with one of the newest NA LCS teams, Golden Guardians. As for some of the rest of his former teammates, Hart is currently rumored to go along with Lam to the Golden Guardians, while jungler Hartman will start the 2018 season with 100 Thieves.