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Team Information
Location:
Approx. Total Winnings:
$30,283
Links
History
Disbanded:
2019-01-??

Overview[edit]

ZEN9, previously known as 'Natural 9' or 'N9', is an Australian Dota 2 Team and since their formation, they have been considered to be the best Australian Dota team. Marked with consistency and success they have shown great achievements since the advent of Dota 2, where players from MCity and LGD.au played in domestic and international tournaments in DotA under the name, Natural 9. ZEN9 was previously known as MCity and LGD.au during DotA Allstars and for a brief period during Dota 2 in its development stages.

History[edit]

2011-13: Transition to Dota 2 and inital success[edit]

After winning the BenQ The Clash 2 in late 2011, on the January 21, 2012, the team was acquired by Absolute Legends, and Scott "bLeeK" Jensen replaced David "r1sk" Arnous on Feb 26th.[1][2]

However, after their stint in The International 2012, Absolute Legends decided to part ways with the organisation. This was confirmed by GoDz, the team manager at the time with plans of a Natural 9 comeback. On December 11, 2012, Invasion sponsored Natural 9 and the players played under the tag Invasion-N9.[3]

2016-present: Return to prominence[edit]

In September 2016, blackshatan announced a comeback under the name Natural 9 with compatriots, balla, cas158, r1sk and sliCKz and later qualified for ROG MASTERS 2016 after reaching in the top two positions for the Oceania qualifiers with their perceived rivals at the time, Big and Black.[4] Their run at the main event in Malaysia saw them finish in the quarter-finals of the playoffs, losing to eventual champions, Team Secret.

Following the tournament, the team made two changes to their line up with the addition of XemistrY and lordboonz - who were at Big and Black previously - at the expense of sLiCKz and r1sk. With a replenished lineup, their first success was at the ZEN Pro League in Melbourne and took first place. In April 2017, they won the first season of AEF Dota 2 League, with an undefeated 14 match winning streak in the playoffs.[5] Throughout the remainder of the 2017 calendar year, Natural 9 remained dominant in the Oceanic scene, winning tournaments such as Devil's Playground Season 2, the Australian Dota 2 League Season 1 and the third season of the AEF Division 1.

Their success continued in early 2018 with a first place achievement at the Asian Dota 2 League AU Series 1 before the arrival of Water and Seventh Heaven during the Autumn. In ESL Australia's inaugural tournament, they finished runners-up to eventual winners, Athletico Esports losing 2-1 in the grand finals at Sydney in June. In December they participated in Australia's first Major event, the AMD Pro Series 2018 and won the inaugural AEF Premier League Division beating KSY 3-1 in the finals. Following their success in the calendar year, the team has temporarily disbanded following departures of some players.

History[edit]

  • January 21st - aL acquires team "N9" consisting of David 'GoDz' Parker (Manager), Trong 'Snoopy' Truong (Captain), David 'r1sk' Arnous, Alex 'shatan' Chang, Darcy 'Godot' Jose, Justin 'Musica' Yuen
  • February 11th - Natural 9 disbands due to internal issues.[6]
  • February 26th - Scott 'bLeeK' Jensen replaces David 'r1sk' Arnous.
  • May 11th - Gets the 2nd round invite to The International 2012.
  • September 9th - The partnership between Absolute Legends and team N9 ends.[7]
  • September 10th - Trong 'Snoopy' Truong and ca Scott 'bLeeK' Jensen leave the team. Former 'MCiTY' player au 'GET-LOST' joins the team.

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

Former[edit]

Former SquadFormer Squad
IDNamePositionJoin DateLeave DateNew Team
Australia balla
(
Daniel Arnous
)
Position: 
1
Join Date: 
2016-12-??
Leave Date: 
2019-01-??
Australia XemistrY
(
James Lee
)
Position: 
2
Join Date: 
2016-12-??
Leave Date: 
2019-01-??
 
Athletico EsportsAthletico Esports Athletico Esports
Australia lordboonz
(
Phuc Nguyen
)
Position: 
3
Join Date: 
2016-12-??
Leave Date: 
2019-01-??
 
Genuine GamingGenuine Gaming Genuine Gaming
Australia blackshatan
(
Alex Chang
)
Position: 
4
Join Date: 
2016-12-??
Leave Date: 
2019-01-??
Australia cas158
(
Sean Smith
)
Position: 
5
Join Date: 
2016-12-??
Leave Date: 
2019-01-??
Former SquadFormer Squad
IDNamePositionJoin DateLeave DateNew Team
Australia rizz
(
Quan Nguyen
)
Position: 
3
Join Date: 
2016-12-??
Leave Date: 
2018-04-28
 
Seventh HeavenSeventh Heaven Seventh Heaven
Former SquadFormer Squad
IDNamePositionJoin DateLeave DateNew Team
Australia sLiCKz
(
Trent Tucker
)
Position: 
2
Join Date: 
2016-08-23
Leave Date: 
2016-12-??
Australia r1sk
(
David Arnous
)
Position: 
3
Join Date: 
2016-08-23
Leave Date: 
2016-12-??
Australia lordboonz
(
Phuc Nguyen
)
Position: 
3
Join Date: 
2016-08-23
Leave Date: 
2016-12-??
 
Seventh HeavenSeventh Heaven Seventh Heaven
Former SquadFormer Squad
IDNamePositionJoin DateLeave DateNew Team
Australia shatan Captain
(
Alex Chang
)
Position: 
1
Join Date: 
2012-09-08[7]
Leave Date: 
2013-02-11[6]
 
Team ImmunityTeam Immunity Team Immunity
Australia Godot
(
Darcy Jose
)
Position: 
4
Join Date: 
2012-09-08[7]
Leave Date: 
2013-02-11[6]
 
Team ImmunityTeam Immunity Team Immunity
Australia r1sk
(
David Arnous
)
Position: 
3
Join Date: 
2012-09-08[7]
Leave Date: 
2013-02-11[6]
 
Chains StackChains Stack Chains Stack
Sweden XoYnoZnU
(
Tim Johansson
)
Position: 
5
Join Date: 
2013-02-03[8]
Leave Date: 
2013-02-11[6]
Former SquadFormer Squad
IDNamePositionJoin DateLeave DateNew Team
Malaysia WinteR
(
Chan Litt-Binn
)
Position: 
4
Join Date: 
2012-10-20[9]
Leave Date: 
2012-11-01[9]
 
MUFCMUFC MUFC
Malaysia FzFz
(
Siew Cheng Hor
)
Position: 
3
Join Date: 
2012-10-20[9]
Leave Date: 
2012-11-01[9]
 
MUFCMUFC MUFC
Australia GET-LOST
(
Anh Tran
)
Position: 
5
Join Date: 
2012-09-10[10]
Leave Date: 
2012-10-20[9]
Australia xMusiCa Captain
(
Justin Yuen
)
Position: 
2
Join Date: 
2012-09-08[7]
Leave Date: 
2012-10-20[9]
 
MVP HOT6ixMVP HOT6ix MVP HOT6ix
Australia Snoopy
(
Trong Troung
)
Position: 
5
Join Date: 
2012-09-08[7]
Leave Date: 
2012-09-10[10]
Canada bLeeK
(
Scott Jensen
)
Position: 
1
Join Date: 
2012-09-08[7]
Leave Date: 
2012-09-10[10]
 
Team DignitasTeam Dignitas Team Dignitas
Former SquadFormer Squad
IDNamePositionJoin DateLeave DateNew Team
Australia r1sk Captain
(
David Arnous
)
Position: 
3
Join Date: 
2011-11-02[11]
Leave Date: 
2012-01-21[12]
 
Absolute LegendsAbsolute Legends Absolute Legends
Australia xMusiCa
(
Justin Yuen
)
Position: 
2
Join Date: 
2011-11-02[11]
Leave Date: 
2012-01-21[12]
 
Absolute LegendsAbsolute Legends Absolute Legends
Australia shatan
(
Alex Chang
)
Position: 
1
Join Date: 
2011-11-02[11]
Leave Date: 
2012-01-21[12]
 
Absolute LegendsAbsolute Legends Absolute Legends
Australia Godot
(
Darcy Jose
)
Position: 
4
Join Date: 
2011-11-02[11]
Leave Date: 
2012-01-21[12]
 
Absolute LegendsAbsolute Legends Absolute Legends
Australia Snoopy
(
Trong Troung
)
Position: 
5
Join Date: 
2011-11-02[11]
Leave Date: 
2012-01-21[12]
 
Absolute LegendsAbsolute Legends Absolute Legends
South Korea CyNiCaL
(
Jung Dong-suk
)
Position: 
5
Join Date: 
2011-11-02[11]
Leave Date: 
2012-01-21[12]
 
5 in QO5 in QO 5 in QO

Organization[edit]

Former[edit]

Former Organization Former Organization
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Australia Pinnacle
(
Jack Toul
)
Coach
Join Date: 
Leave Date: 
Australia GoDz
(
David Parker
)
Manager
Join Date: 
Leave Date: 

Achievements[edit]

DatePlaceTierTournamentResultPrize
2018-12-151stA2Tier 3AEF Dota 2 Premier League: Premier DivisionAEF LeagueAEF LeagueAEF Dota 2 Premier League: Premier Division3 : 1KSYKSY$2,168
2018-11-042ndA2Tier 3World Electronic Sports Games 2018 Oceania FinalsWorld Electronic Sports GamesWorld Electronic Sports GamesWorld Electronic Sports Games 2018 Oceania Finals0 : 2AustraliaAustralia$2,283
2018-04-073rd - 4thA2Tier 3AEF Dota 2 League Season 4 Division 1AEF LeagueAEF LeagueAEF Dota 2 League Season 4 Division 11 : 2Team FocusTeam Focus$230
2017-11-261stA2Tier 3AEF Dota 2 League Season Three Division 1AEF LeagueAEF LeagueAEF Dota 2 League Season Three Division 13 : 0Generation of MiraclesGeneration of Miracles$1,965
2017-07-272ndA2Tier 3AEF Dota 2 League Season Two Division OneAEF LeagueAEF LeagueAEF Dota 2 League Season Two Division One6/-/0Grp S.$755
2017-04-161stA2Tier 3AEF Dota 2 League Season One Division 1AEF LeagueAEF LeagueAEF Dota 2 League Season One Division 114/0/0Grp S.$3,065
2016-12-231st - 6thA6QualifierAEF Dota 2 League Season One QualifersAEF LeagueAEF LeagueAEF Dota 2 League Season One Qualifers4/1/1Grp S. 
2016-11-135th - 8thA1Tier 2ROG MASTERS 2016ROG MASTERSROG MASTERSROG MASTERS 20160 : 2Team SecretTeam Secret$3,750
2016-09-111st - 2ndA6QualifierROG MASTERS Oceanic QualiferROG MASTERSROG MASTERSROG MASTERS Oceanic Qualifer1 : 0King Hypno-ToadKing Hypno-Toad 
2011-12-211stA2Tier 3BenQ Dota 2 Clash #2BenQ Dota 2 Clash #22 : 1Moscow FiveMoscow Five$500
Complete list of results in any tournament

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Ulrich "KongoTime" Hanten (2012-01-21). "N9 become Absolute Legends". gosugamers.net. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  2. Dexter "kurtcos" F (2012-02-26). "https://www.gosugamers.net/dota2/news/18746-absolute-legends-welcomes-bleek". gosugamers.net. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  3. Loh Zhun Yew "Cookies326" (2012-12-11). "N9 has just been invaded". GosuGamers.
  4. blackshatan (2016-09-11). "Natural 9 2016 ROG". facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  5. Australian Esports Federation (16-04-2017). "Natural 9 Winners of AEF Div 1 Season 1". Facebook. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Natural 9 disbands
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Natural 9 no longer Absolute Legends
  8. N9 formally adds 4th member
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 WinteR and FzFz to compete in G1 League with Natural 9
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Natural 9 with new blood
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Natural 9 (formerly Team Australia)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 N9 become Absolute Legends