Sneaky Domestic Career
Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi began his NA LCS career by qualifying for the league together with Quantic Gaming. Cloud9 then acquired the entire roster for the 2013 Summer Split. The team instantly took over the competition with an impressive 25-3 record over the regular season. C9 displayed the same level of dominance in the playoffs by defeating Team Dignitas in the Semifinals and taking down TSM in the finals without dropping a single game.
The 2014 NA LCS Spring Split had Cloud9 continue their winning streak. Once again, they secured an insane 24-4 win/loss ratio and scored two back-to-back victories against Team Curse and TSM in the playoffs. However, C9 came down to earth in summer. Their 18-10 regular season run was impressive, but they were nowhere near as dominant as they were before. This became ever-so evident in the playoffs, and even though they 3-0’d Team Curse in the Semifinals, C9 fell in the finals against TSM. During this time, Sneaky was one of the least notable members of his team. He was the classic cleanup AD carry that did his job while avoiding mistakes and unnecessary risks.
In the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split, Cloud9 had their weakest showing to date. For the first time, they ended the regular season second (12-6 record). In the playoffs, they barely managed to defeat Team Liquid only to lose to TSM in the finals. In summer, they decided to bring in a new mid laner, Jensen, to replace their captain Hai. But the result was nothing short of a disaster. Cloud9 struggled to adapt to the new shot calling model, and they had to bring Hai back, this time as their jungler. With Hai’s help, they managed to turn their bad luck around and qualify for the Gauntlet.
Cloud9 proceeded to reverse-sweep Gravity Gaming and Team Impulse before scoring a 3-1 victory against Team Liquid in the finals and qualifying for Worlds. This performance became known as the Miracle Run. Coincidentally, Sneaky started to enter the spotlight by doing well in lane and taking over teamfights.
After making some roster moves, C9 entered the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split with high hopes. But despite their strong regular season, everything went out the window when they lost to TSM in the first round of playoffs. Still, they came back stronger in summer and defeated Team EnVyUs and Immortals in the playoffs before—once again—falling to TSM. And so, Cloud9 moved down to the Gauntlet. There, they crushed Team EnVyUs and Immortals for the second time to qualify for the World Championship.
In 2017, Sneaky faced a number of difficulties. Even though his teamfighting was still top-tier, he had a hard time holding his ground in lane. Still, Cloud9 finished the regular season second, right behind their biggest opponent, TSM.
In an expected fashion, both teams met again in the finals. Sneaky had a tough time standing up to Doublelift in the bot lane, but he made up for it with solid teamfighting. The game came down to the wire, but in the end, Cloud9 got the short end of the stick and left with a silver medal.
The 2017 Summer Split saw Cloud9 lose momentum in the regular season. And while they managed to qualify for the playoffs, they lost in the first round to Team Dignitas and had to defeat CLG in the Gauntlet to secure their World Championship ticket.
Sneaky International Tournaments
Sneaky’s first international tournament was the 2013 World Championship. Because Cloud9 have won the NA LCS, they were seeded into the Quarterfinals, but a 1-2 loss to Fnatic spelled an end to their run. Then, the team attended IEM Season 8 Cologne. But after being seeded into the Semifinals, C9 once again made a quick exit due to a 0-2 loss to Gambit Gaming.
They managed to exact their revenge against Fnatic by scoring a 2-0 victory at the Battle of the Atlantic tournament, but C9 still felt untested at international events.
They had a better showing at the IEM Season VIII World Championship. There, Cloud9 scored back-to-back victories against Team WE and Taipei Assassins in the group stage. But in the end, they lost 1-2 to Fnatic in the Semifinals.
Finally, their breakthrough came at the 2014 World Championship. Cloud9 breezed through the group stage with a 4-2 record, defeating Alliance and KaBuM! in the process. And while they lost 1-3 to Samsung Blue in the Quarterfinals, this was their best international showing to date.
C9 capitalized on this success at IEM Season 9 San Jose. The field wasn’t the strongest, but they still defeated PaiN Gaming, Alliance, and Unicorns of Love to win the trophy. They couldn’t keep the momentum going, though, and the IEM Season IX World Championship saw Cloud9 leaving the tournament after dropping games to GE Tigers and Flash Wolves.
As for the 2015 World Championship, Cloud9 entered that tournament as underdogs. But despite their shaky domestic showing, they put up a fight in the group stage and barely missed out on the Quarterfinals. Afterward, Cloud9 attended IEM Cologne where they fell to H2K.
The team struck back at the 2016 World Championship and qualified for the knockout stage with a 3-3 record. But their Quarterfinals opponents—Samsung Galaxy—proved too hard for them to handle, and C9 dropped the series 0-3.
Cloud9 entered the 2017 World Championship as the third seed from the NA LCS which meant they had to take part in the Play-In stage. Even so, the wildcard teams couldn’t stand up to them, and C9 seamlessly qualified for the Main Event. They ended the group stage in second place and suffered a narrow 2-3 loss to Team WE in the Quarterfinals.
Despite occasional domestic shortcomings, Sneaky performed internationally. His consistency worked well with Cloud9’s solo lane focus, and the North American AD carry always made his presence known in 5v5s.