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Unable to find his way to victory in series loss
September 18, 2018
Mithy earned a series KDA of 2/10/26 during his team's series loss at the hands of Cloud 9.
ANALYSIS
Although Mithy put up a strong performance during his team's series against C9, it simply wasn't enough to keep up with the enemy team's coordination. Starting the game off on Tahm Kench, he was able to do little other than delay his team's deaths in the game. Constantly focusing on saving people, he missed out on opportunities to find his team a lead, resulting in a defeat in the game. The next two games saw Mithy find his way onto Rakan and put up a much better performance. Although he was on a champion that he seemed more comfortable on, Mithy was ultimately only able to do as much as his team. As the team lacked coordination, things consistently went the way of the enemy team. In teamfights, Mithy found his way onto enemy carries but simply did not have the follow up necessary to close things out. While he struggled to maintain vision to get objective control, the enemy team was able to amass buffs that helped them win fights. Try as he might, Mithy could not bring his team back into the series, resulting in an unfortunate 0-3 series loss.
Quiet in series loss
September 18, 2018
Zven earned a series KDA of 9/10/17 during his team's 0-3 loss at the hands of Cloud 9.
ANALYSIS
Although Zven didn't have a terrible performance, he was unable to put up the numbers necessary to bring his team a victory. He started things off on Varus and fell behind in lane. Despite his team being able to find an early game opportunity, going neck and neck with the enemy in kills, Zven could not find a way to get TSM ahead. As the game went on, he quickly found himself unable to reach the enemy team, resulting in a loss. The next two games went in similar fashion as Zven used a Xayah Rakan lane to attempt to find an earlier opening. Although he had arguably the best lane in the game, he simply could never get things going. As the games progressed, he found himself at the mercy of the enemy team. Try as he might, he could not deal the damage necessary in fights to turn the tides into TSM's favor. As a result, TSM fell 0-3 in the series.
Unable to find success in loss
September 18, 2018
Bjergsen earned a series KDA of 11/10/15 during his team's 0-3 loss at the hands of Cloud 9.
ANALYSIS
Although he has consistently proven himself to be the strongest member of his team, Bjersgen's skill simply wasn't enough to help his team qualify for the World Championship. Although he had a consistently strong performance during the entire series, it was nowhere near enough to upset the coordination of Cloud 9. While Cloud 9 worked all three lanes in tandem to secure an advantage, Bjergsen struggled to get things going for himself. As his team was unsure of how to play the macro game, Bjergsen was isolated to trying to find an individual lead; something that the enemy team made sure not to allow. Try as he might, the story was the same in each game of the series, with Bjergsen's individual performance being overshadowed by the enemy team's coordination. As a result, TSM was defeated 0-3 in the series, shattering the team's final chance at attending the 2018 World Championship.
Outclassed in loss
September 17, 2018
Grig earned a series KDA of 2/11/21 during his team's series loss at the hands of Cloud 9.
ANALYSIS
Starting the series off on Zac, Grig simply was unable to provide the early game presence his team needed to secure a victory. Though he focused on objectives, he was not able to prevent the enemy team's carries from showing up, resulting in a defeat. As the series went on, Grig continued to falter, this time struggling to pick up objectives like he did in the first game. Giving up the biggest neutral monsters, he gave buffs away to the enemy team who was able to use them to great success. Although he did not have poor showings in the next two games, they were substandard enough to negatively impact his team. Falling behind early, he did not possess the tools necessary to comeback. As his Nexus exploded in Game 3, Grig saw his chances at the World Championship slipping away, giving Cloud 9 the last North American seed.
Unable to find success
September 17, 2018
Hauntzer earned a 10/12/9 KDA during his team's 0-3 series defeat against Cloud 9.
ANALYSIS
Throughout Hauntzer's performance against Cloud 9, he simply was unable to win lane and find success. Starting off on a tank, he had a decent showing with Sion, picking up a decent advantage for himself despite his team falling behind. In an extremely back and forth game, he was able to show off his strength despite his team's Game 1 loss. Unfortunately this was the extent of his success as the series progressed and he could not find an opening against a surprise pick. Up against a top lane Hecarim, he could not figure out how to play against the surprise pick. Struggling throughout lane, he could not find a way to recover until it was too late. Once his team was behind, he could not do much, unable to use Aatrox to find success. As a result, Team SoloMid quickly fell in each game, giving up the series 0-3 to Cloud 9.
Qualifies for World Championship during his rookie split
September 17, 2018
Zeyzal earned a series KDA of 3/9/32 during Cloud 9's 3-0 sweep against Team SoloMid.
ANALYSIS
Picking Alistar in all three of his team's games against TSM, Zeyzal was able to consistently find success, facilitating the rest of his team in making plays and dominating the enemy team. Time and again, Zeyzal was able to find his way onto the enemy carries, starting off teamfights and forcing crucial fights near objectives. Keeping up with the action time and again he was able to control vision and objectives for his team, shutting down TSM's only hope of bouncing back in the series. Although he gave his life up a couple of times he was able to trade his life to keep his team in the lead. Sacrificing his KDA for success, Zeyzal's extreme strength was enough to bring C9 a 3-0 series sweep, punching the team's ticket to the World Championship.
Secures 6th consecutive World Championship appearance
September 17, 2018
Sneaky earned a series KDA of 13/4/20 during his team's victory over TSM.
ANALYSIS
Sneaky had a strong showing during his series against TSM, picking Kai'sa in all three games and winning lane with ease in each one. Time and again he was able to simply outclass the enemy duo lane, picking up early advantages and running away with them. Although he was focused down, he was able to use the champion to remain alive and deal huge amounts of damage as things progressed. His efforts were quickly rewarded with a 3-0 series sweep for his team. His strong play was critical to his team's victory, and not only punched Cloud 9's ticket to the 2018 World Championship, but also secured Sneaky's place as the player who will attended the most consecutive World Championships.
Controlled play nets win
September 17, 2018
Jensen finished his team's series victory over TSM with a combined KDA of 18/5/27.
ANALYSIS
Picking a variety of champions, Jensen was able to find consistent success during his team's series against Team SoloMid. Starting off on Cassiopeia, he was able to contest the enemy team's surprise Urgot pick. Though he allowed his opposing laner to get going, he was able to roam and dominate skirmishes to bring his team a Game 1 victory. Game 2 saw an even stronger performance as he picked Galio, able to keep the enemy team down with his crowd control and roaming capabilities. Dominating fights, he secured his team a 42-minute victory. The final game saw his best performance yet, picking Ryze and dominating throughout the entire game. He was able to show up huge and continue forcing skirmishes as his team advanced. The result was a convincing 34-minute game, punching Cloud 9's ticket to the World Championship.
Succeeds on carries
September 17, 2018
Blaber earned a series KDA of 8/6/32 during Cloud 9's 3-0 series sweep against Team SoloMid.
ANALYSIS
During Cloud 9's series, Blaber stepped up to bat, picking carry champions in order to take full control of the games swiftly. Picking Camille in Game 1, he was able to participate in 10 of his team's 12 kills, taking control of the most meaningful objectives for his team. After taking Baron and a pair of teamfights, he was able to close out the game in 33 minutes. Game 2 saw Blaber pick an even more dive heavy champion with Nocturne. Once again he was able to make short work of the enemy jungler, bringing his team into a commanding early lead that resulted in a convincing victory. Game 3 saw yet another new pick as he opted for Taliyah and output huge amounts of damage again. Bringing his team two Barons in just 34 minutes, he was able to take over the game and then force fights for his team to begin closing things out. His play paid off, resulting in a 34-minute win to close out the series 3-0.
Shows up on carries against TSM
September 17, 2018
Licorice earned a series KDA of 10/10/25 during Cloud 9's 3-0 sweep over Team SoloMid.
ANALYSIS
Throughout Cloud 9's series against Team SoloMid, Licorice had a dominant performance that assisted his team in claiming a convincing victory. Starting things off on Aatrox, he was able to hold his own in lane without giving up an advantage to the enemy team. Despite being focused, he went blow for blow, assisting his team in taking a convincing Game 1 win. The rest of his performance in the series was even stronger with Licorice picking a surprise Hecarim top in both Game 2 and Game 3. He was consistently able to take over, dealing massive damage to everyone on the enemy team. Requiring them to focus him down for any hope at winning, he bought room for the rest of his team to take over. As a result, C9 capitalized, able to take convincing back-to-back games, securing a 3-0 series sweep in the process.
Lackluster in loss
September 17, 2018
VandeR earned a series KDA of 1/12/24 during FC Schalke 04's series defeat against G2.
ANALYSIS
VandeR had an unfortunate showing during his team's series defeat. Starting things off on Alistar, he simply could not find his stride, finding himself caught out time and again in fights that gave the enemy team the edge. Although he was defeated, he had a much better time in the next game, picking Rakan and showing up when it mattered. Roaming early and roaming often, he helped his team secure an early advantage that allowed his team to bounce back and take a 36-minute win. Unfortunately this was the end of VandeR and Schalke's success. He struggled in the rest of the series to maintain vision control for his team despite winning lane. When his jungler could not find vision and objective control, VandeR could do little more than keep his carries alive. Try as he might, his engagements were lacking, giving up room for the enemy team to close things out. After losing Game 4 at the 32-minute mark, G2 claimed the series victory 3-1, eliminating Schalke from gaining a spot at the 2018 World Championship.
Strong performance amidst team faltering
September 17, 2018
Upset earned a series KDA of 10/4/16 during his team's 1-3 series loss against G2.
ANALYSIS
Although Schalke was defeated rather handedly, Upset had an extremely strong performance during his team's series. Throughout his team's first game defeat, he struggled to get things going, largely due to the rest of his team faltering left and right. Unfortunately, this meant that Upset simply could not find his stride. He bounced back immediately, using a Xayah Rakan duo lane to destroy the enemy team time and again. Bringing his team's only victory of the series, his showing was extremely strong. Although his team fell in the next two games, Upset was able to put up a combined KDA of 6/1/3 in the final two games, showing his skill even in the most dire of circumstances. Unfortunately pure skill simply wasn't enough to bring him victory, resulting in his team falling, giving up the series victory 3-1 to G2.
Expands champion pool but unable to find victory
September 17, 2018
Nukeduck earned a series KDA of 12/8/11 during his team's series loss against G2.
ANALYSIS
Although Nukeduck was able to break the record for the most champions played in an EU LCS split, he was not able to break the defenses of G2 and claim victory. Starting the series off on Ryze, he was quickly dominated and unable to recover. Though he didn't have a bad performance, the rest of his team was simply unable to keep themselves in the game resulting in a quick loss. Nukeduck bounced back immediately, picking Urgot and carrying his team to a 36-minute win, picking up participation in 17 of his team's 20 kills while dying only once. Unfortunately this was the extent of his success as he was once again focused in the following games, resulting in him not being able to put up the necessary numbers to win. Though he didn't feed, his lack of impact on the next two games resulted in his team falling 1-3 in the series.
Falters in defeat
September 17, 2018
Amazing earned a series KDA of 5/12/14 during his team's series defeat against G2.
ANALYSIS
Although Amazing has had strong performances recently, he was simply not up to the task as Schalke took on G2 Esports. Throughout the majority of the series he was playing timid; the exact opposite of how his team has been able to find success recently. As he struggled to find leads in the early game, he was quickly taken down time and again, struggling to find any sort of success for himself or the rest of his team. Falling to tanks in every game of the series, he could not provide the damage necessary for his team as his carries were lacking. Additionally, he could not find objective control to bring S04 into things. Try as he might, he could not bounce back, allowing G2 to take back-to-back games, allowing the enemy to secure the series 3-1.
Falters amidst loss
September 17, 2018
Vizicsacsi earned a series KDA of 4/12/18 during his team's series loss at the hands of G2.
ANALYSIS
Despite having strong showings in the past, Vizicsacsi was unable to put up the numbers necessary for his team to claim victory. Picking his signature Poppy in Game 1, he was quickly shut down. After falling in lane he could not recover, allowing the enemy team to take a convincing victory. Although Vizicsacsi was able to bounce back in Game 2 with an excellent performance on Maokai, he opted not to pick the champion again. After the convincing Game 2 victory, he fell short time and again. In the next two games, he was only able to find a single kill while giving up six deaths to the enemy team. In both games he found himself falling behind early and never able to recover. Try as he might he could not find a way to bounce back in the series, falling flat on his face in the final two games as he allowed G2 to claim a 3-1 series win.