Cloud9
United States
Fantastic in wins
September 12, 2017
Smoothie went 1/11/48 in Cloud9's 3-1 win over CLG Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie's Rakan in Games 1 and 2 was absolutely stellar despite not being paired with Xayah, as he went an incredible 1/3/23 across the two games, landing great initiation after great initiation. His Game 3 on Thresh was lackluster, but his Game 4 on Janna was crucial to his team's narrow win. With Sneaky having the game of his season on Xayah, Smoothie's ability to keep him alive allowed Cloud9 to take the game, along with his self-sacrifice to get his team a Baron buff.
Series of his season
September 12, 2017
Sneaky ended Cloud9's 3-1 win over CLG Sunday with a KDA of 22/4/19.
ANALYSIS
Sneaky absolutely shined this series, showing his old carry form that has been largely absent this season. His Game 1 on Tristana was quiet, as he was carried by other team members to a 1/0/7 KDA. His 9/2/2 Game 2, however, was arguably the biggest reason CLG were able to come back from an early disadvantage and was good enough that CLG took the pick away in Games 3 and 4. Sneaky proved to be just as effective on Xayah, however, as although Cloud9 lost Game 3, he still looked solid. Finally, in Game 4, Sneaky's Xayah hard-carried Cloud9 to Worlds, going deathless in the closest game of the series and single-handedly winning fights for C9 in the late game.
Low deaths catch up to him as series ends
September 12, 2017
Jensen went 24/8/24 as Cloud9 took down CLG 3-1 Sunday to qualify for Worlds.
ANALYSIS
Jensen continued to be the star of Cloud9 for much of their win over CLG on Sunday, starting with his Game 1 on Syndra. He managed a perfect KDA of 7/0/5 after picking up his team's first kill in a gank, going deathless with 100 percent kill participation. His Game 2 on Cassiopeia was nearly as good despite the game being much closer. He tied for both the highest kill participation and lowest deaths in the game, dishing out tons of damage in fights and landing multi-man stuns off of Cassiopeia's tricky ultimate. Even in Cloud9's Game 3 loss, Jensen managed to tie for the lowest deaths in the game with a 2/1/4 KDA, maintaining his series average 6.0 ratio. In Game 4, however, Jensen's lack of deaths earlier in the series kept up with him, as his Orianna was continually dived on and taken out by CLG. However, Jensen's damage output and ultimates were still impressive, despite the fact that he was consistently trolled by the Rocket Jump buffer of Stixxay's Tristana.
Mediocre early games
September 12, 2017
Contractz ended Cloud9's 3-1 win over CLG Sunday with an overall KDA of 10/11/34.
ANALYSIS
Up against the rookie of OmarGod, whose regular season play was uninspiring, Contractz was expected to have the advantage. However, this wasn't the case at all, at least in the early stages of the game. Contractz was involved in zero first bloods all series long, compared to the three of OmarGod. In Game 1, Contractz was even on the receiving end of one of these first bloods, as his overaggressive invade on Nidalee cost him. Cloud9 still won Game 1 handily, but Contractz was all three of his team's deaths in the game. Contractz switched over to the tanks of Jarvan IV and Gragas for Games 2 and 3, and while his teamfighting was solid, his early games remained lackluster. He cleaned up in Game 4 with a surprise carry build on Rek'Sai, ending the series on a high note as C9 qualified for Worlds.
Impressive initiations
September 12, 2017
Impact went an overall 2/9/35 in Cloud9's 3-1 Sunday win over CLG.
ANALYSIS
Impact was put it a bind right off the bat in this series, as the already rough matchup of Maokai into Gnar was exacerbated by Contractz giving up first blood to Darshan on a level 1 invade. However, while Impact's CS suffered slightly, he quickly made up for it with a roam to the mid lane to grab his team its first kill. From there on in, he participated in all but one C9 kill to end 1/0/10, helping his team to a stomp with fantastic initiations. Unfortunately, his Shen couldn't even remotely stand up to Darshan's Jax in Game 2, as he quickly fell behind in farm before being ganked for first blood, and he went on to die in the split-push as the game went on. However, he recovered well and had a much better performance on Shen in Game 3. Despite the fact that Impact played better than Darshan by just about every measure this game, however, C9 still took their only loss of the series. Finally, with Maokai and Shen both taken by CLG in Game 4, Impact made the switch to Galio, and continued to have a powerful frontline presence. He also did a great job of peeling for his backline, helping keep Sneaky deathless on Xayah despite the closeness of the game.
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