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Diamonds in the Rough: The Top 5 Standouts of the MSI Play-In Stage

The Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) kicked off last Thursday with the Play-In Stage. The Play-In phase of the tournament allows the emerging regions of the world to show their stuff and contend for one of the two remaining spots in the main event’s group stage. While these smaller regions were not as spectacular as any of the mainstay competitors, they still possess some diamonds in the rough that were definitely worth keeping an eye on.

5: Dire Wolves’ “Triple”

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While most of the MSI Play-Ins were about the AD Carries or the Junlgers, one Midlaner that definitely stood out was the Dire Wolves’ Stephen “Triple” Li.

Li displayed some very explosive results on picks like Zoe and Cassiopeia. His mechanical skill and ability to make plays on the individual level, even when his team was losing, made him a definite standout from the other participating Midlaners. There were several moments in the Dire Wolves’ losses where Li came extremely close to turning things around for his team. Sadly, he was not able to push the Dire Wolves over the edge and claim more victories in his group. Hopefully, Li will be returning to the international stage soon and display even more of his great talent.

4: Rainbow7’s “WhiteLotus”

Matías “WhiteLotus” Musso is no stranger to the international stage. Musso was introduced to the world during 2017’s MSI Play-In Stage. League of Legends fans were wowed by this one-man army and his impressively flashy play. This year proved to be no different.

Musso seems to have not lost his penchant for flashy, skin-of-his-teeth play. Any time Rainbow7 was caught in a fight, Musso would seem to stay alive much longer than would be expected, sometimes meaning the difference between a win or loss. This aspect of Musso’s play is a testament to his mechanical skill and his high value within his team. Sadly, there was a lack of explosiveness in his performance this year versus his other international performances that keeps him from reaching a higher place on this list.

3: Gambit Esports

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While placing a whole team on a list of standout players may seem like cheating, it is hard to argue that Gambit does not deserve the praise that they received during the group stage of Play-Ins. Their crisp teamwork allowed them to easily dismantle any opponent that they came across. Each win for Gambit seemed to be child’s play due to their incredible synergy within the roster.

Though their performance in the group stage was a walk in the park, their match against the LMS’ Flash Wolves was another story. Their crisp coordination went ravaged as the Flash Wolves easily outmatched them for a swift 0-3 loss. Whether their performance in the second stage of Play-Ins was an indicator of the team’s strength or their unpreparedness against the Flash Wolves will be a debated topic. All in all, Gambit should still be proud, as their group stage performance was worth the watch.

2: Supermassive’s “Zeitnot”

Turkish team Supermassive had a lot to prove during this year’s MSI Play-Ins. Turkey has been a region looking to bounce back and show the world just how strong they can be. While they were not able to move on to the main stage of the tournament, Supermassive’s Berkay “Zeitnot” Aşıkuzun proved to be a world class ADC during the Play-In Stage. Aşıkuzun, especially on Caitlyn and Ka’Sai, was ruthless in dominating his opponents. Whether it be as an individual or operating within his unit, he was able to pump out incredible amounts of damage and dodge death multiple times. Aşıkuzun’s team also regularly priotized him when divvying up resources. Supermassive made sure to maintain a steady supply of jungle camps and minion waves  toward their star player. This made Aşıkuzun’s survival a critical point to SUP’s strategy, as his presence was always a key factor between victory or defeat.

Though Aşıkuzun’s play was extraordinary, there was a dynamic duo from Vietnam that stole his claim to the number one spot on this list.

1: “Stark” and “YiJin”

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Ever since the Gigabyte Marines made their splash at last year’s MSI, the LoL community has fallen in love with the region of Vietnam. This year’s MSI was no different, as fans fell in love all over again thanks to EVOS’ Phan “Stark” Công Minh and Nguyễn “YiJin” Lê Hải Đăng.

The Top-Jungler duo made up the driving force behind EVOS’ crushing win against Supermassive in the second round of the Play-In Stage. This dynamic duo brought smart and aggressive play that was left unchallenged. Lê Hải Đăng’s Graves was especially deadly, as he was able to accrue such an advantage in the early game that he was able to almost single-handedly fight the entire Supermassive roster. Whlie Lê Hải Đăng was creating chaos in Supermassive’s backline; Công Minh was able to make considerable room for his teammates upfront. Even if he was to fall in an ensuing fight, Công Minh’s space-making and damage-soaking would allow the rest of EVOS to sweep through with relative ease.

 

While these were perhaps the best standouts in the Play-In Stage, there is still plenty of action to go around as the Mid-Season Invitational moves on to the main event this weekend. Be sure to tune in and watch out for LoL’s top players and teams that will be participating.

 

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Uzi’s LPL Coronation

Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao has always been a player held in the highest regard. Touted as one of the most talented (and unlucky) AD carry players in the world, Uzi’s skill has never been questioned. His dream to take home an LPL title is one that he had chased throughout his storied career. After years of hard work and dedication, Uzi finally made his dream come true as he hoisted the LPL Championship trophy during the Spring 2018 LPL Finals.

RNG luck

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Sometimes, world class skill means nothing when faced with a streak of bad luck. Before the LPL Spring 2018 Finals, Uzi was never able to win an LPL title. Despite numerous first place finishes in the regular season under Royal Never Give Up, Uzi never could seem to get over the final hurdle. Uzi was seen, and would always seem to be seen, as a player with great talent and potential that was overshadowed by his tendency to choke when the opportunity for success came calling. Before the Spring 2018 Finals, Uzi and RNG came in second place every single split since Summer 2016. With so many opportunities missed, the title of LPL Champion always seemed to be out of reach for Uzi.

Coronation

Uzi’s bad luck finally ran out this season with his 3-1 victory over Edward Gaming. The first game in the series actually ended in a swift loss for RNG. While RNG attempted to protect their VIP, Edward Gaming was able to constantly make picks on Uzi and capitalize through swift map rotations. Though it was a bad defeat for RNG, there was still plenty of room to make a recovery. Down but not out, RNG then took the next two games of the series in dominant fashion, thanks in part to Uzi’s ability to set up and win key fights. With Games 2 and 3 out of the way, the series quickly moved on to a crucial Game 4.

Game 4 meant match point for RNG. Game 4 meant redemption for Uzi.

Uzi LPL Coronation

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All was on the line in a game that EDG seemed keen on winning. EDG possessed control of the game, and they looked to cement it through securing Baron. Royal Never Give Up certainly stood by their name as they made their way to contest. Stopping EDG was RNG’s main priority, as a Baron-powered EDG would most likely mean game. A tremendous engage by Liu “Mlxg” Shi-Yu and Yan “Letme” Jun-Ze managed to catch their opponent completely off guard. Through their explosive teamwork, RNG was able to swipe the Baron, and the game, from their rivaled opponent. From there, EDG seemed to fall down like a set of carefully placed dominoes. With momentum and Baron on their side, RNG stormed the base of Edward Gaming and took the series.

 

Elated, RNG came together in a heartwarming embrace. Their years of hard work and sacrifice had built to this moment. Smiles were everywhere as the team made their way to the center stage. In a historic moment, Uzi raised the coveted LPL Cup high above his head. Finally, Uzi could call himself a champion.

 

 

 

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Those who play together, stay together: A look at the LoL community’s fan driven LCS

Whenever the off-season begins, community spaces tend to experience a slowing down in activity. The usual hustle and bustle wears thin as fans of the various NA LCS teams wait for the next season to start. Less people are posting and less people are chatting. During these slow times, the various communities have always seemed to need something to reinvigorate their fan spirit. Enter the Discord Community Championship Series (or DCCS for short).

Curing off-season blues

What if there was a tournament held between the fan communities of the NA LCS? An LCS for the average fan, if you will. Through this idea, the DCCS was born. The tournament was created with two goals in mind. The first goal was to allow fans of the various NA LCS teams to represent their community and deliver an LCS-like experience. The second was to drum up some much needed excitement during the slow period between the spring and summer seasons. This is exactly what event organizer and Echo Fox Discord moderator Adriaan “GeneralPancake” Schotte had in mind, stating, “We noticed that during the off-season the Discord died down a bit since there was nothing to talk about without LCS going on. We wanted to somehow give the fans something to get hyped for, so firewolf and I (another Echo Fox Discord moderator) decided to set this thing into action.”

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Coming together

While there were some expected bumps in the planning stage, the event seems to be on track to becoming a hit with fans. The event has all the features of what one would expect to see from an NA LCS broadcast. It features casters, graphics, and an official Twitch stream. The teams held tryouts, selected coaches, and practice for their weekend of matches. What makes this all so special is that it is all run and organized by the fans, for the fans. Through this tournament, fans are able to come together and experience a much higher level of involvement within their respective communities. By being able to participate in an LCS of their own, fans are able to grow closer together through some friendly competition.

It remains to be seen whether the Discord Community Championship Series will be an annual off-season tournament or a one-time event. Adriaan, however, is optimistic regarding the DCCS’ future. Though it has only finished its first week, the DCCS has shown a peak of 200 viewers and seems to be stirring some fans from their off-season hibernation. While this is certainly not NA LCS level viewership, it is certainly a step in the right direction toward a closer and more enthusiastic community.

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LCS Gag Event

Make ’em laugh: A call for more gag events

Recently, the NA LCS Spring Split came to a close with Team Liquid hoisting the coveted championship trophy. Today’s article will sadly not have anything to do with that. Recently, Riot hosted its annual April Fools’ Day event. The match, like many in the years before, was an entertaining affair featuring the casters and players (and pigeon) wearing silly costumes, performing funny pre-game skits and playing unorthodox compositions that wouldn’t normally be seen. All in all, the match was an enjoyable breath of fresh air amidst all the serious business of playoffs. As the event concluded, I began to ask myself, “Why are these events not held more than once a year?”

Riot’s serious business

Riot’s event organization has been somewhat of a mixed bag for me recently. While events like the Mid-Season Invitational and Worlds have always been great competitive spectacles, their other events did not have the same desired effect. At the beginning of 2017, after a pouring outcry for more international competition, Riot announced two new international events: Rift Rivals and the “new and improved” All-Stars event. 

LCS Gag Event

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On paper the Rift Rivals event sounded exciting. Each region would send their top teams of the spring season to compete against their regional rivals in a weekend’s worth of matches. Logistical flaws aside, the tournament at least sounded like an entertaining concept on paper. In actuality, it was not very impressive. Though Rift Rivals possessed a decent quality of matches, it lacked some excitement at times because of its non-existent stakes.

This theme seemed to carry over to 2017’s reworked All-Star event. In 2015 and 2016, the All-Star event was a more of lighthearted event similar to the annual April Fools match.The teams, whose rosters were selected by popular vote, would participate in a mix of gimmick and normal matches within the period of a few days. During this period, the event was treated as an unwinding period, capping off a long and grueling season of competition with a bit of cheeky fun that brought the community together. This feeling of togetherness and fun was something the 2017 All-Stars was missing. For 2017 and onward, all the goofy gimmick matches with the exception of the annual one-versus-one tournament would go. This would only leave for the regular structured matches that fans are all too familiar with.

Even with the promise of international League of Legends action, these two new events didn’t feel all that exciting. The lack of stakes gave little weight to the eventual outcome of an event. On top of this, there was nothing to really make the events stand out and generate interest. 

Looking for laughs

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So why am I calling for more silly events like the April Fools’ match? Do I not enjoy all the strategy and excitement of serious competition? Doesn’t it all seem a bit off brand? While there is an argument against such events, the pros outweigh the cons. Though they lack a serious competitive atmosphere, these gimmick events more than make up for it in sheer entertainment and production value. All the costumes and funny banter come together to make a fun and memorable experience unique to professional environment. These events break a monotony that comes with the constant “serious business” that Riot wants to portray for most of the year. Players and viewers alike are allowed to simply indulge themselves in some harmless fun without any stress of losing a place in the standings or a shot at the championship.

Much like a fine wine, these gag events will allow the professional scene to breath and preserve all of the rich flavors that are offered during the regular seasons. Serious competition year round will only create jaded viewers that will cause viewership to suffer. Though serious competition is probably the more worthwhile event to watch, I believe gimmick events can play an important part in preventing a staleness that constant serious events can create.Ultimately the decision comes down to Riot on how they organize their events. If it was up to me, however, I would definitely try to work in a bit more fun throughout the year.

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NA LCS Spring 2018 Playoffs Round-Up

NA LCS Spring 2018 Semifinals round-up

The NA LCS spring 2018 playoffs transitioned into the semifinals over the weekend, and boy howdy was it a treat for League of Legends fans. While the quarterfinals were a light simmer, the semifinals proved to be a boiling pot of tasty action and strategy that satisfied my palate and left me wanting more.

Wild stallions

Bloodthirsty would be the word to describe the first match of the semifinals, as both Team Liquid and Echo Fox put the pedal to the metal. Each game featured non-stop skirmishing and multiple back-and-forth kills that made it extremely fun to watch. Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett and Jake “Xmithie” Puchero playing Trundle and Olaf meant that the early game was a lot faster paced and a guaranteed presence whenever a fight were to break out. These picks also enabled the respective top lane players, Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon and Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, to play big tanks for continuous playmaking and sustained team fighting.  NA LCS

What really impressed me in this series was Team Liquid’s ability turn around multiple fights and ganks that Echo Fox initiated. Xmithie’s ability to control the map mixed well with Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung’s roaming initiations to make it almost impossible for Echo Fox to establish any permanent foothold in the game. What has been so refreshing to see out of this Team Liquid squad is that they operate like a well-oiled machine, showing patience and strategy in the face of bloody, tit-for-tat games. It seems like nothing is able to phase them regardless of how chaotic a situation becomes. Conversely, Echo Fox’s play, while very ambitious, lacked some coordination.

Many of Echo Fox’s plays centered on Dardoch and/or Huni leading the charge through engages that would net quick advantages. Unfortunately, their plays sometimes ended as duds due to a lack of coordination with their mid laner, Kim “Fenix” Jae-hun.

At the end of it all, the battle was won. With a 3-1 victory for Team Liquid, the team was the first to advance to the final match.

Slow and steady wins the race

For those that put strategy and Baron control ahead of non-stop brawls, the match between 100 Thieves and Clutch Gaming is right up your alley. Unlike the previous match, this one contained a heavy emphasis on strategy and controlling the area around Baron. On the side of 100 Thieves, top laner, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, and jungler, William “Meteos” Hartman, seemed to be perfectly in-sync as they helped control a slow and steady pace. Meanwhile, Clutch Gaming’s Nam “Lira” Tae-yoo and Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten looked to speed things up through snowballing picks.

While this match was a bit different than the other matches of the spring playoffs, the slower pacing was a welcome change of scenery. The cerebral side of League of Legends has sometimes been overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of big plays and high octane team fighting, so seeing more of how a team behaves as a strategic unit was an interesting experience.

Probably the biggest focus of this match was the play around Baron, and both 100 Thieves and Clutch Gaming did not take the threat of it lightly. While most teams would immediately leap at the chance of taking Baron, 100 Thieves and Clutch Gaming held firm and waited for their opportune moment. Clutch especially showed a lot of tenacity, as they would constantly turn off Baron to try and gain a more favorable numbers advantageNA LCS in the ensuing fight.

While this sometimes didn’t work out as well as they would have hoped, it was definitely a clever way of trying to force 100 Thieves to panic and potentially make a mistake. The play in this series was often reminiscent of a soccer match in this regard. Both teams would constantly jockey for proper positioning and strike only when it was appropriate to do so. The constant trading of damage made Baron takes tense affairs with no clear outcome until the final second that it was secured.

If you are strapped for time and are looking to only watch one game in this marathon series, I would suggest Game 5. The play in Game 5 was methodical to a fault. There are definitely moments in this particular game where you can feel the weight of the situation. No one dared overstep and throw away their chance at the finals. Every move was well reserved and made with the utmost caution.

The tension was palpable with each passing second whenever the two teams began to circle around the Baron pit. Due to the unkillable nature of the two frontlines, these Baron moments became staring contests with everyone waiting to see who would blink first. While all the tank play and the regeneration from Warmog’s Armor seemed a bit overwhelming (not to mention annoying at times), it was worth it to see 100 Thieves find their finishing blow and close out the extremely tense game for a spot at the spring finals.

Miami bound

With the semifinals completed, we now know who will be competing in the finals in Miami. Through all the spills, chills and thrills of the playoffs so far, both Team Liquid and 100 Thieves have undoubtedly proven their worth for a title shot. The question will, of course, be who will come out on top? Team Liquid and 100 Thieves have both displayed a good amount of strategic patience in their playoff victories, so it will no doubt come down to who is able to more effectively execute their game plan. It will all come to a head this Sunday, so be sure your schedule is clear so you can catch all the action.

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NA LCS Spring 2018 Playoffs Round-Up

NA LCS Spring 2018 Quarterfinals round-up

The NA LCS spring 2018 playoffs kicked off last weekend and League of Legends fans were excited to see what would happen in what is possibly the most exciting season of the NA LCS to date. Overall, the matches were very exciting, as all four teams had something to prove.

Well oiled machine

The first match of the quarterfinals featured a clash between Team Liquid and Cloud9. Team Liquid, who had struggled in past splits, was looking to fix their tarnished reputation through their super-group roster, while Cloud9 was looking to prove that their recent struggles were not indicative of the team’s true strength.

The match proved exciting, as Team Liquid and Cloud9 were able to draft towards their strengths in all three games. Team Liquid was able to draft Skarner for Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, allowing him to greatly influence how the game was played through Skarner’s pick potential and durability. Team Liquid also benefited from drafting sturdy top lane champions like Swain and Singed for their star top laner, Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong. Cloud9, on the other hand, looked to play around the composition strategies that had aided them in the first half of the split. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie was placed on strong laners in the top lane, while Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen and Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi were placed on champions that were both extremely impactful and familiar.

NA LCS Spring 2018 Quarterfinals Round-Up

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Though the match score was 3-0 in favor of Team Liquid, the match was certainly a close one. While Cloud9 sported good form in lane and in the early game, their issues around neutral objectives and gold leads continued to plague them. Game 1, for example, demonstrated Cloud9’s late game indecision. Team Liquid out maneuvered C9 in a catch-22 style play at Elder Dragon that allowed TL to come up ahead in the first game of the series. Even when making big plays, like Sneaky’s Game 3 quadra kill, C9’s individual play was not enough to get them over the hump. Team Liquid certainly proved to be the more cohesive team, as they were able to run circles around Cloud9 when it came to decisive macro play and securing neutral objectives even when behind in gold.

Underdogs bite back

The next match of the quarterfinals featured Team Solo Mid, the kings of North American League of Legends, defend their title against the newly minted Clutch Gaming. Again, the narratives proved irresistible in this match. TSM, who experienced a rough start to the split with their new jungler and bot lane, looked to grasp another NA title with Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell leading the charge. Meanwhile, Clutch Gaming was a team that no one believed would be able to make it to playoffs and looked to prove everyone wrong.

The game, much like the C9-TL match, proved to be just as exciting. The series started with TSM drawing first blood with a methodical Game 1 win through Michael “MikeYeung” Yeung’s suffocating counter jungling. While down from Game 1, Clutch was not ready to throw in the towel by any means. The next game saw Clutch ramping up with Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent’s insane playmaking on Thresh and Nam “LirA” Tae-yoo’s scrappy, in-your-face playstyle. After winning a back and forth Game 2, the rest of the series was all Clutch, as TSM was not unable to stop LirA or Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten’s Swain from dominating the rift, and ultimately the series.

With the 3-1 win over TSM, the scrappy band of underdogs known as Clutch Gaming look to prove that new faces are just as strong as the old as they enter the semifinals.

NA LCS Spring 2018 Quarterfinals Round-Up

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This weekend

Looking to this weekend, we will see Team Liquid and Clutch Gaming take on Echo Fox and 100 Thieves respectively. 100 Thieves, the first seed, and Echo Fox, the second seed, look to take advantage of their playoff bye and use the information they have scouted to better prepare for their respective matches. Meanwhile, their opponents will look to gain a spot in the finals and make NA LCS history. Will Team Liquid and Clutch Gaming be able to overcome their higher seeded opponent? You’ll have to watch the games this weekend to find out!

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Cloud9’s Stormy Approach to Playoffs

With Week 9 of the NA LCS finished, the spring 2018 playoffs loom on the horizon. While several teams put their best foot forward to end on a high note and get in gear for playoffs, Cloud9 struggled to capture the same spirit. Things were looking bright for Cloud9 fans with C9 finishing the first half of the round robin with an outstanding win-loss record of 8-1. With only one loss to Echo Fox, Cloud9 was looking unstoppable going into the second half of the split. What went wrong for the team?

Raining on their parade

A mix of meta changes and experimentation gone wrong took the wind out of the team’s sails and left Cloud9 with a second half record of 3-6 and the 5th place spot in the spring playoffs. In the first round, Cloud9 flourished due to a winning combination of Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and Andy “Smoothie” Ta’s hard hitting engages and explosive follow-up from Eric “Licorice” Ritchie, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen and Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi. The team made quick work of their opponents by shifting their focus from their mid lane to their side lanes.

Jensen, their star mid lane player who received a lot of jungle attention last season, roamed often and made sure his teammates were able to get advantages early. These early advantages allowed Cloud9 to throw their weight around the map and more easily take towers and neutral objectives.

With the changes brought by patch 8.4, however, Cloud9 featured a very different dynamic that they struggled to make effective for the remainder of the split. This new dynamic emphasized snowballing the early game and securing Baron as early and easily as possible. This was accomplished through picks like Licorice on Shen, Svenskeren on Kha’Zix, Jensen on late game scaling mages, and Smoothie on big playmaking supports like Blitzcrank or Rakan.

Sadly, this dynamic proved difficult for the team to properly execute. While Svenskeren was able to gather early advantages through early game plays, the team would often lose focus and do nothing with the early leads that they had generated. This, coupled with Licorice’s struggles to effectively pull the trigger on initiations through global abilities like Stand United or Teleport, made controlling leads and executing compositions very difficult. This skittishness to initiate caused problems for the rest of the team during the mid and late game and contributed to the majority of their losses.

Baron was another cause of concern for C9. The objective received a greater amount of emphasis because of the buffs to Baron itself and the synergy it presented with Banner of Command. Cloud9 seemed to be unable to secure Baron, as the team would either mistime backs or get picked off during key moments that allowed their enemy to take it for themselves. The best example of this is during Week 8 when Cloud9 continuously struggled to control the area around the objective.

Plagued by these ongoing issues, Cloud9 plummeted in the standings and ultimately finished 5th in the regular season.

Cloud9 Smoothie

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Silver lining

With their playoff match against Team Liquid only a few days away, all eyes will be on Cloud9 to see if they can return to the form that made them so successful in the first half of the spring season. While many will be concerned about the team’s ability to execute their compositions, all may not be lost for Cloud9 fans.

Against Clutch Gaming, Cloud9 showed signs of life by returning to the style that made them so effective in the first half of spring. Also, head coach Bok “Reapered” Han-guy has been vocal about the team’s ongoing issues and recognizes where their troubles lie. Whether the team is able to overcome their woes or not remains to be seen, but it will certainly make this weekend’s match much more interesting.

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