For weeks, we’ve known that Cloud9 was going to rush into the LCS Spring playoffs on the heels of a near-perfect run through the regular split. And sure, it was fair to expect the competition to ramp up a little bit once the playoffs kicked off, but what occurred on Sunday didn’t quite showcase the rest of the league stepping up to Cloud9’s level, but instead, showed just how quickly C9 is moving away from the pack. 

After three quick contests, Cloud9 blazed through its first round matchup with 100 Thieves. No game lasted longer than 31 minutes, and C9 racked up nearly a 10,000 gold lead in each of the contests. Case in point, it was a brutal series. 

Cloud9 exemplified on Sunday why they’re considered the best team in the league and the odds-on favorite to walk away with the LCS title at the end of the split. The team was moving cohesively on all cylinders, even performing at a rate which saw them completely outpace 100 Thieves throughout the course of the entire series. 

2018 NA LCS Summer Split Semifinals Day 1
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Perhaps the most impressive performance of the 3 game sweep belonged to Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer, who posted a perfect K/D/A line of 19/0/21 throughout the course of the series, resulting in a perfect KDA of 40.0 as well as a Player of the Series recognition. 

Additionally, stellar performances from the roster as a whole allowed the team to have a little fun with flexibility in the series’ final game. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie bended the meta with a top lane Hecarim pick, while in the bot lane, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Phillippe “Vulcan” Laflamme took Ezreal and Yuumi all the way to the finish line with a combined K/D/A of 6/0/25 and a 4.4k gold advantage over their lane opponents by the time the dust had settled. 

In every facet of the game, Cloud9 outplayed 100 Thieves completely. Whenever 100 Thieves turned a corner, C9 was there waiting for them. If 100T tried to breathe, Cloud9 was there to step on their necks. And frankly, it didn’t matter who was standing in Cloud9’s way, the result would have been the same regardless of the opposition. Cloud9 is, by miles, the strongest team in the LCS. And with three more matches standing between them and an LCS title, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect C9 to feast on their opponents. If anything, Sunday’s series was simply the appetizer. 

 

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