The rejuvenated team of Cloud9 currently sits at fifth place. The side has played 14 games in the league with seven wins and seven losses. However, these stats don’t tell the whole story. They are currently on a four-game winning streak which also includes beating the dominating team of Echo Fox. Cloud9 seems to have found the winning formula with the signing of Robert “Blaber” Huang. They should now be aiming to secure a ticket to Worlds.
Team Liquid is a force to be reckoned with at the moment, as they currently sit at first place. They have also played 14 games from which they won 10 and lost only four. However, their last defeat was to none other than their opponents, Cloud9. Since then they have established a five-game win streak. So, this encounter has a lot on the line for both teams.
Yiliang “Peter” “Doublelift” Peng needs to be shut down by Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi in the big game. At this stage of the season, this fixture will make or break the future of Cloud9 in the NA LCS. About 3 weeks ago these sides faced each other and Cloud9 was victorious. The MVP of that game was Eric “Licorice” Ritchie, who completely decimated Liquid with an impressive display on Poppy. This meeting was also the first appearance of Blaber on the Cloud9 team. However, since that upsetting result, Liquid hasn’t lost a single game. The same goes for Cloud9 as well. An impressive fact to keep in mind is that Cloud 9 has been a part of every single World Championship since their formation. So, this match will be a huge benchmark to keep the hopes of Cloud9 alive, even though Team Liquid is currently reigning supreme in the LCS.
It is to our understanding that Cloud9 will again defeat Team Liquid. The aggressive playing style of Blaber seems to have paid off for Cloud9. We should be seeing a Graves or a Kindred pick from the team. The position one player of the team, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, has been doing well in the lane. He has been creating space for Blaber and the duo seems to be unstoppable at the moment. But we just can’t leave Team Liquid’s Jake “Xmithie” Puchero from the equation. He has been known to cause problems for the best teams in the world, owing to his veteran experience. Cloud9 will need to keep him in check for their much-needed victory.
Meanwhile, in the battle of top lane, we have seen time after time Licorice dominating Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, even after getting better support. Licorice will surely be putting him under immense pressure but Impact might have the upper-hand when it comes to making timely rotations. He is known for his impressive roaming skills which might be a problem for Cloud9. However, Cloud9 countered these tactics last time around, so they will surely know what they are dealing with.
The only difficulty that Cloud9 faces is in the bot lane. We all know that Sneaky has been quite a decent player for Cloud9 this season. However, we are also aware that on his day Doublelift is one of the best laners in the world. No matter what the situation is he can farm in a phenomenal manner. So Cloud9 just needs to keep Kai’Sa away from him to have a decent chance of winning this critical encounter.
Cloud9 1 – 0 Team Liquid
Cloud9 2.10 – 1.66 Team Liquid
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