It was an amazing Round 3 series, and a brilliant way to finish the North American Regionals. In the end, it was Cloud9 who emerged victorious, banishing CLG’s hope of making the World Championship. The final scoreline was 3-1 and that makes it seem more one-sided than it actually was.
As expected, Jensen showed up big in many of the games. He didn’t dominate in lane with Huhi more than holding his own. It was in the team fights that he really came through.
No matter how even Huhi left the laning stage, it was Jensen picking up the kills in fights and demolishing opponents left, right and center. Orianna and Syndra were his favourite champions, with their ults saving the day on more than one occasion.
Impact Overshadows Darshan
As the top laner, Impact did exactly what was needed every single time. The last game of the series saw him rock it out on Galio, and he was virtually unkillable. Again and again, Huhi set up ganks with Darshan, only to realise they didn’t have the damage to complete the kill.
Drawing gank after gank, he pulled CLG towards him, allowing Cloud9 to take the Baron and make other plays across the map. It may have been Jensen pocketing the gold, but it was Impact making that possible.
It could have gone either way
For much of the series it really could have gone either way. Although Cloud9 owned game 1, game 2 was extremely close, with Darshan beginning a base race that ended with Cloud9’s win.
Game 3 went in convincing fashion to a resurgent CLG, and whispers of a reverse sweep swept through the arena.
Game 4 was tense throughout, with a bizarre jungle start setting the stage for the rest of the competition. Omargod and Contractz dragged team member after team member into a fight for red. It eventually went over to Cloud9, as did the game.
But that took a last minute Elder Dragon kill, giving Cloud9 the edge to overcome CLG’s front line and sweep all the way into their base, taking the victory.
Next Stop Worlds
Cloud9 now find themselves at the 2017 World Championship. Such was their confidence that the coach had already booked the tickets. Are they quite on par with Immortals and TSM? Probably not, but they have a few weeks to practice and deserve their place despite losing in the first round of the playoffs.
The World Championships begin in China on September 23rd. Cloud9 will first have to compete in the Play-In-Stage before they can reach the group rounds. After today’s performance, they have certainly shown the fortitude to give everyone a run for their money.