This is the first time that Cloud9 have won a split and taken a title since 2014. It has been six years since Cloud9 fans have seen the boys in blue get the trophy, and now they will be hungry for more.
The series, while dominant as a whole by Cloud9, certainly wasn’t without signs of life from FlyQuest. In all three games, FlyQuest were able to take first blood, and in Games 1 and 3, they were pretty close in kills.
Cloud9 however seemed as if nothing could phase them and even when Robert “Blaber” Huang had been getting jumped on multiple times in Game 3, the rest of the team picked up the pieces and were able to put them together to make the final win that much sweeter.
This victory lands Cloud9 $100,000 from the total prize pool, along with a qualifying spot for the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) now taking place in July.
Cloud9 have done incredibly well this split, probably better than anyone believed in the off season when Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi stepped away from the team and was replaced with Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen.
After his abysmal time on TSM, most did not believe he would be able to fill the shoes of the beloved AD Carry, but he has done that and then some, along with his duo lane partner in Phillippe “Vulcan” Laflamme.
The two have been very much in sync in the botlane, which is not surprising as they both went to Korea for bootcamp weeks before the rest of the team followed so they could work on their synergy together.
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The entire split has been amazing for the organization, who came out swinging against any team that they came up against, going 17-1 in the regular season. While they were not able to clinch the perfect split, losing a game to TSM, it seemed inevitable that a loss was on the horizon, but most believed it would be Team Liquid to take a game from Cloud9, as they have always been the kryptonite.
Their post season was also strong, with a 3-0 against their pick in 100 Thieves, and although Evil Geniuses did get a game off them in their series, they still took them out, and then waited in the wings for who they would play against in Finals, which ended up being FlyQuest.
Many questioned Cloud9 not picking FlyQuest earlier in the playoffs, but it’s clear that whoever they picked would have had a quicker way out, and it didn’t matter in the end.
Cloud9 now look towards Summer, where they and their fans hope to see another commanding split from this roster.