Cloud9 earned themselves a ticket to the 2019 LCS Summer Finals after their Semifinals victory over CLG. They defeated the underdog squad 3-1 in a series that started off heavily in Cloud9's favor before transforming into a grueling, back-and-forth slug-fest.
With this win, Cloud9 will head to Detroit for yet another shot at reclaiming the coveted LCS title that they've been chasing since they last won in 2014. They're looking like an incredibly dominant force regardless of who they'll face off against.
Cloud9 owned the first two games of these series. Their bye week prep wasn't squandered, and CLG was wrapped so tightly around their finger that it didn't seem like they had any fight in them at all to ward off Cloud9's early game onslaught.
CLG's solo laners especially were heavily neutralized early on in the series, and Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen and Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer didn't waste a single opportunity to capitalize on that. Following two complete stomps, CLG's only hope of staying in the series was to hand priority over to Kim "Ruin" Hyeong-min and Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage.
Game three is where the magic happened. After Svenskeren completely took over the first 20 minutes of the game, CLG utilized Raymond "Wiggily" Griffin's pick potential on Elise to take advantage of Nisqy's immobile (and feeding) Taliyah. Fast-forward to 30 minutes, and a miracle base defense by Vincent "Biofrost" Wang saved them from annihilation and enabled CLG to claw their way to victory one teamfight at a time.
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CLG had all the momentum going into game four, and found themselves comfortably in the driving seat for the majority of the game. Their downfall stemmed from not closing out the game quickly enough when they'd gotten two Baron buffs for themselves. Mid-siege, a flank from Nisqy caught CLG off-guard and nearly leveled out the gold difference between the teams. CLG eventually couldn't answer Nisqy's Sylas or Eric "Licorice" Ritchie's Kled, and Cloud9 sealed the deal on the match after a clutch fight around Elder Dragon.
"I just wanted to make it interesting for the fans, ya know?" Licorice said in a post-game interview when asked what made Cloud9's nail-biter of a game four.
Despite making it to Finals at least once every year, Cloud9 has gone nearly five years without winning themselves a title. It's likely that their opponents will be Team Liquid, who are looking to head to the World Championship in style by winning their fourth LCS split in a row.
Team Liquid play Clutch Gaming on Sunday, August 18 at 12 p.m. to decide who will join Cloud9 on stage for the chance at an LCS title and a one-way ticket to the 2019 World Championship.