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2017 NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs: Cloud9 vs Phoenix1 Prediction & Preview

Cloud9 vs Phoenix1! Two top-tier teams will face off in a nail-biting BO5! Who will win—and why?

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Phoenix1 are looking strong and the best thing about this team is its carries. Both Arrow and Ryu bring a lot of power to Phoenix1’s laning and team fighting. Combined with the team’s drastically different composition, it makes Phoenix1 a very dangerous opponent.

Cloud9 haven’t been looking too shabby of late either. Their early game still relies too much on their laners getting ahead, but once they get out of the laning phase, Cloud9 crush their enemies with textbook rotations and solid team fighting.

Match Preview

Top Lane Matchup: Phoenix1’s zig has grown a lot over the Split. His 3.2 KDA and 7.5 CS per minute might not blow you away, but it’s his wide range of counter picks that make him so tough to deal with. Unfortunately for zig, Cloud9 is a tough matchup for him. It’s less about Impact—although he definitely can hold his own with his 4.3 KDA and 7.8 CS per minute—and more about Ray. Holding a 2.4 KDA and 8.1 CS per minute, Ray doesn’t shine much against regular top laners, but his carry-oriented champion pool is a perfect counter to zig’s play style. An advantage to C9 in the top lane.

Jungle Matchup: C9 Contractz is solid, but he’s also far from great. Despite his formidable 3.7 KDA and 4.8 CS per minute, he lacks the early game explosiveness that so many top-tier junglers have. In comparison, both Meteos and Inori have more well-defined strengths and weaknesses. With a 3.7 KDA and 4.8 CS per minute, Meteos is a master of control that excels at efficient pathing and team fighting. While Inori falls behind with his 3.0 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute, his high-risk, high-reward jungling offers a nice contrast to Meteos’s play style. Contractz won’t be able to exploit Meteos in the early game, and he will struggle to match Inori’s aggression. A win for P1 in the jungle.

Mid Lane Matchup: P1 Ryu has been on fire so far. Sporting a 3.8 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute, he’s a team fighting monster that seems to always find windows for game-winning plays. However, his laning phase isn’t as solid, which puts him at a disadvantage against Cloud9’s Jensen. With a 5.4 KDA and 9.7 CS per minute, Jensen is a mechanical prodigy that pushes his opponents to the absolute limit. He might not make as many roams and plays as his opponent, but his flawless laning will put Ryu to a test.

Bot Lane Matchup: Bot lane will be the tipping point of this matchup. Cloud9’s Sneaky and Smoothie are seasoned veterans with exceptional mechanics and game sense. Their 5.4 and 4.2 KDAs aren’t just for show either, as this duo can drive most opponents to the brink through superior laning. While P1’s Arrow might be able to match them with his 5.3 KDA and 8.4 CS per minute, Shady and Stunt are far less convincing. Shady has been mediocre with his shaky execution and 1.2 KDA. Even though Stunt’s 4.3 KDA looks good on paper, his play has been hit or miss throughout the season. Another win for Cloud9.


There’s no doubt that Phoenix1 are a solid team. However, Cloud9 are much more well-rounded than them in almost every aspect of the game. Unless P1 can break open the game in the laning phase, it will be a 3-1 victory for Cloud9.

Tell us your thoughts on if you think P1 can overcome C9!

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Daniil Volkov

I craft narratives around League of Legends and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

2017 NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs: Cloud9 vs Phoenix1 Prediction & Preview

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