Team WE had a rocky start to their tournament, but they’ve since reached full potential. At their core, they’re a very strong late game lineup that’s built around a potent marksman. That being said, WE’s other players can also come out with carry performances, and their early game Caitlyn strategy has blindsided everyone in the competition.
Cloud9 have qualified by the skin of their teeth. As always, this team works well around the jungle/mid duo but struggles to translate its success into side lanes. Still, if Cloud9 reach 5v5s, they can be a very deadly teamfighting team, and their macro isn’t too shabby either.
Top Lane Matchup
Whatever was your opinion on Impact’s NA LCS form, he’s definitely peaked at Worlds. With a 3.5 KDA and 8.1 CS per minute, he’s the shield of Cloud9, a player that’s always ready to sacrifice himself for the good of the team. That being said, Impact is far from a punching bag, and he can easily take over the top lane if given the opportunity.
WE’s 957 performs a similar role on his team. Holding a 6.8 KDA and 7.8 CS per minute, he’s a tank-oriented player that can bring out a few pocket picks like Rumble or Renekton. Even so, Impact is well-versed in dealing with these threats, and we’d have to give the edge to him.
Verdict: C9 Impact conquers the top lane.
Contractz is another player that’s shown up for the World Championship. Sporting a 2.5 KDA and 5.2 CS per minute, he’s improved to the point where he’s one of the best junglers at the tournament, and his synergy with Jensen allows C9 to get countless early game leads.
Unfortunately, he’s facing another jungle superstar—Condi. With a 7.0 KDA and 4.1 CS per minute, Team WE’s jungler has pulled off a string of outstanding performances on tanks and carries alike. Sure, Contractz is impressive, but Condi is a seasoned veteran that won’t let C9’s rookie overwhelm him.
Verdict: WE Condi outclasses Contractz in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
As always, Jensen’s been on point. With a 3.5 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, he’s a mechanical monster that routinely shows up in the laning phase and in teamfights. That being said, Xiye has also done well for himself. Sporting a 5.6 KDA and 9.2 CS per minute, he’s a highly aggressive mid laner with a vast champion pool at his disposal. Jensen still has the advantage, but it’s not a massive one.
Verdict: C9 Jensen edges out a win in the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
C9’s bot lane is solid. With a 3.4 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, Sneaky is a textbook example of a teamfighting marksman that does reasonably well throughout the game. And even though Smoothie (5.0 KDA) feels a bit lost in the Ardent Censer meta, but you can always count on him to do his job.
But that’s just not going to cut it against WE’s power duo. Holding a 6.5 KDA and 10.2 CS per minute, Mystic is the singular carry that propels his team to victory. And his support—Ben—is amazing at making his AD carry shine, and has an 8.3 KDA to show for his efforts.
Verdict: WE’s Mystic and Ben shut down Cloud9’s bot lane.
This is probably the best matchup Cloud9 could’ve asked for, and it’s still not a great one. Having a weaker bot lane in a marksman-oriented meta is a recipe for disaster, and C9’s other lanes aren’t miles ahead either. Unless Contractz and Jensen can break open the early game, WE will score a 3-1 victory.
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