Week 8 of NA LCS didn’t have the most exciting matchups on paper—but there were plenty of upsets waiting to happen. We break down the action and analyze the results.
Game of the Week: Cloud9 vs Immortals
A few weeks ago, it’d be unimaginable to think of these teams having a close series. Yet with massive improvements on Immortals’ side and Cloud9’s recent string of shaky performances, this match suddenly turned into a clash of equals.
Game 1 had C9 try and take the initiative with multiple ganks. But for every time Contractz made a play happen, he’d end up giving up kills in return. And it didn’t help that his bot lane was falling behind on its own. Even so, Immortals were still on a clock, as Cloud9 drafted a Kog’Maw AD carry and—for the most part—managed to keep up in gold. Something drastic needed to happen to swing the game in Immortals’ favor. And that play was a carefully set up 28-minute Baron. C9 had no vision over the objective and were too hesitant to commit, making it easy for Immortals to get both the Baron and an engage onto the enemy support. Even though Cloud9 tried to make the last stand for their inhibitors, it was too little too late, and Immortals took the first game of the series.
Game 2 was the Contractz show. After getting two solo kills onto Dardoch and Pobelter, he took over the game and made one gank after another. And when a champion like Rengar has a 6/0/0 KDA 10 minutes into the game, you know you’ve got a problem on your hands. Immortals scrambled to find ways to come back into the game, but Contractz was just too far ahead, and Cloud9 secured an easy 34-minute victory.
Game 3 had Dardoch show us why he was once called the best jungler in North America. His Lee Sin set up so many early game plays for Immortals and completely dominated every fight he took part in. With Cloud9 being down 5k gold at the 15-minute mark, things started looking bleak for them. And this deficit was even more emphasized by C9 Jensen’s uninspiring Talon play. With all lanes being behind, Cloud9 could only stand and watch as Immortals took a 20-minute Baron and made the final push through the bottom lane inhibitor. A 2-1 victory for Immortals!
Biggest Surprise: Team Dignitas
Dignitas have turned their bad luck around. The change in the coaching staff was all this lineup needed and today the team looks sharper than ever. Even though some of their games are still rough around the edges, Dignitas as a whole show a much more proactive and cohesive playstyle. And when you consider that they went from a bottom-tier team to Playoffs contenders in just a few weeks, Dignitas deserve all the praise they can get.
Biggest Disappointment: Cloud9
It’d be easy to say ‘Echo Fox’ or ‘Team Liquid’ here but this is probably one of the few chances that I’ll get to call out Cloud9. While C9 have had a strong start of the Split, their play took a turn for the worse over the last few weeks. It’ clear that the team is struggling to adapt to the new meta. But what’s even more worrying is the major dip in Jensen’s performance, which is a worrying trend when there’s so much emphasis on mid lane. And sure, the team sill finished Week 8 with a 1-1 win/loss record. But when two of their biggest rivals—TSM and P1—are looking stronger than ever, it’s not the time for Cloud9 to be dropping the ball.
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