Cloud9 are the first 2019 LCS Summer grand finalists after defeating Counter Logic Gaming 3-1 in last night’s semifinal match. This is the seventh grand final for the org, and they will be competing next week for a direct seed at Worlds 2019.
C9 took a quick 2-0 lead in the series, showing they are laps ahead of CLG in terms of individual skill and team cohesion. A flawless 5/0/1 Qiyana for Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer defined game 1, as C9 punished hard every little mistake from CLG on the map. In 30 minutes, CLG put only two kills on the scoreboard to Cloud9’s ace, starting the series with shaky feet.
Game 2 was even worse, as CLG gave up two solo deaths top and mid, which was enough to snowball Nisqy’s Sylas and Eric “Licorice” Ritchie’s Gangplank, which finished the game 10/2/9 and 8/0/8 respectively. While C9’s bot lane took second stage to their solo laners, CLG couldn’t make any difference in that lane either.
Game 3 almost went into C9’s favor as well, as the series leaders took an early gold advantage and never let it go until the final moments. By the 28th minute, C9 were 9.6K gold ahead, an inch away from victory, when Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes Xayah scored a triple kill to start C9’s downward spiral. 10 minutes later, then the two teams contested the second baron, Cloud9 gave away four deaths, enabling CLG’s final comeback push.
Finally, game 4 was a real nail-biter, stretching 47 minutes with 43 kills on the board total. Nisqy’s Sylas was once again the star of the rift, though this time contested by Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage’s Orianna. Although CLG took two barons to C9’s one, C9’s overwhelming tower and dragon control ultimately pushed them through the finish line and into the grand finals.
C9 will face the winner of Team Liquid and Clutch Gaming, who will be playing today. TL enter as the heavy favorites, with fourth consecutive title in sights.