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The League of Legends World Championship (also known as Worlds) is a yearly international tournament that brings together the top teams from each league in a battle to hoist the Summoner’s Cup and earn the title of World Champion. The event moves between host regions each year; this year, teams will battle it out on a tour of four cities across South Korea.

Cloud9 (NA LCS) vs Gambit Esports (CIS)

Game 1
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Cloud9 starts the series on a strong note

Heading into the series, the desk prediction would be that Cloud9 would take this series 3-1. During the group portion of the Play-Ins, it felt more like Gambit Esports limped into the Knockouts. Despite Cloud9 looking rocky in some of their games, the individual performances of their players looked much better than the roster of the Gambit.

Despite the lack of faith in the Gambit, they looked pretty strong in the early phase of the game. Diamondprox’s Nocturne gave Gambit a lot of early game pressure as they were able to punish Licorice in the top lane. Despite facing early aggression, Cloud9 was able to keep the game even. The game was turned on its head when Gambit overcommitted on an attempt to catch Jensen out in the mid lane. Jensen was able to stall with the use of Zhonya’s until his team could show up to counter the dive. After the play – Diamondprox dove Jensen to secure the kill; unfortunately the deep dive to secure costs him his life and his team the resulting team fight. After a baron secure, Cloud9 take the lead in the series 1 to 0.


Cloud9: 13/5/32

Licorice: 3.5 KDA w/ 187 CS
Blaber: 10 KDA w/ 174 CS
Jensen: 8 KDA w/ 284 CS
Sneaky: 10 KDA w/ 248 CS
Zeyzal: 10 KDA w/ 49 CS

Gambit Esports: 5/13/14

PvPStejos: 2.5 KDA w/ 187 CS
Diamondprox: 1.67 KDA w/ 153 CS
Kira: 1 KDA w/ 233 CS
Lodik: 3 KDA w/ 240 CS
Edward: 0.75 KDA w/ 48 CS

Winner: Cloud9

Game 2
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Gambit’s unorthodox draft gives them a convincing victory over C9

During the pick and ban phase, Cloud9 continued their plan of limiting Diamondprox’s champion pool by banning out Gragas, Taliyah, Skarner, and Olaf. After giving Urgot to Gambit, Cloud9 locked in Akali and Alistair. The curious part of the the Gambit draft was picking up Poppy for Diamondprox in the jungle. The pick does have high synergy with Kira’s Anivia.

As the game played out, it looked like a different Gambit Esports on the rift. Once it again, it was shown that Blaber struggled in the matchup of Kindred into Urgot as it seemed he was a magnet for the Fear Beyond Death. As predicted from the draft, the duo of Poppy and Anivia caused to the C9 roster to get repeatedly picked off in teamfights. The zone control that Anivia created made it hard for C9 to mount an offense. The top lane Akali pick didn’t really do any favors for them either, as C9 really lacked access to a tank to really allow them to have easy teamfights. Falling too far behind in gold and structures, C9 could only watch helplessly as Gambit Esports closed out the game and tie up the series 1-1.


Gambit Esports: 18/6/46

PVPStejos: 2.75 KDA w/ 254 cs
Diamondprox: 4.5 KDA w/ 161 cs
Kira: 15 KDA w/ 289 cs
Lodik: 17 KDA w/ 359 cs
Edward: 12 KDA w/ 78 cs

Cloud9: 6/18/14

Licorice: 1.33 w/ 258 cs
Blaber: 1.5 w/ 230 cs
Jensen: 1.33 w/ 307 cs
Sneaky: 1 KDA w/ 304 cs
Zeyzal: 0.6 KDA w/ 50 cs

Winner: Gambit Esports

Game 3
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Cloud9 pulls out a win with draft innovation

True to his words, Reapered brought Svenskeren for game three. This time, Cloud9 let Sion through the draft and surprised everyone by putting Licorice on Singed. Gambit’s composition looked more traditional teamfight lineup. On the side of Cloud9, their team was more focused on a 1-3-1 composition with the power of Taliyah to move between lanes.

At the beginning, the combination of Taliyah and Singed allowed Cloud9 to develop an early lead as they were able to consistently pick off PvPStejos in the top lane. With Cloud9’s team composition not focused on grouping for 5 vs 5 fights – they were able to limit a lot of the strengths of Gambit Esports. The power that Licorice had on Singed also allowed Jensen to apply pressure in the sidelane. With the lead they were able to accrue with the towers they had taken, Cloud9 were able to make short work and take the series 2-1.


Cloud9: 18/7/40

Licorice: 4.5 KDA w/ 263 cs
Svenskeren: 15 KDA w/ 153 cs
Jensen: 12 KDA w/ 283 cs
Sneaky: 3.3 KDA w/ 231 cs
Zeyzal: 12 KDA w/ 10 cs

Gambit Esports: 7/18/12

PvPStejos: 0.25 KDA w/ 173 cs
Diamondprox: 0.7 KDA w/ 135 cs

Winner: Cloud9

Game 4

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Gambit Esports push Cloud9 to the limit as they take the series to a game 5

Coming into the day, no one could have predicted that Cloud9 would be put into a high pressure situation looking at a game 5. But, Gambit Esports instrumented that scenario where they could be the team moving forward to the Worlds 2018 Group Stage. This is in part to a masterful draft on the side of Gambit, as they brought out a surprise Nautilus support pick. On the side of Cloud9, they went for a dive composition with a Jarvan in the top lane and Nocturne in the jungle.

Unfortunately for Cloud9, their dive composition was never able to truly get online as Edward’s Nautilus was able to create a lead for Lodik in the bot lane with the use of ult to pick off Sneaky on Draven. And although Licorice was able to secure an early kill on PvPStejos, he wasn’t really able to have that strong of an impact on the match. With Cloud9’s limited wave clear and their deficit allowed Gambit Esports to steam roll Cloud9 and tied up the series 2-2. Queue the Silver Scrapes


Gambit Esports: 17/8/41

PvPStejos: 10 KDA w/ 224 cs
Diamondprox: 6.5 KDA w/ 168 cs
Kira: 12 KDA w/ 222 cs
Lodik: 2.25 KDA w/ 244 cs
Edward: 14 KDA w/ 59 cs

Cloud9: 8/17/16

Licorice: 2.5 KDA w/ 271 cs
Svenskeren: 1.5 KDA w/ 151 cs
Jensen: 1 KDA w/ 233 cs
Sneaky: 1.75 KDA w/ 234 cs
Zeyzal: 0.75 KDA w/ 1 cs

Winner: Gambit Esports

Game 5
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In spite of a tight series, Cloud9 are able to advance the next stage of Worlds 2018

It felt that Cloud9 had spent a lot of the series taking their experimentation and innovation too far. In this draft, Cloud9 went back to their 1-3-1 bread and butter strategy. The most impressive part of their draft was Svenskeren’s Graves in the jungle and the Kai’Sa and Shen synergy for Sneaky and Licorice. On the side of Gambit Esports, their composition continued on their strength of having superior 5 v 5 team fights.

Returning to their point of power paid of for Cloud9 in this final game of the series. As predicted in the draft, Sneaky and Licorice were able to create a lead in the bottom lane by combing the Shen ultimate with Kai’Sa’s ability to dive the enemy. Svenskeren on Graves allowed to keep a high clear pace while also showing up in lanes for ganks and to equalize man advantages. In the mid game, a botched team fight on the side of Cloud9 gave Gambit breathing room and space to grab an Infernal drake. However, a fight in the Gambit red side jungle leads to Gragas and Ornn being picked off and Cloud9 starting the baron. After an amazing hextech flash engage by Zeyzal, C9 are able to rout the remaining members of Gambit and secure the baron and eventually the game.


Cloud9: 17/849

Licorice: 14 KDA w/ 266 cs
Svenskeren: 15 KDA w/ 196 cs
Jensen: 6 KDA w/ 269 cs
Sneaky: 11 KDA w/ 277 cs
Zeyzal: 3.5 KDA w/ 31 cs

Gambit Esports: 8/17/15

PvPStejos: 2.5 KDA w/ 210 cs
Diamondprox: 1.5 KDA w/ 139 cs
Kira: 2 KDA w/ 249 cs
Lodik: 1.5 KDA w/ 246 cs
Edward: 0.8 KDA w/ 18 cs

Winner: Cloud9

DetonatioN FocusMe (LJL) vs Edward Gaming (LPL)

Game 1
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Edward Gaming make statement with a commanding win in game one

DetonatioN FocusMe made LJL history by being the first Japanese team to advance past the Play-In group stage at Worlds. But unfortunately for them their opponents for the Knockout stage ended up being Edward Gaming – the most dominant looking team in all of the group stage. The Chinese representatives outclass DetonatioN FocusMe in each role. Even with EDG giving DFM some of their comfort picks – Ceros on Heimerdinger and Evi on Camile – it didn’t feel like it would matter much. EDG were able to get Kai’Sa for iBoy and Irelia for Scout. And Meiko secured Nautilus, a counter into viviD’s Thresh.

Early in the game, iBoy and Meiko picked up first blood on viviD. The game would prove to be a rough one for the DFM support as he would end it with six deaths. DetonatioN FocusMe tried to keep the game as competitive as possible, but the lead that iBoy got from the laning phase and Scout’s power on Irelia, proved to be too overwhelming for them. After securing the baron and winning a teamfight in the mid lane, Edward Gaming start the series with a commanding game one win.


DentonatioN Focus: 2/20/3

Evi: 0.7 KDA w/ 199 cs
Steal: 0.4 KDA w/ 101 cs
Ceros: 0.3 KDA w/ 208 cs
Yutapon: 0 KDA w/ 261 cs
vivD: 0 KDA w/ 15 cs

Edward Gaming: 20/2/29

Ray: 10 KDA w/ 255 cs
Clearlove: 9 KDA w/ 131 cs
Scout: 11 KDA w/ 272 cs
iBoy: 10 KDA w/ 319 cs
Meiko: 9 KDA w/ 61 cs

Winner: Edward Gaming

Game 2
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A creative baron attempt by DetonatioN FocusMe is thwarted by EDG as they take game two
DetonatioN FocusMe attempted a draft that tried to limit the places of power for Edward Gaming. Unlike game one, where they tried to match EDG in each place of the map, the game plan this time around was for DFM was to not lose laning phase. Similar to the first draft, DetonatioN was able to secure a lot of comfort picks for their laners with Ceros back on Heimerdinger and Evi on Gnar. Yutapon also took Ezreal for himself, to maximize his safety in lane. On the other side of the rift, EDG was gifted Akali for Scout and although iBoy’s Kai’Sa was banned he was still able to get a late game carry in Tristana.

There was improvements for the Japanese representatives in game two. Their early game was improved as they were able to trade kills in the mid lane. Evi had an easy, almost dominant, laning phase on his Gnar versus Ray on Urgot. But, despite a better early game, once Scout was able to secure a double kill by Ocean drake the game started to slip through their fingers. The stealthy assassin ran rampant as Scout racked up kill after kill on the DFM lineup. DetonatioN FocusMe attempted a stealthy baron take, but Scout and Clearlove thought something might be up and after Scout one shot Steal Clearlove was able to steal the baron. Akali was able to clean up the remaining members of DFM and with the baron buff in hand, were able to set up match point.


Edward Gaming: 16/2/27

Ray: 6 KDA w/ 208 cs
Clearlove: 9 KDA w/ 112 cs
Scout: 14 KDA w/ 204 cs
iBoy: 7 KDA w/ 217 cs
Meiko: 7 KDA w/ 15 cs

DetonatioN FocusMe: 2/16/4

Evi: 0 KDA w/ 183 cs
Steal: 1 KDA w/ 126 cs
Ceros: 0.2 KDA w/ 162 cs
Yutapon: 0.25 KDA w/ 185 cs
viviD: 0.5 KDA w/ 27 cs

Winner: Edward Gaming

Game 3
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Edward Gaming show their dominance as they sweep DetonatioN FocusMe 3-0
Even though the script for the Cloud9 versus Gambit Esports was turned on it’s head, Edward Gaming were able to play their part. The Chinese representatives proved that while they played a little sloppy in the group stage of Play-Ins that they could play clean League of Legends and to the level that was expected of them.

Credit to DetonatioN FocusMe as they were able to so improvement with each series. Despite losing 3-0, they should be able to hold their heads high with their overall performance this worlds. This game was the most competitive of the series as Steal was able to have more impact on the map on Nocturne and Yutapon actually had a much stronger laning phase this time around on Tristana. Unfortunately, for all the positive checkmarks – Ceros struggled in another mid lane matchup as Heimerdinger. On the top side, Evi had similar issues in his matchup versus Ray and the EDG top laner was able to me more impactful on the map. Despite keeping competitive in kills, DetonatioN FocusMe struggled to get an advantage either in turrets or gold. After EDG was a fight in which they drew DFM to their own blue buff area, EDG was able to take the baron and the win.


DetonationN FocusMe: 10/23/19

Evi: 1.7 KDA w/ 227 cs
Steal: 1.75 KDA w/ 152 cs
Ceros: 0.3 KDA w/ 198 cs
Yutapon: 1.75 KDA w/ 303 cs
viviD: 1.3 KDA w/ 25 cs

Edward Gaming: 23/10/50

Ray: 14 KDA w/ 270 cs
Haro: 8 KDA w/ 168 cs
Scout: 6.5 KDA w/ 276 cs
iBoy: 3.5 KDA w/ 271 cs
Meiko: 8 KDA w/ 23 cs

Winner: Edward Gaming

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