With a captivating series going the full distance in the semifinals of the LCS Lock-In tournament, Cloud9 came out as the winner as they defeated 100 Thieves to book their ticket to the Grand Finals.
Despite starting off the series at a poor note with losing the first two games, C9 rebounded by winning the next three straight games to cap an instant classic in the prelude of the 2021 LCS season. Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen led the way for C9 with his 25/7/32 cumulative KDA for the series, with 24/4/17 of the total happening in Games 3-5.
“I’m happy that I got two penta kills despite dying in-lane in Game 5,” said C9 AD Carry Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen in the post-series interview after taking down 100T. “It feels bad when you lose lane and you win because your teammates are better than theirs, but I think I played well after the first death in lane. So overall, I’m happy we won but there’s so much to work on before playing the winner of TL versus EG.”
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Propped by a 5/1/3 Miss Fortune handled by ADC Ian “FBI” Huang, Hundred Thieves won the first game of the series after closing with a 15-3 team kill score and a 11,000 gold lead. Whatever C9 tried to muster for a comeback was quickly subdued by a surging 100T. No event in the game best described the Thieves’ apparent superiority than jungler Jan “Closer” Çelik’s baron steal without smite in possession.
The second game of the series continued the Thieves’ stampede for the series win. In the 30-minute mark, with 100T ahead by 6,000 gold and Ocean Soul up for grabs, Alistar, headed by support Choi “huhi”Jae-hyun, knocked multiple members of C9 up in the air, forcing their Taric to use his ultimate for protection. After his ultimate timed out, Alistar reinitiated the fight by headbutting back into C9 and stunning the enemy team, paving the way for an Udyr triple kill and a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3.
In Game 3, C9 began tooting the horns for a possible comeback as thanks to the carry build from Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen that went into fasting his champion Senna, stifling the Thieves and taking over without mercy. For all of the series’ third game, Senna left farming duties to her lane partner Tahm Kench, who grubbed up in CS whereas she gradually scaled with collecting souls from enemies.
Not a single Mythic item was bought from Senna because she didn’t need to. The damage accrued from killing souls along with the passive whose Absolution increases her physical damage and range with each soul allows her to attack from a fair distance, giving the team a huge advantage in large fights. With Zven’s 3.23 damage per gold and a whopping 41.2% damage percentage, C9 ended up with another game in the series and life for their existence in Lock-In.
In addition to Zven’s excellent performance, Luka “Perkz” Perković followed suit with his Yone by going 8/4/5 in his second try with the champion.
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The fourth game began on an even state between the two sides as although 100T took the first three dragons and destroyed more turrets in the early game, their gold lead remained at or less than a thousand gold.
Near the 29-minute mark, as both teams wrestled in the jungle for the fire dragon, C9 formally seized the issue with Miss Fortune’s ultimate initiating the teamfight, which forced 100T to drop back and allow Robert “Blaber” Huang and his Lilia to smite kill the objective. Furthermore, Lilia’s ultimate forced 100T to sleep, presenting his teammates the opportunity to wipe their rivals and take the clear advantage of the game.
As a result of the advantage, C9 broke through the base and gunned for the inhibitor turrets, Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme with his Bard caught almost the entirety of 100T with his Tempered Fate ultimate, rendering them feeble and ripe for Miss Fortune’s taking, to which she did with her ultimate and subsequent pentakill to settle the game. With the pentakill graphic flashing through the screen, C9 destroyed the enemy nexus, queued up the “Silver Scrapes” song, and forced the fifth and final game of the series.
Blaber led C9 in Game 4 via his 2/1/12 performance with Lilia, garnering Player of the Game honors.
With the momentum of the series clearly in C9’s favor, the team opened the last game with the advantage as eight kills, two dragons taken down, and two destroyed turrets by the 14-minute mark heaved them to a 4,000 goal differential. Just four minutes later, C9’s gold lead grew to 6,000 after taking two additional 100T turrets.
Rell wrangled three C9 players together with her ultimate but didn’t produce any kills as Udyr kited back with his ultimate to safety. Miss Fortune then deployed her ultimate on the 100T pursuers, forcing the latter team to retreat. As 100T moved back, Twisted Fate used his red card and ultimate to deal heavy magic damage and set the stage for another pentakill for MF, leaving C9 with the Ocean Soul, virtually sealing the reverse sweep and sealing their place in the Grand Finals.
With the result, Cloud9 will await the winner of the Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid second semifinal series of Lock In which will occur tomorrow at 3 p.m. PST.
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