Cloud9 vs. Team SoloMid
North America’s final playoff position for the world championship will be decided by a rematch of the semifinal between Cloud9 and Team SoloMid. Which team will join Team Liquid and 100 Thieves as North America’s representatives on the grandest stage of them all? The winners today will get their chance to prove themselves and the losers will start their offseason early.
C9 previously defeated TSM in the Summer playoffs in a 3-2 nailbiter, but TSM looks to have made a massive resurgence since then. TSM’s thrashing of Echo Fox 3-0 in yesterday’s match up has made them look more terrifying than ever. C9 on the other hand is still rebounding from their heartbreaking 0-3 loss to Team Liquid in the Summer finals. This match might be C9’s biggest test yet. Can the team preserve their mental fortitude in the face of an extremely strong opponent in TSM?
C9 have never lost a regional playoff before and it is more important for them to win now more than ever. Everything is on the line in this best of five series today.
Perhaps one issue for C9 is the nerves. Jungler, C9 blaber has appeared to let the pressure get to him on stage in recent performances. My own speculation leads me to believe that we could see C9 Svenskeren replacing him for the entire duration of the series as his own years of experience at the highest level will likely keep him calm and collected for the series.
Regardless of the result today, C9 and TSM have both represented North America at the world championship every year since C9 joined the LCS. For the first time, one of them will fall short.
Matchups to watch:
C9 Jensen/C9 Goldenglue vs. TSM Bjergsen
C9 Licorice vs. TSM Hauntzer
Prediction: Cloud9 3 – 2 Team SoloMid
Watch today’s match live at https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames. The games begin at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT.