Cloud9 Tears Down Phoenix1 in Quick Sweep

by James Bates

(Photo: Cloud9)

Cloud9 have their sights set on the NA LCS finals, and it seems that nothing in the league is going to stand in their way. Phoenix1 looked like a hot commodity coming off their easy victory last weekends over Dignitas, but they weren't hot enough to take on the team that many pinned as being the best team in the League since the beginning of the Spring Split. Phoenix1 barely registered as a speed bump for Cloud9, who ran them over in a fast 3-0 sweep, on which wasn't terribly competitive outside of the first game. 

There was two major problems for Phoenix1, problems that they weren't able to find answers for over the course of the series. The first was in the mid lane, where Ryu was consistently under fire from Jensen, and only occasionally able to fire back. Jensen found himself enabled with a counter pick throughout most of the series, and he leveraged his laning advantages into game wins without too much trouble, especially in the later games where Ryu seemed to completely deflate. The other problem came from the jungle, where both Inori and Meteos proved unable to match Contractz's almost foolish level of aggression in the later stages of the game. Two different games featured plays where Contractz buried Phoenix1 all on his own, including a flashy Graves quarda-kill during Game Two.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the Player of the Series ended up being Contractz, who was also awarded the Rookie of the Split award in the middle of the series. Neither of Phoenix1 junglers could hold a candle to him, even once Meteos took to the stage in the hopes of taking down his old team. Relentless aggression on the bottom side of the map paid off big time for Contractz, as he consistently managed to both shut down Arrow and get himself ahead, especially when PHoenix1 were foolish enough to let him take Graves onto the Rift. In a season full of outstanding rookies and on a team of powerhouse talents, Contractz stands out from the rest as indisputably the best jungler during this split of the NA LCS.

CLloud9 will now move on to the Grand Finals in Toronto, where they will take on either Team Solomid or, if the script plays out right, FlyQuest, a teram stacked with players that all began their careers on Cloud9. Tomorrow will tell which it will be, as TSM takes on FlyQuest at noon PST.

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.