Even the most hardcore League of Legends esports fans find keeping track of every region, including the minor regions, a tall task. As a result, the majority of fans will be unacquainted with many of the teams and players attending the most prestigious LoL Esports event of the year. So our Worlds Spotlight was created to help educate and inform the fans of the stories and narratives surrounding these players and teams. Welcome to our Cloud9 Worlds 2021 Spotlight.
Top: Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami
Jungle: Robert “blaber” Huang
Mid: Luka “Perkz” Perković
Bot: Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
Support: Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme
Head Coach: Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez
Regular Season Placing: 4th
Playoffs Placing: 3rd
After a disappointing MSI, Cloud9 stumbled through the majority of the summer split. From time to time, we did get to see the Cloud9 everyone was expecting to see, but in the end, they fell in a quick 3-0 to 100 Thieves in the losers finals, resulting in them representing North America as the third seed. While this may seem discouraging, we have to remember Cloud9’s history. Despite attending as NA’s third seed multiple times, Cloud9 has consistently put up the best international performance of any NA representative, even reaching the semifinals at Worlds 2018. So huff the hopium and see if 2021 Cloud9 can replicate their magic.
Players to Watch:
The Last Samurai: Perkz
Whether it is a twist of fate or not, Perkz will be the only member of G2 at worlds this year. Although we got to see glimpses of the Perkz that appeared throughout the Spring playoffs this summer, his most recent performance in the 100 Thieves series was less than inspiring. However, given his history, Perkz earns the benefit of the doubt. If Perkz can perform like the Perkz we were promised and expected, Cloud9 has a chance to make a deep run at Worlds 2021.
Blaber: Scuttle Prince or Pauper?
Along with Bjergsen, Blaber is the only player in the LCS with multiple MVP titles, and he did deserve it. Blaber has historically been a monster during the regular season. Yet, this summer felt like the first split Blaber appeared to struggle in the regular season, although this could be attributed to the team struggling as a whole. However, because of how his peaks were historically high, if Blaber were to return to peak form with Perkz and the rest of the Cloud9 roster finds their spring split form, Cloud9 could transform from pretenders to contenders.