In Week 5 of the NA LCS Spring Split 2017, the mighty have fallen. To be precise, Cloud9’s win streak has ended, much sooner than they managed to keep it going in their debut season. Of course, that’s not all, some other exciting matches took place, together with the usual boring low-stakes ones between the baddies.
First, let’s talk about the Cloud9’s week from hell. They had to play two opponents this week, Team SoloMid, one of their most serious rivals, and Phoenix1. While normally the match against Phoenix1 wouldn’t have been too exciting, it was flipped on its head when Phoenix1 signed Cloud9’s veteran Jungle sub, William “Meteos” Hartman to sub in for their own Jungler, Rami “Inori” Charagh.
The first inkling that this week wasn’t going to go like C9 wanted was in the first game of the series, when TSM won. C9 managed to adapt and tie the score, however, the decider didn’t go in their favor at all. Predictably, all of it came to Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. In the games where he managed to get fed, TSM won, while losing the other one. The second match C9 played against Phoenix1 went even worse for them. The reasons could be plenty. It’s certainly possible that Cloud9 put all of their time during the previous week into getting ready for TSM, thinking that Phoenix1 is the less dangerous opponent. It’s also possible that Meteos knew his former team’s weaknesses and told Phoenix1 how exactly to beat them. Whatever the case may be, the fact is that Cloud9 lost. They not only lost a second series in the same week, they lost it 0-2.
Speaking of the rest of the matches, the fall of FlyQuest continued with them losing against Team Dignitas 0-2, Phoenix1 2-0’ed Team EnVyUs, CLG managed to beat Immortals and Team Liquid 2-1, DIG continued their winning streak by winning against Team Liquid 2-1, the rise of Echo Fox was stemmed when they lost to nV and Immortals, and TSM finished their week with a 2-0 after winning against FlyQuest eSports 2-1.
With the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split midway through, two teams, Cloud9 and Team SoloMid are clearly at the top with an 8-2 score. The other two teams in the top 4 of the standings are FlyQuest eSports and, surprisingly, Phoenix1, both with a 6-4 score. Let’s see if Cloud9 can keep their number 1 spot in Week 6 with TSM nipping at their heels.