It was a dramatic and very close series between these two teams as they entered the rift in week 6. Immortal, along with TSM, were both battling to tie Counter Logic Gaming for first place in the standings. Both teams managed to clench that spot, leaving the standings with a current three way tie. CLG took a surprising loss to Team Dignitas yesterday, so it’s exciting to see where we will end up with a three way tie. Before the match, IMT Pobleter was saying how close the last series was between the two teams, and that Immortal won only on “very slim margins”, and that they were expecting a similar showdown today. C9 goes into match one heavily relying on Jensen to make big plays, who is possibly the best mid laner in the NA LCS right now.
In the first match, IMT Xmithie manages to take first blood on C9 Sneaky, but C9 Ray takes quick revenge with an excellent wall jump stun. Cloud 9 has full control in the mid game, with Ray getting picks and winning team fights in mid lane. C9 Constractz cleans up nicely and the two make a deadly combination putting their team up 7-1 in kills, before making a blunder and letting Immortal get Baron due to fog of war. IMT gets 1500 gold off the powerplay, but can’t do much else with it as Cloud9 takes the next two team battles, taking advantage of IMT Cody Sun making a misread of his flash. It was quite an impressive start for C9, especially considering the lose they had yesterday. Having Ray on Camille with map side advantage really gave him the opportunity to get kill after kill.
C9.Jensen was an amazing help winning his team many fights, it was interesting that he was equal against Syndra whenever she is arguably the better mid laner against Orianna. Jensen was getting huge shock waves with multi-man hits. Defiantly bouncing back from his loss yesterday, Jensen played as expected in the first game, with Cloud 9’s Ray helping a lot out on top side. It’s not that C9 can’t play at this competitive level, it’s that they are very inconsistent at it. Yesterday they lost with Impact playing top, and today they won their first match with Ray. The difference between the two being that Ray is more of a solo carry split push focus style, where Impact is more of a group player who relies on joining the team to make action happen.
In the second game, Immortal looked very strong from start to finish, getting an early lead in kills and then capitalizing on it by taking both drakes. IMT Xmithie and IMT Pobleter are causing major destruction to C9 this game. Cloud 9 seems like they can’t set up good coordination with their composition, the Taliyah can’t set up shop to workaround, Ray isn’t able to find flanks, Thresh being more about picks than fights, and overall the team comp just isn’t scaling well with level. Pobleter manages an early 5 kills and can out damage anything Cloud 9 can throw at him at this point. C9 does manage the fight back well though, with Ray able to pick off enemies for his team and makes a significant effort for C9 to take the lead back but the rest of his team isn’t there.
Game three looked much of the same as the opening of the first with C9 leading, but IMT played good to their weakness and didn’t allow a large gold lead. Pobleter wins his team some fights getting the multi kills he needs to boost himself. There were many opportunities in both of the last games where IMT could have let C9 get a victory. Immortals banked on Elise having a bigger impact than the Thresh combos. One thing that tripped Cloud 9 up was the double teleport as they left it go unnoticed a lot of the game, but allowed for Corki to gain a lot of his multi-kills.