• North America’s dominant predators to clash this weekend
  • Thrills and chills surround this playoff matchup next to the LCS Championship finals
  • This third face-off comes with a spot at the World Championship for the winner

With the onset of the 2021 LCS Championship on the horizon, the first round is heavy and dripping with expectations: a matchup with a best-of-five series between North American titans Cloud9 and Team Liquid. 

It’s the third and make-or-break meeting for these two predators after having faced off at the LCS Lock-in tourney and the 2021 Mid-Season Showdown. After C9 took home the latter and Liquid the former, they rise up against each other again in a stance where a spot at the World Championship is at stake.

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LCS Summer 2021 Playoffs

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August 8th, 2021 – 2PM CSTCLOUD9+59T. LIQUID+129

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Having had their fair share of terrorizing the league, the only difference they come with now is their standings. But here’s the catch: neither one comes unscathed. 

C9 is currently in the center of the fray as the fourth place, and TL is the fifth, and they are now locking horns striving towards the postseason, lusting for the summit.  But the path leading to the top has not been easy: Cloud9 had to bench star ADC Zven the first couple of weeks of the Split due to some nameless and unexplained reasons for which they ended the first four weeks with a very atypical record of 6-6, tanking easy wins and then suddenly picking up the slack; very unstable. Now, they’re coming in after the struggle to prove themselves in a best-of-five series with a team that has also dragged themselves to reach that very same spot.

Liquid started out with the benching of their top laner Alphari, then some wayward substitutions came about, and then problems with a June press conference, where Team Owner Steve Arhancet said the team was letting head coach Jatt go, although the latter said it was actually his own decision. Plus, they had to play setting their starting jungler Santorin aside many weeks due to health issues, and all this affected their standings. There were no significant wins in the horizon, even after Alphari popped right back at Week Six and on.

Now, at the playoffs stage, both teams come with their original Spring Split weaponry handy, but with the pressure, stress and limelight shining in their eyes that might make their armors crumble: Worlds is the ultimate goal and neither are willing to accept the slap in the face that would eliminate them from the playoffs.

C9 brings Zven to the mix, with an 8.3 KDA and 66 kills through a 15-game span. Vulcan is also in the mix, who led all the month’s supports with a 77.7-percent kill participation percentage and the highest KDA in his role; let’s not forget top laner Fudge, who quickly took over the title of best North American top laner when Alphari wasn’t around. 

Liquid’s future success will be depending mostly on Santorin, although he has been only recently warming up to try to return to playing League, only to be pitted against C9. Crude…Let’s hope he has time to shake it off before the actual scrimmage.

This Sunday August 8th will be the moment of truth for these hobbled giants. 

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