Cloud9 takes confident win in first game of LoL World Championship
The play-in stage of Worlds opened today with a decisive win from North America's Cloud9 against Brazil's KaBuM! e-Sports.
The NA representatives went for a more early-game-oriented composition, but they could not find an early lead. It was Cloud9 that found the first turret and the first kill a few minutes later as Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam's Leona put KaBuM's Pyke on a silver platter for her ADC and the Rift Herald slightly later. KaBuM!'s jungler Filipe “Ranger” Brombilla de Barrios struggled to affect the early game, while his counterpart's support was instrumental in C9’s Eric “Licorice” Ritchie using his Aatrox to dominate the top lane. While Kabum! were able to find some kills in the mid-game, they were still significantly behind in gold.
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The Brazilian team sent three to kill Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen's Ryze 25 minutes in, only to lose two in return in Cloud9's collapse, leading to a baron play that saw C9 complete the ace and get the objective. Cloud9 used the baron buff aggressively, taking the mid inhibitor 2 minutes later before rotating top, and when Kabum tried to find a pick on Licorice, Cloud9 came in for the fight, took three kills and pushed top to get the nexus.
Apart from this being an important win - KaBuM is believed to be the stronger minor region team - this victory is important to Cloud9 because all their newer players stepped up. In their opening move on the Worlds stage, they have made a statement.