The 2018 World semi-finalists Cloud9 had a fairly easy time against Golden Guardians, and for most of the game simply outplayed their opponents on the map.
The action started six minutes in, as a C9 invade of the enemy blue buff was punished with first blood going to Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia’s Lee Sin. Cloud9 soon replied with a series of ganks to the top, though, and by the time the early game was over Eric "Licorice” Ritchie’s Urgot was well on his way to being an unholy terror on the Rift. Cloud 9's superior map movement around the map put them ahead in gold and towers, and 21 minutes in, they exploited their superior vision to secure a virtually unopposed Baron Nashor. Even a solo kill on Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi by Henrik “Froggen” Hansen’s Leblanc only delayed the 9 push, and Golden Guardians soon lost their mid-lane inhibitor.
27 minutes in, Cloud9 found the pick on the Leblanc, and soon after managed to catch the enemy Lee Sin as well, leading to an unopposed second baron. Golden Guardians attempted to find some picks in the bottom side of the jungle, but Froggen playing on the edge of safety eventually got him caught in what turned to be a 3:0 in C9's favor while their bot lane duo was wrecking the enemy base, and the game ended shortly afterwards.
After some early missteps, Cloud9 controlled most of the game with great macro plays and vision control. For Golden Guardians, this is shaping to be a very poor start for what many saw as a strong roster, and they need to find out what has gone wrong and how to fix it.
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