G2 vs. Cloud 9
Here we have a clash of the 3rd and 4th place teams from last years World Championship. Both teams helped created history last year alongside Fnatic. It was the greatest overall finish by Western League of Legends team in the history of the game at International level. Both teams will without a doubt be hoping to achieve similar success once more.
Last year at Worlds was a massive turning point for this organisation. They managed to achieve a respectable 3rd/4th finish and then in the off-season managed to sign mid-laner Caps from regional rivals, Fnatic.
Since this, they have dominated at the regional level in the LEC however Fnatic has managed to keep them on their toes. Most notably G2 pulled through for Europe with International success at MSI (Mid-Season Invitational). They put in an impressive and dominant showing throughout the event. They topped it off with destroying NA opposition, Team Liquid, in the grand final.
Can Cloud 9 replicate the success they experienced last year or is it time for them to pass the North American torch over to Liquid? They are pretty much the opposite to G2 following last year’s World Championship. Cloud 9 lost their star mid-lane, Jensen, to regional rivals Liquid. This has helped aid Liquids continued dominance in the region, securing 4 titles in a row.
Cloud 9 will have to lay it all out in this game. Depending on how their earlier game against Griffin goes, their tournament lives could be on the line here. It will be a huge ask to topple what can be described as the European giants right now. Crazier things have happened in the world of League of Legends.
I do love a good underdog story, however, I’m not overly optimistic for Cloud9 in this match. I think G2 will come out on top here and go on to finish the group unbeaten with a 6-0 record. Despite not being huge, you can get 1.36 odds on G2 to win.