Cloud9 make substituions AGAIN as Svenskeren and Goldenglue come in for crucial match against Team Liquid
- Young jungler Blabber and superstar mid Jensen have dropped to the bench
- Cloud9 are on a five game win-streak but their playoffs place isn’t secure
- Reapered says they have scrimmed TL a lot so C9 want to be more unpredictable
The NA LCS Summer Split has been a rollercoaster for Cloud9 to say the least. They struggled at the beginning of the season after subbing out their three star players, Jensen, Sneaky and Smoothie.
After losing his place to Zeyzal, Smoothie has since moved to Echo Fox but Jensen and Sneaky have regained their place in the starting line-up. Svenskeren has taken his turn on the bench as rookie jungler Blabber has impressed.
After picking up some steam, C9 have shot up the standings and are currently on a five game win-streak. However, with a crucial tie against leaders Team Liquid, they’re making more changes with Svenskeren and Goldenglue coming in for Blabber and Jensen.
Jensen (left) and Blabber (right) have dropped to the bench despite impressing for Cloud9
Last night, Blabber and Jensen were the key factor in C9’s win over Golden Guardians as the jungle and mid duo ran riot with the clever combination of Kindred and Zilean.
GG jungler Contractz, formerly of C9, picked Gragas in order to knock Kindred out of her ultimate but that was then negated entirely by the Zilean ultimate. Despite their excellent performances, they won’t be playing against Spring Split champions, Team Liquid.
Svenskeren and Goldenglue are accomplished players in their own right but the decision still left many baffled. Currently sat at joint fourth with OpTic Gaming and TSM not far behind, C9’s place in the playoffs in anything but secure.
Svenskeren (left) and Goldenglue (right) are great players but it is a questionable decision
However, coach Reapered revealed the change was a strategic one, tweeting: ‘We’ve had a lot of scrims together with Team Liquid before, so they know our current roster’s strength and weaknesses. I know they gonna prepare that way so we are prepared for them.’
It’s a decision that does make sense, best of ones are already unpredictable so putting more pressure on their opponents could be beneficial. This also gives us an interesting insight into how C9 may approach playoffs if they do qualify.
We have seen teams take advantage of extended rosters, SKT utilised multiple junglers for years to maintain their domination while recently Fnatic have also had success in rotating their top-laners, sometimes even for their ADC Rekkles.
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