Samsung Galaxy showed the reason they were tournament favorites at the first day of the 2016 League of Legends World Championships quarterfinals by demolishing Cloud9 swiftly by 3-0.
Game 1 was an outright stomp, with SSG rolling early execution mistakes from Cloud9 into a 28-minute victory. Mid laner Minho “Crown” Lee set the tone for the series six minutes into the first game when he somehow turned the tables on a double gank.
Cloud9’s support Andy “Smoothie” Ta and jungler William “Meteos” Hartman both tried to flash onto Crown with Alistar and Rek’Sai. Crown juked back to avoid the crowd control chain, but instead of retreating, he went on the offensive to take down Smoothie.
What naturally followed was all Samsung Galaxy as they wrapped up the win in less than 28 minutes.
Game 2 was significantly closer, with C9 keeping up with the Korean roster until a massive teamfight at the Baron pit saw their members struck down. It took Samsung 18 minutes to pick up first blood. Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin had teleported to surround Cloud9 in the river in front of Baron.
He landed his Kennen’s Slicing Maelstrom just seconds as Crown hit Orianna’s Shockwave for a massive combo that wiped out Cloud9 even before Eon-yeong “Impact” Jung teleported into the fight.
From there, same story as Game 1, the game that had been essentially even at 26 minutes turned one sided dramatically as Samsung pushed their advantage to an easy victory.
Cloud9 was finally able to gain an advantage Game 3 as William “Meteos” Harman pulled out his signature Zac and blew Flashes across the map. Unfortunately, they rarely turned into kills, and Samsung quickly snowballed mid-game wins into a massive advantage.
Samsung had always been one of the solid teams in the tournament after breezing through the latter half of group stage without a single defeat.
The third seed from Korea’s LCK also surprised many to even make Worlds over KT Rolster, and showed steely resolve despite heavy crowd support for Cloud9 at The Chicago Theatre. Home fans would also be let down by the fact that all North American teams are now out of Worlds with Cloud9’s exit.