The chase to reach Worlds and avoid the gauntlet is starting to get more exciting, and no match is more important to this race than the semifinal match-up between Immortals and Cloud9. The two teams, ranked second and third in the regular season respectively, are each coming off recent success: Cloud9 won their quarterfinal match against Team Envy by a game score of 3-1 and Immortals are coming off a 16-2 regular season where their only losses were to the best team in North America at the moment, TSM.
The squads also featured heavily in the NA LCS All-Pro teams, with a combined eight mentions, including all of Immortals. Cloud9’s coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu was also runner up for coach of the split.
The game will feature some excellent match-ups, one of which is between Immortals’ jungler and last split’s MVP Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim and his Cloud9 counterpart, William “Meteos” Hartman. Reignover has been fantastic on the two champions he is most likely to play in the series, Gragas and Rek’Sai, achieving KDAs of around nine on both. He has played them a combined twenty-three times and has only lost two of the games. Meteos also plays an excellent Gragas and pulled it out twice against Team Envy in the quarterfinals for a combined scoreline of 8-1-22.
Another pair of players to watch is the top lane battle between Cloud9’s Eon-young “Impact” Jeong and Immortals’ Seung-hoon “Huni” Heo. By virture of being the third and second team All-Pro top laners this split, the two each bring something special to the table. Huni is known for his unconventional picks such as the much-ridiculed Lucian in last split’s semifinals vs TSM. Impact, in comparison, is much less likely to bring a carry pick in the top lane, as he has used tanks in all but six of his team’s games this split.
The other lanes also contain exciting match-ups, as Cloud9’s star mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, who is coming off a dominating and record-breaking series against Team Envy, goes against Immortals’ Eugene “Pobelter” Park and Cloud9’s ADC Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi faces off against Immortals’ Jason “WildTurtle” Tran.
The series should come down to whether Jensen can replicate his stunning quarterfinal performance, or if Reignover and the rest of Immortals can shut him down and get his team to one win away from Worlds.
The match will take place on August 20 at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern.