Cloud9 put in another strong performance to move to 4-1 in the LCS.

Cloud9 got back to winning ways this week in the LCS as they took down long-time rivals in TSM. Known to some as the LCS 'El Classico', it was an interesting game that ended in a very dominant way for the 2022 summer champions - even ending in a pentakill for superstar ADC Kim "Berserker" Min-cheol.

Whenever these two teams square off on the rift, form goes out the window. With the squads fairly close in all-time head-to-head records, a win here was vital for not only the standings but also the bragging rights over their bitter rivals.

The game started off in the perfect way for TSM. Cloud9's aggressive lurk into the top side was squandered when a lack of vision onto Lee "Bugi" Seong-yeop saw Ibrahim "Fudge" ( listen) Allami caught out to give TSM the first blood.

Although TSM was able to apply some pressure, all it took was one massive team fight for C9 to take over. It feels like Cloud9 are small corrections away from becoming a really scary team at all stages of the game. They (C9) have attempted to make aggressive plays in the early game but came up just short both times.

Once C9 can correct those small errors, the sky is the limit for the reigning LCS champions. For TSM, as disappointing as the game was for them, they have bigger fish to fry. With the projected ceiling for this roster, their focus is ensuring victories over teams looking to break into the top six for playoffs.

Where TSM has excelled is in its simplicity. Playing for scaling, and playing around summoner timers, these basic skills are important to have. Yes, they eventually got ran over against a much better team, but this is a building block for TSM.

Blaber's post-game interview on the LCS broadcast

Blaber at day one of the 2023 Spring Split Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games
Blaber at day one of the 2023 Spring Split Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games

Despite Berserker getting all of the accolades, Blaber had a fantastic game on Nocturne. The two-time MVP went deathless with a 1/0/15 scoreline. Nocturne is starting to become a pocket pick for Blaber. Even when the champion has not been meta, C9 has not been afraid to pull it out.

"I didn't really prep the nocturne pick for this game we just wanted to play Galio". Blaber said in his post-game interview with Barento "Raz" Mohammed. "Nocturne is a champ that I've been playing for my whole career. I'm really confident on it and I know my teammates always have a lot of trust in me and what I want to pick regardless"

Blaber is en route to becoming one of the best players in LCS history. The North American player boasts several LCS championships, and multiple individual accolades and has made many LCS memories. During his post-game with Raz, Blaber speaks about his drive to keep winning and extending his legacy.

"I just want to win again. For me, future splits are just to build my legacy as a player. I want to prove that I'm one of the greatest players to ever play in this region."

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