In their first game at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship, Cloud9 defeated DetonatioN FocusMe. The North American squad jumped right into action, taking command of the game early and never relinquishing it, securing a crucial victory in the event.
.@Cloud9 start off their #Worlds2021 run with a win! pic.twitter.com/dBAwW1ObrZ— LoL Esports (@lolesports) October 5, 2021
Many NA fans have great hopes for C9, thus making it beyond the play-in round is almost the absolute minimum in terms of expectations. DetonatioN FocusMe (DFM), on the other side, returns to the international scene after failing to qualify for the group stage at Worlds 2019 and the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational. DFM started their Worlds 2021 tournament with a victory over Unicorns of Love yesterday.
At Worlds 2021, both squads opted to go with well-established selections. Miss Fortune, Irelia, and Qiyana were targeted by C9, while Gnar, LeBlanc, and Jhin were targeted by DFM. As a result, the early game was expected to be sluggish, however C9 went for some early aggressiveness, with Fudge denying his opponent in the top lane CS and Zven getting first blood after a mid-lane roam.
C9's players capitalized on this early lead, earning even greater advantages as the game continued. On Summoner's Rift, Fudge and Perkz stood out by making their opponents appear totally lost. Around the 22nd minute, the Japanese team put up a strong fight but fell short, giving C9 control of the game. Following that, the LCS representatives quickly wrapped off the match, taking their first victory at Worlds 2021.
Perkz and his comrades needed to get off to a good start in the competition, especially against a club like DFM. Many experts feel that there are no clear favorites in Group B of the play-in stage, and that anyone, even DFM, may advance. If C9 does not finish first in this group, they may be forced to compete in a best-of-five series against LNG or Hanwha for a position in the main event's group stage.
Before the commencement of Worlds 2021, some competitive League supporters questioned the third North American team. However, with such a strong start to the tournament, the players may have quiet some critics—at least for the time being.
C9's next game is today, October 6th, at 10 a.m. CT, versus Beyond Gaming.