T1 vs Cloud9 pits the second seed of each region against each other – where both of them could’ve been the first seeds.
The Main Stage of the 2023 League of Legends World Championship is progressing rapidly! The first Bo3 round of the Swiss Stage has ended, with JD Gaming beating LNG Esports 2-1, while Gen.G making an example out of G2 Esports, beating them 2-0 after some horrible drafts. On Sunday, the 1-1 batch will make their moves, with 4 of them getting a step closer to the Knockout stage, while 4 will be just one defeat away from elimination. Among them are Cloud9 and T1, two of the strongest teams of their region – who have to play against each other.
T1 vs Cloud9 Preview
Faker and his team had a bit of an underwhelming Worlds so far – not because a 1-1 scoreline is that bad, but because people always expect the most out of the only 3-time Worlds winner organization. However, T1 played against one of the teams that is already in the Knockout Stage, Gen.G, and couldn’t best the 1st seed of the LCK.
However, Faker and his teammates have defeated Team Liquid without much trouble, showing that they are still a strong team if they can get a bit of time to scale.
Choi “Zeus” Woo-je
Mun “Oner” Hyeon-jun
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong
Ryu “Keria” Min-seok
The most renowned org of the North American scene, Cloud9 had quite a good showing compared to expectations for the team. Fudge and his teammates have defeated MAD Lions without the EMEA 3rd seed showing much resistance, finishing the game with only giving up 3 deaths. They showed prowess in the draft and on the Rift as well, which is a promising sign for the LCS.
While they couldn’t beat LNG Esports, their effort was valiant, gaining the gold lead once and getting the first Baron of the match. While they were unable to beat Scout and his Azir, Cloud9 showed promise.
Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami
Robert “Blaber” Huang
Jang “EMENES” Min-soo
Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
T1 vs Cloud9 Predictions
While both teams got a victory, neither of them stomped their opponent. T1 defeated Team Liquid in 36 minutes after a weaker early game, but they kept true to their playstyle and beat TL through macro and Zeus’ lead. Cloud9 also played to scale against both MAD and LNG, but the LPL team was too aggressive to handle.
So far, the two teams played a similar style, only that T1 had much more finesse and has more experience in this macro-focused gameplan. Cloud9 can try and play T1’s game, or they can surprise them with something entirely new – maybe the Fudge Factor? One thing’s for sure, K’Sante will be a highly contested pick, as both top and midlaners could pick him.
Where to watch T1 vs Cloud9
You can find T1 clashing with Cloud9 tomorrow at 9AM CEST on lolesports, the LoL Esports YouTube channel and the Riot Games Twitch channel. Don’t forget to check out our other Previews and Predictions!