Smoothie
Andy Ta 
Canada
Cloud9
Fantastic in wins
September 12, 2017
Smoothie went 1/11/48 in Cloud9's 3-1 win over CLG Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie's Rakan in Games 1 and 2 was absolutely stellar despite not being paired with Xayah, as he went an incredible 1/3/23 across the two games, landing great initiation after great initiation. His Game 3 on Thresh was lackluster, but his Game 4 on Janna was crucial to his team's narrow win. With Sneaky having the game of his season on Xayah, Smoothie's ability to keep him alive allowed Cloud9 to take the game, along with his self-sacrifice to get his team a Baron buff.
Game 2 hiccups mar strong series
August 7, 2017
Smoothie finished with a KDA of 1/5/26 in Cloud9's 2-0 Saturday sweep of NV.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie had another solid series on Saturday, starting with his Alistar in Game 1. He used his crowd control to secure first blood for Sneaky in the 2-vs-2, which was the start of an enormous snowball for the whole of Cloud9. Smoothie ended 1/1/14 in the stomp. Game 2 wasn't so easy, as Smoothie's Taric was caught out a number of times for several early deaths. Still, his ultimates were beautiful this game, helping Cloud9 to a win despite losing a Baron and falling behind.
More solid supporting
July 31, 2017
Smoothie went an overall 0/4/28 as Cloud9 swept FlyQuest 2-0 Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie's Blitzcrank in Game 1 had a bit of an early road bump, as some 2-vs-2 misplays led to the death of himself and his AD carry. From there on, however, his hooks were on point, and got Cloud9 the picks they needed to get rolling and snowball to a win. In Game 2, Smoothie's Taric was once again immaculate, with perfectly placed stuns and timely ultimates helping to secure a second easy win.
Controls the flow of the game
July 25, 2017
Smoothie ended with a KDA of 1/3/40 in Cloud9's Sunday win over Dignitas.
ANALYSIS
Nunu is a champion that's been out of the meta for quite some time, so it's hard to expect people to know how to play against it, but Smoothie's Braum certainly did in Game 1. Laying down wards on objectives early and catching the enemy jungler attempting an early Drake, Smoothie did his part to neutralize the pick. Unfortunately, Sneaky didn't do his, and died while Smoothie was getting the necessary wards down. After Cloud9 lost an early skirmish, Smoothie didn't really have many options open to him, and C9 lost Game 1. Smoothie's Taric in Games 2 and 3 was superb, with every aspect of play on point. His stuns were well aimed and timely, and his ultimate usage was great to both save teammates and assist on engagements. He finished with an insane 1/1/37 KDA between his two games on the champion.
Solid Braum performance to close out series
July 22, 2017
Smoothie finished Cloud9's 2-1 series victory against Phoenix1 on Friday with a 1/7/42 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie's Game 1 performance on Bard earned him a 1/1/13 KDA. He had nice Cosmic Bindings and Tempered Fates throughout the second half that help him earn his 88 percent kill participation. In Game 2 Smoothie was put on Thresh, but wasn't able to make the same pick plays he had in earlier on Bard. While he was active in the first half, he couldn't Flay and hook enough to stop P1 from dominating fights in the late game. In Game 3 he switched to Braum and put together an 0/2/20 KDA performance. Smoothie was great in the laning phase as he saved Unbreakable to block Sivir's Ricochet attacks. Cloud9 out macro'd P1 throughout the mid game as it took all six of the outer turrets down in the first 16 minutes. Smoothie's 20 assists led C9 in Game 3 and was one kill/assist shy of 100 percent kill participation.
Falls just shy of victory in defeat against IMT
July 19, 2017
Smoothie earned a series KDA of 8/8/31 in Cloud 9's defeat on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Starting the series off on Rakan, Smoothie had a strong performance that netted his team a swift victory. Earning a 4/1/12 KDA, he was able to bring his team an early lead and quickly use it to dominate teamfights, as well as secure a convincing Game 1 victory. Game 2 didn't go as well, as Smoothie found himself on Thresh and was unable to make up for the rest of his team's shortcomings. Although he hit impressive skillshots, he was unable to create picks that allowed his team to win teamfights. As a result, IMT took Game 2. With the series at a final Game 3, Smoothie fell back to Rakan again where he had another impressive showing. Despite being able to show up, he could not bring his team a victory. As they lost repeated teamfights, he was put on the back foot and unable to recover. The result was a 39-minute defeat, giving IMT the 2-1 defeat.
Superb Bard play
July 8, 2017
Sneaky finished Cloud9's victory against Fnatic on Friday with a 1/1/12 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie looked great on Bard despite his kind of slow laning phase. He wasn't able to do much in the bottom lane, but excelled when he started to roam. Throughout the mid game skirmishes, he landed clutch Tempered Fates that turned the tide of the battle. C9 started to break even in teamfights late, but had the lead in turrets and FNC couldn't make a comeback. After winning a 4-for-2 teamfight, C9 finished off its time on the Rift Rivals stage in 2017.
Cruisin' forward smoothly
July 7, 2017
Smoothie played an impactful game vs. FNC by picking up a 0/3/10 KDA on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
One of the main issues of Blitzcrank support is that he can be taken advantage of if he cannot constantly maintain a forward facing position. Smoothie took this notion and rode it to a dominant performance that featured him charging forward all over the map. He was instrumental in getting Jensen ahead on the back of an early game Flash/Hook gank that secured a kill. Later in the game, he was able to complete two tank items and maintain utility as a displacement tank that always lived longer than FNC was expecting.
Most deaths, second-most kills
July 6, 2017
Smoothie finished Thursday's loss to UoL with a 2/5/1 KDA as Braum.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie was involved in half of C9's kills in the game, but struggled to really impact the game in a positive way once his team fell behind. He did, however, finish the game with the second-highest kill total at two, but managed only one assist.
Early misplays hurt his team
July 6, 2017
Smoothie posted a 1/5/11 KDA in Cloud9's 0-1 loss to G2 Esports' on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie played Thresh into a Blitzcrank matchup. He gave up two deaths that were very avoidable in lane, and baited Contractz into throwing his life away to the enemy Xayah as well. Smoothie did have some good hooks and flays later on into the game, but his early mishaps directly contributed to C9 being in a massive deficit. His form as of late is much better than his showing against G2, so this could be written off as a bad game, and hopefully for C9 it is just that.
Piles on the assists in big win
July 1, 2017
Smoothie picked up a 3/7/30 KDA in Cloud9's win against TSM on Friday.
ANALYSIS
While Smoothie never made any game-changing plays throughout this series, he was always in the thick of things. Finishing with an 80 percent kill participation, Smoothie relied on his incredible utility to help boost his team in every teamfight they won in this series. He also showed off a deep champion pool, playing Thresh, Braum, and even Bard over the course of the three-game series. He didn't just help out with teamfighting, either, as he used his Bard ultimate on a few occasions to save his teammates' lives. Simply put, this was textbook support play from Smoothie, and it allowed C9 to come away with the big 2-1 win.
Solid support plays throughout series
June 26, 2017
Smoothie finished Cloud9's 2-1 series victory against Dignitas on Sunday with a 2/5/27 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie had a good effort on Thresh in Game 1 but Cloud9 struggled to get much done as a team. He finished the Game 1 beat down with a lowly 1/3/2 KDA. In Game 2, he picked a defensive oriented support in Tahm Kench and it paid off with a 0/1/7 KDA. Smoothie and Cloud9 were the aggressors in Game 2 as it won all of the trades in the mid game. In Game 3 Smoothie stuck with the defensive support strategy and had a 1/1/8 KDA performance. He was in almost every fight as he raked up a 95 percent kill participation. After Cloud9 took a huge lead off a Baron power play, there wasn't anything Dignitas could to do stop its momentum.
Superb hooks in two games
June 26, 2017
Smoothie went an overall 0/2/23 in Cloud9's sweep of Team Liquid on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Smoothie started off on Blitzcrank this series, and demonstrated the potential of the pick in the hands of a talented support. He landed hook after hook en route to a 0/1/14 KDA, including one onto Piglet's Jhin for a kill in lane. He switched to Thresh in Game 2 and kept right on hooking. Smoothie's picks were key in Cloud9's 2-0 sweep, and his fantastic KDA is representative of his performance.
Lackluster in loss
June 5, 2017
Smoothie ended Cloud9's 0-2 sweep at the hands of TSM with a 2/6/11 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Pairing Rakan with the Xayah of Sneaky for both games, Smoothie in particular failed to perform with the combo. He started off his mediocrity with a 2-vs-2 death after stepping on a Caitlyn trap in the bot lane, and didn't greatly improve from there. He did land a couple solid combos in fights, one of which resulted in a 2-for-0 in favor of Cloud9, but generally he was ineffective on the pick in both matches.
From backup to budding star
April 24, 2017
Smoothie played well in Cloud9's 2-3 series loss to Team SoloMid on Sunday, posting a 4/10/33 KDA.
ANALYSIS
If not for Smoothie's well-timed Wild Growths on Lulu and his clutch Gragas pocket pick, C9 would have fallen much worse than it did to TSM. He played three games of Lulu (1, 3, 5), a game of Zyra (2) and a game of Gragas (4). His first Lulu and Zyra game were about the same in terms of C9 getting demolished and Smoothie just following the path of his team. He was definitely not one of the team's weaker points early on; he followed his team and tried to make the best of the given situations. His two games as Lulu were very important to C9 staying alive. Smoothie constantly used Wild Growth to save teammates and Whimsy to eliminate dives and engages from TSM members time and time again. His Gragas in Game 4 was also a large reason in C9's early snowball to dominate the game. Had he have not constantly set up and saved Sneaky from WildTurtle's aggression, then Game 4 might have been the end of the series. Overall, Smoothie showed that he is arguably the best support in NA at the moment. He had gone from battling for the starting support spot against BunnyFuFu, to a budding star in the bottom lane.