Counter Logic Gaming defied the odds and took down Cloud9 in a stunning comeback win on Saturday during the North American League of Legends Championship Series in Los Angeles.
Just when it looked like CLG (4-9) was on the verge of losing a seventh straight game, it managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in one of the most impressive comeback wins of this Spring Split. Despite giving up four kills in the first 10 minutes and ending up down 10,000 gold at 38 minutes, CLG managed to keep its composure to pick up the surprising win through clean late-game teamfighting.
The beginning of this 44-minute thriller had all the makings of another Cloud9 (9-4) romp, as AD carry Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi's Varus found three kills in the first 13 minutes of the game. Cloud9 had immediately jumped out to a 3,000-gold lead but, after that point, the game turned into the Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes show, as the CLG AD carry's Xayah put on a ridiculous performance to carry his team to victory.
While Cloud9 was building up a seemingly insurmountable 10,000-gold lead on the back of seven towers, two dragons, two Barons and an inhibitor, Stixxay was racking up kills with extreme ease and scaling into a late-game beast. After starting 0/2/0, Stixxay rattled off seven kills and six assists during his next life to keep CLG in the game. His teamfighting presence allowed CLG to pick up key fights that led to not only a Baron but an Elder Dragon.
With all the momentum and all the tools it needed, CLG was looking for one good fight to lock up the comeback win. Stixxay gave his team just that, as he picked up a triple kill as part of a 5-for-2 ace that ended CLG's losing streak and toppled the second-place Cloud9.
CLG will try and make winning a habit once more when it takes on Team Liquid at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, while Cloud9 will look for a bounce-back win over Golden Guardians later in the day at 6 p.m. ET.