Cloud9 met expectations with a lopsided victory over OpTic Gaming on Saturday during Week 8 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split in Los Angeles.
From the very beginning of the game, it was clear that Cloud9 (11-4) was far better prepared than OpTic (4-11). Drafting a double support composition with a mid-lane Karma for Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen, the team was built around buffing AD carry Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi's Xayah. On the other side, OpTic put most of its eggs in its own AD carry basket, opting for several disengage champions to protect Noh "Arrow" Dong-hyeon's Draven.
Cloud9 erupted into the game, picking up several early kills and quickly handing Sneaky a massive gold lead. To add insult to injury, the first three dragons of the game were Inferna Drakesl, with two of the three going over to the already ahead Cloud9. OpTic found a small lead in the mid lane, though it was a negligible one given the supportive nature of Cloud9's composition. Staying true to the team's history, however, even though OpTic's mid lane was ahead, the team could not find a way to utilize the advantage to create an impact.
All the while, OpTic showed small signs of life in the game, including sneaking an early Baron, but for the vast majority of the game, the team seemed completely outclassed. Cloud9 was simply on another level, navigating the map with deadeye precision, forcing engagements whenever possible to claim victory. Once it was comfortably ahead, Cloud9 forced a final fight inside of OpTic's base, allowing it to claim the 44-minute victory.
Cloud9's strong performance continues the team's winning streak as it looks to best Team SoloMid at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, while OpTic's poor performance does not bode well for the squad's match against 100 Thieves directly after at 7 p.m. ET.