Cloud9 benches Sneaky against FlyQuest ahead of LCS Summer Playoffs
Sneaky might be one of the faces of Cloud9 but his spot in the squad is evidently not secure. The bot laner remains a top tier player, but many believe his lack of impact has been hindering Cloud9's chances in the 2019 LCS Summer Split. With that in mind, the team decided to switch things up in week eight.
Sneaky out, Deftly in
Cloud9 Academy player Matthew “Deftly” Chen started on Saturday versus FlyQuest. The former Golden Guardians bot laner has been having a good season so far, so it was only a matter of time before Cloud9 decided to use him in the LCS.
“We are looking for a seven-man roster for playoffs and for the future so Kumo and Deftly are most likely competing for that spot. Giving them time to play and prove their worth is the process now,” said head coach Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu in a sideline interview.
Cloud9 is changing its priorities
In the past, Cloud9 had jungler Robert “Blaber” Huang and mid laner Greyson “Goldenglue” Glimer as the two substitutes. The plan is changing in the current season, as Reapered confirmed that Goldenglue is no longer the main option for the LCS team.
Top laner Ziqing "Kumo" Zhao played four matches in weeks five and six when Eric “Licorice” Ritchie was out due to health issues. Despite not being the starter in the Cloud9 Academy, Kumo showed that he can go head to head with the best top laners in the LCS.
Deftly's first test did not go well as Cloud9 lost in 29 minutes, but not everything is lost. The defeat had to do more with FlyQuest’s improvement than Cloud9’s new roster.
On Sunday, Cloud9 needs to bring their A-game to the stage versus Team Liquid. With only three games left in the season, Cloud9 can’t afford another loss. They still have to go through Golden Guardians and OpTic Gaming, two teams that can’t be underestimated.
Cloud9 ships Licorice, Palafox, and Diamond to FlyQuest
Golden Guardians adds Closer from the TCL, GoldenGlue from C9
100 Thieves adds Meteos, Ssumday back to LCS roster for 2020
Cain and Reapered construct their LCS dream teams in interview
Cloud9 opens summer split with perfect week
Washington Justice Stratus on confidence, Genji, and sunglasses
Study shows Dota 2 has most toxic online gaming community
Riot Games under fire for helping China monitor players
Fiddlesticks and Volibear to receive LoL visual game updates in 2020
Krystal warned by Hangzhou Spark for disappearance from OWL team
Overwatch concept artist reveals why new hero Sigma has bare feet
Splyce Gaming celebrates Christopher Street Day with rainbow jerseys
Bdosin wants London Spitfire to win every match in Stage 4
Former NiP staff join chorus of CSGO players in criticizing team
Boombl4 hints he had $95,000 stolen from him by former team
G2 Esports beat Origen, look unstoppable in the 2019 LEC Summer Split
Airwaks and RL Grime become two-time Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am champs
South Korea reveals Overwatch World Cup roster full of stars
Pathfinder's voice actor on working Apex Legends, next Respawn game