On Saturday, April 10, North America’s League of Legends Championship Series will cap off its 2021 Spring Season with the Mid-Season Showdown finals. All eyes are on the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational and, with the voracious Cloud9 as NA’s final boss, Team Liquid and TSM will clash for the chance to upset the domestic and international hopes of the league frontrunners in the Grand Finals on April 11.
Cloud9 on top
Cloud9 barreled into 2021 with a fat wallet and even bigger mouths; so far, they’ve backed it up. With their mid lane superstar Perkz finally settled in, Cloud9 looks like the world-class roster that fans had hoped to see perform at MSI in 2020. Their competition is Team Liquid and TSM. Their dismantling of TL in the second round of the MSS means it will likely be an uphill battle for the challengers.
When Cloud9 are online, they look to be a clear tier above their opponents in terms of teamplay and individual performance. Even the team’s “weakest” link, Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami, has played well as a pressure gauge for the team. Despite being a major point of focus that enemy teams try to exploit, he’s still raking in about 254 earned gold per minute, tying him for third out of all top laners in the stat. Despite his inexperience, his teammates view him as an invaluable asset to the squad.