After taking down Cloud9 in an intense five game series in the 2021 LCS Lock In final, Team Liquid won the first trophy of the year.
Team Liquid great team coordination against Cloud9
Since the previous offseason adjustments for both Team Liquid and C9 became official, fans and experts have been eagerly awaiting the match.
Fortunately, the teams had to face each other in the best of five before the official season had even begun, and they definitely answered a few questions. As expected, the series was very near a lot of back and forth between the two teams.
Liquid began the series with a high tempo, punishing Cloud9 in almost every early game mistake. While during the mid game, C9 managed to come back and close the game, Liquid still outclassed the big team fights.
Once again, the great team coordination between the players of Liquid showed and resulted in the first win of the final.
It was also Liquid for game two that took the charge in the early game and it paid off.Liquid slowly built up a lead with great play all around, just like in game one. It was already tough for C9 from that point on.
Once again, it seemed that in the mid-game, Cloud9 was slowly making a comeback, but Liquid eventually took it down by punishing C9 errors and winning major fights. In particular, Liquid support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in was a decisive factor for Blitzcrank, where he managed to secure several picks at very important game moments.
To come back from a 0-2 deficit against Liquid, C9 had to pull off something very special, but the team had done it before. C9 managed to reverse the sweep of 100 Thieves in the semifinals, but doing it against Liquid is a much bigger task.
Once again, throughout the early and mid game, Team Liquid got the gold lead, but this time C9 got a hold of the objectives. C9 found the fight necessary to get back into the game and get the Infernal Soul with three dragons and a solid composition.
C9 was able to cruise its way to a win with the damage buffed up for the entire team and keep the dream of a trophy alive.
Another great showing for C9 was game four, which remained calm to push the series into game five. “Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, Bot laner, managed to pop off on Kai’Sa, which was sufficient for C9 to take its second Nexus.
It was time to see which team could keep their head cool with everything on the line in game five. Liquid got a strong draft and early game lead through the top lane, while C9 had the momentum.
As in the first matches, Liquid got the early game lead to snowball and finally put an end to C9 after five games.
Team Liquid will enter the 2021 LCS spring season – final at the 2021 LCS Lock In
The 2021 LCS Lock In final turned out to be perfect for the new Liquid roster, which will now be the major favorites into the 2021 LCS Spring Season.
Without its new jungler, Lucas ‘Santorin’ Larsen, Team Liquid started the LCS Lock In, but quickly began to ramp up as soon as the Danish jungler arrived in North America.
After winning the LCS Lock In Trophy against an opponent like C9, Liquid will be the favorite to go all the way in the spring season. Fans and experts expected C9 and Liquid to be similar, and that seems to be the case as well.
But the star packed C9 team obviously needs more time to synergize before it reaches its peak performance. Aside from C9, Team SoloMid and 100 Thieves could be a threat to Liquid in the coming season, but both teams will have to make some changes before that happens.
2021 LCS Spring Season will begin on Friday, February 5.