Team Liquid Edge Out Cloud9 To Win First-Ever LCS Lock-In
Team Liquid win the first-ever LCS Lock-in 2021 after denying Cloud9 their reverse sweep 3-2 in the tournament’s finals.
Cloud9 were one step away from pulling off another reverse sweep after taking down 100 Thieves in the semifinals. Team Liquid dominated Games 1 and 2 with the standout performances of all-star support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in and Barney “Alphari” Morris’ Gnar. With their form, they looked poised to close out the series 3-0 and win the tourney outright.
However, Cloud9 refused to back down without a fight and clawed their way back thanks to Robert “Blaber” Huang’s rampaging Olaf in Game 3. They kept the momentum to win themselves Game 4 with Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami on Irelia this time. But, they couldn’t quite pull off the impossible as Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen tilted the deciding match in their favor after gank after gank in the Top Lane with his Udyr.
Team Liquid will be taking home $150,000 and is undisputedly the strongest team in the preseason thus far. The teams of the LCS will have to step it up in Spring if they want to contest for the league’s throne and qualify for the Mid-Season Invitational.
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