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Cloud9 swept Phoenix1 on Saturday in Los Angeles to ensure a top-two seed in the North American League of Legends Championship Series playoffs.
The opening game saw Cloud9's bottom-lane duo of Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi and Andy "Smoothie" Ta absolutely dominate the early game. The duo was able to find two kills each while the rest of the team played well enough in lane to give Cloud9 (14-4, 31-13 match record) a 5,000-gold lead by 25 minutes. Cloud9 went up 1-0 in the series off the back of top laner Jeon "Ray" Ji-won, who managed to consistently engage and split up Phoenix1 (11-6, 26-13). Sneaky left his mark on the game as well with a 5/0/10 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) on Lucian.
The second match between two of North America's best teams saw Cloud9 continue to play well in the early game. Although Cloud9's early game had been one of its main weak points throughout the season, it looked like a strength Saturday. The mid-game also saw Cloud9 frequently moving around the map, but Phoenix1 did not back down, rarely giving up objectives or picks without a fight. Phoenix1 became its own worst enemy as it poorly executed a very winnable teamfight in the bot-lane in the mid-game. Cloud9 was able to close out the series sweep off a Baron kill and siege. Cloud9 midlaner Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen played well, putting up an 8/1/6 KDA on Orianna.
With the win, Cloud9 has wrapped up is NA LCS Spring Split regular season, while Phoenix1 ends its regular season against Team SoloMid on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. If Phoenix1 wins its series against TSM, then Cloud9 will secure the top seed, while Phoenix1 is guaranteed a three seed in the playoffs.