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Cloud 9 might still make it to League of Legends World Championship

Published: 12:18, 01 September 2020
Oshin Tudayan / Riot Games
Cloud 9's squad in League of Legends
Cloud 9's squad in League of Legends

Cloud 9 had a dreadful Summer Split in League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) which resulted in them going from being a dominant team to not qualifying to World Championship. They might still make it due to Covid-19 complications.

Cloud 9 is one of the hallmark teams in LCS for several reasons. At various points in the league's history, they have dominated splits, seasons and never failed to qualify to a World Championship ever since the team qualified to LCS back in Season 3.

When LCS Season 2020 kicked off, things were once again looking bright for C9 as the team just dominated the Spring Split where they almost had the perfect run, dropping only one game against TSM. Similarly, they dominated the Spring Playoffs where they only lost one game against Evil Geniuses.

Then the Summer Split came and C9 finished second, meaning their Worlds spot was not guaranteed. Subsequently, they dropped BO5 matchups against FlyQuest, Evil Geniuses and TSM which resulted in C9 not qualifying for the most prestigious tournament of the year since the team's formation.

Fast forward to September 1, 2020, a glimmer of hope appears for the C9 squad. It appears that Vietnam will not let its teams participate in Worlds 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns.

All participants of the tournaments will go through a 14-day quarantine when entering China as well as coming back home but these measures don't appear to be good enough for the Vietnamese government.

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The region has two spots at World Championship which would mean they would either be forfeited entirely or they could be passed along to other regions, should VCS not participate.

If this turns out to be the case, many are already speculating that Korea and North America would get one additional spot each. On the Korean side, T1 would be the team to qualify while Cloud 9 would come in from the LCS. 

However, there are other rumours as well, noting that Worlds 2020 could then just proceed with 22 teams in the group stage. In this scenario, both T1 and C9 would miss out on the tournament.

Keep in mind that there is currently no official info on how the tournament will proceed.

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