Cloud9 had an absolutely phenomenal performance during day 5 of the Group Stage at the 2018 League of Legends World Championship, when they claimed victories over Royal Never Give Up, Gen.G, and Team Vitality.
With the team flying high after silencing their doubters, three individuals from the team spoke out in separate interviews to share their thoughts after progressing from the 'Group of Death' to the Worlds 2018 quarterfinals.
How they did it
We were just confident, actually. That’s what we were missing during the first round robin of groups and also in play-ins. We were really confident in just taking fights and believing that we just can fight them while doing something… and win.
Feelings after the day
It just feels really good. I can’t say that I expected today to turn out the way it did, like when I woke up this morning. It’s just been a lot of fun.
The Group of Death
Yeah, it's been crazy because we just knocked the former world champions out of Worlds from groups. Vitality was looking insane too.
It was definitely an action-packed group where you didn't know who was going to beat who. In the end, we managed to survive, so I'm just happy we made it out.
Thoughts heading into the final day of groups
I wasn't sure how this day was going to go, because Vitality looked really good and Gen.G is Gen.G — you don't really know what to expect. We've had in the past where Korea [in] Week 2, they just improve.
[...] It was definitely some tough games, and it was weird how we were just beating the eastern teams, us and Vitality.
Finally, the team's second mid laner — who is attending this Worlds as a coach, due to the competition's 6-man roster rule — spoke to Inven Global, as Greyson "goldenglue" Gilmer revealed what it was like watching his team's rise to success.
Reactions after the 3:0 start to the day
We are all ecstatic. We are all on a high right now. All super happy. I don’t think anyone came into the day expecting that we were going to go 3-0 and be contesting for 1st place. It has been a great day.
[...] There was definitely a lot of screaming. I think the most memorable moment was after we won a fight. I don’t remember what game it was because they were all together. Jack literally stood up...opened the team room door and screamed out in the hallway. After, he would close the door and sit back down (laughs). We are basically all doing the same thing. It was really crazy. Lots of energy.
Thoughts on C9's tournament chances
Uhhh…(laughs). As long as we don’t get kt, I think we can make it to semis (laughs). kt definitely looks super strong. I’m honestly not sure actually. But, our team environment is amazing right now. I could see us going really far. Further than any other NA team has gone before.