Cloud9’s new standout, Summit, has won the 2022 LCS Spring Split MVP award for Outstanding Regular Season Play, Riot Games announced today.
The 23-year-old made his competitive North American debut last spring when he was drafted alongside two new players on the C9 revamp. League of Legends team. The offseason represented a fundamental shift in the team’s building philosophy after signing only European and American-born players since 2016.
In no time, Summit became one of the most feared players in the league with his destructive laning prowess. He led the league in several early game stats, according to Oracle’s Elixir, including average gold difference, experience difference, and CS difference at 15 minutes. His consistent ability to quickly gain leads for himself allowed him to snowball into advantages in the final stage with the rest of his teammates.
In fact, even though C9 had the second highest collective average gold difference at 15 minutes, Summit was the only player in the roster with such dominant early game stats. Unfortunately for C9 fans, Summit’s early game addiction became a crutch that teams began to take advantage of in the playoffs.
In both series C9 lost, Summit was the focal point of the game plan for Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves. They threw several ganks at him from the first minute and as a result, C9 had no response other than in the bot lane with their new AD carry Berserker having a few moments of brilliance.
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The summit ended with the second-most deaths of any player in the playoffs so far, and C9 had the lowest average gold difference at 15 minutes of any team in the playoffs. It was a sobering experience, but now C9 must think about what they plan to do during this long break before the Summer Split 2022.