Gen.G has eliminated Cloud9 from the 2021 League of Legends World Championship 3-0.
The quarterfinals match was expected to be contentious, with Cloud9 even having a fair chance at winning the series in the eyes of many, but Gen.G showed up in stronger form than any previous game at Worlds 2021 and snuffed out the hopes of the LCS in a clean sweep.
Cloud9 brought interesting draft strategies to the table to throw the less-dimensional Gen.G off balance, but the execution on Summoner's Rift simply wasn't enough for it to make a difference. Games 1 and 3 of the series featured valiant efforts by Cloud9, who possessed a gold lead at points in both games, but game 2 was an indicator that Gen.G was more than ready for whatever C9 could throw their way.
Cloud9 is the last Western team to be eliminated from Worlds 2021 and the sole LCS representative to finsih in the top 8. MAD Lions, the only LEC team to qualify for the knockout stage, was eliminated in a sweep yesterday at the hands of DWG KIA.
The performance is rather vindicating for Gen.G, who previously had not won a single best-of-5 game, let alone series, internationally. In addition, Gen.G jungler Kim "Clid" Tae-min finally got his revenge on Cloud9 mid laner Luka "Perkz" Perković, who, as the AD carry for G2 Esports, eliminated Clid from the Worlds 2019 and Worlds 2020 knockout stages when Clid was on T1 and Gen.G, respectively.
Gen.G will move on to the semifinals of the Worlds 2021 knockout stage to face off against EDward Gaming, the LPL champion and sole Chinese representative remaining in the tournament. On the other side of the bracket, arguably the two strongest teams at the event in DWG KIA and T1 will face off in an all-LCK showdown. The winners of these two series will meet in the finals to see who will be crowned champion at Worlds 2021.