2022 LCS Spring Split Betting | IMT vs. C9 Predictions & Match Analysis

IMT vs. C9 is a lot more interesting than it might seem at first glance; predictions will surely lean towards the latter, but the boys in white and green should not be underestimated whatsoever. They’re much, much better than their record would imply and Cloud9 would be wise not to overlook them.

They’re not a top-tier team per se — not yet, at least — but they sure can pack a punch if left unattended. They deserve to be talked about, but not before we touch on Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami and his staggeringly talented teammates.

ASTONISHINGLY DOMINANT
The things Cloud9 have done lately (and the fashion in which they’ve done them) have left no one indifferent. They’ve been wrecking house and beating teams left, right, and center. Any superlative that might come to mind can probably be applied to this highly idiosyncratic (and astonishingly capable) line-up. They’re head and shoulders above the vast majority of their peers, and they’re also nowhere near reaching their “final form.”

That’s the scariest part. They still have a ton of “headroom” and potential which they’ll hopefully realize. What a frightening notion, one that casts a shadow over their less capable peers and colleagues.

We knew they’d be good, but not this good. The ease with which they’ve been beating teams has been astonishing; it’s like they’re in a league of their own. And, well, they’ll only get better and better as time goes on.

They’ve won a whopping six games in a row, and basically of those wins were exceedingly dominant and commanding. They have the most hype and momentum out of all of their peers and are basically a shoo-in for the Spring Split finals. There are still a few ways in which things could go awry, but overall, C9 fans definitely have something to look forward to!

The best part about this Cloud9 line-up is that there’s no weak link to speak of — everyone’s carrying their fair share of the weight and they’re all playmakers at heart. This means that if one player happens to drop the ball (for whatever reason), there will always be someone else to “pick up” to do the hard-carrying.

We’ve talked at length about just how incredible Park “Summit” Woo-tae and Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol have been, but a lot of praise needs to to Robert “Blaber” Huang, Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami, and Kim “Winsome” Dong-keo as well. They’ve been absolutely stellar and have made numerous game-winning plays in the most challenging of circumstances.

Fudge, in particular, has been a rock for this team in a myriad of different ways. He’s not particularly flashy, but has low-key been one of the best performing mids in the entirety of North America. And that, in short, is quite a surprise.

We knew he had it in him, but we still thought that he’d need a bit more time to adjust and acclimate to the mid lane position and all that it entails. But leave it to Fudge to exceed all expectations.

He’s not the flashiest of players, but he is a rock in the mid lane and a leader through and through. He takes things slow, lanes conservatively, and seldom creates his own leads which, frankly, we’re okay with given his inexperience. He does, however, step up immensely in the mid and later stages of the game — that’s when his teamfighting starts to shine.

Winsome has been the least impressive of the bunch but he’s by no means bad — he’s adequate and has been fulfilling his role perfectly. He’s an “ancillary” kind of player who’s competing on a team stacked with superstars and hard-carries; he doesn’t, therefore, need to be overly spectacular — he just needs to follow up and help out to the best of his ability.

And at that he’s been quite stellar!

Immortals, on the other hand, are still an enigma.

Immortals — The Jury’s Still Out

As for Immortals, we’re still not quite sure what to think of them. Their 4W-7L record is pretty horrendous given whom they have competing under their banner, but it’s also quite deceiving: many of those losses could’ve easily been wins. Heck, many of them should’ve been wins, but that’s a discussion for another time and place.

In any case, they’re much better than they seem, and the fact that they’re on a three-game losing streak sounds a lot worse than it actually is. With that being said, there are only seven games left to be played. That’s quite a meager amount, so if Immortals want to stand a chance of making the playoffs, they’ll need to step up and they’ll need to do it soon — as in right now.

They can no longer afford to drop games to their direct competitors, and a few upset wins would also do wonders for their odds of making the cut.

We’re not particularly optimistic about their chances, but they shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

2022 LCS Betting | IMT vs. C9 Predictions — Reasons to Watch

Tuning in is an absolute must whenever Cloud9 are scheduled to compete. They’re one of the most original and capable teams in North America and are all but guaranteed to leave a mark in some way, shape, or form.

A BONA FIDE GIANT
They’re currently one of the biggest favorites to go the “whole nine yards;” if they keep this up, there’s a very real chance they’ll be able to claim the throne and, in doing so, etch their names in history. So, needless to say, there’s a myriad of reasons why one should tune in whenever they take the stage.

Immortals are also pretty darn great, although they’re obviously a few cuts below the boys in black and blue. Still, their wins over 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses serve as proof that they can, at times, tango with the very best — and even win.

There’s always a good likelihood of them pulling off an upset. They have dropped the ball numerous times in the recent past, but we’ve also seen them surge and soar higher than expected, so they’re not to be trifled with.

With that being said, betting against Cloud9 simply wouldn’t make any sense after all that they’ve done. They’re running circles around their opposition and have shown absolutely no signs of slowing down. So, Cloud9 it is!

2022 LCS Spring Split Betting | IMT vs. C9 Predictions:
Cloud9!
Petar Vukobrat / Author

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