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Cloud9 Vulcan Talks Alistar, Performance, and C9’s Future

With a loss to EG and questions about synergy, Cloud9 started the LCS Lock In a bit shaky. However, the bot lane of Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme shut down all worries, even landing Vulcan the Mastercard Player of the Week. Perhaps most impressive was Vulcan’s abilities on the Alistar, which net him numerous assists and pushed Cloud9 to impressive wins.

Following their win over Team Dignitas, Stropse caught up with Vulcan to talk about the win.

Vulcan

Needs More Cowbell – Alistar in the Meta

As alluded to previously, Vulcan turned the tide in the intense game with Team Dignitas on the Alistar. Currently, according to Oracleselixer, Alistar has a 73% win rate in the Lock In Tournament.

Vulcan explained that Alistar is a rather strong support offering both CC and tankiness with his abilities. 

“I think the meta kind of is like skirmishes around dragons, and all star is very good in those kind of fights,” said Vulcan.

Vulcan also made a bit of a meme this weekend a reality as many League fans may know Moo Cow Alistar’s hidden easter egg.

Vulcan has an extremely high win rate on the pick and showed off why his Alistar should be feared.

Returning to Form

Cloud9 has a lot to prove following their rollercoaster of 2020 after a first place victory in Spring and a missed Worlds in Summer. Coming into 2021, Cloud9 made extensive roster changes including adding Luka “Perkz” Perković from G2 Esports and promoting Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami to the LCS Roster.

Following a Travis Gafford video last week, I asked Vulcan how he thought the team was doing in Week 2. He told me that scrims have been productive, yet there are still plenty of things to improve upon.

“We’re pretty confident that we can show up and have a good performance,” said Vulcan. “It’s just that we’re probably going to take time to reach like our ceiling or be like a really, really good team.”

Returning to Form

Cloud9 has a lot to prove following their rollercoaster of 2020 after a first place victory in Spring and a missed Worlds in Summer. Coming into 2021, Cloud9 made extensive roster changes including adding Luka “Perkz” Perković from G2 Esports and promoting Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami to the LCS Roster.

Following a Travis Gafford video last week, I asked Vulcan how he thought the team was doing in Week 2. He told me that scrims have been productive, yet there are still plenty of things to improve upon.

“We’re pretty confident that we can show up and have a good performance,” said Vulcan. “It’s just that we’re probably going to take time to reach like our ceiling or be like a really, really good team.”

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C9 also added Zven’s former support Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez as a strategic coach. As a former support player, he has a lot of experience being on the Worlds stage in high-stakes situations.  

Vulcan had high praises for Mithy in being able to help him with support techniques and strategies in-game.

“There are definitely points where in reviews, he’ll grab me one-on-one and then just talk about stuff in the game,” said Vulcan. “He’s very smart about the game and support.”

Aspirations for the Future

Vulcan also touched upon Cloud9’s future. And for many of them, especially Perkz, Worlds is the end goal. 

However, for Vulcan, he’s looking forward to playing against top supports in the world including T1’s Keria and JDG’s LvMao – calling each the top supports in their respective regions.

He also touched upon his thoughts for the upcoming season of the LCS considering Team Liquid, 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses are the top teams alongside C9.

But Vulcan has his own goals.

“I think right now I’m looking at MVP, and you know, All-Pro Support,” said Vulcan.

Final Thoughts?

Vulcan did have some words for the fans regarding their recent games as well as as the future.

“Even though we’re looking pretty shaky, I’m glad that we, you know, came back and ended up the group 3-1 and we’re gonna look a lot more strong than you know, we showed today,” said Vulcan. “Just give us some time to get more comfortable with each other and we will be the best team in the LCS.”

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