When it was announced in November that long time Cloud9 Top Laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie would be leaving the roster, many fans had flashbacks to a similar roster move years prior. Now, filling the shoes of Licorice is Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami – a young talent who proved himself to be one of the best top laners in the LCS Academy Scene. Now he faces the best of the best in the starting role for C9. Following C9’s win last week against Dignitas, Stropse had a chance to sit down with Fudge.
Development Since Lock In
Most rookies in their LCS debuts show shaky starts, and Fudge also showed moments of vulnerability facing off against players like Impact and Ssumday as a rookie. During the LCS regular season, he became a vital point in his team’s abilities to make plays.
When asked about the change, he discussed understanding how the jungle works and how to play safe while his jungler Blaber makes plays cross map. “I think I’ve been trying to improve on that, so that I don’t just get really far behind off the first couple waves,” he said.
He also contributed to watching the mid lane and their rotations, saying “That’s what 100 Thieves did really well against me. And they still do that pretty well.”
Finally, Fudge also discussed overall improvements to CSing, saying, “I think I’m more aware of the issues than it was before.”
Fudge currently has the second highest KDA at 4.9 only under Team Liquid’s Alphari. And while his pool has been slightly limited to Gragas and Jax among others, he is still known to make a big impact in the victories that Cloud9 has garnered.
Synergies Since Lock In
We talked with Fudge earlier in the Lock In about how Cloud9 had been adjusting. Now, heading into the final part of the first half of the split, he said that the team has been paying attention more, overall meshing together better.
“I would say we’re just focusing on improving through every single scrim game because I think the most important thing is how we review and how we learn from the scrims, which will likely translate to stage,” he said.
He also talked about how the team is working together not just through scrims but also through overall friendship, saying, “we’re pretty good friends without like having to do anything specific.”
Social Media in the Era of Toxicity
Fudge has also had his share in the social media world. Early on in the split, he came out swinging on social media, only to be quickly slashed by other players. For Fudge, he’s mostly tried to stay away from social media recently.
“I don’t think you can, like avoid every single bad comment on social media,” said Fudge. “I’ve sort of just had to deal with it, which is fine.”
He’s also been appreciative of the C9 fans who have been supportive of him on social media, saying, “I think there’s still been a lot of people messaging me like, good stuff with like, support before the games and after games. So I’m pretty happy with all the fans treating me [well].”
So How About That Fountain Dive?
Last Saturday’s game featured Perkz with a near pentakill and C9 decided to head for the fountain dive for the pentakill. Fudge was the first one to go in, the penta was denied and of course, we had to ask him about that.
“Yeah, my entire team was yelling at me to the fountain. I didn’t want to die because I didn’t think we would kill Tahm Kench,” he said. “And yeah, my KDA was ruined.”
Well, ruined KDA or not, we thank Fudge for taking the time to speak with us and we look forward to seeing him shine once more on the rift.