Cloud9 looked like the very best variations of themselves in a dominant win over FlyQuest today in the 2021 LCS Spring Split.

They now sit atop the standings with a 5-1 record and a win versus fellow first-place squad 100 Burglars, who, real to the standings, appear to be the second-best League of Legends group in North America.

If there was ever a gamer who deserved a determination award, it would be Cloud9’s rookie leading laner Fudge. The oft-maligned top laner was all however strapped to the altar as the sacrificial lamb by his team’s fanbase if Cloud9’s season had actually gone off the rails despite the tremendous skill on the roster. But following a forgettable Lock In tournament, the Australian responded to the bell and after that some.

Statistically speaking, he is among the finest top laners in the region. Through 6 video games, he has the highest KDA of any LCS leading laner by a broad margin after a 4/0/6 performance on Gragas against another premier top laner in Licorice, and the most affordable average death share of any other player in the position. His 6.67 mark leads second-place Alphari by over 2 whole points.

Not unlike TSM in their victory earlier in the day, Cloud9 were making plays all over the map and responding to every drake that FlyQuest took thanks to another strong specific efficiency from Argentinian jungler Josedeodo with Heralds and towers to counterpunch their way to a hefty gold lead.

Cloud9’s next big test will come at completion of week 3 as they complete the very first half of the split against a stumbling Team Liquid on Feb. 21 at 6pm CT. For FlyQuest, if they desire to assure their fans that they are, in fact, a top-six squad, they can do so with 3 must-win games versus Dignitas, Golden Guardians, and Immortals.