C9 Berserker: “EU is known for picking a lot of ‘joker’picks but Fnatic unlike what I expected played more a traditional style like LCK and LPL”

1Play LOL News
Oct 09

It was not the start newly crowned LCS champions Cloud9 were looking for. The North American first seed was dismantled in their opening game at Worlds 2022 against Europe’s Fnatic. Although C9’s early game got the crowd hyped up, it was not enough and compositionally Fnatic took over the game swiftly without any pushback on the Cloud9 side.

Following their game against Fnatic, C9’s Korean AD Carry Berserker spoke to the media in a post-match scrum.

It is safe to say Fnatic has not come to North America without its fair share of problems. One of the problems that have plagued the European side throughout the year has been their drafting. Fnatic has been heavily criticised in this department and rightfully so. During the Play-Ins, Fnatic’s drafting came into question during their defeat to the Brazilian side LOUD.

LOUD’s Park “Croc” Jong-hoon thought their opponent’s draft was in some way ‘disrespectful’ given the meta changing drastically away from enchanters.

In game one against Cloud9, Fnatic went for a more traditional front-to-back team composition with beefy tanks to protect Humanoid’s Azir and Upset’s Aphelios. C9, on the other hand, went for early game aggression which heavily lived and died by their solo laners, Jensen’s LeBlanc and Fudge’s Fiora, getting ahead of their counterparts.

Despite C9 having a small early lead, their composition ran out of steam very early on. Fnatic’s frontline was unkillable and Fnatic’s back line was able to mow them down. When asked about the draft, Berserker explained he was surprised Fnatic opted into this type of draft given his views on standard European drafting.

Berserker in such a short time has already achieved what many professional players dream of. At the age of 19, Berserker played in a packed-out stadium at the 2022 LCS summer finals. The LCS prodigy was nervous that day, as explained in Cloud9’s behind-the-scenes video. And who could blame him, in his rookie year Berserker has already reached the summit of a major League of Legends region.

Berserker got his first taste of international competition when he stepped onto the stage at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. When asked about the atmosphere, the C9 AD Carry explained due to the venue being smaller than the United Center in Chicago, he was not as nervous.

Cloud9 fans are no strangers to their side making the group as hard as possible for themselves, with more often than not starting the group 0-1 or even 0-2 in some cases. Fnatic was seen as a must-win game with two Eastern giants in their next two games. It would be ‘on-brand’ for C9 to drop their opening game to Fnatic and pick up an upset win over T1 or EDG.

Berserker has been put into a trial-by-fire scenario for his first international event. He must go up against some of the best bot lanes in the world from all three major regions. And with C9 not going through the Play-Ins this year, there is no ‘ramp-up’ time for Berserker to get his feet firmly under the table.

When asked about the competition he is facing in Group A, Berserker has no complaints about having to do things the hard way.

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