GWANGJU, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 28: Team Cloud9 of North America stand on the stage before the semifinal match of 2018 The League of Legends World Championship at Gwangju Women's University Universiade Gymnasium on October 28, 2018 in Gwangju, South Korea. (Photo by Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

Photo by Woohae Cho/Getty Images

Well. That was rough. After weeks of the hype building around Cloud9, and many people predicting them to escape from Group A, the dream is over. Cloud 9 has officially been eliminated from the 2019 League of Legends World Championship.

After finishing the first half of the double round robin 1-2, they were long shots to escape. Nevertheless, they were technically in control of their own destiny as a 3-0 day today would have secured their spot. That dream came to an end quickly however, as Cloud9 was crushed by Griffin in the first game of the day today. A follow-up loss to G2 Esports sealed their fate and punched their ticket home.

It’s not disappointing that they got bounced, but more so the way they were bounced. That match against Griffin might be a contender for the most embarrassing game of League ever played at Worlds. C9 looked outclassed from the word go, and at no point did they have any chance of coming back. Their best hope was that Griffin ate some bad seafood the night before. Now we can all turn our attention to Team Liquid, North America’s last hope.

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