Cloud9’s Blaber Wins 2020 LCS Spring Split MVP
The 2020 LCS Spring Split MVP has finally been revealed — Cloud9’s Robert “Blaber” Huang! This announcement should come as no surprise. Blaber has been the most dominant and impactful jungler throughout the entire split and was the driving force behind Cloud9’s mind-blowing early game.
On the Road to MVP
To say that he blew his competition out of the water would truly be an understatement. The promotional video from Riot Games above doesn’t even do him justice, although it is a fantastic highlight reel. Blaber was able to dictate the pace of the game regardless of the pick he was on. Olaf, Pantheon, Lee Sin, Elise, Nocturne, Gragas, Rek’Sai — there’s no way you can ban him out and make him less of a catalyst. His pathing, his unrivaled aggressiveness and mechanical prowess took everyone by surprise. While he wasn’t always perfect in execution, his willingness to go the extra mile and set his team up for success is not something you’d expect from a player who’s a rookie.
Everyone was aware of his innate talent back when he occasionally subbed in for Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, but his volatile style of play wasn’t always the best course of action. Svenskeren, one of the best Western junglers of all time, is a carnivorous playmaker — Blaber is a man unhinged in comparison. He engages when no one else dares to, and his talent and deep understanding of the game allow him to pull off seemingly impossible plays.
Cloud9’s head coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu — who also just won his fourth Coach of the Split award — knew very well that he had an absolute jungling behemoth, and he gave this young rookie (who’s only twenty years of age) the right guidance to grow and develop into a bonafide superstar.
Their mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer was also in the running for the 2020 LCS Spring Split MVP, but it was simply impossible for Blaber not to take the lead in the votes after his mind-blowing regular season play. To make matters even more fascinating, he had to fill in a monstrous void, left in the absence of Svenskeren — the 2019 Summer Split MVP. That’s not exactly a position you’d want to be in, but Blaber passed the test with flying colors and has been even more dominant than his predecessor.
The statistics tell the same tale. First in KDA (6.6), third in Kill Participation (71.5%), second in First Blood (50%), first in Gold, Experience, and Creep Score Difference at 10 minutes (with some monstrous numbers), first in Damage Per Minute (370), first in Damage Share (17.8%), and second in Wards Placed Per Minute (0.62). He’s the definition of a breakout star and is, without a doubt, one of the most aggressive junglers North America ever fostered.
Finally, the fact that two Cloud9 junglers have won MVP back-to-back is a welcome reminder that they’re the most creative and original North American League of Legends organization in history. They’ve been the only team that has consistently fostered native talent, and the fact that they can “give away” a jungling behemoth like Svenskeren and then replace him with one of their rookies without skipping a beat is a move only Cloud9 could pull off.
Watching them compete over the last couple of months has been nothing short of awe-inspiring.