Cloud9 officially introduces Fudge as LCS team’s starting top laner for 2021

The talented young player will make his LCS debut next year.

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Following a highly successful NA Academy debut, Cloud9 top laner Fudge has been officially promoted to the team’s LCS starting lineup today. He’ll be taking over the position from longtime top laner Licorice for the 2021 Spring Split.

Fudge joined C9 Academy at the start of 2020 and helped the League of Legends team reach new heights. They finished the Spring Split with an impressive 14-4 record and only lost a game on the way to that season’s championship.

Fudge was one of the best-performing players in his role during that split, racking up the second-highest KDA of any top laner, according to Oracle’s Elixir. He even had the lowest counter-pick rate in his role, which means that he usually picked his champion early in the pick-ban phase. This makes him vulnerable to a losing matchup, but he’s good enough to hold his own in almost any situation.

The following season was just as successful for C9 Academy and Fudge, with the team finishing in first once more with a 13-5 record. In a similar fashion to the Spring Split, the team only lost one game in the summer playoffs, leading to back-to-back Academy trophies.

Fudge also picked up exactly where he left off and led all top laners with a 6.3 KDA in the Summer Split. He had sky-high damage numbers and boasted a diverse champion pool featuring Camille, Ornn, Wukong, Gangplank, and Lucian.

The 18-year-old will be replacing Licorice on C9’s main roster, which means that the longtime C9 top laner will now be a free agent this offseason. As a First-Team All-Pro player, the veteran talent will be a prime target for many teams heading into the next season.

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Tyler Esguerra
Lead League of Legends writer for Dot Esports. Forever an LCS supporter, AD carry main, with more than five years in the industry. Sometimes I like clicking heads in Call of Duty or VALORANT. Creator of the Critical Strike Podcast.

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