Robert “Blaber” Huang edged out the competition to be crowned NA’s MVP for the Spring 2021 split.
C9’s star jungler Robert “Blaber” Huang won his second MVP title as Cloud9 look to win their second straight LCS Spring title in a row.
Blaber triumphs over Alphari
In a hotly debated MVP race, Robert “Blaber” Huang was declared the best jungler in North America and Most Valuable Player of the Spring 2021 split. Cloud9 await either Team Liquid or Team SoloMid in the finals, but he has proven he is a star in this league.
The MVP race narrowed between Huang and Team Liquid’s Barney “Alphari” Morris, but C9’s star shone brighter this split. Coming to Cloud9 Academy as a sub in 2018, Blaber rose to the starting roster after leading C9A to a spring title. During the 2019 World Championship, C9 gave him starting time against high profile opponents despite him being a sub.
He would win his first split MVP title the next year after C9 traded away Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen. To date, Blaber has made three first All Pro teams, won two split MVPs, and won Rookie of the Split in LCS Summer 2018. His aggressive style has earned him high praise from casters and players alike, but that has yet to translate to the international stage.
Cloud9 Seeks to Regain International Glory
Historically Cloud9 has been the best NA team internationally, but failed to qualify for Worlds in 2020. This year, a Spring split title would send C9 to Iceland against the world’s best. C9’s last international LAN appearance was a 9th-12th exit in 2019. For C9 and Blaber, winning on the big stage is everything, and a spring split MVP title is only the start.
For a region starved of star talent, Blaber’s emergence has been a blueprint for how to foster new blood. Regardless of where C9 places this split, their future is nothing but bright going into the second half of 2021.