In what can be considered a very eventful first day, the North American LCS kicked off with amazing matches, that few could have expected. Continue at your own risk of self-spoilers.
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- Dignitas vs XDG
- Coast vs Curse
- Evil Geniuses vs Dignitas
- TSM vs CLG
Dignitas vs XDG
Despite a good start from XDG, Dignitas were able to continue their winning streak with another victory in week 2 of the North American LCS.
XDG jungler Zuna put in a positive performance this game, picking up a handful of kills early and soloing the first dragon at 13 minutes into the game. Things were looking good for XDG, until Dignitas’ bot lane pushed over their outer turret and secured the second dragon off the back of it. From there on, events started to steadily go Dignitas’ way.
Even skirmishes in the jungle began to feed kills to Imaqtpie. The power of
Jinx proved decisive when Dignitas turned on a spread out XDG, picking up several members using her passive and taking Baron as the spoils. At 8/0/2, Imaqtpie was looking unstoppable.
The second Baron resulted in a standoff, with a 50/50 going Dignitas’ way. Crumbzz provided the clutch smite to secure it. Afterwards, an advantageous team fight gave a buffed-up Dignitas two inhibitors. Not much was left at this point: a final push down bot lane secured them the third inhibitor and the win. Although Imaqtpie got shut down - even with his Guardian Angel - XDG’s focus wasn’t enough to stop the rest of his team.
Coast vs Curse
Coast made some good early moves, but gradually fell behind. A risky Baron call ended with disastrous results as Curse were able to close the game out without much opposition.
Early action looked to set things in Coast’s favor. A good hook from Daydreamin led to an aggressive engagement on bot lane. Despite Cop getting first blood on WizFujiiN, ZionSpartan teleported down to secure the revenge kill. A second play saw Coast group as five to secure the first dragon at ten minutes, putting them slightly ahead.
Nevertheless, these maneuvers were costly. Left to free farm in top lane, Quas got ahead on
Jax and became unmanageable for ZionSpartan’s
Nasus. Despite assistance from Nintendude, Zion was unable to claw his way back into the matchup. A bad roam from Shiphtur further complicated matters.
The final nail was driven into Coast’s coffin when Curse went for the third dragon of the game. Coast walked over a ward on the way to Baron and Curse reacted perfectly. Moving as a team, a massive Ziggs ultimate from Voyboy, followed by a flash Tibbers from Zekent, chunked down Coast to almost nothing. Nintendude died before he could smite Baron, giving it over almost for free. Then Curse took turrets, cemented their lead and cruised to victory with a second Baron and 4-0 team fight in the Coast base.
Evil Geniuses vs Dignitas
Massive early pressure on objectives made for a strange game, with Evil Geniuses.NA’ unusual comp failing to deliver in later team fights and handing a second win to the in-form Dignitas.
The game started explosively, with 2v1 lanes swaps resulting in a number of early tower kills. Again, the
Jinx pick gave Dignitas an edge, netting them two towers top for one bot. EG’s quick dragon failed to even the gold difference and Dig took an early lead.
A solid pick/ban phase had put Scarra out of his comfort zone on
Ziggs, but Evil Geniuses were unable to capitalize on this. With few ganks, Pobelter couldn’t punish Scarra for his lack of defensive items. He ended up split-pushing, while InnoX grouped to siege with the others. Despite their massive poke, EG’s team looked like it needed a tank.
Things still could’ve gone Evil Geniuses' way, but a bad fight mid set them on the back foot. A clutch Flame Chompers from Imaqtpie prevented Krepo’s
Leona from engaging on him, winning Dignitas the encounter and allowing them to take mid inhibitor. EG made a final attempt to turn things around, looking to get a pick in Dignitas’ jungle. When this went badly too, the game was virtually over. Dignitas baroned and took their second win of the day, leaving them 4-2 in the standings.
TSM vs CLG
A harried and harassed HotshotGG proved to be Counter Logic Gaming's weakness, allowing Team SoloMid to take control of the map and close out the game.
CLG’s attempts to ban out Bjergsen proved to be a failure. TSM picked a potent
Vi combo, with Bjergsen and TheOddOne repeatedly bullying HotshotGG’s
Ziggs in lane. Link’s
Kha'Zix camped bot in response and was able to secure a few kills on Xpecial, though not enough to even the playing field. As the game continued, TheOddOne’s reign of terror extended into the CLG jungle. Two red buffs were stolen without contest and the pressure on HotshotGG continued.
Around the mid game, the map began to explode with crazy exchanges: despite being ahead in lane, Nien made an ill-advised dive on Dyrus top; meanwhile Aphro died to secure his team's first dragon. Meanwhile, TSM managed to take all three of CLG’s outer turrets, giving them solid control over the map. As a result, CLG’s attempt to surprise TSM at dragon failed, when they stood on top of a ward. TSM took the fight 3-1, as well as the objective.
Further picks by TSM resulted in a first Baron. They pushed over mid inhibitor, tried to take top and ended up losing a fight. CLG unexpectedly took the second Baron, giving their fans momentary dreams of a comeback. But it wasn’t enough. TSM played smart to close out the game, taking advantage of their lead to keep CLG inside their base and secure additional objectives. The loss showed the weaknesses in CLG’s temporary roster, but hopefully things will be rectified when dexter returns to the lineup.
- Written by Alexander Hamilton
- Edited by Alexander Kirilov - @ROCCATMatteo
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