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|2014 NA LCS - Week 2 Day 1 Match Recaps|
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
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
CLG’s attempts to ban out Bjergsen proved to be a failure. TSM picked a potent Gragas - 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.