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Europe LCS Week Four Recap DB v. EG

Some thought the match between the DragonBorns and Evil Geniuses would be a one-sided affair. They heavily favored Evil Geniuses to win despite earlier struggles. LCS fans everywhere, except perhaps in Poland, were therefore completely surprised when DragonBorns knocked the favorites on their ears and proved that, at least in Week 4, the hair overpowered the stare.

DragonBornsDragonbornlogo std.png

Bans: AniviaSquare.png Anivia, LuxSquare.png Lux, RenektonSquare.png Renekton

Picks:
Malunoo-Jungle: JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan IV
HosaN-ADC: NidaleeSquare.png Nidalee
Shushei- Mid: Kha'ZixSquare.png Kha'Zix
Spontexx- Top: EliseSquare.png Elise
Muvert-Support: SorakaSquare.png Soraka


Evil GeniusesEglogo std.png

Bans: Xin ZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao, ViSquare.png Vi, KayleSquare.png Kayle

Picks:
Yellowpete - ADC: DravenSquare.png Draven
Snoopeh - Jungle: ShenSquare.png Shen
Wickd - Top: ZedSquare.png Zed
Krepo - Support: SonaSquare.png Sona
Froggen - Mid: Twisted FateSquare.png Twisted Fate


Early Game:
Evil Geniuses picked Draven, HosaN’s favorite ADC. In turn, HosaN introduced AP Nidalee in the bottom lane. Passive farming was the theme of the first five minutes of the game. The Junglers started at their blue buffs and attempted ganks on top and mid. Froggen used Destiny and teleported to the bot lane to help score first blood on HosaN (7:12). Krepo snagged the kill which allowed him to pick up an early Sightstone.

The match quieted down until DB and EG started to jockey for the first dragon. EG attempted the dragon and Shushei and HosaN poked down much of the team. The rest of DB joined the fight and fully engaged EG. EG took too much dragon damage, so DB took thee kills, the dragon, and the middle tier one turret.

Mid Game:
After all outer towers fell, the laneing phase ended and the match moved into the mid game. The game stayed incredibly close. Yet, it seemed DB was always coming out ahead in skirmishes, and they took another dragon (20:21) completely uncontested by EG.

DB turned this advantage in to a siege of EG’s middle inhibitor turret, but DB had no ranged AD to significantly damage the tower. EG leveraged this weakness and engaged on Malunoo and Shushei (21:48). Spontexx and HosaN split pushed top but sacrificed two teammates in the process. Froggen used Destiny again to chase Nidalee, but HosaN’s incredible timing resulted in a dead Twisted Fate as soon as he teleported in.

Big Play:
DragonBorns held a map control advantage over Evil Geniuses in terms of towers, 7-4. This allowed DB easy control of the EG jungle, and, once again, DB sieged the middle inhibitor. EG tried to prevent DB from poking them down. Snoopeh engaged on HosaN (27:52), which cued EG to blow up Nidalee. However, the heals from Muvert were too much and EG ended up sacrificing three members for the single kill on HosaN.

Game Closeout:
The game ended quite suddenly after a bad ultimate from Froggen left him standing in the middle of DragonBorns (30:00). He had no Zhonya's Hourglass, and Snoopeh could not get an ult on him. The rest of EG followed up but were aced by DB. This allowed DB to push down the middle lane and close out the game. This last fight was a huge misstep for EG, and it cost them the game. Overall DB out-played Evil Geniuses throughout the match. HosaN’s use of AP Nidalee in the bottom lane was impressive and heavily contributed to the win for DB.

Written by Chris Bocchicchio
Edited by Marissa Moody Kuo
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