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North America LCS Week Four Recap Dig v. Crs

Dignitas and Curse both came to this match riding on the tails of winning streaks. However, only one team would keep their streak alive.

Curse aimed for a beefy, armor-based team by selecting Taric and Jarvan IV to shut down Xin Zhao, the primary Dignitas pick. Dignitas responded to this gambit by locking in a double AP composition, utilizing Diana and Elise in mid and top lanes, respectively. To complement the double AP strategy, Dignitas picked Kog'Maw as their AD carry. However, Curse's choice of champions with hard crowd control, including Lux, Taric, and Jarvan IV, isolated and punished a very locked down Kog'Maw.

Curse GamingTeam Curselogo std.png

Bans: SingedSquare.png Singed, KayleSquare.png Kayle, ViSquare.png Vi

Picks:
Voyboy– Top: NidaleeSquare.png Nidalee
Saintvicious – Jungle: JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan IV
Nyjacky – Mid: LuxSquare.png Lux
Cop – ADC: TwitchSquare.png Twitch
Elementz – Support: TaricSquare.png Taric


Team DignitasDignitaslogo std.png

Bans: MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune, Twisted FateSquare.png Twisted Fate, TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere

Picks:
TheRealKiWiKiD – Top: EliseSquare.png Elise
Crumbzz – Jungle: Xin ZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao
scarra – Mid: DianaSquare.png Diana
Imaqtpie – ADC: Kog'MawSquare.png Kog'Maw
Patoy – Support: AlistarSquare.png Alistar


Level One:
Dignitas opened with an early protective strategy as each team member scanned possible invasion routes. In contrast, Curse extended outward with aggressive posturing and used Jarvan IV's flag to gain vision without impunity. After exhibiting a strong map presence, Jarvan IV and Xin Zhao secured their own respective red buffs with the help of their laners. Curse and Dignitas played a safe level one and warded defensively throughout the map.

Early Plays:
In the bottom lane, Cop and Elementz plowed toward Dignitas' outer turret following an early gank from Jarvan IV. This early lane pressure enabled Curse to engage Dignitas. Taric dealt significant damage to Kog'Maw, who was forced to burn his flash and cleanse to escape. Meanwhile, Diana's shorter melee range caused her to struggled against Lux in the middle lane. Across the map, Jarvan IV returned to the duo lane for yet another gank and obtained first blood on Kog'Maw. Xin Zhao deftly responded and killed Taric in return, leveling the gold values to around 6.5k. A pink ward counter-play ended an early dragon attempt by Curse as Dignitas began to pull ahead in the top lane. Nidalee fell behind early in creep score, and this deficit broadened after Elise dueled her down. Dignitas led in gold until Curse traded a dragon for their own top turret which gave Curse a 3k gold lead.

Mid-Game Shifts:
Dignitas approached the midway point with a large creep score lead in every lane and the jungle. However, Curse stayed competitive and only lost a single turret. Dignitas catapulted their bottom lane ahead of Curse's with Crumbzz's consistent placement of pink wards in the river. This forced Cop to last hit only when safe, which improved Dignitas' map control and pushed Curse into a defensive position at their own turrets. Elementz countered Dignitas' strong ward placement by setting his own in key locations, allowing Curse's duo lane to stay safely out of Crumbzz's reach.

Big Plays:
Curse advanced on the dragon, but Dignitas responded aggressively. Alistar and Xin Zhao separated Jarvan IV from his team. Taric applied an early stun while Lux used Light Binding and Lucent Singularity to damage the dragon and slow Xin Zhao's advance. However, Crumbzz's early Kindlegem purchase allowed him to ignore the slight damage. Kog'Maw abused Curse's lack of focus to bring Taric to half health, and Elise's presence forced Twitch and Lux to retreat. Saintvicious smited dragon despite his low health and the effects of Alistar's crowd control, but at the cost of his own life. Voyboy's teleport came too late as the well-farmed Elise picked up the kill on Saintvicious, who had used Cataclysm to corral Alistar and Xin Zhao for a Lux ultimate. The remaining Curse members fled from the pursuing Dignitas, but only Voyboy and Elementz got away with their lives. Dignitas lost the dragon, but their team remained intact to bulldoze for mid lane two turrets.

Loss of Control:
Voyboy picked up Dignitas' bottom lane turret, but it was not enough to relieve the crushing blow that Curse suffered in the skirmish for the dragon. In addition to killing three pivotal Curse members, Dignitas also stole Curse's red buff after taking the middle turrets. With the buff in the enemy's hands and the control of the map earned through the downed turrets, Dignitas' pressure would prove to be too much for Curse to handle. By 19 minutes, Dignitas had secured four turrets to Curse's one, which helped Dignitas maintain a six-to-two kill lead. Dignitas' gold totals crested a massive 32K, compared to Curse's 28k. To exacerbate the situation, Curse struggled to tack on any additional kills on their opposition. Dignitas, however, won a small skirmish in the top lane before obtaining the Baron buff and dragon, further extending the lead by 8K.

Game Closeout:
After routing Curse at dragon, Dignitas slowly built up a lead before bringing their pressure to a head and overpowering their foe completely. In the face of a monstrous gold lead and Dignitas pushing for their middle inhibitor, Curse initiated one last hail Mary fight to defend their base. As was the case with the previous clashes throughout the game, Dignitas proved to be too strong for Curse, with Kog'Maw's damage output reaching a critical mass. When combined with the AP burst damage from Diana and Elise, Dignitas melted Curse. TheRealKiWiKiD's 6/1 performance proved to be one the rookie's greatest showings at the LCS thus far, and was second only to scarra's impressive 6/0. Dignitas' magic damage composition successfully dismantled Curse's armor-stacking ploy, ending the game with a 14-2 kill count and a 16.4k gold lead.

Written by Derek Pronovost
Edited by Marissa Moody Kuo
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