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North America LCS Week Four Recap GGU v. Vulcun

Heading into the last game of a very long week of LCS play, both Good Game University and Vulcun Command were desperate to pick up a win. The two teams had already played eight games during Super Week with only one win between them. Something had to give and the winner would have a second chance at carving out some momentum as they head into the halfway point of the season.

Vulcun banned a couple very strong champs they didn’t want to see anyone play against them and then banned Twitch out of respect for DontMashMe. GGU did not think twice about banning mancloud’s dominant Nidalee, and followed up by banning Kayle and Singed. GGU seemed a bit stunned heading into champion select where Vulcun took away Elise with a first pick. Vulcun once again opted for a very strong front line with two incredibly far ranged carries. GGU responded with an all-in line up.

Team VulcunTeamvulcunlogo std.png

Bans: ViSquare.png Vi, Twisted FateSquare.png Twisted Fate, TwitchSquare.png Twitch


Sycho Sid - Top: EliseSquare.png Elise
Zuna - ADC: Kog'MawSquare.png Kog'Maw
Muffinqt - Support: AlistarSquare.png Alistar
Xmithie - Jungle: Jarvan IVSquare.png Jarvan IV
mandatorycloud - Mid: LuxSquare.png Lux

Good Game UniversityGGULogo std.png

Bans: NidaleeSquare.png Nidalee, KayleSquare.png Kayle, SingedSquare.png Singed


BloodWater - Support: SonaSquare.png Sona
NintendudeX - Jungle: Xin ZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao
ZionSpartan - Top: AkaliSquare.png Akali
DontMashMe - ADC: EzrealSquare.png Ezreal
Jintae - Mid: OriannaSquare.png Orianna

Level One:
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, both Junglers started on their bottom side buffs. Vulcun completely warded GGU’s red buff right off the bat so they would have the option to respond at about 2:30. Both teams also elected to send their duo lanes to bot lane, which has almost become strange in the Season 3 meta.

Early Advantage:
Xmithie put immense pressure on bot lane with several early ganks, blowing summoners every visit, but Vulcun could not convert the action into a kill. Meanwhile, NintendudeX farmed the jungle heavily, which kept GGU ahead through all the early game action. ZionSpartan’s lane control as Akali forced Vulcun to send spare members to come to Sycho Sid’s aid, which let GGU take towers and dragons to grow their lead. As the 20 minute mark came and went, GGU held on to a 4k gold lead. The teams began to group mid while Akali continued to pressure Vulcun’s tier two top turret, but Lux’s wave clearing power relieved mid quickly and both teams dispersed.

Mid Game Moves:
The relatively slow early game transitioned into a simply sluggish mid game, with both teams lazily farming their own sides of the map. For nearly ten minutes both teams farmed and made feeble attempts to push mid. All hell finally broke loose at the 29 minute mark when Lux caught out Sona with a full combo but was unable to kill her. ZionSpartan took the initiative by immediately jumping on the defenseless Lux. The resulting five for one trade allowed GGU to easily take Baron and an 8k gold lead.

Big Plays:
Both Akali and Xin Zhao were a full item ahead of their counterparts with ZionSpartan most importantly picking up a Zhonya's Hourglass. Therefore the following fight went easily in GGU’s favor as Akali was able to dive freely, despite a huge line of damage laid out by mancloud. GGU quickly razed the mid inhibitor, extending their lead to an insurmountable 12k at 33 minutes. GGU did not want to take any chances (even with their sizeable lead), so they kept shoving lanes and only fought when they could catch out enemy champions in the process. GGU continued to bide their time until Baron respawned. They burned it down and immediately followed up by taking Vulcun’s mid and top inhibitors.

A Little Slip:
GGU finally confronted a fresh tower in bot lane. Another devastating combo by Lux chunked down most of GGU while a Jarvan IV ultimate kept them out of the fight for even longer. This allowed Vulcun to accomplish an amazing five for three exchange, but their Nexus turrets began to fall.

Game Closeout:
Despite the hiccup, GGU reconvened at Vulcun’s bot inhibitor turret. With no way to flash out of his own ultimate, Jarvan was easily focused down and GGU burned through the rest of Vulcun right at the 44 minute mark with nearly a 20k lead.

Written by Joel Edward Maliskas
Edited by Marissa Moody Kuo
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