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|PAX 2013 Day 2 Recap|
Day two of PAX 2013 gave us a taste of what is to come from North America at the World Championships. Cloud 9 and Team SoloMid each grabbed their spot, and they will play in the Grand Final today. Meanwhile, former LCS pros compLexity move on to the Challenger Final after their 2-1 victory over To Be Determined. Let’s take a quick look at how it all played out.
The first game in this set got off to an exciting start when compLexity took a commanding lead. CompLexity were able to control objectives and had well executed dives, and that gave them strong momentum heading into the midgame. To Be Determined’s aggressive playstyle was punished, as compLexity controlled every teamfight. While TBD was gasping for air, compLexity quickly took every objective off the map and landed the killing blow to the Nexus.
To Be Determined realized that half hearted aggression wouldn’t be enough against compLexity. With Akali picked for Westrice, TBD was ready to showcase their favorite play style. With quick picks and nail biting tower dives, TBD got it done in game two.
Despite TBD’s victory in the previous match, compLexity still looked like a tough competitor. Megazero and his teammates managed to counter TBD’s play style, with a Kayle and Tristana pick (with the latter purchasing a Guardian Angel). compLexity was in control of the match, but TBD was still too strong in the midgame despite having their inhibitors destroyed. compLexity made a smart choice: they stalled through to the 40 minute mark. That allowed them to finish out the set.
With both teams’ life in the LCS on the line, the pressure was bearing on all of the players. In this match, CLG looked like they turned a 180 from their match vs. TSM. CLG picked the classic ‘Shield the Doublelift’ composition and focused heavily on objectives. In fact, CLG snagged a early Dragon at 8 minutes when SaintVicious roamed to the top lane. CLG capitalized on their small advantage and made an play in the bot lane with help from a Shen ultimate. CLG was in the drivers seat transitioning into the midgame, a stark contrast from their games vs TSM. Curse hadn’t even managed to get a kill at the twenty minute mark. Shen was a big-enough distraction for Curse that they sent Voyboy’s Jax to deal with him. This allowed CLG to push down all of the towers and close out the game.
With a spot to the World Championship up for grabs, TSM showed up strong in Game 1. Right from the start, TSM secured 3 buffs and mitigated Xmithe’s early game power vs. Karthus. Looking to capitalize on this on this lead, TSM quickly took the crucial first Dragon (a strong factor in the current meta). With the first Dragon under their belt, they were ready to make plays. TSM rotated WildTurtle and Xpecial top, quickly pushed the wave and roamed mid to pressure for Dragon. With objective pressure lacking from Vulcun, TSM claimed their second Dragon. TSM crushed VUL at the 3rd Dragon fight, catapulting themselves to victory in Game 1.
Team Dignitas came out of the gate strong against the Kings of North America in Game 1. The combination between heavy focus on objectives and strong individual play allowed Dignitas to secure a strong early lead. Would Dignitas really be able to upset the season leaders? With the transition into the midgame, Cloud 9 reminded everyone why they are close to unbeatable in the NA LCS: the ability to team fight. With a clutch Ashe-Zyra engage, Hai was able to clean up with Fizz despite being destroyed by Scarra in lane. Cloud 9 dominated teamfight after teamfight, and they destroyed the nexus in 32 minutes.
With Cloud 9’s momentum from last game, Dignitas failed to get a foothold in the laning phase. That spelled disaster for Scarra and consorts: Cloud 9 played their game, and dominated Dig in every teamfight. Cloud 9 walked over Dignitas on their way to the nexus, thus securing their spot in the World Finals.