Brandon Sturak

Brandon Sturak

Brandon is a Niagara University graduate with a passion for esports. He writes about League of Legends and esports, with analysis and commentary on both. He is a founding member Niagara University Esports and the previous mid laner/coach for the NU Esports LoL team. Twitter @GhandiLoL

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LCS Summer 2019: Week Eight | Day Two Recap

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OpTic Gaming vs Golden Guardians

OPT and GGS team compositions with GGS Froggen center.

The Golden Guardians (“GGS”) took a big win over OpTic Gaming (“OPT”) in the first game of the day. It wasn’t the most action-packed game, but GGS’ early game leads translated very well to team fights. Contractz started it off by helping FBI get First Blood onto Big, taking an Infernal Dragon and killed Big again bot. Meanwhile, Hauntzer was dominating Dhokla, and Contractz used the Rift Herald to get him plate gold and set him up for the First Tower bonus. Though Crown was ahead in the mid lane, GGS was in a commanding position.

Once the mid-game hit, both teams slowed down quite a bit. There were a few scuffles, but very little kills going over at this time. But at 31 minutes the action resumed. Here, a long series of team fights around the Baron resulted in a bunch of kills going towards each team. It all accumulated in one 5v5 in the mid lane, where GGS clean Ace’d OPT and finally secured the Baron. GGS swiftly demolished OPT’s base with the buff, knocking down three Inhibitors with little resistance. At 39 minutes the final team fight ensued, and after four from OPT dropped, GGS claimed their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 40:25
  • Kills: 7-15
  • Turrets: 3-11
  • Gold: 65.9k-73.7k
  • Dragons: 2-4
  • Barons: 0-1

100 Thieves vs Team SoloMid

100T and TSM team compositions with 100T Ryu center.

The 100 Thieves (“100T”) won a crucial match against Team SoloMid (“TSM”) to keep their playoff dreams alive. 100T played exceptionally well and it seemed as though TSM never had a chance. The first 10 minutes were quiet, but it kicked right off at 13 minutes. At this time, a skirmish broke out in the top lane that resulted in the first two kills going over to Ryu. Amazing returned to the top side two minutes later to assist FakeGod in killing Broken Blade and taking the First Tower bonus in the lane. With this, FakeGod’s Renekton was truly unlocked.

100T continued to ramp up the pressure by knocking down tower after tower. They also found some picks and winning skirmishes to get more kill gold. At 27 minutes, 100T got two crucial kills onto Smoothie and Zven, which allowed 100T to go to Baron and claim the objective. Though they’ve faltered at this juncture in the past, 100T did well to push their lead with the Baron buff and quickly destroyed two Inhibitors. By 31 minutes, 100T engaged one last team fight to kill four from TSM and destroy their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 31:51
  • Kills: 12-2
  • Turrets: 10-2
  • Gold: 60.8k-50.1k
  • Dragons: 4-1
  • Barons: 1-0

Cloud9 vs Team Liquid

C9 and TL team compositions with C9 Sneaky center.

After a tough loss yesterday, Cloud9 (“C9”) rebounded to take an upset victory over Team Liquid (“TL”). Nisqy pulled out the Qiyana pick, and C9 played around it well to crush their opponents. Svenskeren ganked mid to get Nisqy First Blood, then Nisqy followed him to the top lane to get two more kills. Svenskeren helped push Nisqy’s lead even farther by diving Jensen in the mid lane at 11 minutes. TL struck back around this time, as Impact solo killed Impact, TL won a skirmish one-for-zero in the bottom lane and TL took demolished two towers.

At 19 minutes, C9 picked off CoreJJ in the middle lane and took an Ocean Dragon. Next, a series of events unfolded that proved to be the tipping point of the match. At 24 minutes, TL secured the Infernal Dragon but C9 engaged a team fight on them. C9 killed three from TL and immediately went to Baron. They burned it down, claimed the buff and even another kill to boot. Next, C9 smashed through the mid lane to bring down TL’s middle Inhibitor Tower. After picking off Impact, C9 rampaged through TL members and their base to triumphantly blast their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 28:34
  • Kills: 14-4
  • Turrets: 6-4
  • Gold: 53.5k-48.3k
  • Dragons: 2-2
  • Barons: 1-0

Counter Logic Gaming vs Echo Fox

CLG and FOX team compositions with FOX Hakuho center.

Counter Logic Gaming (“CLG”) maintained their course for a playoff bye with a convincing win over Echo Fox (“FOX”). Their entire team played well, but Ruin was the standout performer this game. He got ahead with the help of Wiggily, as they dove Lourlo under his tower at four minutes. At 8 minutes, CLG returned to the top lane to fight a skirmish, which they won three-for-one. with Ruin receiving the credit for two of them. All around the map, CLG was pushing their advantage though, and FOX was struggling to fight back.

Ruin generated so much pressure on the side lane that he solo killed Lourlo and forced FOX to bring multiple members to kill him. As a result, CLG was able to get some more picks and demolish a few towers. Because of these plays, CLG quickly exposed multiple Inhibitors inside FOX’s base. At 25 minutes, a team fight erupted in in the mid lane where CLG killed three enemies for only one of their own. This advantage gave them an easy Baron and third Infernal Dragon. This was all CLG needed to take all three Inhibitors, then Ace FOX and take their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 28:33
  • Kills: 19-6
  • Turrets: 11-1
  • Gold: 57.5k-44.1k
  • Dragons: 4-0
  • Barons: 1-0

Clutch Gaming vs FlyQuest

CG and FLY team compositions with CG Damonte center.

Clutch Gaming (“CG”) finished off the weekend with a great win over FlyQuest (“FLY”). It was a volatile game, but CG’s aggression was too much for FLY to handle. V1per managed to get First Blood in a 1v2 top but lost his life in the process. A 2v2 in the top lane resulted in two more kills going over to CG, but FLY fought back when they stole a Rift Herald. But CG turned up the heat by focusing their efforts on various objectives, as they took the First Tower bonus, other towers and an Ocean Dragon.

In the mid-game CG picked a fight they won two-for-zero and secured some more objectives. The game stalled for a little bit until CG decided to rush the Baron, where they took the buff before FLY could contest. With it, CG pulled FLY all over the map to knock down a bunch of their structures. Two Inhibitors fell within the next few minutes, along with two kills and an Infernal Dragon in the favor of CG. After catching out Wadid, CG blasted the third Inhibitor, turned for Baron and grabbed its buff. CG returned to FLY’s base and slaughtered the defenders, getting an Ace before claiming their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 36:46
  • Kills: 17-7
  • Turrets: 11-0
  • Gold: 73.6k-61.8k
  • Dragons: 4-1
  • Barons: 2-0

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