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, the previous mid laner and current Head Coach for the NU Esports LoL team. Twitter @GhandiLoL

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LCS Summer 2019: Week Four Day One Recap

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Team Liquid vs Golden Guardians

TL and GGS team compositions with GGS Deftly center. Photo via LoL Esports.

Team Liquid ("TL") kicked off the day with a win over the Golden Guardians ("GGS"). GGS put Froggen ahead, with First Blood and First Tower, and amassed some decent early leads. But TL wouldn't sit back, and found picks onto Hauntzer and Olleh in the mid game. At 24 minutes they rushed the Baron and actually secured it, but overextended into the enemy jungle and lost most of the buffs.

GGS took back control of the map. They caught out Xmithie and set up vision for Baron before starting it at 29 minutes. When they did TL contested, and killed three GGS members. Afterwards Jensen pushed down the mid lane by himself to take the Inhibitor and even a Nexus Tower. The next team fight secured them more kills and a second Baron. Now they sieged the bottom lane, knocking down the Inhibitor quickly. They then engaged onto GGS and killed multiple members before destroying their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 38:02
  • Kills: 19-12
  • Turrets: 9-3
  • Gold: 70.1k-64.2k
  • Dragons: 3-2
  • Barons: 2-0

Team SoloMid vs OpTic Gaming

TSM and OPT team compositions with OPT Arrow center. Photo via LoL Esports.

This match between Team SoloMid ("TSM") and OpTic Gaming ("OPT") was very close, but in the end OPT took the victory. TSM controlled the early game, getting First Blood for Bjergsen with a top lane dive, taking multiple towers and winning a few skirmishes. Their control allowed them to win a team fight at 22 minutes and claim a Baron. They took an Inhibitor with this, but a Scarlet flank caused OPT to win a team fight and stop TSM's advance.

TSM continued to try attack OPT's base, but OPT forced another team fight victory for themselves. This advantage allowed them to take a Baron buff. They were able to destroy one Inhibitor before the buff expired, and set up for the third one. At 37 minutes, OPT had the map control and claimed a free Baron, then turned and slayed the Elder Dragon. With these buffs, OPT smashed through TSM's base and, among a hectic fight, blasted their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 40:39
  • Kills: 9-13
  • Turrets: 8-9
  • Gold: 67.9k-75.0k
  • Dragons: 3-3
  • Barons: 1-2

100 Thieves vs Cloud9

100T and C9 team compositions with 100T Bang center. Photo via LoL Esports.

100 Thieves ("100T") pulled off an incredible upset victory over Cloud9 ("C9") and won their second game of the split. This was even in spite of an early lead C9 amassed, as they won a 2v2 mid to get First Blood and another kill, as well as a fight at Rift Herald. But 100T actually played proactively, snap-engaging onto the C9 bottom lane duo and killing them. After this, 100T went on a rampage.

Their first step was to win a team fight in the bottom lane. Next, they focused on taking down towers, and they knocked down a few of them in the proceeding few minutes. At 28 minutes C9 dug their own grave, as they engaged onto 100T but lost the team fight. 100T Ace'd C9 here and obtained the Baron buff. They first destroyed the mid and bottom Inhibitors, then grouped top for the last one. C9 fought one last desperation fight, but 100T clapped three of their members before demolishing their base, and ultimately, their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 35:30
  • Kills: 18-8
  • Turrets: 11-1
  • Gold: 64.9k-58.6k
  • Dragons: 1-4
  • Barons: 1-0

Counter Logic Gaming vs FlyQuest

CLG and FLY team compositions with FLY Wadid center. Photo via LoL Esports.

Counter Logic Gaming ("CLG") continued their strong split with a win over the struggling FlyQuest ("FLY"). FLY obtained a gold lead early through a middle lane skirmish, where they killed two CLG members and lost only one. When FLY resumed the aggression mid, CLG collapsed on the play to kill Pobelter and take an Infernal Dragon. Furthermore, CLG secured the First Tower bonus and killed V1per under his tower.

Going into the mid game, CLG had a sizable lead. Now they focused on taking some objectives, taking some towers and dragons, though FLY did take a couple towers of their own. CLG found more picks and towers, and after catching out Pobelter again, they immediately went to the Baron. Since they slayed two Mountain Dragons, the Baron died quite quickly for the CLG squad. Right after, CLG picked off Pobelter yet again and rushed FLY's base. They slaughtered three more FLY members before demolishing their base and their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 29:38
  • Kills: 11-6
  • Turrets: 9-2
  • Gold: 55.1k-47.3k
  • Dragons: 3-1
  • Barons: 1-0

Echo Fox vs Clutch Gaming

FOX and CG team compositions with CG Lira center. Photo via LoL Esports.

Clutch Gaming ("CG") closed out the day with an exciting win over Echo Fox ("FOX"). They started it off with a dive in the top lane, where Lira got First Blood on Lourlo. FOX did make two plays on the mid lane to get two separate kills, but Huni was smashing the top lane and secured First Tower bonus for himself. CG struck back with a team fight win at dragon, and the game seemed rather even.

But FOX quickly took a lead. They picked off Damonte in the bot lane and won two team fights to gain control over the map. After this second team fight victory, they started the Baron. Here, CG contested them 3v5 and somehow killed four-for-zero. This allowed them to take the Baron for themselves, and they only needed one more fight to kill four FOX members and destroy their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 27:38
  • Kills: 9-12
  • Turrets: 2-8
  • Gold: 44.9k-53.4k
  • Dragons: 2-1
  • Barons: 0-1

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