LCS Summer 2019: Week Six | Day Two Recap

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LCS Summer 2019: Week Six | Day Two Recap

FlyQuest vs Team Liquid

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FLY and TL team compositions with FLY Wadid center.

Team Liquid (“TL”) started off the day with a clean win over FlyQuest (“FLY”). They played through their bottom lane win condition well, and it seemed like FLY had no answers to their opponents. At as early as three minutes, TL dove FLY's bottom duo to get First blood. Through the pressure this lane had, TL secured both an Infernal Dragon and the First Tower bonus. After the bot tower fell, the TL duo was free to move around the map.

This helped TL take a fight around Rift Herald, win it, and take the Herald to knock down a top lane tower. At 15 minutes, TL got their second Infernal of the game. FLY did pull off some minor plays, such as catching out Impact and winning a mid lane fight two-for-one, but TL was too far ahead for it to matter. At 25 minutes, TL rushed the Baron and easily secured it before Ace'ing FLY in a team fight. Afterward, TL obliterated FLY's base, killed four of the opponent's champions, and finished off their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 28:22
  • Kills: 5-13
  • Turrets: 1-10
  • Gold: 44.2k-56.8k
  • Dragons: 0-4
  • Barons: 0-1

Cloud9 vs Team SoloMid

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C9 and TSM team compositions with TSM Smoothie center.

The second day of the day showcased the iconic NA rivalry, with Cloud9 (“C9”) defeating Team SoloMid (“TSM”) in the end. It wasn't easy for them, as TSM absolutely dominated C9 for the first 20 minutes of the game. Their lead was started by winning a team fight at the Rift Herald, where they killed three from C9. TSM also took two Infernal Dragons, the First Tower bonus top and a bunch of kills from team fight and skirmish wins.

It looked doomed for C9 as TSM destroyed tower after tower, but C9 decided to fight. And fight they did. Every time they saw TSM on the map they instantly engaged, and now that Nisqy's Vladimir and Sneaky's Sivir had scaled, they began to win. The fights became more and more favored towards C9 and the game turned into an absolute blood bath. C9 won a team fight four-for-one at 30 minutes, which allowed them to take TSM's mid Inhibitor. They couldn't end the game here, but after finding four more kills in a 35-minute fight, they did push and end the game to finish their comeback.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 36:03
  • Kills: 17-16
  • Turrets: 8-5
  • Gold: 60.8k-62.7k
  • Dragons: 0-4
  • Barons: 0-1

Counter Logic Gaming vs Golden Guardians

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CLG and GGS team compositions with CLG Biofrost center.

Despite an early lead, Counter Logic Gaming (“CLG”) were defeated by the Golden Guardians (“GGS”) in the third game of the day. CLG commanded the early game, constantly ganging up and attacking individual GGS members. They got a lot of kills through picks and they translated these leads into more objectives, such as towers. At 16 minutes, a team fight erupted in the top lane where CLG went four kills for one. They even Ace'd GGS at 19 minutes in a bottom river fight. At this point, it seemed the game was all but over.

But then CLG made a head-scratching play. Biofrost and Wiggily over-forced an engage, which resulted in their deaths. GGS capitalized on this, taking the two free kills and a Baron Nashor. After basing and regrouping, GGS killed two more CLG members and took their first Inhibitor in the mid lane. A few minutes later the Baron respawned. GGS rushed the objective and secured it amongst a team fight, killing two CLG members to boot. Because of this man advantage, GGS pushed into the CLG base, grabbed three more kills and destroyed the Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 30:59
  • Kills: 17-15
  • Turrets: 4-9
  • Gold: 53.9k-58.0k
  • Dragons: 3-1
  • Barons: 0-2

100 Thieves vs Echo Fox

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100T and FOX team compositions with 100T Bang center.

100 Thieves (“100T”) defeated Echo Fox (“FOX”) in the fourth match of the day to continue their upward trend. They played very well, cleanly snowballing their leads and closing them out. 100T began by diving the bottom lane, getting First Blood for Bang's Jinx. Amazing was great this game, finding successful ganks all over the map to help his lanes establish dominance. In addition to these kills, 100T procured the First Tower bonus in the top lane and a few dragons too.

100T continued to find picks during the mid-game to further their lead and map control. With these kills brought access to tower gold, and the game quickly ran away from FOX. As they controlled vision over the Baron, it was easy for 100T to rush the Baron at 25 minutes and secure it without contest. After that, 100T used the buff to siege the bottom lane, and after finding a pick onto Hakuho, they took the bottom and middle Inhibitors. Next, 100T turned to the top lane. At this point, they pushed down through the Inhibitor, killed multiple FOX champions, and demolished their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 30:51
  • Kills: 12-4
  • Turrets: 11-2
  • Gold: 57.8k-50.7k
  • Dragons: 3-1
  • Barons: 1-0

Clutch Gaming vs OpTic Gaming

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CG and OPT team compositions with OPT Meteos center.

Clutch Gaming (“CG”) closed out the LCS Week Six with a win over OpTic Gaming (“OPT”). It seemed like CG had OPT's number, as OPT could do little to stop their opponents at any point in the game. Though Meteos did get First Blood for Dhokla, CG consistently roamed around the map and found great picks and skirmishes. They knocked down a bunch of towers from these plays, but to OPT's credit they were able to trade some back.

Once the mid-game rolled around, CG ramped up the pressure. First, they forced a team fight at 18 minutes to get four kills and an Infernal Dragon. Four minutes later, they killed four more OPT members and took the opportunity to secure their first Baron. They didn't crack the base, but did further their lead with this buff. As they had three Mountain Dragons, CG burned down Baron without any resistance. This buff resulted in OPT losing all three Inhibitors in a matter of minutes, and after that, all it took was a few more kills for CG to finish the Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 32:28
  • Kills: 18-6
  • Turrets: 11-3
  • Gold: 64.4k-52.7k
  • Dragons: 4-0
  • Barons: 2-0

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Brandon is a writer and editor for ESTNN with a passion for esports. He writes about League of Legends and esports generally, providing analysis and commentary on both. He is a founding member of Niagara University Esports, while being the previous mid laner and Head Coach for the NU Esports LoL team as well. Twitter @GhandiLoL