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 Two Day One Recap

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Cloud9 vs Echo Fox

C9 and FOX team compositions with C9 Svenskeren center. Photo via LoL Esports.

The first game of the week featured C9 taking down Echo Fox with a terrifying team fighting composition. The C9 bottom lane was gifted First Blood from a Svenskeren gank, but Rush helped Yusui and Lost gain some kill gold in their lanes. At 13 minutes the teams met up at the dragon pit, where C9 won 2-0. Solo and Yusui had decent advantages they had amassed, while C9’s composition was clearly starting to scale.

In the mid game, FOX’s solo laners put decent pressure on the side lanes, but it wasn’t enough. FOX tried to bait Baron, but the plan backfired when C9 engaged on them and killed three of their members. C9 took the Baron buff used it to destroy two Inhibitors and even both Nexus towers. FOX managed to kill four in their base, but C9 kept up the siege. They brought down the last Inhibitor and fought FOX in their base, killing a couple of members before moving on and  seizing their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 36:13
  • Kills: 12-8
  • Turrets: 11-2
  • Gold: 64.1k-59.3k
  • Dragons: 3-2
  • Barons: 1-0

Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves

TL and 100T team compositions with TL Xmithie center. Photo via LoL Esports.

Unsurprisingly, TL defeated 100T in the second match of the day. It wasn’t a close affair, the MSI Finalists completely dismantled the struggling 100T roster. Doublelift secured First Blood in the bottom lane, but Amazing killed two members on the back side of the play. Throughout the early and mid game TL made great rotations to make proactive plays and turn around 100T’s proactivity at every step. TL used these advantages to grow their lead with additional objective takes.

At 21 minutes TL made a decisive move. They used CoreJJ’s Rakan ultimate to find two kills mid and slay the Baron Nashor. They pushed the top lane to bring down a tower, where 100T tried to make a desperation play. The squad engaged onto TL, but TL routed them and killed three. In the next few minutes, TL methodically destroyed the Inhibitors in all three lanes and set themselves up for another easy Baron. After taking this TL guided their hordes of empowered Super Minions to the 100T base. With this help, TL had no problem crushing four 100T members and their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 30:12
  • Kills: 15-2
  • Turrets: 11-0
  • Gold: 59.0k-45.5k
  • Dragons: 3-0
  • Barons: 1-0

Team SoloMid vs FlyQuest

TSM and FLY team compositions with FLY V1per center. Photo via LoL Esports.

In the third match of the day, V1per busted out his signature Riven pick to hard carry his team to a sweet win. Though TSM drafted the infamous team-fighting Sona-Taric duo, FLY outperformed them greatly in those fights. This was even with the First Blood Zven got with the help of Akaadian. TSM also grew an advantage with a play in the top lane at 12 minutes that netted them two kills and the Rift Herald. But on the other side of the map V1per was farming up and obtaining the First Tower bonus.

The game truly broke open for FLY at 20 minutes. Here, both teams met at the dragon pit to pick a fight. Though TSM’s engage hit, V1per went 1v3 in the TSM back line. When the dust settled, FLY killed four for one, allowing them to slay the Baron. Afterwards, V1per continued to split push the bottom lane, where eventually his whole team grouped. TSM saw this opportunity to engage one last, desperate fight. Again, V1per turned around the fight and led FLY to obliterate four from TSM. FLY faced little resistance as they pushed in and ended the game.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 24:50
  • Kills: 5-10
  • Turrets: 2-8
  • Gold: 39.1k-48.6k
  • Dragons: 0-3
  • Barons: 0-1

OpTic Gaming vs Counter Logic Gaming

OPT and CLG team compositions with CLG PowerOfEvil center. Photo via LoL Esports.

OpTic defeated CLG in game four to start their season undefeated. PowerOfEvil was the benefactor of the First Blood bonus by killing Crown in a 1v2 against him and Meteos. In spite of this, Crown solo killed him a minute later, while Wiggly found a successful gank in the bottom lane. It was an action packed early game but an OpTic three-for-zero 12 minute team fight gave them a huge lead. Next, OpTic slayed the Rift Herald, used it to take the First Tower bonus, then finished off the other outer towers.

Afterwards, OpTic asserted total vision control over CLG’s red side jungle. As a result, OpTic constantly pressured them away from the Baron and eventually found a pick onto Wiggly. This gave them the opportunity to slay Baron Nashor. OpTic immediately pushed and quickly brought down two Inhibitors after winning yet another team fight four-for-zero. Looking to close it out, OpTic finally grouped in the bottom lane. At this point they turned around a CLG engage to kill three members. The remaining two couldn’t hold back the OpTic squad as they pillaged their base and their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 29:17
  • Kills: 13-2
  • Turrets: 10-2
  • Gold: 54.9k-45.1k
  • Dragons: 2-0
  • Barons: 1-0

Clutch Gaming vs Golden Guardians

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

Clutch Gaming closed the day out with a very convincing win over the Golden Guardians. They began their rampage early and never gave GGS a chance to breathe. As early as five minutes Clutch decided to five-man dive the bottom lane, which netted them two kills. Going forward, Clutch dominated the map and secured every single neutral objective. They used the previously taken Rift Herald to take all five plates on the top lane tower and the First Tower bonus. These great rotations from the bottom lane duo and Lira pushed the tempo faster and faster.

A major breaking point occurred at 18 minutes. Here, CG won a team fight three-for-zero and took an Infernal Dragon and middle lane tower. Five minutes later, Clutch picked off Froggen and took the opportunity to take an easy Baron. Afterwards, GGS did pick off Huni a couple of time, but the rest of Clutch demolished GGS’ base as a response. Finally, at 31 minutes, Clutch grouped mid. A team fight exploded and Clutch Ace’d GGS before blasting their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 31:53
  • Kills: 12-4
  • Turrets: 10-2
  • Gold: 61.7k-51.5k
  • Dragons: 4-1
  • Barons: 1-0

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