LCS Summer 2022 Playoffs: CLG vs GG Series Recap

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LCS Summer 2022 Playoffs: CLG vs GG Series Recap

After a grueling full five-game series, CLG finally closed it out 3-2 to advance in the Playoffs, while we say goodbye to GG.

Counter Logic Gaming vs Golden Guardians Game 1

CLG, in the fashion expected from them, started the series with a level three bot dive where they got the first blood. But GG answered with a great mid gank. The early game was controlled by CLG who secured all first objectives and got themselves 3k ahead. GG were not able to contest anything around the map as CLG got themselves to Hextech Soul point. They got the Soul after River overchased the enemy top laner, and then secured a Baron thanks to a 4-for-0 team fight.

CLG almost threw the game around the Elder. They got picked just before and then had to fight around the drake. But after one of the longest Elder fights in pro play, CLG took the objective. Despite the CLG’s 12.5k gold lead and the Elder buff, they could not get onto the Stixxay’s Zeri which made the fights very close. The game ended after Poome found a great Renata ult down in the bot lane. After getting three kills, CLG secured a 1-0 series lead despite Stixxay’s best efforts.

  • Teams: CLG – GG
  • Time: 45:04
  • Kills: 22 – 15
  • Turrets: 11 – 2
  • Gold: 85.3k – 68.9k
  • Dragons: 5 – 0
  • Barons: 2 – 0

Counter Logic Gaming vs Golden Guardians Game 2

The 400th game of Stixxay’s career started with him getting dove at level 2 where CLG got 2 kills. Contractz once again was having a massive impact in the early game, getting his team ahead while securing objectives up until the first Herald fight where Stixxay’s Zeri got three kills. This was enough to give GG a small gold lead during the mid game, but CLG kept their control over drakes. GG played the 5v5s around their combos and took a Baron after winning a fight near the objective.

GG had a good plan of attack with their Baron buff as they moved CLG from side to side. They eventually found a pick and engaged in the top lane. They aced the enemy and tied the series at 1-1, thanks to the pentakill and the great performance from Stixxay.

  • Teams: GG – CLG
  • Time: 32:03
  • Kills: 16 – 7
  • Turrets: 8 – 3
  • Gold: 59.9k – 52.1k
  • Dragons: 1 – 3
  • Barons: 1 – 0
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Counter Logic Gaming vs Golden Guardians Game 3

Both teams had an early bot focus in Game 3. CLG getting the first blood and GG answering with a dive. CLG was the team who got both Herald, while the first drake wasn’t a focus for either team before the plates fell. GG looked like they were going to be able to establish control over the game until CLG found two back-to-back plays to get kills and relieve pressure. Around the 25th minute, just before the third drake, teams had even drakes and near even gold. Still, the fight after GG took the drake was not close as CLG got four kills for none, which meant a Baron and a 5k gold lead for them.

GG chose not to just defend towers, but to engage with a Teleport flank. The play paid out as they got an ace back. GG also played the next couple of fights much better, even putting themselves into winning positions. However, CLG had a great Baron setup and turn, which caught them off guard. GG got aced and gave CLG the opportunity to take the series lead.

  • Teams: CLG – GG
  • Time: 35:22
  • Kills: 18 – 15
  • Turrets: 7 – 3
  • Gold: 63.2k – 58.2k
  • Dragons: 2 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 0

Counter Logic Gaming vs Golden Guardians Game 4

The early game in Game 4 was controlled by River, who got the first blood in the top lane and then got his ADC a kill in the bot. With his help, GG established a sub-ten-minute 2k lead, even after they gave up the first Herald. Once again GG controlled the mid game finding most of the kills and towers, but they were not stacking drakes. With GG 4k ahead and CLG having Ornn items, teams were almost evenly matched so neither team won any clean fights until GG’s Baron attempt. GG decided to start Baron and turn, but after CLG’s late contest they just finished the objective. The fight after also went their way as they took four kills. With the death timers long, GG pushed for the end and managed to take the series to the fifth and final game.

  • Teams: GG – CLG
  • Time: 34:40
  • Kills: 15 – 6
  • Turrets: 7 – 2
  • Gold: 64k – 54.6k
  • Dragons: 2 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 0
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Counter Logic Gaming vs Golden Guardians Game 5

CLG tried to establish an early lead in the final game by diving Licorice in the top lane back-to-back, but GG answered well by finding a kill in the mid lane and getting both early objectives in Herald and drake. The game slowed down during the mid game with GG protecting their gold lead. But the top side of CLG stepped up during the fights and helped their team to turn the momentum around by taking a Baron and a 5k gold lead.

With the gold lead near 10k, CLG started to hit Baron a couple of times with the purpose of baiting GG into a fight. After a couple of tries, they finally got what they wanted and managed to ace GG, which led to their second Baron. With their second Baron buff, CLG took all three inhibitors in the enemy base. CLG sieged the nexus towers after taking the Hextech Soul to brute force their way in. GG put up a good fight, but with a 15k gold lead, CLG eventually took down the towers and finished the game that eliminates GG from the Playoffs.

  • Teams: CLG – GG
  • Time: 40:41
  • Kills: 21 – 2
  • Turrets: 11 – 2
  • Gold: 80.6k – 64.7k
  • Dragons: 4 – 2
  • Barons: 3 – 0

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LCS Summer 2022 Playoffs Schedule

Upper Bracket

  • August 27, 1PM PDT
    • 100 Thieves vs. Team Liquid
  • August 28, 1PM PDT
    • Evil Geniuses vs. Cloud9

Lower Bracket

  • September 1, 1PM PDT
    • Counter Logic Gaming vs. TBD
  • September 2, 1PM PDT
    • TSM vs. TBD

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LCS Summer 2022 Playoffs: CLG vs GG Series Recap
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