The two strongest teams in Group D closed out the Group Stage with an epic clash.
DRX vs Top Esports
In a highly anticipated match for the first seed of Group D, DRX took on TES. Unlike all the other first seed matches where blood was shed often, this match took the record for the longest first blood timer passing the 23-minute mark with no kills. There were many close to death experiences for both teams, Deft in particular found himself barely staying alive in many of these situations. Flashing late on multiple occasions it looked like Deft was having an off day, but thanks to Pyosik’s lighting quick Lamb Respites he was able to save his teammates from many close encounters.
Finally, some action
With the pressure building, DRX decided enough was enough, they ran mid as five and looked for an engage with Ornn Ulti onto TES. The engage found no kills and TES came out of the exchange with higher health bars and more resources. TES began to siege on DRX’s mid lane tower and DRX were unwilling to give up the outer tower, however, Knight had other plans and landed a massive three-man shockwave to secure TES three kills and blow the game open.
After suffering the massive defeat in the mid lane it seemed like TES was going to pull ahead and take the first seed spot as theirs. However, Chovy and DRX were not willing to back down without a fight and set up a trap play at their raptor camp unseen by TES’ vision. Flashing on Knight with Galio’s Taunt DRX engages a crazy exchange that leads to a two-for-one trade in favor of DRX. Unfortunately for DRX that would be the last proactive play that would work in their favor. TES was always a step ahead from that point on and prepared objectives faster and secured themselves the Mountain Soul and Baron Nashor. Using the lead they built up in the last 10 minutes of the game, TES brute-forced their way bot lane and destroyed DRX’s nexus at 38 minutes.
- Time: 38:38
- Kills: 3-8
- Turrets: 4-8
- Gold: 63.1K-69.9K
- Dragons: 2-4
- Barons: 0-2