The second and third LPL seeds go head to head.
The LPL civil war has begun and people are eager to see if Suning can create an upset against the LPL’s second seed JDG. Suning would need to clean up their mid to late game while maintaining their strong early game pressure in order to beat JDG. JDG on the other hand should look to play to the mid and late game and go for punishes off of Suning frequent mistakes.
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As expected, these two LPL teams delivered an action-packed Game One that would leave the viewers wanting more. The game started with low kills, but JD Gaming ("JDG") had lane priority in every lane over Suning. The game would have it’s first big skirmish at Rift Herald eight minutes in, where all five members of both teams found themselves locked in a battle. JDG would come out ahead of the scrap with two kills, Rift Herald, and a Mountain Dragon.
JDG then makes a proactive three-man gank onto Angel securing a kill for themselves. However, Angel seemingly unphased Teleports bot lane and wipes JDG’s bot duo balancing out the game once again. JDG would continue to secure Dragons and Rift Heralds, but SwordArt would always be prepared to answer every time JDG would spawn the Herald. At the third dragon, SN came prepared and won a massive fight off the back of SwordArt’s stun and ultimate. They immediately ran to Baron after securing two kills, but as they tried to zone off JDG’s three members, Sofm falls to Yagao’s Zoe.
The two teams would continue to trade blows, but amidst the chaos, JDG’s teamplay shined through. JDG would come out slightly ahead in most exchanges and find picks to put themselves in advantageous situations. The game would finally break open at the Ocean Dragon as both teams fought to secure or deny SN’s Ocean Soul. Kanavi lands a massive sleep into a clutch smite saving the team fight for JDG, leading to a Baron and a quick victory push afterward.
- Time: 38:34
- Kills: 13-20
- Turrets: 5-9
- Gold: 66.3K-73.6K
- Dragons: 2-4
- Barons: 0-1
The second game started favorably for SN, SofM was able to find two Scuttle Crabs while Kanavi was unable to find any successful ganks in the bot lane. Then, utilizing their map pressure advantage SofM and Angel roam down bot lane and kill LvMao for first blood. Later, as Kanavi was soloing Rift Herald, Bin fell to the hands of Zoom and Yagao, setting JDG up for a Rift Herald play top lane. JDG then miscalculates how fast they can take the tower giving SN time to collapse on them topside giving SN a double kill.
Both teams would again meet at the next Rift Herald spawn, but SN came ready to fight. Initially, the fight seemed close, but SN outgunned JDG and aced JDG with only one member dying on their side. SN would then secure drag and set themselves up in the driver's seat for the rest of the game. JDG would desperately try to claw their way back into the game to no avail. Each fight JDG engaged in would only set them further behind, their desperation would get them aced once again at 24 minutes. Being ahead by 10k gold so early on in the game, SN ended the game without baron at 26 minutes.
- Time: 26:45
- Kills: 26-8
- Turrets: 7-1
- Gold: 56.3K-42.9K
- Dragons: 3-0
- Barons: 0-0
As if game two wasn’t bad enough, level one cannot go any worse for JDG. SN’s Angel is able to find a massive taunt onto JDG’s members and Bin’s Gangplank picks up a double kill and a sheen before laning phase. Bin had already shown us how well he plays from behind, but seeing him play from ahead with a Sheen was just unfair. Bin was able to force Zoom to teleport back to lane and then force him to recall again afterward utilizing the lead he obtained level one to the fullest.
JDG would attempt to strike back by continuously looking for SwordArt on multiple occasions. Eventually, they would find SwordArt, but LvMao immediately dies to SN 10 seconds later effectively negating the play. SN would continue to out pressure JDG off the back of their top laner Bin, securing the Rift Herald and first tower top side at 10 minutes. Again, JDG found themselves in a desperate situation where they needed to find picks to get back into the game. However, whenever they would find a pick they would look for more causing them to die after successfully finding picks.
SN would continue to control the game until SwordArt’s creates a questionable Magical Journey into the mid lane at 21 minutes causing SofM to die which then leads to the rest of his team getting aced. JDG would pick up the Baron, but lose two members afterward, forcing them to give up the Cloud Soul to SN. Unfortunately for JDG, SwordArt would not be making any more questionable Journeys and SN was able to secure the Elder and the Baron to close out the game at 32 minutes.
- Time: 32:47
- Kills: 7-17
- Turrets: 1-11
- Gold: 55.2K-67.9K
- Dragons: 0-5
- Barons: 1-1
Matchpoint for Suning, and once again they’ve secured Huanfeng on Jhin and Angel on Zoe. The game starts with SN’s SofM securing a double scuttle off of his laners priority, but this time Zoom would be looking to shake things up. Zoom prepares a slow push towards the topside forcing Bin into a precarious situation, Bin cancels his recall to greedily stay for the wave and gets three-man dove, and dies instantly while burning flash. SofM secures the Earth Drag at 6 minutes seeing JDG’s three members top side. A few minutes later a crazy fight breaks out at SN’s blue buff, Loken lands a crucial arrow after Kindred ultimate creating a favorable three for two trade for JDG. However, Zoom had also rotated down for this fight meaning Bin was allowed to free farm topside while the fight was going on.
The game calmed for a bit as JDG used Rift Herald on SN’s mid-tower breaking mid open at 10 minutes. SN would trade pressure and secure another dragon a few minutes later, LvMao flash hooks SofM right after the dragon and picks up one kill for JDG. Six minutes later, JDG was ready to contest for their first dragon. Yagao goes for the flash gold card onto SofM, but SofM had already bought a QSS negating Yagao’s attack. The negated attack then turned into a counter-attack opportunity allowing SN’s huanfeng to clean up with a triple kill and putting SN at soul point.
Suning finishes off JDG
A few minutes later JDG’s Yagao seems to be panicked as he immediately looks to use his ultimate in an attempt to pick off Huanfeng once again. This leads to him getting hooked by SwordArt causing both him and LvMao to get picked off in the mid lane. However, it seemed like SwordArt was able to maintain his cool as he set up a nice pick before the fourth dragon spawn, forcing SofM to burn Lamb’s Respite 20 seconds before the dragon.
Just as things were finally looking up for JDG they immediately fell apart once again at the hands of Yagao. Yagao commits to a pick on Bin’s Volibear and forces his team to get chunked in a bot lane 5v5. JDG then loses position on the dragon causing them to lose the fight and giving SN the Ocean Soul and a few kills as well. SN would pick up the Baron at 25 minutes and close out the game with ease in an astonishing 3-1 upset against the LPL second seed.
- Time: 26:55
- Kills: 7-13
- Turrets: 5-7
- Gold: 45.1K-47.6K
- Dragons: 0-4
- Barons: 0-1