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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NA vs EU Rift Rivals 2019: Day Two Recap

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Team Liquid vs G2 Esports

TL and G2 team compositions with G2 Caps center. Photo via LoL Esports.

Team Liquid (“TL”) brought some hope for NA with a big win over G2 Esports (“G2”). They won the 2v2 for side select before moving into the crazy 5v5. G2 drafted a rather… unique team composition that didn’t work very well for them. Seeing as NA lost all their matches yesterday, they had the room to experiment though. TL went in a deficit early, as Jankos killed Doublelift for First Blood, but managed to trade a kill back. G2 moved around the map after this, sending three people to dive and kill Impact then take the Herald. This Herald destroyed the First Tower in the middle lane. Jankos even solo killed Jensen in his jungle, and it was looking dire for TL.

But TL made moves to come back. First, they picked off Caps and killed a Mountain Dragon. After that they continued to hunt for picks, finding them on the likes of Perkz and Jankos. G2’s composition still found a couple of picks, but with TL’s composition grouping it was hard for them. TL’s five-man unit decimated G2 in a 19-minute team fight, which allowed them to take the Baron right as it spawned. After the backed and regrouped, they pushed up mid and took the middle Inhibitor with no contest. Next, TL grouped bottom. After taking the Inhbitor, they engaged onto the G2 roster and slaughtered four members before claiming the first Nexus for NA.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 24:42
  • Kills: 15-6
  • Turrets: 8-4
  • Gold: 46.9k-42.0k
  • Dragons: 1-1
  • Barons: 1-0

Origen vs Cloud9

OG and C9 team compositions with OG Mithy center. Note: Nisqy went to the bottom lane and Blaber went mid lane. Photo via LoL Esports.

Origen (“OG”) continued to impress with a dominant win over Cloud9 (“C9”). Blaber had to substitute in for Sneaky, due to illness, and it didn’t look good for them. But the real rough thing for C9 was Kold’s Rek’Sai. He ganked bottom at minute six and got First Blood, but C9 did collapse on the lane and kill two in response. Crazily enough, this fight continued for a long time, where OG ended up with two additional kills. Svenskeren ganked bottom to get his team two more kills, but Kold ramped up his pressure. He ganked all over the map, and with the help of his team, he accumulated a ton of kills for himself. C9 tried to win fights of their own but they often overstayed, giving OG the opportunity to punish them.

OG kept up the pressure, finding picks, winning skirmishes and diving towers. At 21 minutes C9 engaged onto OG in what appeared to be a desperation fight. OG cooly outplayed C9, and clean Ace’d them. As they were already near the Baron, they picked that one up too. With it, OG split up a bit and Nukeduck went into the bottom lane. He solo killed Licorice under his tower, then helped his team knock down both the bottom and middle Inhibitors. OG pushed on and easily destroyed the Nexus Towers. The bloodshed continued and more C9 members fell as their Nexus was demolished.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 25:03
  • Kills: 25-5
  • Turrets: 10-2
  • Gold: 55.2k-38.0k
  • Dragons: 3-0
  • Barons: 1-0

G2 Esports vs Team SoloMid

G2 and TSM team compositions with TSM Smoothie center. Photo via LoL Esports.

G2 debuted another crazy composition but executed on it much better to defeat Team SoloMid (“TSM”). Honestly, it was never a close match. G2 went to every lane and killed TSM member after another. G2’s bottom lane duo turned around a 2v3 to get First Blood, then Jankos showed up to help them get a second kill. A few minutes later TSM tried to gank bottom again, but once again G2 outplayed them and got another kill. Next, G2 sent multiple members top to dive and kill Broken Blade. TSM fought back by five-manning top to kill Wunder, but lost the First Tower bonus to G2 in the bottom lane as a result.

In the mid-game, G2 kept up their roaming death squad strategy. They dove and killed Bjergsen in the middle lane, then caught out Zven and fought a skirmish for an additional two kills. TSM made a decent play in the bottom lane to take two towers and get two kills, but G2 was too far ahead for it to matter. G2 continued to move around the map to destroy towers and champions, and the gold gap widened. At 21 minutes the LEC representatives brute forced their way down the middle lane and knocked down the Inhibitor Tower there. After a few more minutes they went back mid to finish off the Inhibitor. They did, and after obliterating four TSM members, they claimed yet another Nexus for Europe.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 24:24
  • Kills: 18-5
  • Turrets: 8-4
  • Gold: 48.6k-37.4k
  • Dragons: 2-0
  • Barons: 0-0

Team Liquid vs Origen

TL and OG team compositions with TL CoreJJ center. Photo via LoL Esports.

The Captain America jerseys showed their real power today, as TL beat OG to get their second win of the tournament. OG pulled out more interesting champions but they couldn’t snowball their early lead enough to get the win. Their bottom lane duo killed Doublelift to get First Blood and applied some pressure on that lane. On top of this, Alphari solo killed Impact and OG caught out CoreJJ at 12 minutes. But after that, TL took the First Tower bonus and began to group up together. When together they were extremely strong and it showed in the 19-minute team fight. Here, TL killed three OG members and knocked down two towers.

At this point, TL snowballed quite effectively. OG didn’t contest them when TL pushed down mid to take their Inhibitor. Instead, they secured an Infernal Dragon for themselves. At 22 minutes TL hard engaged onto OG and obliterated all five of their champions before turning to Baron. It was easy to secure for them. After returning from base, some action occurred in the top lane as Doublelift solo killed Patrik and he helped Jensen kill Kold. With this advantage, they pushed through all the towers and took the Inhibitor. Xmithie engaged onto OG one last time and they dropped like flies. TL killed four from OG and their Nexus too.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 25:22
  • Kills: 18-4
  • Turrets: 9-2
  • Gold: 50.0k-39.6k
  • Dragons: 2-1
  • Barons: 1-0

Team SoloMid vs Fnatic

TSM and FNC team compositions with FNC Hylissang center. Photo via LoL Esports.

TSM won a much-needed match versus Fnatic (“FNC”). It was a relatively long one but TSM played smart to take the win in the end. Akaadian was huge in the early game, diving top to kill Bwipo for First Blood and helping his bottom lane turn around a gank to get a kill. This kill went a long way, as Zven killed Rekkles in the 2v2. But crucially Bwipo Teleported in and killed both of the TSM bottom laners. He even stayed bottom to kill them after they Teleported back in. He was a monster, but it wasn’t enough for FNC.

This was because TSM began grouping and forcing winning fights. They won a team fight in the river at 15 minutes, then at 18 Akaadian practically one-shot Dan in his own jungle. The match slowed down for a few minutes after this as TSM set up for the Baron, but ramped back up at 27 minutes. Here TSM killed three from FNC in their own jungle and secured the Baron buff. After winning another team fight three-for-zero, they knocked down a couple of towers, but no Inhibitors. Again the match stalled, until TSM engaged another fight at 34 minutes. They ended up killing multiple FNC members, some even twice after they respawned. TSM Ace’d FNC and they could only look on as TSM blasted their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 36:52
  • Kills: 27-11
  • Turrets: 9-3
  • Gold: 73.8k-64.0k
  • Dragons: 3-1
  • Barons: 1-0

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