First game of Day 2 features SK Gaming versus Gambit Gaming. On the blue side, SK want to prove that the victory against FNC yesterday was not an accident, ban Thresh, Trundle, Kassadin and pick Aatrox, Lee Sin, Yasuo, Vayne and Morgana. On the other side, Gambit want to forget yesterday’s disappointing start as fast as possible, ban Leona, Twitch, Jax and pick Irelia, Evelynn, Kayle, Lucian and Gragas.
2′ – Standard 1v1 and 2v2 lanes for both teams. A bit surprising that SK decided to not go for 1v2 lanes to give Vayne a safe laning phase.
6′ – CandyPanda and nRated are getting pushed out of the lane
9′ – GMB want to capitalize on the dominance of their bot-lane and start the dragon, but SK try to contest it and in the skirmish that resulted from it, SK give up first and second blood without getting anything in return.
10′ – CS count shows a clear dominance from Freddy in the top-lane,93 – 77, an even fight in the mid-lane 79-86 and Genja being miles ahead of the opposition down in the bot-lane, 51-81
11′ – SK secure the top outer tower after a kill on Irelia, but GMB reply by killing the dragon.
15′ – Freddy keeps up the pressure in the top-lane and as a result of another gank, SK take down the inner tower as well
16′ – GMB group as 5 in the mid-lane, take the outer turret down and find a kill on Aatrox
17′ – Second dragon of the game goes to GMB as well, as SK did not fancy contesting it, thus giving the Russians a 3.5k gold lead.
24′ – Third dragon also goes in favor of GMB, while SK seem a bit disorientated. After securing the objective, GMB venture into the enemy jungle and find themselves two more picks which allows them to get both turrets down in the mid-lane, only an exposed inhibitor now left for SK.
27′ – GMB are on fire and due to better vision, they are able to take advantage of every positional mistake from SK and they find one more kill in the bot-lane on Morgana as Aatrox ran for his life and finally managed to suicide without giving up a kill. The Russians immediately rush for the baron, but SK were looking to contest it. That decision proved to be another wrong one, as GMB easily secured themselves two more kills and the baron buff and are now 8k gold ahead.
28′ – With the baron buff on, GMB have no trouble getting the top outer and inner turrets down, before rotating to the mid-lane and destroying the exposed inhibitor. As SK make an attempt to stop them, Morgana dies and that meant that the Russians could take the top inhibitor tower and the inhibitor itself down as well. On their way back to the base, GMB secure another dragon, boosting their gold lead to 12k.
32′ – GMB have their eyes set on the bot-lane and are determined to get that inhibitor tower down as well before closing out the game, but SK had other plans. As GMB engaged on them, a very nice Last Breath from Yasuo catches Lucian who almost instantly goes down and SK manage to 4-0 their opponents. Mind-blowing start to what looks like a great come-back. Sadly for SK though, they lost both their Nexus turrets to the super-minions.
35′ – Following another skirmish, this time in the mid-lane, SK find themselves 3 kills for 0 and take the baron down as well. The come-back looks real. Sadly for CandyPanda and crew, they can only down the bot inhibitor tower while having the baron buff on,as there is still a 9k gold lead for GMB and SK Gaming does not have the confidence to tower-dive them.
37′ – Dragon for SK, who manage to reduce the gold difference to 8k.
43′ – Baron was up again and the two teams begin the dance anew. The inevitable team-fight occurs and SK win it barely, 3-2 because Yasuo’s Last Breath only caught Edward this time and they could not blow up a target instantly, which was what guaranteed them the victory in the previous skirmishes. With 3 people up, SK attempt the baron but the 2 remaining Gambit players contest it and manage to ACE the opposition, even though Lee Sin took the baron with his dying breath. But these were big death timers and GMB were trying to end the game. It was only CandyPanda and Nyph alive for SK and while they did manage to kill Darien, they both died to Genja and GMB finishes the game. What a spectacular thriller! There were many mistakes on both sides and this is what made the game so spectacular, but if GMB ever needed a win, it was today and it doesn’t matter as much how they obtained it, but the fact that they did. On the other side, CandyPanda and crew looked devastated as they almost came back into this after being so far behind, but failed due to small mistakes here and there.
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