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EU LCS: Week 1, Day 2 Recap

 Copenhagen Wolves vs Millenium

CW vs MIL champion select

The Wolves have a stronger early level strategy and are able to get the early lead by destroying the first tower, taking the first and second kill and the first dragon. Their aggressive engages would backfire in the mid-game and  they would end up giving away unnecessary kills. The reminder of the mid-game was all about the Ziggs bombs, when they were accurate, they gave MIL a huge lead in the team-fights, but as soon as Kerp was out of position or did not land perfect ultimates, the Wolves would simply steamroll over their opponents and get clean ACEs left and right. It happened the first time at around 37 minutes, when following a brilliant flanking maneuver from Evelynn, CWdestroy MIL and take themselves a baron and some territorial advantage for their efforts.

Huge difference from the previous fight, where Cowtard’s Yasuo was nowhere to be seen and MIL managed to get a win in the skirmish and took down the mid inhibitor. The second time that MIL would get ACED was following a skirmish in their own jungle after Kottenx got caught. Another clean ACE for CW who pick up their first victory this split.

CW vs MIL item builds

SK Gaming vs Gambit Gaming 

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SK vs GMB item builds

Alliance vs Supa Hot Crew

ALL vs SHC champion select

Alliance initiated the lane-swap and sent their duo in the top-lane, but the early game was pretty quiet, bar some gank attempts in the mid-lane. It was the first dragon fight at 15 minutes that set the tone for the entire game, in a 4v4 around the dragon pit, SHC came out huge getting themselves 3 kills and killing the beast afterwards. Just like that, Mimer and crew were 2,5k gold ahead and could dictate the pace of the game. Six minutes later, at the next dragon, SHC comes out on top again, winning the skirmish 3-2 and securing the objective one more time.

30 minutes in the game, SHC make a decisive play rushing baron and with Thresh’s ultimate zoning the entire Alliance team out, they actually manage to secure it and after killing Lee Sin, they rush to take down the enemy bottom inhibitor. Mimer and crew could not end the game with the Nashor buff on and were actually over-aggressive when siegeing the enemy base and Alliance capitalized on their mistakes, getting themselves 4 kills and downing the next baron. It was a short-lived comeback though and with a 9k gold lead still in their pockets, SHC managed to win the next team-fight after a very well targeted cocoon on Froggen and end the game inside 41 minutes. Impressive showing from SHC to take down the fan-favorite Alliance team.

ALL vs SHC item builds

SK Gaming vs Copenhagen Wolves

SK vs CW champion select

Early lead for SK Gaming, who played the map a bit better than their opponents and got First Blood, first turret and first dragon of the game. SK’s strength lies in their mid-game rotations and getting so far ahead out of the laning phase could only spell disaster for the opposition. By the 20 minute mark, CandyPanda and crew were up 12k gold and the blood-bath would soon come to an end as SK Gaming does not mess around and finished the game in just under 24 minutes. By the end of it all, the scoreboard showed 21-3 and a 20k gold advantage in favor of SK. This was one of very few games where the CW were not able to get an early lead and they just crumbled under the pressure and made on strategic error after the other.

SK vs CW item buildsSupa Hot Crew vs Roccat

SHC vs ROC Champion select

Standard 1v1 and 2v2 lanes for the two teams and a pretty uneventful laning phase, except for Overpow getting a solo kill on Selfie. That, combined with the bot-lane’s early dominance ensured a small advantage for the Poles going into the mid-game, which they have successfully turned into a bigger advantage in the mid-game by securing the first tower, the first dragon and a couple more kills.

First baron attempt was done at 30 minutes, but despite a prolonged team-fight, that ended in a draw, 3-3, neither of the teams manage to kill Nashor. A second attempt by ROC, 5 minutes later, would back-fire horribly as they lose the skirmish, 1-4 and SHC would end up getting the baron. With the baron buff on, Impaler and crew take out all the inner turrets and after being down 3k gold, they are now up 6k gold. What a huge turnaround! Having superior vision control in the enemy jungle, SHC find themselves two picks and end the game, going 2-0 on the day.

SHC vs ROC Item builds

Alliance vs Fnatic

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ALL vs FNC item builds

That does it for Day 2 of the European LCS, now let’s have a look at how the standings shape up with two days of competition behind us. Keep in mind, this is Europe  🙂

EU LCS Standings W1D2

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ALL – FNC: Hooked on a win

The last game of the day is of course a big one, between two of the biggest teams in Europe, xPeke’s Fnatic and Froggen’s Alliance. On the blue side, ALL ban Elise, LeBlanc, Leona and pick Shyvana, Evelynn, Lulu, Kog’maw and Thresh.  On the purple side, FNC ban Ziggs, Kassadin, Twitch and pick Jax, Lee Sin, Twisted Faith, Lucian and Morgana.

ALL vs FNC champion select

2′ – It’s FNC who initiate the lane-swap moving their duo-bot in the top-lane

3′ – xPeke decides to stay in the lane with 20% hp and no flash from a previous gank from Shook’s Evelynn and ends up paying the ultimate price, dying to the hate spikes of Evelynn, who burned her Flash for the kill

5′ – Evelynn returns to the mid-lane and secures another kill on Twisted Faith for his team.

9′ – ALL capitalize on their early aggression with a dragon kill and boost their gold lead to 3k

11′ – Alliance are a bit too aggressive in the mid-lane and end up paying with their lives for it, Froggen and Shook died to the trio of Morgana, Lucian and Twisted Faith

13′ – CS count shows a huge difference between the two top-laners, 78-41, an even fight in the mid-lane, 104-109 and a small advantage for Lucian in the bot-lane, 115-129. Alliance did a very good job of starving Jax in the early game.

15′ – FNC find a kill on Evelynn who was out of position right as the dragon was about to respawn and secure that objective uncontested. Meanwhile, ALL down the last outer turret of FNC and are now up 4 turrets to 0.

21′ – Third dragon of the game goes to Alliance, uncontested, as Soaz did not have is teleport up and Yellowstar got caught out and was forced to back out.

24′ – A great hook from Nyph’s Thresh on Twisted Faith is the catalyst for the next team-fight, which ALL have no problem winning, 3-1 and they capitalize on it by slaying Nashor.

ALL vs FNC important moment

26′ – With the baron buff on, Alliance have no issues in destroying the last two inner turrets and taking the dragon before retreating with a 6k gold lead to their base.

30′ – The first Fnatic inhibitor goes down in the bot lane as they can not do anything to prevent it from happening, because Jax was split-pushing in the top-lane without having his teleport up.

34′ – With the superior vision control around the baron pit, Alliance get themselves an easy Baron, while Jax kept split-pushing in the bottom lane and actually got the inner tower down. Having the numbers advantage, Froggen and crew push down the mid-lane, get two kills thanks in part to yet another great hook from Nyph, destroy the inhibitor, score another kill on xPeke and end the game in style. Despite their earlier lackluster performance, Alliance have managed to reset and focus for the second game of the day and took down Fnatic convincingly. On the other side, Soaz and crew are now 0-2 after facing their two big rivals, SK and ALL and are looking to mend some fences tomorrow in the last day of the super-week.

ALL vs FNC item builds

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CW – MIL: The Wolf-pack is back

CW vs MIL champion select

The Wolves have a stronger early level strategy and are able to get the early lead by destroying the first tower, taking the first and second kill and the first dragon. Their aggressive engages would backfire in the mid-game and  they would end up giving away unnecessary kills. The reminder of the mid-game was all about the Ziggs bombs, when they were accurate, they gave MIL a huge lead in the team-fights, but as soon as Kerp was out of position or did not land perfect ultimates, the Wolves would simply steamroll over their opponents and get clean ACEs left and right. It happened the first time at around 37 minutes, when following a brilliant flanking maneuver from Evelynn, CWdestroy MIL and take themselves a baron and some territorial advantage for their efforts.

Huge difference from the previous fight, where Cowtard’s Yasuo was nowhere to be seen and MIL managed to get a win in the skirmish and took down the mid inhibitor. The second time that MIL would get ACED was following a skirmish in their own jungle after Kottenx got caught. Another clean ACE for CW who pick up their first victory this split.

CW vs MIL item builds

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SK – GMB: The come-back was almost real

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.

SK vs GMB champion select

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.

SK vs GMB important moment

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.

SK vs GMB item builds

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GMB – ROC: Humongous lead for the Poles

The last game of Day 1 features Gambit, on the blue side and without Alex Ich, who ban Elise, Thresh, Kayle and pick Irelia, Lee Sin, Nidalee, Caitlyn and Gragas. On the purple side, Roccat, ban Kassadin, Jax, Twitch and pick Aatrox, Evelynn, Twisted Faith, Lucian and Leona.

GMB vs ROC champion select

2′ – “Standard lanes” for the second time today, as we will see 1v1 and 2v2 lanes in the top and bottom lane

3′ – First blood goes to ROC as Jankos makes his first visit in the bot-lane and finds a kill on Genja’s Caitlyn, who had no summoners because he face-checked a river bush at level 1. A few seconds later, Diamond gets caught and killed in the enemy jungle.

10′ – GMB secure the first dragon of the game, as ROC was recalling, but the Poles answer with two outer turrets in the top and mid lane.

12′ – 4-0 for Roccat following a skirmish in the bot-lane which involved the two duos, both junglers and both top-laners using their teleport. Gambit decision’s making crumbled and they ended up paying with their lives and their bot outer turret for it.

GMB vs ROC important moment

14′ – Another skirmish in the mid-lane, another clear victory for ROC, 2-0. The engage and crowd control of Vander and crew are stronger than the disengages of the Russians.

16′ – Gambit finally get their first kill of the game, as Diamond roams top and helps Darien get a kill on Xaxus’ Aatrox.

20′ – Roccat kill the dragon, despite Gambit’s best efforts to prevent it. Meanwhile in the top-lane, Darien was looking for a 1v1 vs Xaxus and as it seemed he finally found it, Twisted Faith teleported in and assisted in killing Darien. ROC immediately follow up on their kill with the top inner tower.

24′ – ROc find themselves two more kills in the bot lane and down bth the inner and the inhibitor tower before backing off.

27′ – Second dragon of the game goes down for ROC, out of a total of three. Gambit did not even bother contesting this one as they are 15k gold behind.

30′ – Roccat find a pick on Darien and rush baron down before GMB can react to it. With the baron buff on, ROC finally down the exposed bot inhibitor and take down the mid inhibitor turret as well before recalling to their base.

36′ – Having a massive 19k gold lead, ROC is toying with their pray and after downing the last inhibitor turret, the one in the top-lane, they finally commit to a fight, but no one on Gambit dies, they all retreat with low health bars to the fountain and ROC destroy the two Nexus turrets, but are unable to finish the Nexus although it would have fallen down if every member of the Polish team would have hit it twice. Instead, they back off, and two minutes later, Overpow uses his ultimate to teleport next to the Nexus and finish it off. Finally, Roccat manage to close out the game, highlighting a big problem for Europe as a region, which is closing out games when they have a considerable 6k+ gold lead. Nevertheless, a win is a win and Roccat will be happy about it. On the other side, Gambit payed the price of their early game mistakes and are faced with a very slow start to the new split. We will have to see if the old saying “be wary of facing Gambit on Day 2 of a competition when they lost on Day 1” holds true or if they will continue their downward spiral tomorrow against SK Gaming.

GMB vs ROC item builds

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CW – ALL: Objectives bring home victories

On the blue side, CW ban Irelia, LeBlanc, Kayle and pick Lulu, Yorick, Yasuo, Kog’maw and Zyra. On the purple side, ALL ban Jax, Twitch, Kassadin and pick Shyvana, Lee Sin, Ziggs, Lucian and Thresh. Wow, what a daring composition from the Wolves, who have many new players on their roster and are not afraid to go for the “not so common” picks, at least for Europe.

CW vs ALL champion select

2′ – It’s Alliance who initiate the lane-swap in order to avoid Lulu’s early game harass on Shyvana, but CW manage to down two turrets in the bot-lane, by the time ALL could get a single turret down. Early game advantage for CW

6′ – The Wolves go for the very early dragon, pick it up uncontested and secure their early gold lead.

10′ – CS count shows a pretty even top, 53-57 and mid-lane match-up, 85-89, with a decent lead for Lucian in the bot-lane, 63-85

12′ – CW picks up another uncontested dragon as they were the ones who had the timer from the previous kill and took advantage of that.

17′ – Following a very nice play in the mid-lane from Lee Sin and Thresh, ALL get the FB of the game, kicking, flaying and hooking Woolite’s Kog’Maw to death. Froggen and crew capitalized on this small victory with an outer turret in the mid and bot-lane.

18′ – ALL take down their first dragon of the game, as the rest of the CW were very far away from the dragon pit.

23′ – Froggen and crew overstay their welcome in the bot-lane and their decision to finally dive the Wolves proved to be very wrong and it back-fired horribly, they ended losing four members and getting no kill, but luckily for them CW were very low after that skirmish and could not capitalize on their huge win.

25′ – Fourth dragon of the game goes to ALL as they arrive to the dragon pit a few seconds faster than their opposition and do not hesitate to melt the beast. The gold is now almost dead even between the two teams.

29′ – Following a 4v4 brawl in the mid-lane, CW find themselves a kill on Lee Sin, but no objectives are gained yet again. Meanwhile, in the top-lane Cowtard is able to push Wickd out of lane and destroy the inner turret by himself.

32′ – The next time the dragon would spawn, the Wolves were ready for it, but they hesitated and Alliance collapsed on them. The dragon did in fact go to the Wolves, but it was ALL who came out ahead, getting themselves three kills for zero and rushing baron immediately after. CW get a chance to contest it, having both their ad and their ap-carry up, but it is not enough, the two teams trade one for one, but Alliance slay Nashor.

CW - ALL important moment

35′ – With the baron buff on, ALL push down the mid-lane and get the inner turret down, before going back and clearing their side-lanes who were both pushing in favor of the Wolves.

38′ – ALL get the next dragon, but CW do a very good job of responding with the mid inner turret.

40′ – Having better vision control around the area, ALL decide to bait the baron and win the following skirmish, 3-2. Not the ideal fight for them, but they base and quickly come back, they even burn Shyvana’s teleport for it and take down Nashor once again. CW look to contest it, but Lulu ends up paying with ther life. Being in a power-play position, ALL rush down the mid-lane and take down the inhibitor there, before teleporting back to base to spend their 6k gold lead.

43′ – With the baron buff on, Froggen and crew push down the bot-lane, find a kill on Zyra and make quick work of the bottom inhibitor and the game, not before having a final brawl with their opponents. It was a pretty close game for the most part of it, before that one dragon fight, where CW lost three people and had to concede baron to their opponents. Another key point of the game was the fact that the Wolves were never able to capitalize on their mini-skirmish victories with any objectives, whereas Alliance made sure that would never happen.

CW vs ALL item builds

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ROC – MIL: Never got to the late game

On the blue side, Roccat ban Ziggs, LeBlanc, Thresh and pick Ryze, Lee Sin, Kassadin, Graves and Zyra to face off against Millenium on the purple side, who ban Kayle, Elise, Lulu and pick Jax, Kha’zix, Fizz, Lucian and Thresh.

ROC vs MIL champion select

2′ – MIL initiate the lane swap sending their duo-bot in the top-lane and after a late invade on to Lee Sin’s blue-buff, they force both Ryze’s and Lee Sin’s flash, but Jankos manages to smite the golem first.

5′ – ROC get the first tower down in the bot-lane and having superior numbers on that side of the map, they decide to go for the dragon, but MIL respond and thanks to a well timed teleport from Jax manage to get FB, scare Roccat off the dragon and get it for themselves.

7′ – Brilliant lantern from Thresh saving Lucian from a certain death in the top-lane and the unlucky Lee Sin followed up on his Q exactly when Lucian clicked on the lantern, which meant he got separated from his team and an easy pray for Thresh’s hook and Lucian’s ultimate. #LCSBIGPLAYS right there.

10′ – Roccat finally manages to win a skirmish, 2-1  in the mid-lane as the Poles had four people there trying to push down the tower versus only three defenders from MIL

11′  – The CS count shows decent leads in the top, 31-50 and bottom-lane for MIL, 80-98 and a pretty even mid-lane with 76-70.

12′ – Fizz finds another kill, this time in the top-lane on Ryze and MIL start the dragon. ROC invest too much in trying to stop it, are unsuccessful at it and lose Lee Sin to a very kill hungry MIL squad. Kottenx and crew are now 4k gold up and are looking very strong versus they late scaling team of ROC.

16′ – Repeat performance in the top-lane for Fizz as he finds another kill on Ryze, who is so far behind and is trying to farm himself in the game. Meanwhile, in the mid-lane the rest of MIL finally take the mid outer tower down.

20′ – Third dragon of the game goes to MIL again, after a counter-gank from Kha’zix in the mid-lane and a kill on Lee Sin.

22′ – MIL down the mid inner tower after pressuring the enemy blue side jungle and put themselves 8k gold ahead. MIL then rotate to the bot-lane, giving ROC the chance to finally destroy the mid outer turret, but in the meantime they get the outer, the inner and the inhibitor turret down in the bot-lane. Very advantageous trade for Kerp and crew once again.

ROC vs MIL important moment

24′ – Fizz finds another kill, this time on Kassadin in the enemy base and the bottom inhibitor falls as a reward for that kill.

28′ – The top inner tower  goes down for MIL as they have total control over the enemy blue-side jungle and dictate the pace of the game.

29′ – Another kill on Lee Sin, the 5th one of the game and MIL get the mid inhibitor down without even blinking. They then rush Nashor knowing that ROC was way too behind to try to contest it and after the baron goes down, they increase their gold lead to 14k.

31′ – With the baron buff on, MIL push down the bottom-lane, get the open inhibitor down, find themselves a kill on Ryze, quickly rotate top to destroy that inhibitor as well before ending the game in a convincing fashion. Between now and the wins that Millenium had in the summer promotion tournament, they seem to be in a very good shape and manage to provide the first upset of the season, if we do not count he FNC vs SK game earlier. On the other hand, Roccat lost the game in champion select by picking both Ryze and Kassadin who needed a long time to scale, especially Ryze and that backfired completely and allowed MIL to start the season with an unexpected win.

ROC vs MIL item builds

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