LMQ vs Team Curse
During the laning phase, XWX finds two kills on his LeBlanc and with LMQ’s great vision control in the enemy jungle, he becomes a big threat for Voyboy and crew in the mid-game. Curse do their best and try to come back in this game, like they did in the previous two matches of the week and succeed up to a point, winning two consecutive team-fights with 2-1. Around the 30 minute mark though, LMQ would make the decision to rush baron down and with the map around the Nashor pit being dark for CRS, the Chinese team has no trouble in securing the objective and upping their gold lead to 6k.
With the baron buff on, LMQ played patiently, did not force any engages, but made sure to down objectives and by the time the buff had ran out, all three enemy inner turrets were down. When the baron re-spawned, Curse were looking to challenge it, but following a bad team-fight they end up losing two members and the baron. Curse manages to down the enemy mid inhibitor though, while LMQ was busy taking Nashor down, so they end up stalling the game a bit longer, but except for a very bad team-fight from LMQ, this game could only have one outcome. XWX and crew played the end-game perfectly and after getting a clean ACE on their opponents the new Chinese Overlords finish the game and end the week in first place with a perfect score: 4-0.
Cloud 9 vs Complexity
Complexity surprise everyone and get a huge confidence boost after scoring a triple kill in the very early game, following a bad gank attempt from Meteos. coL also took down the first dragon and the first turret of the game, but Meteos and crew always found a way to come back in the game and even out the gold lead. Following a very good team-fight in the mid-lane at the 23 minute mark, C9 get themselves 3 kills for 0 and immediately down all three mid-lane turrets of Complexity.
When Prolly and crew got the first baron and the first inhibitor down, everybody realized this game could turn out to be one of the biggest upsets of the season, but C9 kept their cool and relied on Soraka’s godlike team-fighting prowess. For every objective that CoL would take, C9 would answer back and the whole game would turn into a very exciting back and forth movement. At one point, Col took down one Nexus turret and then had to run all the way back to defend their own Nexus turrets, which Cloud 9 ended up destroying. The whole game came down to one team-fight in the mid-lane, that CoL played perfectly and after killing Cloud 9’s front line and not losing any members they strolled down the mid-lane and ended the game. Cloud 9 looked stunned by this very unlikely defeat, but need to get it back together before their game against CLG later on to avoid a third loss in a row.
Evil Geniuses vs Team SoloMid
TSM gets the early lead picking up first blood and the first three outer towers, but EG take the dragon and keep themselves in the game. One mistake from Turtle gets him killed and EG wrestle back the control of the game, by managing to down a couple of turrets while they had an extra man on the Rift.
Bjergsen and crew kept securing the vision control around the baron pit, spending a lot of time and resources to set it up, but every time they were close to starting the baron, one of their members got caught out and killed and they had to repeat the whole process all over again. At the 45 minute mark, thanks to a max range Bjergsen stun into a Gleeb hook, Team SoloMid finally find a good initiation and kill the enemy jungler. With both teams being low, the fight resets, but Snoopeh’s death timer was huge and TSM secured the baron and ended the game within minutes of Nashor going down. Bjergsen and crew did a good job of avoiding the second biggest upset of the day, but they still have a lot of work to do in order to become one of the best teams in NA.
Team Curse vs Team Dignitas
Curse picked an early team-composition and were looking to make their mark on the early-game. Being strong early comes at a price though and if Dignitas could trade even during the early and the mid-game, their comp would be unstoppable in the late-game with the likes of Dr.Mundo, Elise or Twitch all out-scaling their opponents and adding in the Nidalee spears, just makes Dignitas look unstoppable after the 35-40 minute mark. Curse do a good job of securing the first kill, takeing the first tower and the first dragon down, but DIG kept finding a way to answer their early aggression and keeping the gold equal for most of the game.
A crazy base race at the 20 minute mark ends with top inhibitor down for Curse and bot inhibitor plus one Nexus turret down for Team Dignitas. The game goes back and forth for the next couple of minutes, until Curse decides to make a big play in the 30th minute and start off the baron, knowing that Twitch had to recall. Voyboy’s LeBlanc finds a pick on Zyra and one-shots her and Curse start the baron. Dignitas still look to contest it, even though they only had three members around the baron pit and it turns out to be the wrong call as they lose the smite-battle and their lives without getting any kill in return. With an exposed inhibitor and only one Nexus turret, Dignitas could not hold on and lose their first game of the week. On the other side, Curse are very happy about their first win of the week, after losing so many close games.
Counter Logic Gaming vs Cloud 9
Cloud 9 get the early 4k gold lead as they manage to get 4 kills, 2 turrets and 2 dragons compared to CLG’s 1 kill and 1 turret. Two skirmishes around the 20 minute mark also go in C9’s favor and after taking the third dragon in a row and two inner turrets, they boost their gold lead to 8k, making a come-back from CLG very unlikely.
The two teams taunt each-other in the mid-lane and C9 somehow manage to cut off the retreat of CLG putting themselves between them and their base and forcing them to fight. The initial trade is even 1 for 1, but CLG lose their mid-laner, while only taking down the support of C9 and Hai and crew push their advantage further and destroy the middle inhibitor. CLG are still looking for a fight, but they calculate the engage poorly, lose another two members and Cloud 9 are able to take the baron before returning to base. With the Nashor buff on, C9 push down the bot-lane, lose Hai in an early engage, but are able to finish off the rest of CLG 4 v 5 and end the game in 34 minutes. Great win for the reigning champions who land on their feet after the heavy loss they suffered earlier against Complexity.
At the end of a crazy super-week with many close games and a lot of upsets, it is time to take a look at the standings. In sole possession of first place, we have the undefeated Chinese powerhouse LMQ with 4 victories. In second place, Dignitas and TSM share the spoils with 3 wins and 1 loss, while Cloud 9 and CLG are tied for 4th place with 2 wins and 2 losses followed by Curse and Complexity in 6th with 1 win and 3 losses. Bringing up the rear we have EG with no wins and 4 losses.
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