On the blue side, Coast ban Evelynn, Lulu, LeBlanc and pick Renekton, Kha’zix, Ziggs, Lucian and Annie. On the other side of the Rift, CLG ban Jax, Nidalee, Kassadin and pick Shyvana, Elise, Ahri, Sivir and Thresh.
4 minutes in, Dexter ganks bot for the first time, but CST’s duo manage to trade even, 1-1, with FB going to Annie. Kha’zix pays a visit to the top-lane and assists Renekton in taking down Shyvana. The response from Elise comes 1 minute later as he returns to the bottom lane and finds another kill on Annie. 9 minutes in, Elise lands a perfect cocoon on Ziggs in the mid-lane, Ahri follows it up with a charm and gets the kill on the yordle. CLG capitalize on their early success with an uncontested dragon. Kha’zix answers with the same aggression and finds himself a kill on Ahri in the mid-lane, before rotating top and getting another kill on Shyvana, with the help of Renekton. Meanwhile, Dexter joins his duo-bot and the three of them get a kill on Lucian. Very good ganks from both junglers in the early game. The CS count at the 12 minute mark shows a small advantage for Renekton in the top-lane 92-83, an even mid-lane 84-90 and bot-lane 83-89.
After a prolonged ward-war, Thresh and Sivir face-check the enemy tri-bush, only to find a Tibbers there and Thresh pays for it with his life. 3 minutes later, CLG starts the dragon-fight and CST engages on them, but Nien comes out big and finds a 4 person ultimate and the aoe that CLG can put out is simply too much and they ACE their opponents and take both the dragon and the baron while only losing Ahri to open up a 5k gold lead. With the baron buff on, CLG get both the bot and mid inner turret down. In the fight that breaks out around the mid inner tower, CST blows everything on Link, get him down, but lose 2 members of their own and decide to retreat. The siege would continue even after CLG lose the buff and they down 2 more turrets in the top-lane. With 40 seconds until baron respawns and dragon already up, they decide to stay in the top-lane and pressure the inhibitor turret. It turned out to be a very good call as they make good use of their hook-charm-cocoon combo and pulverize Renekton and Lucian and destroy the top inhibitor.
Around the baron area, CLG find a pick on Kha’zix who gets blown to pieces, but CST continues the engage and get themselves a double kill. Because Shyvana killed Lucian and was pressuring their base, they had to return and defend and could not start off the baron. In the meantime, Dexter takes the dragon down, uncontested, to up CLG’s gold lead to 12k. After a very good engage from CLG, CST lose Renekton, but decide to re-engage and even out the trade around baron, 3-3. The two teams recall, buy some more items and return to the Baron pit. CLG actually starts off the baron and CST come in hard trying to interrupt it. ZionSpartan, does not even get a chance to pop his ultimate, as he instantly dies, but Shiphtur comes out huge with a tripple kill and gives his team a 4-1 victory in the skirmish, but being very low, they can not capitalize with a baron kill. CLG isn’t cutting their opponents any slack either, as they repeatedly take the dragons to deny them the global experience and gold provided by that objective.
36 minutes in, the action still revolves around the baron-pit and CST invest a lot of resources in catching Link off-guard, flash Tibbers and Ziggs’ ultimate are used to neutralize Ahri and they start off baron. CLG know their opponents are down a lot of cooldowns and decide to contest it. A messy fight breaks out, but Ziggs comes out huge once again, scoring a quadrakill for his team, as CST wins the engage, 4-2 and baron lives to see another day. The next team-fight would happen around the mid-lane, as CLG find a good engage this time and force CST on the back-foot. The skirmish ends 2-2, but the Coast members are all too low to contest baron and are forced to retreat while CLG finally downs baron in the 41st minute.
With the baron buff on, CLG decide for a very intresting approach on the siege, as they split-push all 3 lanes, to avoid the very fast Ziggs wave-clean-up and after getting the bot inhibitor turret down, they find a pick on Kha’zix, blow him up and then proceed to systematically take out Lucian and Renekton to end the game in under 45 minutes, despite the opposition from Ziggs, who finishes the game 14/3, breaking the record for most kills in one game in the NA LCS. It really looked like Shiphtur was alone on his team, with both ZionSpartan and NintedudeX getting caught out and instantly killed. Regardless, a really good game from both teams, including some highly entertaining team-fights and well deserved applause and cheers from the crowd. On CLG’s side, Dexter had another monstrous appearance, dominating the early game and landing multiple max-range cocoons by the end of the encounter and Aphromoo’s Thresh play was over the moon once again.
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