Special request to do a review on yesterday’s URF exhibition game from North America featuring TSM and C9, so we thought we would give it a go 🙂
On the blue side, TSM bans Ziggs, Karthus, Soraka and picks Vladimir, Maokai, Kog’Maw, Xerath and Lux. This is the actual order, with Oddone going way back to his jungle roots and picking Maokai, Dyrus picking a familiar face and WildTurtle drops the gloves and picks Xerath. On the other side of the Rift, C9 ban Alistar, Morgana, Nidalee and pick Ezreal, Urgot, Lux, Jayce and Kog’maw. Double Lux and double Kogmaws as the teams descend into the Rift to show us a glimpse of the future of Esports.
C9 want to show their superior combat prowess from the get go and initiate an invade by flashing over the dragon wall with 5 people. They do not find anyone in that bush though and Xpecial manages to flash away to the dismay of the C9 fans. While Oddone is spreading his saplings all around the red side enemy jungle, the 2 Kog’maws have some fun in the mid-lane covering the ground in ooze. No deaths at level 1 and C9’s duo bot steal the enemy red buff before coming to lane. It is worth mentioning that the blue buffs have no impact in the Ultra Rapid Fire mode, because you do not spend any mana or energy on spells nor do you need any CDR since it is already maxed out at 80%. Back to the game though, FB goes to Balls in the top-lane, no idea how because the camera man wasn’t fast enough. Instead, he was focused on Meteos ganking in mid, as he caught Bjergsen out of position, but the Dane got away. Meanwhile, in the bottom lane, Turtle kills Sneaky with a cheeky maneuver and Lemon falls shortly after. The action shifts quickly to the mid-lane as Urgot comes out huge getting a double kill on Maokai and Kog’maw, with the help of Lux and we get a small breather.
It does not last long, as 4 minutes in, Dyrus gets a revenge kill on Balls, while the rest of his team collapse on the c9 duo down in the bot-lane and exterminate them. While Oddone is busy taking the wraiths, Meteos returns bot and finds a kill on Lux, who was caught out of position and solos the dragon shortly after. Meanwhile, Hai kills Bjerg in mid, but dies to the Maokai gank and down in the bot-lane, the C9 duo get a kill on Xerath. 30 seconds later, a gank from C9 in the bot-lane catches Xpecial off-guard and he gets the res-timer. Bjergsen kills Hai 1v1 in the mid-lane and Maokai comes for a counter-jungle in the bot-lane and in the skirmish that followed, Sneaky and Oddone are killed, Turtle survives and takes down the undefeated Meteos, but manages to trade kills with Lemonnation. The permanent brawl in the top-lane sees Dyrus victorious once again as he kills Balls a second time, while Sneaky kills Bjergsen in the mid-lane and C9 take the first turret of the game.
Lemon goes top to duel with Dyrus and they both die at the same time, while in a 2v2 duel mid, Hai kills Oddone, but the General takes both him and Sneaky with him, as only WildTurtle remains standing. Balls comes to help, but so does Xpercial and the little man from the top-lane finds a swift death. After that, C9 group up and push as five in the mid-lane. TSM was not expecting this, they lose Xerath instantly and Balls finds a double kill on Xpecial and Bjergsen. Finally TSM react, Maokai stops farming his jungle obsessively, but it is too little too late, as the mid inner turret falls down and the tree gets chopped to pieces as well, taking Lux with him to the grave and C9 have the early lead, 17-16 kills after 9 minutes and 3-1 in turrets. Just as we were preparing for another breather, C9 dive Xerath in the bot-lane getting an easy kill on him, as Dyrus and Maokai come late to the fight, Dyrus decides to go ham and dies between 4 people and Oddone stays out of it, but gets caught anyway and killed again. During all this action, Balls wins a 1v1 in the mid-lane versus Bjergsen and the 4 man push from C9 in the bottom lane can not be stopped by Xpecial, who gets the res-timer after trying to dodge Ezreal’s ult, Jayce’s Shockblast, Lux’s Final Spark and Kog’maw ult all at once. The score is now 21-16 for C9. Yes, only 20 seconds have gone by since i last said the score. Wildturtle comes back to lane and also finds his death aaaaand I’m done, this is impossible!!
The game ended after 18 minutes, 48-29 in favor of C9, as they pushed a very fast baron, right as it’s spawned, at 15:00. The URF mode proved too strong even for Nashor, who had to give away his buff in under 8 seconds. In all this mayhem, one man rose above all, C9’s Meteos, who managed to only die one time and suicide himself at the fountain, after the game was secured. It only makes sense that he would still have the best KDA, even in an exhibition URF game. Do not listen to anybody else, the MVP title for this game, goes to him 🙂 A short note from the editors, try to read this game very fast, like you would read a medicine’s prescription and side-effects on TV, to get a feel of how the game was really like. Additionally, you can check it out here.
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