Since both me and my partner are attending the All-Star event in Paris live, we have decided to pick one single game for each day to review. Today’s pick is the “classic” duel between the two LCS regions, EU versus NA, the day’s most anticipated face-off. On the blue side, FNC ban Evelynn, Ziggs, Jax and pick Shyvana, Kha’zix, Orianna, Graves and Karma to face off against Cloud 9, who ban Kassadin, LeBlanc, Lucian and pick Trundle, Elise, Lulu, Twitch and Morgana.
2′ – The two teams decide to go for “standard” 2v2 and 1v1 lanes for a change, much to the delight of the casters and the audience
9′ – Elise roams top for a gank on Shyvana, but due to a nicely timed counter-gank from Kha’zix and a misplay from Meteos, C9’s jungler ends up giving away first blood
10′ – CS count shows a huge difference for Balls, in the top-lane, 69-88, a slight lead for xPeke in the mid-lane, 98-88, and a dead even bot-lane 77-76.
13′ – Meteos decides to put some pressure in the bot-lane as well and following a successful gank, that ended with Yellowstar’s death, C9 turn their attention towards the dragon. They start it off, but do so on top of a ward and FNC want to challenge the dragon call and have Shyvana teleporting in from the top-lane. In the skirmish that followed, C9 managed to get two kills for only one death, but burned a lot more summoner spells than FNC for it and would be more vulnerable at the next team-fight. Dragon was not taken down.
16′ – After recalling, the two teams rush to the dragon pit once again, and this time it’s FNC who come out ahead 2-1 and manage to finally slain the beast as well.
18′ – xPeke roams to the bot-lane and secures a kill, while Link is late to the party, but then FNC decide to stick around and contest the enemy blue buff and the skirmish turns into an all out war with both top-laners teleporting in and it is C9 who comes out ahead in the end, 4-3.
23′ – Next dragon goes to FNC after they managed to out-zone their opponents and nearly kill Link, who escaped by the skin of his teeth, having to use his ultimate on himself.
25′ – FNC try to invade C9’s blue buff, but it ends up costing them the life of their mid-laner, who was caught off from the rest of his team and instantly killed. On the back of this small win, C9 take down the enemy mid outer turret.
30′ – C9 take the next dragon, but FNC will happily trade it for the top inner tower and keep their 1,5k gold lead.
35′ – The baron-dance is played perfectly by both teams, each trying to deny as much vision as possible from the other, but it’s FNC who looks to come out on top as they manage to keep all five members of C9 interested, while Soaz split-pushes in the bot-lane managing to get the inhibitor turret down, with xPeke and crew trying to stop C9’s recalls. Realizing there is no way back, C9 decide to fight and immediately take out the two carries of FNC, Orianna and Graves and then proceed to down both the mid inner turret and the inhibitor tower plus the inhibitor itself, negating Soaz’ split-push. With 20 seconds left before FNC’s carries would come back to life, Cloud 9 decide to go for the baron as well and finish it before Cyanide and crew could get in range to contest it.
37′ – FNC decide to go for the dragon as a consolation prize, but C9 do not want to give them an inch, contest their dragon call and manage to find two kills on Orianna and Karma. At this point, they realized they can end the game, pushed down the mid-lane and did just that. Cloud 9 pulls out the upset! Against all odds and the analyst desk predictions, they manage to beat FNC on their home turf with a replacement mid-laner, it doesn’t get better than that! On the other side, FNC are now 0-2, after having lost to OMG earlier and need to step it up in the second day of the competition or risk an early elimination.
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