Shiphtur caps off Dignitas debut with pentakill
It was the perfect finale to the debut match of Dignitas’ shiny new toy, mid laner Danny “Shiphtur” Le. The high-profile pickup capped off a ridiculous start to his Dignitas career in the League Championship Series (LCS) with a pentakill, the toughest play in League of Legends. Le killed all five members of Complexity to end the match, finishing with a perfect 15//0/4 Kill, Death, Assist mark, setting the stage for what looks like a very promising Summer Split for the team.
It wouldn't have happened without good guy Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal letting Le finish him off. It was a tip of the cap to Le, rewarding him for his superior performance. A “respect” penta, as Le called it after the game.
Dignitas stormed into Complexity’s base with a huge lead, ready to put the LCS newcomers out of their misery, a harsh initiation to the highest level of League competition in North America. Le had already posted 10 kills on the shifty mage-assassin LeBlanc, including an impressive triple kill mid-game that secured Dignitas the important Baron objective. And Le wanted more.
As his team crashed into Complexity’s nexus turrets, Dignitas forced Complexity into a desperate team fight. Dignitas support Alan “KiWiKiD” Nguyen landed a perfect Zyra ultimate, rooting most of the opposing team, and Le went to work. One kill. Two kills. Three. Complexity were dropping like flies. The coL jungler, Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal, managed to escape to his nexus pool, securing him safety and health, just as Le laid waste to his final remaining teammate.
The game was over. All Dignitas had left to do was attack the nexus. Djemal is sometimes a miracle worker on Lee Sin, but this was one miracle beyond even him.
So he did the gracious thing. Djemal walked out of his spawn as he saw Le’s “quadra kill” announced across his screen, sacrificing himself to gift Le one of the rarest plays in League—a pentakill.
It took the entire Spring Split before someone scored a pentakill in the LCS last season, the first occurring in the playoffs. In the Summer Split, it took one day of North American play, thanks, in part, to Djemal. More thanks go to the superb play of Dignitas’ emerging superstar, Le, who earned it.
Of course for the conspiracy theorists out there, maybe Djemal only did it because he started Le on his fantasy team? While that’s doubtful, we’ve already seen one pro begging his teammate not to kill off his fantasy starter during a stomp, after all.
Missing out on the pentakill and its huge point bonus would have lowered Le’s fantasy point total by 7 points, so if that makes the difference in your fantasy match, you’ve got Djemal to thank.
But if you started Le, you probably won’t need it. The 15/0/4 KDA posted by him produced a ridiculous number of fantasy points, especially with the triple kill, pentakill, and 10-plus kill bonuses he earned —51.84, all told.
In the EU LCS, the top scoring fantasy player during the Super Week was Millenium’s mid laner, Adrian “Kerp” Wetekam, who used a huge first day to tally 116.85 points, but that was in four games. Le’s managed just about half of that in one.
Le’s pace will fall, especially considering he won’t have any more LCS rookies to beat up in Dignitas’ three remaining Super Week matches, but if you invested in him or any of the Dignitas players in your fantasy draft, you should be happy.
Dignitas' two new players, Le and top laner Darshan “ZionSpartan” Upadhyaya, sure looked great as they trounced Complexity to open the Summer Split with a 1-0 record.
“I really feel like with this roster… we’re going to go places,” said Dignitas jungler Alberto “Crumbzz” Rengifo after the match. Places like the World Championship in Korea, perhaps? If Dignitas and their mid laner can keep playing like they did today, it certainly seems possible.
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