CLG Shows Promise: EU and NA LCS Week 7 Recap
Today marked Day 2, Week 7 of the European League Championship Series (EU LCS) and Day 1, Week 7 of the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS).
From Origen dragging out another 50-minute win, to Phoenix1 winning their third match, here’s how Week 7 went down:
(4-5-5) Unicorns of Love TIE Team Vitality (3-7-4)
Game 1: The first match saw Vitality take an early lead, only to have it crushed by UOL, who took Baron and then a massive gold lead. Vitality looked destined for defeat, but a good late-game teamfight changed it all and Vitality then won the game. The best performance of the match came from Vitality top laner Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet, who went 7/2/7 as Trundle.
Game 2: The second game saw UOL take the lead and not let go of it this time. Despite UOL being in control of the game throughout, Vitality didn't make it easy for UOL to win. The best performance of the match was by UOL ADC Kim “Veritas” Kyoung-min, who went 7/1/1 as Ashe.
(6-6-2) Splyce 2-0 Giants Gaming (5-6-2)
Game 1: The first game was mostly dominated by Splyce. While Giants did have a small gold lead for a while, Splyce was still taking down Giants members easily. The best performance came from Splyce mid laner Chres “Sencux” Laursen, who went 3/1/5 as Azir.
Game 2: The second match was about the same - the game was dominated by Splyce, who continues to roll on just about every opponent it has faced recently. The star of the match was Sencux, who went 10/4/4 as Taliyah.
(7-7-0) G2 Esports 2-0 H2k-Gaming (4-6-4)
Game 1: The first match was all G2. Don’t let the team kills fool you - G2 pretty much had this is in the bag from the beginning of the match. The best performance of the match came from G2 top laner Ki “Expect” Dae-han, who went 6/2/7 as Gangplank.
Game 2: The second game was even more one-sided for G2. There was not a doubt that G2 would take home the win at the end of this match, especially thanks to their jungler, Kim “Trick” Gang-yun, who went 6/0/6 as Rek’Sai.
(7-4-3) Fnatic TIE FC Schalke 04 (3-6-4)
Game 1: The first game was close, edging towards Fnatic pre-20 minutes. After that, Fnatic’s gold lead slowly grew due to better objective control. S04 was able to push into Fnatic’s lead by grabbing two Barons - the latter of the two resulting in a team fight that won the game for S04.
Game 2: In the second game, Fnatic simply outplayed S04 in just about every way possible. Fnatic gave a little room for an S04 comeback in the first game, but there was no such luxury given the second game. Fnatic easily took the game victory home against S04.
(2-7-5) Origen 2-0 Team ROCCAT (4-6-3)
Game 1: The first game was all Origen thanks to superior solo and teamfighting. While Origen was effectively moving around the map and claiming objectives, ROCCAT was slow and lax, which led to their defeat.
Game 2: In the second game, Origen and ROCCAT dueled it out in a 51-minute slugfest. The teams took turns taking objectives, which were nearly identical, but what set Origen over the edge was superior teamfighting. Thanks to this, they were able to walk away with another 50+ minute win.
(12-1) Immortals 2-1 Counter Logic Gaming (6-7)
Game 1: The first game was creeping slowly into CLG’s favor, but that all changed at the 26-minute mark when Immortals successfully stole the Baron from CLG. Immortals pushed all the way to CLG’s nexus, but the team was repelled by a CLG squad just coming off of respawns. CLG then won three team fights and the game.
Game 2: The second game saw CLG slowly find a lead again, but Immortals played smarter than CLG as the game lasted and had a team composition that CLG didn’t quite match well against. About 31 minutes in, Immortals got Baron and swiftly put the game away after that.
Game 3: The third game was a quick and simple win for Immortals. The two teams fought a lot throughout the game, but the most important teamfight was the one when Immortals got a pentakill. The ace allowed Immortals a perfect opportunity to Baron and win the game, and they did just that.
(3-10) Phoenix1 2-1 NRG eSports (3-10)
Game 1: P1 absolutely dominated NRG in the first game. NRG never had a chance, shown by getting only three kills and three towers to P1’s 13 kills and 11 towers.
Game 2: The second match was very different from the first, as NRG dominated P1 throughout. An early team fight that went in favor of NRG put them in the lead. After that, NRG began to relentlessly fight members of P1. Fighting turned into objectives and then eventually into an NRG win.
Game 3: The third game was tame for a decider match. P1 walked out with a win thanks to better Dragon and Baron control than NRG. Predictably so, the objective control translated seamlessly into a win for P1.
What are your thoughts on Day 2, Week 7 of the EU LCS 2016 Summer Split? What are your thoughts on Day 1, Week 7 of the NA LCS 2016 Summer Splits? Who do you think will take the respective crowns? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter - @GAMURScom.