JDG took down Bilibili Gaming in a clean 2-0 sweep today during the 2021 LPL Spring Split.
Going into this League of Legends match, JDG were favored considering their results from last year. But some fans may have had their doubts after JDG faltered and lost to Invictus Gaming last week.
JDG brought Yagao back into the starting roster, though, and he popped off today with Twisted Fate in both games. The MVP votes went to Zoom for his Aatrox in the first game and Kanavi for his Lillia in the second game.
The series began with passive play from both teams. After farming up for around 10 minutes, the traditional LPL skirmishes started and the gold lead kept going from one team to the other. BLG picked up the early dragons while JDG funneled their efforts into taking tower plates.
After the third drake was revealed to be the ocean dragon, JDG put a high priority into taking all of them to get the dragon soul. The teamfights were going in JDG’s favor, but they almost threw the game for the ocean dragon soul, which is deemed to be the most impactful one.
BLG put a lot of pressure on JDG following the teamfight win but were unable to close out the game against the beefy Aatrox. Following a late-game teamfight, JDG’s superior macro allowed them to win the fight and close out the first game.
The second game looked much better for BLG, but that didn’t last for long. After an impressive display of mechanics by three members of JDG, BLG fell too far behind and slowly lost the game in a controlled fashion. Yagao’s Twisted Fate was the centerpiece of this dominance throughout the entire series, providing a lot of map control with his ultimate and teleport summoner spell.
Going forward, JDG have two great mid laners to rely on during their matches. Both xiye and Yagao have proven to be world-class mid laners and might help the team achieve better results compared to the previous year.
JDG will be back next week with a match against EDward Gaming on Friday, Jan. 22 at 5am CT. EDG look much better following their acquisition of Viper from Hanwha Life Esports and might prove to be a difficult challenge for JDG. But with their built-in synergy from last year, JDG should be able to take them down.
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