Former T1 jungler Peanut played a major role in LGD’s win today. He had two dominating performances on Nidalee, having a combined score of 6/0/19 from the first two games and a phenomenal Graves performance in the last game, with a score of 5/1/6. His KDA for this series is 36.0, an impressively high number in such an important match.
The first game was the Peanut show. He farmed well, ganked for each of his teammates, and secured neutral objectives. His pressure was constant, something you want from your solo queue jungler. LGD dominated IG over the entire course of the game, reaching a gold lead of more than 12,000 by 24 minutes.
After the poor performance in the first game, IG regrouped for the second game and decided to lose it even faster. Their performance was very poor, especially from top laner TheShy, who ended the game with a 0/3/0 scoreline. Even though Peanut was huge once again, the MVP went to his support after he landed game-deciding Leona ultimates.
Two huge sub-25 minute stomps seemed to affect IG’s morale. Going into the third game, the draft was clearly focused on comfort rather than a winning draft. IG picked up a random solo queue comp with no synergy in hopes of winning the third game and getting another shot of equalizing the series.
With a poor draft, LGD exploited them to the max. Even though Nidalee was banned from Peanut, he picked up the Graves to dismantle and destroy IG. He made former world champion Ning look like a bronze jungler with his plays. He read him like a book and took away objectives, securing the clean 3-0 series win.
LGD will be facing the Spring Split champions JD Gaming in the semifinals next. You can tune in at 4am CT on Sunday, Aug. 23 to see who will emerge victorious and advance to the finals of the LPL Summer Split playoffs.
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