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After a bit of a shaky start to the 2019 LCS Summer Split, Team Liquid are seemingly back on track after taking down OpTic Gaming today. This marks Liquid’s first 2-0 weekend of the split after losing once in both week one and week two.
Liquid were actually on the backfoot in multiple situations and teamfights in this match. OpTic showed some signs of brilliance, especially from mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho, who tried his best to lead the team to victory.
But OpTic began to struggle later on in the game. Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong was bullying Niship “Dhokla” Doshi throughout the match and had a huge impact with his side lane presence. After a few lost teamfights, OpTic couldn’t keep up with the damage that Liquid dished out.
Dhokla has been one of the weakest links on this OpTic squad. He has some of the worst early game stats of any LCS top laner and has the least amount of damage. But it’s very early in the season and OpTic still have plenty of time to fix some of the issues that are preventing them from making that jump to a possible top-tier team.
As for Liquid, they’ve shown that there are still some chinks in their armor. There were multiple moments where OpTic could have pulled away from the defending LCS champs, but little mistakes kept Liquid in it. These two wins might give the MSI 2019 finalists momentum for the rest of the season.