League of Legends 2020 World Championship finalists Suning took down Top Esports in a clean 2-0 sweep today in the first series of the 2021 LPL Spring Split.
Both teams came into the match with the same rosters from last year with the exception of the support position. TES acquired a promising rookie Wang “Zhuo” Xu-Zhuo from Team WE academy, while Suning promoted their academy support Luo “ON” Wen-Jun following SwordArt’s departure to TSM.
Going into the match, TES were favored to win the series considering their last year LPL domination. But Suning didn’t falter and proved that they were the better LPL team this match.
The match began with TES’ first-pick of Samira, who is considered one of the strongest ADCs currently. Suning answered with a Kai’Sa, which worked out perfectly in Huanfeng’s hands. While TES did manage to scale into the mid and late game, they were faced with another problem: Bin’s Aatrox in the top lane.
Around the 30-minute mark, Suning won a crucial teamfight which allowed them to take the Baron and push to win the game.
In the second match, TES placed a huge priority on the Samira pick once more, and Suning replied with Kai’Sa again. TES had a favorable early game and secured three dragons thanks to it, but Suning got a lead with kills by focusing the top lane. As the game went by, Suning looked much more coordinated, which allowed them to come out ahead and finish the second game and the series after a clutch play by Huanfeng on Kai’Sa.
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