Today marked Day 1, Week 9 of the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS).
From Team SoloMid securing first seed in the playoffs, Splyce continuing to roll over the EU LCS here’s how Day 1, Week 9 went down:
(9-8-0) G2 Esports TIE Team Vitality (3-8-6)
Game 1: The first match was a passive game from both teams until about 30 minutes in, when a huge teamfight broke out and went in favor of G2. Soon after, G2 grabbed Baron and pushed into VIT’s base and swiftly ended the game. The best performance of the match came from G2 jungler Kim “Trick” Gang-yun, who went 2/1/9 as Malzahar.
Game 2: VIT came out much stronger and aggressive than G2 expected. After failing to secure first blood, VIT stormed back into the game, taking objectives and not shying away from fights. This aggression proved to be fruitful, as VIT took the team kills 21-12. VIT jungler Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema (4/1/15 as Gragas) had a field day on the rift, ending the game with a 90% kill participation ratio.
(7-6-4) Fnatic TIE ROCCAT (2-6-9)
Game 1: FNC played their typical aggressive way, and it paid off this game. Having map control throughout nearly the entire game, FNC held a solid gold lead and saw little competition as ADC Martin “Rekkles” Larsson carried FNC to victory with his 9/4/10 Kog’Maw performance.
Game 2: The second match followed FNC’s loss pattern. In wins, FNC looks fantastic and dominant, but in losses, they look atrocious and confused. This match was the latter. ROC looked strong on all fronts as FNC could never find footing as ROC support Oh “Raise” Ji-hwan (0/0/0 as Trundle) made sure that ROC would go home with a series tie.
(9-6-2) Splyce 2-0 Origen (2-8-7)
Game 1: Splyce came out looking shaky for the first few minutes of the game, giving up first blood to OG. Soon after, SPY turned it up and went off throughout the game, gathering a gold lead soon after giving up first blood and never gave it up. In the final teamfight, SPY was fighting a 3v5, but emerged victorious thanks to a clutch triple kill by jungler Jonas “Trashy” Andersen (5/0/7 as Rek’Sai).
Game 2: The second match was much more passive, with the fight multi-death fight not breaking out until 22 minutes in. The best performance of the match came from SPY mid laner Chres “Sencux” Laursen, who went 8/2/4 as Kassadin and is making a name for himself as one of the better Kassadin players out now. .
(8-3-7) Giants Gaming TIE FC Schalke 04 (3-9-6)
Game 1: S04 made mistakes in the draft that cost them the game before it even started. Drafting Rengar jungle and post-rework Ryze mid in the same match proved that S04 bit off more than they could chew, as those two lanes combined for a 1/4/4 KDA. The best performance of the match came from GIA support Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg, who went 1/1/9 as Taric.
Game 2: The second game was extremely passive until around 13 minutes in when first blood went in favor of S04. Soon after, objectives were claimed and champions were killed, which resulted in S04 skyrocketing into the lead. The best performance of the match came from s04 mid laner Hampus “Fox” Myhre, who went 9/0/5 as Vladmir and ended the game with a quadra kill in GIA’s base.
(6-6-5) H2K 2-0 Unicorns of Love (5-5-7)
Game 1: The first game began one-sided in favor of K2K, and that lead never changed. H2K picked off members of UOL throughout the game, as well as claimed every objective that spawned. The best performance of the match came from H2K mid laner Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook, who went 9/1/7 as LeBlanc.
Game 2: The second game was a UOL beatdown, as they never found a gold lead after 3 minutes in the game. Despite H2K having such a solid lead, they still needed 48 minutes to take down the nexus. The best performance of the match came from H2K top laner Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, who gave a clinic on Shen, going a strong 6/1/18.
(16-1) Team SoloMid 2-0 Immortals (16-2)
Game 1: The match of the week kicked off with a back-and-forth TSM win. TSM started out on top, but IMT struck back by taking Baron and a tower. TSM reacted by acing IMT and pushing into their base, but IMT took Elder Dragon AND Baron, but TSM forced a favorable teamfight due to seeing the weakened IMT members. After taking this teamfight, TSM aced IMT and won the game. The best performance of the match came from TSM jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, who went 4/2/10 as Hecarim.
Game 2: The second game was a bloody mess that ended with another TSM win. The team kills went 25-13 in favor of TSM. The match started off in favor of TSM, but IMT was never out of it as they almost took the gold lead many times. The game wasn’t out of hand until TSM ADC Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng (10/1/8 as Sivir) got a pentakill and put the game away.
(5-13) Phoenix1 2-1 Team EnVyUs (7-10)
Game 1: NV stormed out the gates in the first match, taking first blood as early as 6 minutes. After playing aggressive and well, NV amassed a solid gold lead until 44 minutes when P1 took down two NV members along with a Dragon. The game turned in P1’s favor, but NV turned it back around after acing P1 and winning the game. The best performance of the match came from NV support Noh “Hakuho” Geon-woo, who went 1/0/11 as Morgana.
Game 2: P1 jungler Rami “Inori” Charagh (13/0/12 as Hecarim) came out like a beast in the second game, single-handedly preventing NV from finding any solace in the slaughter. Having a high 96% kill participation ratio, Inori slayed out members of NV and essentially hypercarried P1 to victory.
Game 3: The third game came down to an insane tower push by P1 and a final teamfight that went in favor of P1. After taking down four P1 members, NV saw the light at the end of the tunnel. However, P1 answered back with an ace and a victory. The best performance of the match came from P1 ADC Brandon “Mash” Phan, who went 8/1/4 as Sivir.
(7-10) Apex 2-1 Team Liquid (9-8)
Game 1:The first match came down to a bad TL Baron call, as it lead to APX making a strong push into TL’s base and taking the victory. The best performance of the match came from APX top laner Jeon “Ray” Ji-won, who went 0/1/13 as Shen.
Game 2: The second match was passive, but one-sided in favor of TL, even when APX had a gold lead. TL was able to easily cut through APX and take the victory after a well-done push. The best performance of the match came from TL mid laner Kim “Fenix” Jae-hoon, who went 6/1/10 as Cassiopeia.
Game 3: The third game was all APX, despite TL having momentum from game two. APX was able to outsmart TL throughout the game and take home an easy win with little challenge. The best performance of the match came from APX ADC Apollo “Apollo” Price, who went 9/2/12 and got a quadra kill as Ezreal.
(11-6) Cloud9 2-0 Echo Fox (1-16)
Game 1: C9 did to EF what everyone expected them to; absolutely decimate EF. The team kills were 16-3 in favor of C9, proving that EF never really had a chance at taking down C9 in a teamfight. EF took some objectives, but they were unable to translate it into a win. The best performance of the match came from C9 mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, who went 6/1/5 as Cassiopeia.
Game 2: The second match was much like the first one, except C9 did even better. The game was all C9, best illustrated by ADC Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi putting on his weekly Jhin clinic, going 8/0/7. The team kills were 20-5 in favor of C9, and EF only saw two laner find kils throughout the game.
(16-2) Immortals 2-1 Phoenix1 (5-13)
Game 1: Inori broke out another surprise pick of Mordekaiser jungle, and again was able to take a victory. P1 took an early gold lead and never conceded it afterwards. The damage coming from P1 was too much for IMT to handle, who dropped the first game of the series to P1.
Game 2: The second match was all IMT, as they bounced back from a tough loss in game one. They outsmarted and outplayed P1 on a regular basis, making the second game an easy win for IMT. The best performance of the match came from IMT mid laner Eugene “Pobelter” Park, who went 2/0/13 and had a 100% kill participation ratio as Karma.
Game 3: The third match was much like the second match, except IMT did even better. Only giving up one kill, IMT didn’t allow P1 to find ANY positives in the third game. The best performance of the match came from IMT support Adrian “Adrian” Ma, who went 0/0/13 as Taric.
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