In this weekly feature, Slingshot counts down the Top 5 Plays from League Champions Korea. The criteria for a top five play focuses on team wide efforts in the clutch, while impressive or clever individual performances grace the lower ends of the list.
5. Invisible Rengar
Rek’Sai’s Tremor Sense is a blessing and a curse. With the ability to see ripples of enemy movement in the fog of war, invading the enemy jungle is usually safer on Rek’Sai, but what happens if Rek’Sai is expected? SBENU Sonicboom’s Sung “Flawless” Yeon-jun shows Afreeca Freecs’ Nam “lira” Tae-yoo. Spotting lira on a ward, Flawless waits perfectly still for lira to unknowingly walk into him for a kill. It’s a clever play that capitalizes on the sense of security a burrowed Rek’Sai has.
4. Who Let the Tigers Out?
There are a lot of reasons to compliment the ROX Tigers, one of them being their excellent coordination and quickness to react. Seeing Samsung’s mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho take one step too close, the Tigers pounce. Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon flashes over the wall while Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng uses Twisted Fate’s Destiny to acquire vision. While GorillA CC chains Crown, Kim “PraY” Jong-in flies in with Corki’s package-boosted Valkyrie to cut Crown off as KurO teleports in. It’s a pick that’s executed in the blink of an eye. The Tigers were well enough ahead in this game that if this play didn’t work, they would win regardless, so it stays near the bottom of the list.
3. Watch Out for the Brush
Having vision control of a single brush can decide a game, as demonstrated by Afreeca Freecs. Nearly dead even at 30 minutes against SBENU Sonicboom, the Freecs get revenge for lira’s invade gone wrong. No “SnowFlower” Hoi-jong waits in a pink-warded brush for Park “Secret” Ki-sun to face check it. Jeon “ikssu” Ik-soo goes in, and Secret is exploded in an instant. Ikssu presses forward, landing a two-man knockup on both of SBENU’s carries. Snowflower lands a stellar hook onto Sin “Nuclear” Jeong-hyeon to trap him in the carnage. This pick swings the game into Afreeca’s favor, and it’s all thanks to brush control.
2. Double The Knockups
ROX Tigers once again make this list. They make a lot of good plays, but this one was fairly clutch. One game down to SK Telecom, ROX fought back in a tense Game 2. With exposed middle inhibitors on both sides, a teamfight at 47 minutes was the deal breaker. GorillA sees an engage opportunity and flashes in for a three-man knock up, barely getting in before Lee “Duke” Ho-seong can stop him with Poppy’s Steadfast Presence. SKT tries to disengage, but GorillA isn’t finished. With Kalista’s Fate’s Call, he throws himself back in for a consecutive three-man-knockup and ROX Tigers take the fight and the game with it.
1. Duke of Telecom
Believe it or not, SK Telecom’s match against E-mFire came down to a single play. With its middle inhibitor down and E-mFire grouped with Aspect of the Dragon, SKT was backed into a corner. In the greatest clutch play of the week, Duke redeemed himself of his several solo deaths and lackluster teleports with the flank to win SKT the game. Coming in from behind, Duke knocks up three players with Poppy’s ultimate, allowing Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok to burst them down instantly. With the enormous death timers, SKT is able to push through E-mfire and save itself further humiliation. This play single-handedly saved the series for SKT, and that’s why it is No. 1