It finally happened. Immortals’ undefeated League of Legends Championship Series run is over after Counter Logic Gaming’s win Saturday. The draft was quite interesting. Firstly, Udyr was picked up by CLG, a champ that was expected to do well, but has had a lot of problems in the past.
Immortals also gave up Fiora, a dominant pick for CLG’s Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha. However, Quinn has been a very popular pick by Seong “Huni” Heo Hoon, which is considered a bad matchup for Fiora. The game was mostly dictated by the heavy pressure coming from Jake “Xmithie” Puchero’s Udyr, creating room for Darshan to split push all game.
Darshan was eventually able to take down the bottom inhibitor and nexus turret by himself, while Immortals tried forcing a Baron, using the enhanced recall to stop the constant split push. Immortals with the Baron was able to gain some ground, but it wasn’t enough. CLG came out ahead in a team fight, and Darshan teleported bot and destroyed the nexus.
Just like that, 12 wins in a row — and 32 for Huni and Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin — is no more.
TSM holds strong
Today was a huge test for Echo Fox. With a full roster intact, Fox went up against a top team in the North American LCS, trying to prove it could be a playoff contender. But Team SoloMid came together well. Echo Fox’s most impactful player has been Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, but today he was going up against one of the best players in the LCS, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. Bjergsen was able to keep down Froggen, out-laning Froggen’s Corki on top of being highly impactful in team fights with spot-on Shockwaves. Echo Fox made an early mistake not taking the bot tower early which TSM capitalized on, having an overall better macro game.
The rest of the games went pretty much as expected. Team Liquid’s Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett was finally able to showcase his infamous Lee Sin, and boy what a show it was. Dardoch dominated the entire map and, alongside Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun with a dominating performance on Corki, controlled the game from the very beginning.
Speaking of dominant junglers, Cloud 9 had an easy win today, led by Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae, showcasing his Gragas play. Last but not least was NRG vs Renegades. NRG looked sloppy in the early part of the game, giving up multiple unnecessary kills trying to disrupt Renegades’ early jungle farming. But Renegades stuck to its usual gameplay and gave up the early lead.
After this split, Renegades needs to really think hard about some roster changes. It should consider a new mid and top, which is somewhat sad because Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin and Alberto “Crumbzz” Rengifo are legendary players but much past their prime. Renegades needs to regroup, find a consistent roster, and forget about this split.
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