Immortals has finally been dethroned from the top spot of the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS), yielding its position (for now, at least) to Counter Logic Gaming. Team SoloMid exacted some revenge on Immortals for an opening week loss, taking home a 2-0 win Saturday, pushing into a tie for second place with Immortals.
It would be very unfair to Immortals to say that the team is out of the running for first place — because they’re not — but that race just got a lot tighter. Immortals has one more match against CLG and fourth place Cloud9, and there will be no shortage of drama as the LCS summer split winds down.
MikeYeung continues to impress
Talking about surprises.
Phoenix1 took another push toward a rebirth after defeating Immortals 2-1 on Sunday. Game 1 went almost predictably in Immortals’ favor, but Game 2 saw Phoenix1 take the game with breathtaking speed, as it quickly snowballed from the start. In the center of it all is Phoenix1 new jungler Michael “MikeYeung” Yeung.
The second NA LCS professional to pull out the Nidalee in the Jungle, MikeYeung showed some stunning performances. He carried Game 2 and made a huge play in Game 3. By cutting down Jake “Xmithie” Puchero and Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung as Immortals was hitting Baron — while Pheonix1 was three people down — he prevented the Baron and denied a chance for Immortals to close the gold gap. Although he couldn’t steal the Baron or turn the game entirely, his efforts were central in closing out the game.
MikeYeung’s duel in the jungle with EnVyUs’ Nam “LirA” Tae-yoo — arguably the best jungler in NA — on Friday was certainly impressive, especially because they both died. The fight is still on, and I really hope they go up against each other again in the playoffs so they can settle the score.
Of course, with impressive results comes adulation of the fans both physically and on social media, and MikeYeung didn’t forget to acknowledge it.
Fans are awesome
— MikeYeung (@MikeYeunglol) July 2, 2017
You’re pretty dang awesome yourself, Mike.
A lot of 6s for the players of the game acknowledgments
In a very strange coincidence, the top five rankings for players of the game all have six each, and they come five different teams. Xmithie from Immortals, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen from Echo Fox, Jason “WildTurtle” Tran from FlyQuest, Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi from Cloud9 and Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett are the five. It’s clear junglers and carries are still most likely to be known. Sorry Wolf.
Aurelion Sol is still a permanent ban from Huhi
Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun is still a monster as Aurelion Sol. Enough to get a parody of the famous “Real Life Cannibal Shia LeBeouf” song, Huhi was able to unlock the mystical space dragon and demolish Cloud9.
Not even some of the best players in NA could run away from Huhi’s pet dragon. A standout moment came when the team picked up an Ace while Huhi claimed an unofficial quadra kill in the skirmish. Huhi also continued the trend of dying once — if at all — when playing Aurelion Sol, going 7-1-9 for the match against Cloud9. What did Cloud9 even expect?
Not to say Huhi is all about that dragon life, he also had some great plays as Orianna, proving his chops on control mages with burst potential, against both Cloud9 and Team Liquid. In the midst of praising Dardoch’s impact on CLG, viewers will be remiss to sleep on Huhi. He’s having a great split.
Team Liquid reclaims last place
Quite depressing news for those loyal Team Liquid fans. Liquid lost both matches in Week 5 to Echo Fox and CLG. The losses coupled with Phoenix1’s defeat of Immortals dropped Liquid back to 10th place with a record of 2-8, a familiar position from the spring split.
It’s to the point where it’s difficult to tell if Liquid can make an upset happen in the coming weeks. Liquid has to play TSM next week and Immortals the week after that, which quite honestly doesn’t look good. They’ll need to really do some 10-man soul searching in order to break away from this vicious cycle.
Cloud9 looks to the slow and steady race
Cloud9 is in fourth place, one game behind TSM and Immortals and two games behind CLG. Cloud9 doesn’t have anything to be worried about, and as TSM managed to take a 2-0 against Immortals, Cloud9 has the same ability to do so next week. The big hitters have been moved out of the way: all Cloud9 has to do is keep a level head and steady the course, and they’ll easily get into the playoffs.
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games