The North American League of Legends Championship Series summer split regular season concluded Sunday, meaning one last chance before the playoffs for teams to show off their prowess. With that, here are five of the best and most impactful plays from NA LCS Week 9.
The Thresh Flay into a Heroic Entrance: Team EnVyUs vs. Cloud9
One game down and around a crucial Baron, Envy support Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent landed a perfect Flay on the engaging Zac, which was immediately followed up with a Varus ultimate and a Heroic Entrance, turning the tide of the fight entirely. Cloud9 gave clear signs that it wanted to force a fight popping the Sivir ultimate, while Zac and Mega Gnar jumped in for a solid engage. Envy kept a cool head, made sure to hold its spells until the right moment and took the following team fight.
Xmithie’s great escape: Immortals vs. Echo Fox
Immortals jungler Jake “Xmithie” Puchero found himself a little too deep in the enemy side of the map, beset by all sides in the form of Echo Fox’s Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, Brandon “Brandini” Chen, and Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham. But Xmithie thought quickly, used his ultimate to move toward his teammate who was in transit, flashed out of the walls of his Cataclysm, and held his E-Q combo until the very last minute to get away with one hit left. His pursuer Brandini was baited far too deep by the tantalizing kill, and ended up paying with his life.
Mickey’s four-man Orianna ultimate to win the game: Team Liquid vs. FlyQuest
Team Liquid was so close to closing out Game 2 but was denied for another couple of minutes due to some timely respawns by FlyQuest. With the foot on the other shoe, FlyQuest prepared a hard dive at one of Liquid’s inhibitors, and the damage dealers Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin and Son “Mickey” Young-min backed out immediately. With Liquid’s front line doing its job, Mickey sneaked in the Oriaana ball, catching four people with his Command: Shockwave. It set up a perfect follow-up by the rest of his team, leading to Liquid’s Game 2 victory.
FlyQuest out-positions a fully-invulnerable Phoenix1: FlyQuest vs. Phoenix 1
The setup was picture perfect for Phoenix1, as Alex “Xpecial” Chu as Taric allowed the whole team to enjoy a brief moment of invulnerability, as Mike “MikeYeung” Yeung cornered FlyQuest into a tight corner with Maokai’s ultimate. But FlyQuest managed to wait out the invulnerability time, refusing to give an opening. As soon as the invulnerability ended, FQ turned immediately to chase down Phoenix1, not losing a single team member.
Team SoloMid just plain out-damages Counter Logic Gaming to take the series: Team SoloMid vs. Counter Logic Gaming
More than 50 minutes into Game 2 between the two long-time rivals, one wrong move by either team could determine who would win. CLG looked like it had the perfect set up, with Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun walling in TSM and Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black flashing over for a three-man Alistar knock up. But CLG was slightly too eager to end the fight, as three members melted by the hands of TSM’s Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. The result was four CLG players dead, and TSM walking in to take the game and the match.
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