North American League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split Kicks Off

The North American League of Legends Summer split kicks off and will run for nine weeks. With the addition of franchising in League of Legends the 10 teams will battle it out to be champions of the rift. The top six teams at the end of the split will make playoffs and battle it out for championship points and winners get a trophy and a direct qualification for Worlds 2018.

Teams

100 Thieves

Top: Ssumday

Jungle: Meteos

Mid: Ryu

Bot: Cody Sun

Support: Aphromoo

 Team Solo Mid

Top: Hauntzer

Jungle: Grig

Mid: Bjergsen

Bot: Zven

Support: Mithy

Cloud 9

Top: Licorice 

Jungle: Svenskeren

Mid: Goldenglue

Bot: Keith

Support: Zeyzal

Team Liquid

Top: Impact

Jungle: Xmithie

Mid: Pobelter

Bot: Doublelift

Support: Olleh

Clutch Gaming

Top: Solo

Jungle: Lira

Mid: Febiven

Bot: Apollo

Support: Hakuho

Optic Gaming

Top: Dhokla

Jungle: Akaadian

Mid: PowerofEvil

Bot: Arrow

Support: Big

Counter Logic Gaming

Top: Darshan

Jungle: Reignover

Mid: Huhi

Bot: Stixxay

Support: Biofrost

Golden Guardians

Top: Lourlo

Jungle: Contractz

Mid: Mickey

Bot: Deftly

Support: Matt

Echo Fox

Top: Huni

Jungle: Dardoch

Mid: Fenix

Bot: Altec

Support: Adrian

Flyquest

Top: Flame

Jungle: Santorin

Mid: Keane 

Bot: WildTurtle

Support: Kwon

Day 1

Game 1

Game 1 pitched Team Liquid against 100 Thieves. With an interesting meta of picks, teams are testing new strategies throughout the season. The champion select went as follows:

Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves

Top: Aatrox vs Renekton

Jungle: Camille vs Trundle

Mid: Galio vs Irelia

Bot: Xayah vs Vladimir

Support: Rakan vs Leona

Team Liquid would pick up first blood in the bot lane with a 2 vs 2 kill credited to Xayah, but 100 Thieves would bounce back and get a return kill a few minutes later credited to Vladimir. 100 Thieves look to keep the ball rolling as they would pick up kills in the top and bottom lanes. A Dragon fight would break out landing trade kills for each of the team. Team Liquid would bounce back picking up two kills and taking the Baron Nashor. They will then win another fight and take the game. The highlights can be found below:

Game 2

Team Solo Mid takes on Counter Logic Gaming in a rivalry that is one of the longest on going rivalries in League of Legends. The champion select went was follows:

TSM vs CLG

Top: Aatrox vs Ornn

Jungle: Olaf vs Graves

Mid: Irelia vs Renekton

Bot: Kai’sa vs Ezreal

Support: Alistar vs Braum

CLG would find first blood in a 3v3 skirmish  before Darshan picked up a solo kill to go up two kills to zero. However, some questionable decisions would allow TSM to crawl their way back in winning a close fight that would get them back in the game. TSM would go on from there to win the final fight and close out the game. The highlights can be found below:

Game 3

Clutch gaming takes on Cloud 9 in Game 3 of the day. The big story here is Cloud 9 has subbed out three of their most notable players in an attempt to shake things up. The champion select went as follows:

CG vs C9

Top: Ornn vs Shen

Jungle: Graves vs Nocturne

Mid: Lulu vs Zoe

Bot: Vladimir vs Brand

Support: Morgana vs Nautilus

Clutch Gaming would pick up first blood followed by a second kill in a miscommunication by Cloud 9’s bot a support. About a minute later Clutch Gaming would pick up a third kill taking an early advantage in the game. Cloud 9 would crawl their way back into the game, but a lack of execution in crucial fights would allow Clutch Gaming to take baron and end the game. The highlights can be found below:

Game 4

Game 4 pitched Team Echo Fox against FlyQuest. With a difficult meta to grasp these changes looked as though they would favour Echo Fox. The champion select went as follows:

Echo Fox vs FlyQuest

Top: Yasuo vs Ornn

Jungle: Trundle vs Xin Zhao

Mid: Irelia vs Lulu

Bot: Dr. Mundo vs Swain

Support: Shen vs Tahm Kench 

Echo Fox would pick up first blood in a 2 vs 2 fight with Huni in the bot lane. The kill is credited to Adrian the support. The game quickly became a blood bath as there was 18 kills in 15 minutes. After going back down Fox would climb there way back into the game by taking two Infernal Dragons and grabbing Baron Nashor. This would be enough for them to close out the game. The highlights can be found below:

Game 5

The final game of the day pitched Golden Guardians vs Optic Gaming. These relatively new teams did not have good showings in Spring and are expected to be near the bottom of the standings again. The champion select went as follows:

GG vs OPT

Top: Dr. Mundo vs Ornn

Jungle: Graves vs Xin Zhao

Mid: Lulu vs Viktor

Bot: Brand vs Ezreal

Support: Rakan vs Braum

A roam from Optic Gaming top-laner Dhokla would allow Power of Evil to get first blood, but the kill would be answered in the bot-lane a few minutes later. The trend of trade kills would continue until Optic finally found the fight they needed to push for the win and end the game. The highlights can be found below:

Standings

T1 – Team Liquid

T1 – Team Solo Mid

T1 – Clutch Gaming

T1 – Echo Fox

T1 – Optic Gaming

T6 – 100 Thieves

T6 – Counter Logic Gaming

T6 –  Cloud 9

T6 – FlyQuest

T6 – Golden Guardians 

 

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