North American League of Legends Week 1 Day 2

Game 1

The first game of the day pitched Team Solo Mid against FlyQuest. Team Solo Mid won their game on day one, but it wasn’t as dominate as they would of liked. FlyQuest is continuing the search for their first win. The champion select went as follows:

TSM vs FLY

Top: Dr. Mundo vs Darius

Jungle: Trundle vs Xin Zhao

Mid: Irelia vs Gangplank

Bot: Varus vs Brand

Support: Tahm Kench vs Nautilus

A skirmish in the middle lane would result in TSM picking up first blood. A successful gank from TSM jungler Grig credits him to the kill. Grig is currently splitting starting roster time, but a dominant showing over a couple games will land him the main jungler position. FLY will bounce back getting a 2 vs 2 kill in the bot lane and even the score up at 1-1. TSM would go on to win the next couple fights and take the Baron Nashor. This would be enough for them to close out the game. This is the dominant performance that TSM was looking for. The highlights can be found below:

Game 2

The second game of the day pitched the defending spring split champions Team Liquid against the hopeful Golden Guardians. This is the most mismatched game being a true David vs Goliath battle. The champion select went as follows:

TL vs GGS

Top: Ornn vs Aatrox

Jungle: Xin Zhao vs Graves

Mid: Irelia vs Lulu

Bot: Vladimir vs Ezreal

Support: Alistar vs Braum

An early gank from GGS jungler Contractz would put the Golden Guardians up 2 kills. GGS will try to keep the ball rolling as they get another kill at a dragon fight and pick up the infernal. Team Liquid potentially underestimated the Golden Guardians as they pick up 13 unanswered kills and stomping Team Liquid. Golden Guardians will look to continue this trend as the season carries on. The highlights can be found below:

Game 3

The third game pitched Counter Logic Gaming against 100 Thieves. Both teams are searching for their first one, after not having ideal showings on day one. The champion select went as follows:

CLG vs 100T

Top: Ornn vs Singed

Jungle: Olaf vs Camille

Mid: Syndra vs Lulu

Bot: Ezreal vs Lucian

Support: Braum vs Rakan

CLG would pick up first blood after countering the invade by 100 Thieves. CLG continued to pressure 100 Thieves showing a dominant performance only giving up one death throughout the entire game. The game would result in a CLG win. The highlights can be found below:

Game 4

The fourth game was very interesting . Clutch Gaming takes on Echo Fox in a battle for the top spot. Echo Fox pulled a unique strategy having their jungler play top lane and their top laner play jungle. This role switch is potentially being practised by Echo Fox, but also could be a spur of the moment strategy based off how their draft went. The champion select went as follows:

CG vs FOX

Top: Singed vs Rengar

Jungle: Graves vs Taliyah

Mid: Syndra vs Ryze

Bot: Ezreal vs Lucian

Support: Rakan vs Braum

FOX jungler Dardoch would struggle to adapt to his new role of top lane and gives up first blood to Clutch Gaming’s jungler Lira. Lira would repeat gank and kill Dardoch again for a second kill. The game was looking to be a disaster as Clutch Gaming would pick up two more kills, but Echo Fox would find a way to crawl back into the game. Although not a dominant performance, by Echo Fox they were winning the macro game, taking all the dragons and not giving up any turrets. A few kills will be traded back and forth before an unfortunate server crash would result in the game to end abruptly. This server crash came in the 32′ minute of the game and Echo Fox would be given a default win. A statement was issued by ‘Riot Games’ the makers of League of Legends. LoL officials statement is as follows:

“In CG vs FOX, the game server crashed at 32:26. We were unable to chronobreak this game. League officials are ruling the game a victory for Fox. Fox was currently up 7 turrets to 0. There was 1 inhibitor down on CG’s side, a four dragon lead for FOX, and a 10k gold lead for Fox. League officials have rules that CG did not have a reasonable chance to come back in this game and will award FOX with the game victory.

– League of Legends Officials

A chronobreak is a mechanic in League of Legends used in professional play where the game is re-winded to before the error occurs. Due to the entire server crashing the game was ended and a chronobreak was not possible. Although this is unfortunate as it takes away any chance for Clutch Gaming to come back, the right decision was made. It would be more unfair for FOX to replay a game they feel they had already won then for Clutch Gaming to replay a game they most likely wouldn’t have come back from. The highlights from the game can be found below:

Game 5

The final game of the day pitched the struggling Cloud 9 against Optic Gaming. Cloud 9 is continuing to play with their roster changes and do not want to start off 0-2. Day one, Cloud 9 showed a decent performance, but struggled with what seemed like communication as the game went on. This new roster doesn’t have a lot of stage experience which translates to the errors made in the late game. The champion select went as follows:

C9 vs OPT

Top: Shen vs Ornn

Jungle: Olaf vs Camille

Mid: Syndra vs Lulu

Bot: Ezreal vs Lucian

Support: Braum vs Rakan

A worrying trend for Cloud 9 continues as they give up two kills in the beginning of the game. First blood is credited to Optic’s jungler Akaadian. Despite being down in kills this did not detour Cloud 9 from trying to make plays and get back in the game. Their efforts were rewarded and they were successful in doing so. This was not a high scoring game, but Cloud 9 would rally back to victory gaining the much crucial win. The highlights can be found below:

Standings

T1 – Echo Fox

T1 – Team Solo Mid

T3 – Counter Logic Gaming

T3 – Cloud 9

T3 – Golden Guardians

T3 – Optic Gaming

T3 – Team Liquid

T3 – Clutch Gaming

T9 – FlyQuest

T9 – 100 Thieves

 

Missed Day 1? Check it out: HERE

About The Author

Isaiah Jones

Isaiah is a student at the University of Western Ontario. Currently he is studying Music Production and working towards his Bachelor of Arts. In addition, he is minoring in Philosophy. Isaiah enjoys writing as an outlet, but would love to pursue a career in Journalism if the opportunity presents itself. During his free time you can catch Isaiah playing video games, watching anime, writing, or attending concerts.