The 2018 NA LCS Spring Split has had the first day of its second week pass by. Quite a few turnarounds happened which may indicate towards a major upcoming change in the balance of power between the teams of the NA LCS. TSM had their first win, and Team Liquid had their first loss of the season. The only teams that haven’t suffered any losses are 100 Thieves and Echo Fox, the new line up from which everyone has started expecting miracles now.
Below is a summary of the events that transpired at the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split last Saturday:
Clutch Gaming vs. CLG
Clutch Gaming tried a slight shift in the meta by introducing Morgana as their support in their drafting phase. The match started off with aggressive plays from CLG, with a dive in the top lane to secure first blood. Another attempt at aggression didn’t go so well for them as they ended up giving 2 kills to CG in the mid lane.
Clutch Gaming didn’t play badly throughout the match and maintained their strategy in playing defensively in reaction to what CLG did. It worked out well for them, as CLG’s misplays kept feeding kills to Clutch Gaming. A huge teamfight around the 20-minute mark resulted in a Pentakill for Febiven due to the lead they had built up for themselves.
The game spiraled out of control for CLG after that point, and CG completely steamrolled at CLG’s base, destroying their Nexus at 30 minutes.
TSM vs. OpTic Gaming
TSM were finally able to catch a break during this game. We saw more deviations from the meta, this time from PowerOfEvil, who went for the Syndra against Bjergsen. It worked out excellently, resulting in a first blood for him. OPT’s focus on offense earned them a good early game lead, but TSM were quick to balance this out by getting a few kills to their names.
The game was back and forth from there on out, and was extremely slow. Both teams showed each other a lot of respect.
Once the game had gone beyond 60 minutes, TSM had a massive teamfight win, started off by Mithy win his Ornn ult. TSM ended up acing OPT and taking their base.
Cloud 9 vs. Echo Fox
The most exhilarating and intense game of the day is definitely this one between C9 and Echo Fox. Both teams were so even for the better part of the game, it was almost impossible to tell which one would win.
The early game went over to C9 with some cheese outplays, but on the whole, both teams were able to match each other. The back and forth stopped when it turned out that Echo Fox could teamfight much better than C9.
This was when Huni purposely stalled C9 members from reaching his team as they took apart C9’s base. The game ended after FOX made a second attempt at C9’s open Nexus during a breathtaking fight between C9 and the remaining members of Echo Fox.
100 Thieves vs. Team Liquid
This game could have belonged to any one of these super teams, but the victors of today’s marquee 2018 NA LCS Spring Split matchup were the 100 Thieves. However, it was closer than we’d like to admit – a single botched teamfight could have turned the entire map around.
The 100 Thieves got their early game lead by playing aggressively, something that TL could easily have done with their comp. However, the early lead didn’t matter as Team Liquid didn’t bow down easily.
100 Thieves did make the better macro plays, though. They forced Team Liquid into situations where they couldn’t come out as the winners. This was especially true when 100T forced TL into a 4v5 teamfight when Ryu was dismantling their base. One good teamfight was all 100T needed to secure their victory over TL.
GGS vs. FlyQuest
FlyQuest pulled off a miracle by not losing to the Golden Guardians. The early lead that GGS had was off the charts, and should have been ample to take down FlyQuest, but a teamfight at 22 minutes helped FLY fend them off. It wasn’t and outright victory, but the tables started turning then. From that point onwards, FlyQuest started diminishing the gold gap between the teams.
The problems didn’t end for FLY there yet. GGS kept playing aggressively and took an inhibitor from FLY. FlyQuest stopped them in their tracks as they tried to take a second inhibitor.
Throughout this time, FlyQuest worked tooth and nail to end the difference in the gold that both teams had. Sure enough, they were ahead after a while, even though they were behind in kills and objectives.
FLY had a good Baron fight, in which they took the Baron and proceeded to shred GGS members. GGS’s Nexus didn’t survive long after that.
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