Day 1 of Week 4 of the 2018 Spring Split NA LCS proved one thing: you can’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched. These games are becoming more and more difficult to predict, with TSM losing to Clutch Gaming and Optic beating CLG. We’ll see what happens tonight, but so far this has been one crazy week!
TSM vs. CG
As predicted this game was a lot closer than the bookies were willing to admit. It seems that a lot of the betting providers need to do more research on current form, rather than basing their odds purely on how strong the team has been in the past. TSM started off incredibly strongly, getting first blood and 3 outer towers with 0 in response. This looked incredibly problematic for Clutch Gaming. However, an Infernal Drake steal and a Baron steal by Apollo, alongside a better scaling comp, actually meant that TSM started to lose the late very late game. It was another long game and another attempt at the same tactic that helped win TSM some games last week. However, they were actually out team-fought late on, and the out-scale was too strong. Eventually, Clutch Gaming managed to hand TSM yet another defeat.
It will be incredibly frustrating for TSM to lose a game because of two miss-smites by MikeYeung, all sympathy to the young NA jungler, however. It’s not an easy thing to do in solo queue games, let alone on the big stage.
Team Liquid vs. C9
It was Smoothie, yet again, roaming around the map who helped pick up first blood for C9 in the top lane. Top die? Maybe last season, but this game it was Licorice taking down Impact 1v1 in the top lane. Team Liquid weren’t going down without a fight, but C9 were working together as a better unit. C9 began putting the final nails into TL’s coffin, managing to slaughter TL all over the map. The final chance was for Team Liquid to survive the pressure and scale into the late game. However, the pressure was far too much and C9 systematically claim the top spot in the 2018 Spring Split NA LCS.
Optic vs. CLG
Optic made the cardinal sin of allowing Huhi to play A’sol. An early roam by this exact champion led to first blood turret for CLG. CLG continued to pressure the top side of the map, but a mid-game team fight went in favour of Optic, followed by a successful mid-lane dive by Optic also. This turned the game heavily in Optic’s favour, and suddenly it was all Optic. CLG continued to get caught across the map, and it looked as if they were having communication problems. Optic were all over them, and Arrow popped off on Twitch leading them to end the game with a cleaner late game than they’ve shown previously.
100 Thieves vs. FlyQuest
Flame completed a very questionable TP, which caused him to give up first blood. 100 Thieves tried to defend a turret that had already gone down and gave up a few kills in the process. This started an unstoppable looking snowball in favour of FlyQuest, as they made some great plays all over the map to cement their lead. WildTurtle was popping off on Xayah, and it was a triple kill for Turtle which signalled the end of the game. This was Fly’s first game, as Keane had been subbing in for him due to visa restrictions, and FlyQuest now looked like a dominant team indeed. A debut game with 100% kill participation? Fly would have been very happy with this performance.
FOX vs. GGS
Disaster struck early on for the Golden Guardians, as a perfect counter gank by Dardoch led to an early gold lead. Yet again an early lead by Echo Fox was starting to be thrown away. This was likely due to overconfidence. However Golden Guardians were only getting kills, whereas Fox were continuing to get objectives. Contractz almost made the hero play and just missed baron, but lost his life in the process. Golden Guardians continued to try to fight, picking up a quick 3 for 0 despite the gold deficit. However, it was too little, too late, and Echo Fox ended the game just after attempting to dive Contractz to give Altec a Penta kill (it failed).
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