CLG won the third place playoff round in dominating fashion. No one player could claim credit as the sole carry, it was the quintessential team result. A likely rematch in the Regional Qualifiers will have Dignitas reflecting on their poor performance.
It started well enough for Dignitas in game 1. Then a team fight just before the 20-minute mark gave CLG what they needed, and they went on to secure a Baron and set up a siege of the base.
If Omargod had looked shaky in previous games, he didn’t show it. On the contrary, it was Shrimp who found himself caught out early on. Omargod finished 1/1/11. Stixxay and Aphromoo also put the past behind them with their own impressive games.
Picks and playmaking were the names of the game. Dignitas had no answers and found themselves behind and with it all to do.
Darshan picked Camille in the second game, but it was Omargod who again pulled out the impressive plays. Early kills on the enemy jungle and mid lane proved a launching pad to CLG’s success in game 2.
Aphromoo playing as Rakan is known throughout the league as something to watch out for. He didn’t disappoint, keeping his team safe, the enemy taunted and the objectives owned. He can be happy with his performance in the third round, and opponents should take it as a sign that his best may still be yet to come.
Slowly, But Surely
Game 3 was a slow death squeeze throughout. Dignitas took 2 early Inferno Drakes. CLG kept marginally ahead on the gold front due to lane power and an early kill. It was the late game that saw most of the action.
A couple of explosive team fights decided the series in CLG’s favour. Darshan looked dominating on the Jax. The whole team pulled together to seal Dignitas’ fate.
Next Stop: Regionals
Counter Logic Gaming can be happy with the way they performed. Omargod really stepped up. The CLG bottom lane put a halt to a string of questionable performances. Dignitas will need to rediscover their magic. The last two series have found them 1 win and 6 losses.
Both teams will probably meet again. It will be up to Dignitas to dispatch FlyQuest in the first round of the Regional Qualifiers to set up a rematch.
Regional Qualifiers will find Dignitas playing FlyQuest in round 1. The winner of that series will take on CLG. The victors of round 2 will go on to face Cloud9. Cloud9 have been out of professional competition for some weeks. They may be a little rusty, but they have avoided a grueling succession of best of 5 series.
CLG will fancy their chances, but only one thing is certain: if they can’t beat Cloud9 they won’t go to Worlds.