HeaQ Defeated
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The opening round of the 2017 EULCS Summer Promotion Tournament has concluded, and Fnatic Academy and Misfits Academy both crushed their LCS opponents. Now they’re set up for a showdown to decide the 9th team in the 2017 EULCS Summer Split.

All is not lost for Giants and Origen, however, as they drop down to the losers bracket. The winner of that match will take on the loser of the Academies’ showdown to decide the 10th and final spot.

Giants! Gaming 1-3 Fnatic Academy

Fnatic Academy kicked proceedings off on Thursday with a crushing 3-1 victory against Giants. The talk going into this match was the unusual decision the Giants made to face Fnatic Academy in the first place, seeing as they looked like the stronger of the two LCS teams.

The decision looks justified after the first game. Despite taking three early kills early on, Fnatic Academy were unable to turn their early advantage into anything meaningful and Giants pipped a 50 minute thriller, thanks in part to a Baron steal from jungler Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi.

This gave the Spanish organisation renewed confidence, and they were on top for large parts of Games 2 and 3. Like Fnatic Academy in Game 1, however, they were unable to convert their advantage into anything meaningful and the academy outfit snatched the maps away. The shotcalling of Johan “Klaj” Olsson saw Fnatic Academy out-rotate and out-macro their LCS counterparts, who looked lost when the game wasn’t handed to them on a plate.

One game away from the Winners’ Final, Fnatic Academy looked in control throughout Game 4. Despite having multi-year LCS veterans on the squad, they looked nervous throughout the first three games. Those nerves seemingly dissipated halfway through Game 3, however, as the Academy outfit pulled away in Game 4 off the back of an inspired performance from ADC Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm on Ezreal, to launch Fnatic Academy into the Winners’ Bracket, and force Giants into the last chance saloon.

Origen 0-3 Misfits Academy

The following day, Misfits Academy secured their spot in the Winners’ final with a comprehensive 3-0 thrashing of a winless Origen team devoid of confidence.

Misfits Academy started off Game 1 with a surprise Akali pick in the draft phase, looking to unsettle the Origen lineup. It was the conventional Shen pick for Park “Jisu” Jin-cheol that did the damage early on with two kills in the opening five minutes. Origen recovered well, however, and fought their way back into the game with some pick-offs around the map. This led to overconfidence, however, and a bad Baron call led to an easy pentakill for Soler “Yuuki60” Florent’s Varus. Misfits Academy struggled to close out the game with multiple over-extensions, but their advantage eventually told.

Game 2 saw Jisu get targetted in the top lane, falling 4 times in the opening 16 minutes. Origen’s improved communication and co-ordination led to them being able to catch Misfits Academy out for multiple engages. However, the Misfits crew were able to utilise their superior mechanical ability, and outplay the LCS basement dwellers in almost every fight, and took Game 2.

Game 3 was a tightly contested affair, with Origen dicatating the early-to-mid game tempo. However, Misfits Academy came up with some very strong counter-engages, including two huge ultimates from mid lane carry Sofyan “CozQ” Rechchad, and smashed their way past a deflated Origen for the clean sweep, and leave Origen staring relegation in the face.

Thats it for the 2017 EULCS Summer review of week 1.