NA LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5 Recap – What Is Even Going On?

My, oh my! If the opening week was an upset, what do we call this one?! Esportsranks brings you a recap of all the turmoil that unfolded in NA LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5. Keep reading – it’s juicy!

NA LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5, Day 1 (July 1)

It all started out with a loud bang on the very first day.

First up was a rivalry that goes way back in time. This time around, Cloud9 made a strong statement against TSM, winning a spectacular series turnaround for a very important pressure release. This is a crucial step forward for a team of their calibre.

Then, from the ashes of defeat, Phoenix1 gracefully emerged victorious against Team EnVy. It went the distance as well, and boy did it last!

NA LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5 P1

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Phoenix1 took the first match. Second game was a 50 minute long, back-and-forth slugfest that saw NV equalizing the score.

Rubber-match was P1’s almost an hour long abuse of NV’s critical flaw – over-reliance on their jungle carry LirA.

If you think that was Phoenix1’s 5 minutes of fame this summer, you’re dead wrong. Wait until you see what happened next…

NA LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5, Day 2 (July 2)

NA LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5 IMT

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…Wait, not yet! The stage first has to be set for a final act, remember?

Second day marked the start of a hell-week for Immortals. A 2-0 loss to TSM wasn’t actually that bad – they still looked decently competitive against reigning LCS champs. However, TSM Bjergsen was simply on another level that day, with the whole TSM crew demonstrating their full power as well.

Next up was CLG against C9. Game 1 was a stomping clinic directed by CLG Huhi and Stixxay. In the second game, CLG decided to snooze a bit before the final show. Third match was a decisive, series sealing win for Dardoch and the crew.

Right when you get lulled back into the Everything-Is-As-It-Should-Be land, another devastating blow comes flying by your senses!

FlyQuest finally decided to spread their wings as far as wide as they can. About time! FLY WildTurtle came in hot and bothered, with Hai and Moon by the side, pushing Team Dignitas into a troublesome fourth loss this summer.

The day finished on a calmer note though. Echo Fox, despite some struggle, expectedly defeated the ever-mediocre Team Liquid in a typical 2-1 fashion.

NA LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5, Day 2 (July 2)

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This is where the “what?” and the “how?” shoot up straight into the stratosphere!

Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves!

All set? OK, here we go…

Phoenix1 defeated Immortals – 2:1!

It doesn’t matter how, it doesn’t matter why and it doesn’t matter when at all. It doesn’t really matter that it went the distance either.

All that matters is that the team which looked absolutely atrocious throughout the entire Summer Split won against a team that has demonstrated arguably the best form of all NA LCS 2017 Summer Split teams so far.

Now, as if that wasn’t enough, FlyQuest proceeded to relentlessly grind down Echo Fox into a 1-2 defeat. WildTurtle set the bar monstrously high with a highlight-reel performance. Nobody from EchoFox was able to step up to the plate, looking absolutely pale in comparison.

Last, but not least, Team EnVy seized the opportunity against demoralized and faded Team Dignitas, avenging a loss from Week 1.

Not as surprising as the rest of the series above, it’s still a significant shakeup in the middle of the NA LCS 2017 Summer Split bracket, which brings a healthy dose of uncertainty before the second half of the group stage.

Luckily, the last series offered a welcome relief after an overwhelming chain of upsets. CLG routinely dispatched TL with a 2-0 series and ended the Week 5 drama.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The shock value of NA LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5 is probably the best thing to happen before the second-half of the group phase. It couldn’t have unfolded better even if it was all scripted!

Esportsranks will definitely be looking forward to Phoenix1 in the upcoming Rift Rivals tournament. If they can bring this same level of play they demonstrated this week into the mix, the overall appeal of a quick, Summer Split break tournament will increase exponentially.