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FLY vs. DRX
FlyQuest (FLY) put on a decent showing in the early-game, but the paralyzing pressure from Choi “Doran” Heyon-joon Jayce in combination with the poke-heavy composition from DRX had the match-up doomed for FLY from the start.
Despite the heavy pressure on Colin “Solo” Earnest from Doran’s Jayce in-lane, he managed to keep mostly even; or, at least, he did in the beginning. While Solo managed to farm, underneath his turret there was strong pressure from FLY’s bottom-lane. In conjunction with Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage on Graves, they directly contrasted the suffocation of Solo in the top-lane. This bottom-lane focus allowed FLY to take away two dragons in exchange for giving a gold lead onto DRX, letting FLY attempt a big teamfight to take the lead away from DRX. However, things never really ended up playing out that way.
The distance in DRX’s composition made it so FLY needed more than just a single pick to really shift a fight, but Solo especially was never able to find purchase with Call of the Forge God onto more than a single member of DRX until it was far too late in the game for FLY to be able to come back. Without a good purchase onto DRX, they simply waited until they found opportune moments to assassinate different members of FLY, allowing them to secure the win.
TES vs. UOL
In a tense competitive environment, it’s often difficult to stare down the barrel of a team that has the exact opposite score of you in the better direction. Instead of rising to the challenge, unfortunately, Unicorns of Love (UOL) choked from the start of the game to the finish, allowing Top Esports (TES) to painfully dominate them.
Bad omens were showing themselves at the very start of the match as a big misplay in 1st level spacing left Aleksandr “SaNTaS” Lifashin flashless and nearly dead at the very beginning of laning in bottom-side. Although there was successful pressure in the top-lane keeping Bai “369” Jia-Hao restrained, everything began to fall apart during a map-wide choke across the entire team of UOL. Lev “Nomanz” Yakshin had hoped to teleport from mid-lane to counter the gank onto Vladislav “BOSS” Fomin in the top-lane, but was stunned out of his teleport by Zhuo “knight” Ding’s Syndra. At the same time as BOSS was being ganked and killed, UOL’s bottom-lane was double-killed, foiling the entire map at the same time for UOL. With an early game focused composition, especially with a Lucian pick, there was little to do in terms of salvaging the game.
DRX vs. UOL
The Unicorns of Love came into this game having already been eliminated from contention. Fighting for the pride of the League of Legends Continental League, jungler Kirill “AHaHaCiK” Skvortsov started the game off with a crisp kill onto enemy jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon. Pyosik was attempting an invade, and AHaHaCiK made the swift decision to go for the punishing kill as opposed to counter-jungling.
The Unicorns of Love jungler continued making decent plays across the map, but unfortunately, the team just couldn’t hold their advantages. The spiral started around the ten minute mark when bot laner Ilya “Gadget” Makavchuk face checked a bush and was quickly punished for it. AHaHaCiK then attempted to gank bot, which ended up as a two-for-one in favor of DRX. Within the span of a minute, DRX had a 1.5k gold lead.
DRX’s individual skill gaps were too large for the Unicorns of Love to overcome and massive advantages were created across the map. With a game time of over 36 minutes, it was somewhat concerning to see DRX struggle to close the game out. However, the game was so heavily in favor of DRX that the win was almost inevitable, and it’s hard to hold it against them.
TES vs. FLY
FlyQuest had one shot to redeem themselves and North America after TSM’s 0-6 group stage exit. For Top, a win here would be a closer lock for First Place. Let’s head onto Summoner’s Rift.
The game started pretty aggressively for the FLY botlane with Jason “WildTurtle” Tran picking up two easy kills onto Liang “yuyanjia” Jia-Yuan. And while Bai “369” Jia-Hao picked up a kill onto the Urgot, FLY’s pressure was thwarted at the RIft Herald. Meanwhile, TES picked up a few kills and two turrets. But that was dwarfed as multiple fights went the way of FLY thanks to some quick feet from Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage.
FlyQuest made quick work of TES after taking Ocean Soul and a Baron. Following a tower siege thanks to Colin “Solo” Earnest, FlyQuest marched into the base and gave the first seed from the LPL their first loss of Worlds 2020.
FLY vs. UOL
Earlier in the tournament, SuperMassive thwarted MAD Lions in their final 5-game series by using Malphite against the Lions mostly AD heavy team. Running a champion like Malphite is tricky: while they can provide hard counters to certain problems they often have some glaring weakness that makes them a cautious pick, and FlyQuest (FLY) demonstrated to Unicorns of Love (UOL) why picking multiple champions with weak lane phases, such as Malphite, is a grave error when going up against opponents that know how to deliver early-game pressure.
UOL made a grave error in not just picking Malphite, but picking Twitch and Vayne all on the same team in the same game. FLY were not content to allow UOL to free scale into a victory, and brought brutally oppressive lane phase champions to punish UOL’s arrogant draft. Unlike previous match-ups in the tournament, Colin “Solo” Earnest cracked down against his Malphite opponent with his Renekton pick, constantly haranguing Vladislav “BOSS” Fomin throughout the lane. The first-blood against UOL didn’t occur in the top-lane, however, because Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage flattened Lev “Nomanz” Yakshin’s Kassadin pick with Vayne. The game completely unraveled from that point, with FLY taking the reins of the game to wipe the floor with UOL thoroughly throughout the game, taking the victory.
TES vs. DRX
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