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Stropse Today (10/6): Tension Mounts

Every day through the end of the League of Legends World Championships, us here at Stropse will keep you updated on all the strategy, upsets, and action. This is Stropse Today.

G2 vs. TL

Tension is mounting for Team Liquid, who started their Group Stage run at 0-2. They had a mounting challenge against G2 Esports, who with a win could hold sole possession of First Place. Who would take the win in Game 1?

The game started off with an early kill onto Edward “Tactical” Ra on the Kalista from Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski in the early game. And the aggression kept going back and forth, with action from Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in on the Sett setting up Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen on Orianna. That isn’t to say that G2 didn’t strike as well. Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle roamed multiple times mid to set Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther for success. Unfortunately for G2, TL outclassed them in a river fight, giving them the Rift Herald.

G2 then looked to take a solo-kill onto Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong but the rest of Team Liquid was ready to strike back with CoreJJ setting up Jensen to hit a multiman shockwave.

TL ramped on the pressure to G2 by taking the Ocean Soul, a baron, turning an inhibitor fight into further pressure. While G2 held their own and traded blow for blow, it was a decisive kill onto Luka “Perkz” Perković that sealed the deal into the decisive win for North America.

MCX vs. SN

Machi Esports and Suning faced off in what started as an exciting early game between the Taiwense and Chinese squads. Machi jungler Huang “Gemini” Chu-Xuan wasted no time during the early game, proactively making plays all around the map.  In his second time pulling out the Volibear in just three games, Gemini started off with two clean, successful ganks onto enemy top laner Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin. With Bin’s Jax off to an early 0-2 start, things were looking solid for the PCS first seed. 

Continuing his early proactivity, Gemini made the decision to dive Sunning’s bot lane. Unfortunately for Machi fans, the dive was botched and Bin reacted with a quick teleport from the top lane, picking up two easy kills, essentially nullifying the ten minutes of work they had just put into stalling Bin’s Jax. Nevertheless, Machi kept pace with Suning’s macro play throughout the mid game, keeping the gamestate close. 

That didn’t last very long. Suning’s superior macro movements allowed them to take over when the clock hit around 20 minutes. Suning jungler Lê “SofM” Quang Duy, in his second NIdalee game of Worlds 2020, once again proved how efficient of a player he is. Despite Machi’s early game presence, the Vietnam native was never too concerned, as his 141 CS (creep score) at 15 minutes was the highest out of any jungler in the tournament thus far. 

Not only was SofM’s farm game impressive, he flashed his impressive mechanical skills, dancing around skillshots and abilities in fights. After a very even 20 minutes of gameplay, Suning took over with superior map rotations and was able to close it out without too much trouble. 

DRX vs. FLY

Meta picks like Orianna and Ornn can have devastating effects when brought against the correct composition, but meta does not mean ubiquitous. With some hiccups in the early game that made for an even competition, even giving Flyquest (FLY) a substantial 2 dragon lead, DragonX (DRX) still managed to use their superior draft to make sure the NA team never got the chance to bring down the AoE domination.

Early game Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon was able to use his dominant Caitlyn and Lux to take control of Lucas “Santorin” Larsen’s jungle, but the pressure was only temporary. Pyosik’s missteps got him killed and lost him two dragons over the course of the first 10 minutes of the match, giving FLY breathing room from the oppressive lanes from DRX’s bottom and mid-lanes. FLY sought to use their literal “deathball” composition at the fight for the second Rift Herald when suddenly Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun thrust himself with Grand Starfall far behind the enemy team, and conversely, quite far from his teammates. 

The ensuing battle cost FLY dearly, resulting in a net gain of 4,000 gold for DRX and leaving their middle inhibitor exposed to further pressure. FLY attempted to look for an opening after nabbing their 3rd dragon as recompense, but ultimately succumbed to the superior draft by DRX by being unable to actually reach any of the long-ranged carries that were constantly chunking them for half their health or even killing them outright. The game culminated with a failed and lackluster engage from FLY in bottom river with each member of the North American team being picked off one by one and giving an ace to DRX that allowed them to wipe the map clean of gold, netting them a 10,000 gold lead with baron buff. With a team composition that was barely holding its own against DRX in the first place, they took the baron buff down bottom-lane and ran FLY’s entire team in their base and fountain for the victory. 

UOL vs. TES

The Unicorns of Love (UOL) aimed to recover from their 0-2 performance in Groups by taking a game off of Top Esports (TES) with a strong early game showing, only to be outclassed by the counterpicks and the outplays by the #1 LPL seed. 

UOL intended to have Vladislav “BOSS” Fomin take control from top with the early Camille draft and the early-game power pick of Lee Sin on Kirill “AHaHaCiK” Skvortsov to help support that acceleration. AhaHaCiK was trying to find consistent opportunities to push UOL into an early lead, but the Senna and Tahm from TES’ bottom-lane made it nearly impossible to find a gank, and while the first gank against Bai “369” Jia-Hao was successful in producing a kill, Jax’s 2v1 capability in the hands of an extremely skilled toplaner like 369 resulted in him slaying AHaHaCiK on their next gank top-lane and just nearly failing to net BOSS for the double kill.

369, in his standard fashion, went on to become an absolute monster as the game continued. He first started reaping the rewards with a 3-man dive onto BOSS and Lev “Nomanz” Yakshin and BOSS in the process, and began to seriously signal the beginning of the end for UOL when he managed to secure a double kill against AHaHaCiK and Ilya “Gadget” Makavchuk while they were attempting to gank him in a 4v1, making 369’s death little worth to the quickly crumbling UOL. Without any real win condition with a quickly expiring Lee Sin draft, TES were able quickly demolish UOL: snatching objectives far and wide and pushing into their nexus through constant gains in their favor despite UOL’s valiant efforts to try and pick up the pieces of their defense. 

FNC vs. GEN

For more information about this match, click here to view our Marquis Matchup of the Day.

TSM vs. LGD

With every other team in North America earning a win, Team SoloMid looks to add one more win to North America. Unfortunately for them, the fourth seed from the LPL in LGD Gaming looks to force a three-way tie with Fnatic’s win earlier in the day. With that stakes are extremely high, let’s get into the game.

Where else would the action start when one thinks of TSM than in the botlane. Unfortunately, the kill goes to LGD as Ha “Kramer” Jong-hun takes First Blood over Yilliang “Doublelift” Peng. TSM takes the fight back to the bottom side of the map with a 5v3 tower dive. Yet LGD were the ones creating the pressure with Han “Peanut”  Wang-ho erasing his negative performances on Lillia to take the kills onto TSM. 

TSM did have a bright moment with the help of Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik on the Shen using his ultimate to engage in key fights. But LGD simply had an outmatched tempo with Su “xiye” Han-Wei gaining a massive lead over Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. 

Ultimately, LGD took a decisive Baron fight and took the victory forcing a three way tie for first in Group C and TSM sitting at the bottom 0-3.

Groups 1st Round Robins Standings:

Credit: LolEsports Twitter

Looking forward to the rest of what Worlds has to offer. Us here at Stropse will keep you posted. This has been Stropse Today.

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