The game one Picks and Bans were fairly standard for the meta we have seen develop over the course of the Summer Split. eUnited banned away Susano, Bellona, Thor, and Rama while Noble banned away Fafnir, Serquet, Ne Zha, and Nemesis, in that order. Looking at the draft, you’ll see the crazy amount of sustain drafted by eUnited. This is a good comp for a team looking for the late game. The problem is that Noble ended up with gods of their own who are very strong in the late game.
Aquarius – Hercules
Skeeledon – Bastet
MLCst3alth – Thoth
Wubbn – Khepri
Wowy – Hou Yi
Benji – Osiris
Varizial – Ravana
Khaos – Sol
PolarBearMike – Terra
Pandacat – Cupid
The game started with Noble clearing the wave first and invading eUnited’s speed buff. They stuck around a bit too long however, and Alexander “Khaos” Greenstein ended up getting the first blood on Ryan “Aquarius” O’Neill. This lead to eUnited gaining control over Noble’s solo side jungle. However, while eUnited was preoccupied with the Jungle, Noble was able to sneak away the Gold Fury. This would not go unpunished, as eUnited would then take out Jacob “Wowy” Carter and David “Skeeledon” Dougherty along with the Mid lane Tier 1 Tower.
Using the timer on Speed Buff that EUN gained earlier, they show up at the same time as Noble, and were able to get a pick on Aquarius. With the numbers advantage, EUN were then able to secure the Portal Demon and prepare for the next Gold Fury fight back in the Fountain. eUnited would then use the Gold Fury as a bait, and Ben “Benji” McKinzey would find a kill on Brett “MLCst3alth” Felley. It’s here, however, where we first see the mistake eUnited would continue to make throughout this game.
They would overextend into the enemy jungle and take fights without teammates. Benji would fall, and then Lucas “Varizial” Spracklin from eUnited and Derek “Wubbn” Gibson of Noble would go down as well. All this while the remaining members of eUnited finish off the Gold Fury. It’s a win, but losing two members would prevent eUnited from taking advantage of their situation. Because of this, Noble pushed into the Portal Demon and secured it. As of now, Skeeledon on the Bastet has only done 2416 damage, being outdamaged by Mike “PolarBearMike” Heiss on the Terra.
The first engagement in the Mid game would take place at Noble’s Tier 1 tower in the Solo lane. They killed Khaos and Benji, while only losing St3alth. This was the story for Noble the whole set. They were able to fend off eUnited so often, it was thoroughly impressive. Everyone would respawn, and the dance at Gold Fury would begin. With everyone using their Cooldowns, nobody would lose their life. However, this is where eUnited’s team comp would shine. They would sustain and heal up, and then be able to push into Noble’s jungle. Noble would again defend this successfully, picking off Varizial. Again, eUnited’s timing on jumping the backline was off, and they would end up overextending too far into Noble’s jungle.
Noble used this to push onto the Gold Fury, but eUnited stole it away. The same dance would take place over at the Portal Demon, but this time Noble would steal it, along with killing PBM, Khaos, and Benji. With three members of EUN dead, Noble would take the first Fire Giant of the game, and use it to push down the Tier 2 Towers in Mid and Duo lane. For the first time in the game, Noble would take the lead.
The teams would then regroup, and move onto the Fire Giant yet again. Noble was again able to win a team fight, killing four members of EUN, and securing their second Fire Giant of the game. eUnited would respawn however, and try to take the Portal Demon. Noble would then lose Skeeledon and Wubbn trying to defend it, leading to a wasted second Fire Giant. At this point, we were 40 minutes into the game, and the kills were tied 14-14.
Noble would regroup by the time the next Fire Giant would spawn. MLCst3alth at this point was full build on Thoth. Because of this he was absolutely destroying eUnited with the damage he was outputting. Despite having zero kills, he was leading the game in player damage by 10,000. Noble would win the team fight and take down the third Fire Giant of the game. They still wouldn’t be able to push into the Titan room of EUN however, and would need a fourth Fire Giant to do so. After getting the fourth one, SKeeledon would split push the Solo lane Phoenix, and then group with his team in the Duo lane to take down that Phoenix and push the Titan. Noble won Game 1.
Picks and Bans were similar to the first game here. Noble banned Fafnir, Serquet, Terra, and Sol while eUnited hit Bellona, Susano, Rama, and Hercules. eUnited went for a pretty big set up comp for their Mid lane pick, Kukulkan, while Noble drafted something very reminiscent of their first game. Why shouldn’t they, they just won.
Aquarius – Ravana
Skeeledon – Ne Zha
MLCst3alth – Thoth
Wubbn – Khepri
Wowy – Cernunnos
Benji – Osiris
Khaos – Kukulkan
PolarBearMike – Ares
Pandacat – Hou Yi
Noble started this one off strong, sneaking away a very early Gold Fury, at the 3:30 mark. A team fight in Mid lane broke out, with St3alth caught in the middle of it. Meanwhile Aquarius is doing his best to Solo kill Benji in the Solo lane. Unfortunately for Noble, St3alth drops first, with Benji very quickly falling right after. Varizial with a gorgeous rotation though is able to clean up what is left of the 1v1 in Solo lane, and drops Aquarius. After a bit of a break in action, eUnited was able to push to Gold Fury, and drop it. Meanwhile Aquarius was making Benji’s laning phase hell, soloing the short laner one more time.
With the teams rather unwilling to force a full team fight quite yet, EUN was able to sneak a completely uncontested Portal Demon. Noble came over as it was dropped, but learning from game 1, eUnited just took their win and retreated. The next engagement was at Gold Fury, where Noble was forced to drop it to take the team fight, that resulted in both teams losing just one member. The teams then backed off and farmed, preparing for their next fight. It came in the Solo Jungle, and this time it went completely in Noble’s favor, taking down four members of eUnited, while only losing one. Fortunately for eUnited, Noble wasn’t able to secure anything after this fight, and just went back to farming.
It was eUnited’s turn to take a team fight, as this was how this set went. EUN would down three members of Noble, allowing them to secure Fire Giant and siege down every remaining tower. As they went to push the Duo lane Phoenix, Noble showed the defensive might of their draft, and stopped EUN in their tracks. As Fire Giant respawned, the teams danced around waiting for the other to engage. Khaos would hit a huge Ultimate onto four members of Noble, downing two, and allowing his team to take the right side Phoenix, and then Fire Giant.
Noble, however, was having none of the EUN push, and shut them down as they tried to siege the two remaining Phoenixes. eUnited would regroup, and push right back into Fire Giant. This time however, Noble allowed them to take it, having confidence in their ability to defend the Phoenixes. And wouldn’t you know it, they were successful once more, stopping EUN at the Mid Phoenix.
With Fire Giant set to respawn, eUnited was there first, trying to take it for a fourth time. Noble wasn’t about to let that happen this time, and with a great engage, pushed EUN off the FG. As EUN ran away, Noble finished off the Fire Giant, securing the buff for the first time in the game, and proceeded down the Mid lane. As they took down the Mid Phoenix, eUnited showed Noble wasn’t the only team that could defend, and dropped three members of Noble and rushed the Titan.
eUnited pushed down left lane, dropping the remaining members of Noble, except Jacob “Wowy” Carter, who was able to retreat into his fountain. In a last ditch effort to defend his Titan, Wowy rushed into four eUnited members, and was pulled in by PBM with the Ares ult. The problem for EUN was that nobody turned to finish Wowy, and he was able to use Cernunnos’ passive, as he was in melee range. 50:00 into game 2, Wowy, 1v4, got a MASSIVE quadra kill to defend his Titan, just as his team was respawning, securing the game for Noble Esports. Noble wins 2-0.
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