In Week 6 of the LCS, some teams have improved while others remain in a slump. These games stood out from the rest for their own reasons.
100 Thieves vs. Clutch Gaming
What looked to be a one-sided game in the favor of Clutch Gaming turned into a surprise win for 100 Thieves. Clutch had a 6k gold lead for most of the game and were 8-0 at 26 minutes and in a position to take Baron to close out the game. They began to slow down the pace later in the game, and stopped going for objectives on the map until it was too late.
Clutch dominated objective early and secured all the dragons. Once they finally decided to go for the Baron, 100T were there to defend the objective and gain some pressure around the map. Since they were able to gain pressure in the match, they were able to secure the Baron for themselves and close out the game.
Clutch had such a huge lead and should have tried to close out the game faster. They allowed 100T to scale back into the game which became their downfall.
Counter Logic Gaming vs. FlyQuest
After coming off a 0-2 week both teams were looking for a win keep their position in the top 5. FlyQuest’s losses looked closer than CLG’s, which made them the more favorable team in this matchup.
FlyQuest’s win condition was through the top lane with Omran “V1per” Shoura on his signature Riven pick. Unfortunately for FlyQuest, Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaya and Raymond “Wiggily” Griffin completely dismantled the top lane causing V1per and Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen to have no impact in the lane. CLG gained a huge lead and kept it throughout the game without giving away objectives or kills to their opponents.
FlyQuest has fallen off as a team and they are struggling to make plays together. They are a good team, but they will have to look solid to remain at the top of the standings.
Echo Fox vs. TSM
With James “Panda” Ding’s first appearance in the LCS, a lot of pressure was on his shoulders to perform better than the veteran, Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae. His performance looked amazing and he was able to secure every dragon expect Elder for his team. He had a 70% kill participation and was proactive around the map.
TSM, being the 3rd place team in the LCS, were expected to completely dominate this game. However, they made minor mistakes early like forcing losing fights bot lane which led to the enemy team gaining an early lead. The game was completely in favor of Echo Fox, but TSM did not give up. Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik did not participate in any team fights, but he had the biggest impact in turning the game into their favor. His ability to constantly apply pressure to the side lanes allowed his team to look for objectives around the map. Echo Fox continued to try to stop his split push on the Ryze, but he was monstrous and allowed them to obtain another win.
TSM has shown that they can play in the early game, but this game proved that they can play from behind as well. This team deserves the right to claim a top spot in the LCS standing and they are continuously improving.
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