The third week of the League of Legends Championship Series is here and Dignitas had two difficult matches in front of them. With DIG already looking strong in the first two weeks expectations were high for the Dignitas squad. Nevertheless, Dignitas fell against both teams in their toughest week of the LCS to date.
Reviewing Week 3
Team Solomid: 2-2
Things started off slow in this game with not much happening. Both Dignitas and Team Solomid were happy with farming through the early game. Nonetheless, the early game was played in TSM’s favor. With constant jungle and vision control TSM always had the upper-hand. Which resulted in multiple neutral objectives like dragons and both rift heralds.
TSM tried to keep that control the whole game. They had a few missteps which gave away some kills but they were confident in their play. They broke the map open in securing all outer turrets and snowballed from there. Through teamfights started off by TSM’s Vincent “Biofrost” Wang they were able to get some members of the rift and get a significant gold lead for themselves. Eventually after one quick teamfight around DIG’s red side jungle they aced the Dignitas squad followed by a siege on the base resulting in a win for TSM.
Player of the Match: Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett
Dardoch is known for being a great jungler. People were excited to see him on the stage again at the start of the split. And he most certainly hasn’t disappointed. Same with this game. His presence was known through the whole match. With great objective control, counter-jungling, and engages with Sett’s Facebreaker, Dardoch was one of the biggest reasons they got the win in the first match of the weekend.
Very early on in this game one could see why Cloud9 is such a strong team and the team to beat right now. The mid/jungle synergy made its debut in this game immediately when Grig had been caught out and gave away first blood to Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer. And it doesn’t stop there. The aggression of C9 is unmatchable. As soon as a player from Dignitas showed, Cloud9 was doing the best they could to send them back to the fountain. DIG, who tried to trade the aggression from Could9 with objective control got punished immediately. They tried to take Rift Herald but Robert “Blaber” Huang was there to steal it away and keep Cloud9 ahead.
Entering mid game, nothing really changed. Cloud9 slowed down the game a little bit but still got the same strategy. They open up all the lanes by securing the outer turrets and making sure the jungle was theirs. Nisqy was the main threat for Dignitas. With Sleepy Trouble Bubbles and Paddle Stars coming from every direction, Nisqy was scaring every player from DIG away.
Not much later the game was looking to be ended quickly. Cloud9 kept getting picks in the jungle and winning teamfights. Through all that effort they were able to get the dragon soul and secure the baron. They started sieging the base and Dignitas fell again.
Player of the Match: Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer
Nisqy has been a monster in the early weeks of Spring Split right now. From the start until the end he was a threat to the whole Dignitas squad. He fulfilled his role as a poke champion in this composition perfectly and was able to get the win through that. Currently, he is the best midlaner in the LCS.
Previewing Week 4
100 Thieves: 3-3
100 Thieves are a coinflip team right now. They had their best game and win of the split against Team Liquid but lost to a team that isn’t focused on results. They are focused on development and fans are certainly seeing that over the weeks. Beside their loses they are still a solid team who fought till the end. Dignitas therefore isn’t going to have it easy.
Grig should be smart about his jungling and play around his mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen. This is going to be very important going into the mid/jungle synergy of 100 Thieves. William “Meteos” Hartman is a very strong jungler in the league right now. He can play from behind putting his mid lane or top lane in a winning position. Grig doesn’t have this quality yet. He has been behind in previous games and hasn’t really been able to crawl his way back. If he can focus and play around his solo laners they could take the upperhand on that front.
Lastly, zone control. Even when DIG was behind, they were exceptionally good in zone control. Forcing out ultimates or clearing out vision should be top priority. It will give them the edge on objective control and will let them take control of the game like they did in week 1.
Player to Watch: Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen
Johnsun has been the most consistent player of Dignitas so far. Always in the right position he is able to deal out massive amounts of damage making sure that teamfights go their way. Next to Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black’s peeling supports, this bot lane is a dangerous one to play with.
Prediction – 100 Thieves wins
Golden Guardians: 2-4
Golden Guardians are not at their best. They have proven to be a strong team but still have a lot of issues which resulted in those losses. If Dignitas can keep their composure and play the game through their own rules things should be easy for DIG. Give Froggen a comfort pick and play through him.
Player to Watch: Henrik “Froggen” Hansen
Froggen has shown already that he can take this team to new heights. After week 1 fans are ready to see what more he can do. This game should be a good start for his redemption arc after the last few games. Give him one of his comfort picks and he should take over the game. A Froggen from week 1 is expected in this game.
Prediction – Dignitas wins
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