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NA LCS 2014 Spring Split Week 1 Day 3

/ Jan 25th, 2014 No Comments

[adsense250it]The final day of the first week of the NA LCS 2014 Spring Split capped off with Counter Logic Gaming pulling off a surprisingly fast victory against Curse and Dignitas surprising fans with an upset victory over Cloud 9 HyperX. The super week came to an end with five games.

The opening game of the day was between Counter Logic Gaming and Curse. Counter Logic Gaming took advantage of lane-swaps, putting their bottom lane duo Aphromoo and Doublelift against Curse’s Top Player Quas. They proceeded to take the two turrets in the bottom lane. Curse’s IwillDominate also was set behind with a solo invade by Aphromoo. Counter Logic Gaming then proceeded to take all of the outer and inner turrets, amassing a gold lead without any kills. The first kill of the game happened at Baron Nashor, where IwillDominate attempted a Baron Nashor steal but was killed in response. With the Crest of Baron Nashor buff, Counter Logic Gaming proceeded to push down the mid lane for the victory.

Dignitas squared off against Cloud 9 HyperX in the second game. Ganks happened often but not many kills were secured. Dignitas went ahead in kills but the gold remained even, with Cloud 9 HyperX having more objectives. Dignitas gained momentum over the course of the game, notching kill after kill. They eventually took the lead with gold, took objectives of their own and spilled into Cloud 9 HyperX’s base. Dignitas’ Mid Laner Scarra played well on one of his comfort champion Gragas this game, making many plays and converting them into kills. Dignitas eventually secured the win after cleaning up one last fight in the opposing base.

Third in the day was Team Coast against Evil Geniuses. Evil Geniuses gained momentum early with quick kills. Evil Geniuses’ AD Player, Yellowpete, earned two kills for himself on the champion Jinx to go ahead of his counterpart on Team Coast, WizFujiiN. Team Coast started to regain some momentum back with some kills answered back but Evil Geniuses still held a gold lead from their superior control over the Dragon. With Team Coast’s Mid Player, Shiphtur, able to roam and Jungler NintendudeX holding lanes, Team Coast was able to catch members of Evil Geniuses off guard. Team Coast started to scale up better and Top Player ZionSpartan was able to farm up and get big enough to start impacting team fights. Team Coast eventually took down the desperate Evil Geniuses for a victory.

Team Solomid's Top Player Dyrus giving a high-five to the cameraman after a decisive victory over Curse.

Team Solomid’s Top Player Dyrus giving a high-five to the cameraman after a decisive victory over Curse.

In the fourth game, Team Solomid took on Curse. Both teams started off relatively safe, remaining even on all fronts. Team Solomid started to press further, edging an advantage slowly with objectives. Curse was able to counterinitiate well during the game, with key initiations coming from Curse’s IwillDominate and Support Player Zekent. While fights remained even, Team Solomid still held the gold lead throughout the mid game. The gold lead started to make the difference in the later parts of the game, as Team Solomid was able to come out of fights better and Curse was forced to stay back in their base. Team Solomid eventually forced a turret dive into Curse got the victory.

XDG faced Team Coast in the last game of the day. Team Coast was able to take an early advantage and went for a split-push strategy with ZionSpartan on Yasuo. With a threat in ZionSpartan from AD Player WizFujiiN, Team Coast was able to apply pressure on all points of the map and take the win against XDG.

With the final game wrapped up, Cloud 9 HyperX and Team Solomid tied for first place at 3-1. In third place, there is a four-way tie between Counter Logic Gaming, Curse, Dignitas and Team Coast (all at 2-2). In the tie for seventh place, XDG and Evil Geniuses have a record of 1-3.

The next NA LCS game begins on Saturday Jan. 25 at 12 p.m. PT with Dignitas facing off against XDG.


Shun Fukuda

Shun Fukuda

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Shun is a newcomer to Gaming Illustrated and loves to write about video games. Aside from his contributions here, he runs a blog about League of Legends.
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