Week 5 of North American League of Legends Championship series came and went over the weekend. Cloud 9 broke their nine game win streak against 8th place 100 Thieves. Evil Geniuses and CLG played a INTeresting game, and Aphelios is still doing Aphelios things, and TSM lost to last place Immortals.The majority of the league is now within 2 wins of each other. After a truncated recap last week, lets really dive into some League of Legends.
100 Thieves defeats Cloud 9
There it is, Cloud 9 finally lost a regular season game in the LCS. Now, it is easy to point out all the mistakes that C9 made in their match against 100 Thieves. However, instead lets focus on how great 100 Thieves looked in their win.
100T top laner, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho looked like a beast on Camille against Eric “Licorice” Ritchie’s Jayce *insert NA Jayce meme here. Ssumday’s almost solo killed the Licorice at level 2. Then after two great repeat ganks by 100T junlger Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia, they finally got a kill on one of North America’s top top laners. Two level later, Ssumday tracked Cloud 9’s jungler Robert “Blaber” Huang, and killed him at his red buff. Licorice did return the favor solo killing Ssumday with some fancy Jayce mechanics. Contractz also continued to pressure the map and return give a couple kills to his teammates on the Jarvan IV.
Despite the valiant efforts of Cloud 9, 100 Thieves continued to accrue small advantages around the map. Piloting Olaf, Contractz continued to abuse the C9 line up. Interrupting recalls, continuing to pressure the weakened Jayce, and collecting objectives. Eventually, Contractz led the 100 Thieves squad to victory with a final KDA of 10/1/7. 100 Thieves have now won 3 straight games in the LCS.
Team Liquid is now the clear 2nd place team following their 2-0 week. Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in has continued to show why he is among the top supports in North America. Notably, in the game versus Golden Guardians, CoreJJ had an incredible Bard game, and made plays all over the map. His first jungle invade yielded a first blood kill for mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen’s Leblanc, which is scary situation for any opposing team. That was all that Jensen needed to become an unstoppable force finishing the game with a KDA of 4/1/5. The Team Liquid support finished that game with a KDA of 0/1/11 and led his team to victory.
The paid by Steve squad won both their games for week 5 and are now only one game behind Cloud 9. Theyalso managed to create some more space at the top comfortably two wins ahead of 3rd place TSM.
TSM Versus Immortals
TSM unfortunately lost both their games over the weekend. That in itself is not so bad. However, the surprise was that one of those losses was to Immortals. in The Immortals game, top laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik had a particularly rough game finishing 0/5/2. But let’s not harp on the bad, Immortals did look like a professional team. They took two rift heralds and every dragon virtually uncontested. As awesome as it was to see the immortal squad get a win, It still did not look like they actively produced the victory. TSM made countless unforced errors and did everything possible, short of running it down, to lose the match. IMT jungler Jake “Xmithie” Puchero had a great game ending with 6/1/4. The Immortals squad not only earned their first win, but they won both games this weekend, and are now tied for 9th place.
Final Standings – Week 5