LPL W5D2: iG continues their trend of even splits

LoL Michale “DreXxiN” Lalor

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If you're simply interested in spoiler-free VODs:

WE.a vs. iG Game 1
WE.a vs. iG Game 2
EDG vs. LGD Game 1
EDG vs. LGD Game 2

English VOD

*These games were played on Patch 4.10.



MVP Scores


MVP Score / Kills / Assists / Deaths / KDA / Gold / CS



 VS  

Match Context: Invictus has a habit of going 1:1 in their sets regardless of the strength of the competition, but obviously they want to avoid that against the lower rated team.  Invictus Gaming continues to try to innovate and throw curveballs and have adjusted their playstyle to revolve around Kid rather than, formerly, PDD. While this has paid dividends, they haven't completed settled.

World Elite Academy, on the other hand, has made a few changes. Now, Xiye is benched and their old jungler "MickeyGod" gets to show off his skills in the mid lane while formerly benched Anj will now take MickeyGod's old spot in the jungle.

Key Points:

  • Both teams bring fresh compositions to the table.  WEa pulls out Zed in the mid lane while iG utilizes Trundle top and TF mid.
  • WEa translate their early lead to objectives, further reinforcing their strength when they come out ahead early.
  • Khan gets the poorest receiving end of 2v1 trades, dying twice in 5 minutes and putting him insanely far behind.
  • Upon winning a crucial dragon fight, WE.a were able to take an uncontested baron, nullifying any late game potential of iG's squad.
  • Gold was properly funneled onto those who scaled the best from World Elite Academy, but the whole team was rich due to tremendous objective leads.
  • With a disadvantage all game, Zz1tai wasn't able to properly utilize Twisted Fate's global presence to make anything more than meaningless comebacks.
  • WE.a decisively took game one and did a good job snowballing an early lead.

 

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Key Points:

  • Unfortunately, World Elite Academy don't play to their strength and use a scaling composition instead of a heavy early game one. They also switched their jungler to mid for this game for whatever reason. 
  • Invictus Gaming pulls out the first Janna in this split's LPL, who also finds first blood after a calculated battle early on.
  • Despite a 2v1, the first tower didn't go down until about 8 minutes into the game for iG.
  • With lanes shoved in, iG were also easily able to seize control of dragon.
  • Contrary to the prior game, iG held a fairly substantial lead for the majority of the game, but both teams had absolutely abysmal vision control, opening the doors for anything to happen.
  • At around 18 minutes in, World Elite Academy made a comeback play, utilizing their burst to achieve a couple of picks. Overstaying their welcome, iG swung right back into control though.
  • World Elite Academy were careless when defending their inhibitor, allowing their frontline and jungler to be picked off and giving iG a free baron. However, WE.a cleaned up all but one.
  • iG were able to take a commanding win in game 2.

 

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 VS 

Match Context: Last week, see saw EDG revert to a rather passive, late-game oriented playstyle that resembled their play last split.  Some say this was because their spirits were down and there were internal conflicts, but after their 2-0 victory over OMG at IEM, the team must be reinvigorated.  LGD still fights to find their niche and pull wins against top teams while EDG seeks to take the throne away from OMG at the top of the standings.

Key Points:

  • EDG find a very early first blood onto U's Ziggs, a champion he's very comfortable with. With the lead, he lanes against We1less on an unfamiliar AP Kog mid.
  • EDG reverts back to the start of the season strategies with early jungle aggression as opposed to their former passive play of last week.
  • Not letting up, EDG follow up their aggressive jungle plays with early dragon juggling and securing, and head right back into enemy territory to find another kill.
  • LGD uses an unusual style of play again where the support plays lanes with the top laner and the AD Carry solos.
  • EDG find a free baron without the help of Namei, their strongest member who plays an absurdly fed Jinx in the late portion of this game.


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Key Points:

  • LGD acquire the first dragon of the game through aggro juggling.
  • LGD's Quan manages to get fed for the first time on a jungler that isn't Lee Sin, going 4-0 in 6 minutes.
  • EDG falls back onto an late game composition and gets punished early for it, with LGD maintaining an early gold lead.
  • LGD are the ones to transition the game phases aggressively this time around, utilizing their massive jungle lead to take control of EDG's blue side jungle.
  • LGD set up strong map and vision control, utilizing pink wards in deep territory to make picks and extend their lead.
  • EDG's late game comp, as it was their former specialty, ended up paying dividends later on in jungle fights, with huge cleanups and comebacks from EDG, despite still having a gold deficit.
  • LGD's attempts at baiting baron fights fail due to the strength of U and EDG's late game strength. Eventually, EDG acquire a baron and it all goes downhill from there for LGD.

 

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STANDINGS

Team M W D L P
14 6 6 2 24
14 5 8 1 23
14 6 5 3 23
14 4 6 4 18
14 4 6 4 18
14 2 9 3 15
14 3 3 8 12
14 2 5 7 11
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Michale “DreXxiN” Lalor
<p>Starcraft: Brood War Veteran and League of Legends Crew Lead.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Events Attended</u></strong></p> <p>2013 [f]Poland[/f] Intel Extreme Masters&nbsp;Katowice<br /> 2013 [f]Germany[/f] Intel Extreme Masters&nbsp;World Championships</p>