Day 2 of the 2021 LCS Summer Split picked up where things left off yesterday with the winners attempting to build on their early success whereas the losing parties vie to rectify their mistakes.
Here are the results of today’s games in the LCS:
- Team SoloMid > Evil Geniuses
- Dignitas > FlyQuest
- Cloud9 < 100 Thieves
- Counter Logic Gaming < Team Liquid
- Immortals > Golden Guardians
Kickstarting the second day of play was Team SoloMid following their victory against Team Liquid with another win, this time against Evil Geniuses. In a match that pitted two young upstarts in the ADC position between Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki and Lawrence “Lost” Lui, it was the latter’s management of Tristana that allowed TSM to seal the win.
Not only that, Lost’s extraordinary backdoor play that invaded EG’s base from the top side, coupled with the rest of TSM’s harassment on EG’s attempts to TP back and stop him, gave way to the game’s sudden end after 30 minutes.
Danny, the 17-year-old product of the NA amateur scene who became EG’s newest ADC for the summer split, made an impressive showing with Jinx by going 4/3/2 as his team’s carry against TSM, but him alone wasn’t enough to stop them from being defeated. For TSM, they continue their march to the top as they head to the last day of Week 1 with a first place 14-6 record.
Dignitas continued their splendid start in summer with a shellacking over FlyQuest on account of jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett’s 9/1/9 performance with Rumble. His presence in the game was felt from the very outset as he capitalized on his team’s initial pressure towards the top side to subsequently snowball the lead.
In addition to besting his direct LATAM adversary Brandon “Josedeodo” Villegas, he was the stalwart for the team’s fighting capability as his engagements with the battlemage champion against FLY’s physical damage-centric composition, which included Xin Zhao for only the seventh time this year among all the regions, ended any semblance of threat before the latter’s draft even went online.
In addition to Dardoch, ADC Neo led the game in total damage inflicted to champions as his Ezereal finished with 13.7k and a 6/1/8 KDA.
If there were people that doubted 100 Thieves’ decision to put their newest mid laner Felix “Abbedagge” Braun on Karma duty in Day 1, they were certainly silenced after seeing them stomp Cloud9 today. With his support abilities for teammates Ian “FBI” Huang and Can “Closer” Celik on carrying champions in Varus and Xin Zhao, 100T lambasted the defending champions thoroughly to find respite from yesterday’s defeat to Immortals.
For 100T, they will definitely feel good about themselves after taking down a big opponent, but for some within the team, specifically head coach Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu who formerly coached C9 until last year, this was a fitting form of retribution as his team now looks primed to compete for a spot in Worlds.
However, for C9, their struggles from MSI, unfortunately, continued as they dropped to second place in the LCS standings for the first time this year off mid-laner Luka “Perkz” Perkovic’s disappointing 0/7/0 line with Renekton. Though the argument can be said that this is the opening week of the split and underwhelming stretches occasionally happen for the best of teams, the question remains whether this current rut is predicated on temporary blemishes or an undercurrent of major issues.
Highlighted by the sudden news around the benching of Barney “Alphari” Morris from the starting lineup for Thomas “Jenkins” Tran, Team Liquid played their next match against Counter Logic Gaming with various questions about their cohesiveness, one of the chief being could the substitute mesh with the team with literally little time for preparation.
Fortunately for today, the academy player could perform as his 14.8k total damage to champions from Blitzcrank, in addition to the team steamrolling CLG off mid-laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen’s 3/0/10 with Jensen, helped TL secure their first win of the split after a 34-minute match.
Counter Logic technically ran it back with their previous game in the split by selecting Gwen for Finn “Finn” Wiestal instead of banning her, but that alone wasn’t enough to stifle TL’s advance. Not even a minion’s help could propel them to an upset.
During the early game between Immortals and Golden Guardians we saw a 2v2 in the top river go in the favour of Immortals, claiming first blood on Solo at just 4 minutes, giving Immortals a 1k gold advantage.
Immortals slowly used their advantage to snowball their lead even further, playing very heavy towards the top side of the map, giving Solo a very difficult time. Immortals closed out pretty quick in a very convincing match, with a score of 17-3, taking down the nexus during the 26th minute.