Day three of the 2021 LCS Summer Split looked to continue where yesterday ended, with exciting games and teams trying to change the narrative surrounding them.
Here is the results for the LCS games today:
- 100Thieves > Dignitas
- Evil Geniuses < Fly Quest
- Cloud 9 > Team Liquid
- Golden Guardians < TSM
- Immortals > Counter Logic Gaming
100 Thieves vs Dignitas
Leading off, 100 Thieves looked to improve to 2-1 over a Dignitas team that had been looking good in their recent games. Dignitas surprised everyone by drafting Darius for their jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, despite the fact that they also drafted Rumble in their top lane. Early in the game the pick looked promising with a successful gank on the 100 Thieves bot lane but was quickly out scaled by the rest of his opponents. Top laner for 100 Thieves Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho had a dominant performance on Gwen, ending the game at 7/1/5.
Despite saying that he wanted to play carry champions in the mid lane, Felix “Abbedagge” Braun played Karma for the third game this weekend, enabling his team to snowball after a rough early game. Managing to pick up two kills for himself, he still played the supportive mid lane champion to its full extent as well as enabling Ian Victor “FBI” Huang on his Kog’maw and giving his team the speed boosts that they needed to escape from Rumble equalizers.
Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest
The second game of the day saw Evil Geniuses go head to head with FlyQuest, a game that can only be described as a fiesta from start to finish. Starting from level one till the end, the fighting across the map did not seem to end. Despite team fights starting to go the way of Evil Geniuses, FlyQuest did not want to give up the game easily, picking up the infernal soul and the first baron of the game. If not for last-minute heroics from top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie defending the nexus from a team that had baron buff and elder dragon, FlyQuest would have certainly won the game.
Even though Licorice was having a rough Spring split, this game was similar to the Cloud 9 version of the top laner. Besides the base defence that saved the game, the former Cloud 9 top laner had multiple plays that prevented FlyQuest from losing this game. From engaging with Wukong ultimate to start team fights to having a 1v2 play early in the game, even prompting a tweet from Riot Phreak to shout him out, stating as much.
Everyone thank @Licorice for this game after preventing the FlyQuest loss like 25 minutes ago in his 1v2.
Cloud9 vs Team Liquid
Regardless of how exciting the FlyQuest versus Evil Geniuses game was, there were more games to still be played, and up next was Cloud9 against Team Liquid. Having a rough start to the summer split, Cloud 9 needed this game as a return to the form that sent them to MSI as the Spring Split champions, and they seemed to have found what they were looking for. In a combination of lane swaps for more favourable matchups and better team fighting, Cloud 9 looked unstoppable in a very convincing win over Team Liquid.
One of the Cloud 9 players more than anyone else needed this game to go well, and that would be the $5 million dollar mid-laner Luka “Perkz” Perković. Coming off a rough performance against 100 Thieves yesterday on Renekton, where he went 0/7/0, today really needed to be in the get right game to prevent a narrative of him not deserving such a high buyout or more questioning of his play. To say that he did that would be an understatement. Finishing with a scoreline of 6/2/5, it felt that he would not be stopped, and would require four members of Team Liquid catching him in the top river to take him down at one point.
TSM vs Golden Guardians
Going against TSM, and looking to grow on the victory against Cloud 9, Golden Guardians went into today’s game with high hopes, only for them to be dashed in the end. Despite Golden Guardians making good plays and winning early team fights, overextension and bad face checks were the undoings of the team, causing their early lead to be for nothing. One such instance of a bad face check was when Nicholas Antonio “Ablazeolive” Abbott face checked a bush in the top lane without any knowledge of where TSM was, leading to him being killed quickly.
In spite of a strong performance on Gnar in his previous game, Colin “Solo” Earnest did not have as strong of a showing today. A combination of poor positioning around baron fights and pushing aside lane while the rest of the team was defending the base was a major contributor to the loss the team faced today. Looking forward to next week hopefully the level of play does return when Golden Guardians return to play next week.
Immortals vs CLG
Finishing off the first week of the 2021 LCS Summer Split, coming off strong performances against both 100 Thieves and Golden Guardians, the young Immortals squad looked to be one of the two teams that finished the weekend 3-0, the other team being the before mentioned TSM. With an early lead that started in the bot lane, Immortals spread the lead all around the map, making sure to protect the hyper carry, and very fed, Jinx.
The star of the game would have to be Immortal’s bot lane, with a special spotlight on Quin “Raes” Korebrits. Starting off the game with two kills on Jinx, and positioning very well throughout the game just made it hard for CLG to stop him. Playing smart, and a 1v1 against CLG top laner Finn “Finn” Wiestål, let Immortals translate their bot lane lead all over the map, and eventually into the win.
Immortals had more to celebrate this week, as their star jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir won the Mastercard Nexus Player of the Week for week 1 of the 2021 LCS Summer Split.