Day 4 of the 2021 Summer Split hits all the right points. Disruption at the top of the standings, back and forth games, and a perfect game to finish everything off. Some teams were able to get their first wins of the split, with many more games ahead.
Below is the results from today’s games:
- 100 Thieves > TSM
- Dignitas < Team Liquid
- Evil Geniuses > Immortals
- Golden Guardians < Counter Logic Gaming
- Cloud 9 > FlyQuest
100 Thieves vs TSM
Starting off the week we had the third-place 100 Thieves face off against the first place TSM. Coming off of a 3-0 weekend, TSM looked to strengthen their lead over the rest of the LCS. 100 Thieves had other plans and dominated TSM, handing them their first loss of the split. Spica ended with an abysmal scoreline of 0/5/0 on Udyr while the rest of TSM only managed to get three kills compared to 100 Thieves seventeen. Closer, FBI and Abbedagge on the other hand all finished with no deaths.
Speaking about Abbedagge, we finally got to see what he can do in the LCS when not on Karma. TSM banned the champion in the first three bans, allowing him to show his champion pool. Deciding to show off his Akali, he was able to become fed early and split push and find flanks on critical team fights, finishing with a scoreline of 6/0/4. Hopefully, we see teams continuing to ban out Karma to see what else the new 100 Thieves mid laner can do.
Team Liquid vs Dignitas
Coming off a 1-2 week one, and questions surrounding the benching of star top laner Alphari, Team Liquid looked to silence people questioning the roster decisions by defeating a Dignitas roster that also made surprising roster decisions of their own. Giving Jenkins his comfort pick of Gangplank in the top lane, and Dignitas making mistakes in the mid-game, Team Liquid was able to take this game, finishing with over a 10k gold lead and a ten kill advantage.
Tactical had a great game. Playing on his signature Kalista, the raw mechanics that we had witnessed last season against FlyQuest in the summer playoffs, made memorable by the signature base defence, were showed again today. Finishing with a scoreline of 8/3/7, he had flashes of the rookie of the year performance that he had last season. Only time will tell if his upward trajectory will continue, but today was a good sign.
Evil Geniuses vs Immortals
Surprising everyone with a 3-0 weekend, Immortals looked to continue their strong performance and momentum against a struggling Evil Geniuses team. Despite having the 3-0 weekend, Immortals had stunned everyone by subbing in their academy mid-laner Pretty in for Insanity. Unfortunately, this move did not play out the way they thought that it would. Finishing the game with a scoreline of 0/4/4, Immortals fan can breathe a sigh of relief that Insanity will be back next game as the substitution was not permanent.
Despite finishing last week 0-3, and having Jiizuke donate a kill to the Immortals team, Evil Geniuses were able to pick up their first win of the Summer Split. Historically one of the best top laners in NA, Impact was able to have a perfect game. Playing Akali into Viego, he finished with five kills and assists but giving over no deaths. The play that stood out the most was after Jiizuke had one of his signature plays, Immortals tried to take the rift herald, only to be wiped out by a forceful response from Evil Geniuses where Impact played Akali to her full extent and picked up three kills.
Golden Guardians vs Counter Logic Gaming
In the most back and forth game of the day, Counter Logic Gaming was able to come back from a 6k gold deficit against Golden Guardians. Playing his signature Lee Sin, Broxah was able to use the synergy with mid-laner Pobelter to lead the team to the first win of the split. The big play came at 41 minutes where off the back of a Finn base defence, CLG decided to fifty-fifty the baron. Their gamble ended up paying off with them taking the baron and acing Golden Guardians, a series of events that led to CLG ending the game, earning them their first win of the 2021 Summer Split.
Continuing his strong performance on a struggling roster, Finn had another good showing. Playing Gwen, he was able to find flanks in team fights and deal mass amounts of damage to the enemy backline and finished with a KDA of 6/3/7. This is all despite the efforts of Golden Guardians’ attempts to put Solo ahead on Renekton. He remains one of the strong points of this team and should be looked at more for reasons why CLG wins games this split.
Cloud 9 vs FlyQuest
In the final game of day 4, we saw FlyQuest take on Cloud 9. This game was decided early with Perkz on his comfort pick of Leblanc getting fed. The game never felt close, with Cloud 9 seeming to be everywhere. Perkz was able to roam around the map and one-shot anyone that he ran across. Cloud 9 managed to finish the game without giving up a single tower or a single member dying, completing the first perfect game of the Summer Split.
Having replaced Zven before the split started, we are still waiting to see k1ng have his break outperformance. While he was playing in a Senna and Tahm Kench bot lane, fans are going to start asking questions the moment he falters. Today may not be that day due to the fact that he had the perfect game, alongside the rest of his team, but if he does end up faltering at any point, the questions will become louder.
The next two days of the LCS 2021 Summer Split see Cloud9 go against CLG and Dignitas. If he is able to pop off within the next two game, the doubters should be silenced for at least a little while.