Counter Logic Gaming took on Team Liquid to end Week 5, Day 3 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series, taking a 2-1 series victory on Sunday in Los Angeles.
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In a very back-and-forth series, Counter Logic Gaming emerged victorious over Immortals in three games.
Team Liquid started the series with a strong performance, starting with aggressive level-one play by jungler Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin on Graves, shutting down CLG jungler Jake “Xmithie” Puchero’s Kha’Zix in the early game. As skirmishes broke out, Reignover and AD Carry Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin on Jhin decimated CLG’s carries, snowballing Team Liquid to a large early lead. In complete control throughout the mid game, Liquid had no problem pushing into CLG’s base and winning back-to-back fights that allowed them to take a convincing Game 1 victory.
Bouncing back from a poor start to the series, Counter Logic Gaming got aggressive in the early game with a level-one invade. Xmithie looked stronger on Lee Sin in Game 2, linking up with Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyunto to apply a huge amount of early pressure across the map. Over-aggressive back-to-back plays by Team Liquid gave Huhi’s Orianna three quick kills to start his team’s snowball. With an early lead, CLG looked unstoppable, picking up early kills across multiple members. While CLG made some positioning mistakes that nearly allowed Liquid to come back into the game, an early Baron for CLG gave them the fuel they needed to take a final team fight at 28 minutes to close out the game to tie the series 1-1.
In a crucial Game 3, Counter Logic Gaming used their momentum to close out the series in convincing fashion. After some early game skirmishes, the teams traded kills as CLG eventually took control of the map, largely due to poor allocation of kills on TL’s part. Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes’s Jhin and Huhi’s Ekko were able to shut down any hope of a Team Liquid victory with strong team fighting around objectives, further snowballing TL’s lead. After a 17-minute skirmish in which Stixxay picked up a delayed triple kill, TL were in desperation mode. An optimistic engage by Piglet’s Varus gave CLG four kills and a Baron, which proved to be the final nail in the coffin as CLG closed out the game with ease, securing their 2-1 series victory.