Curse: Xerath, Kayle, Shen.
Curse: Elize, Jarvan IV, Ryze, Tristana, Lulu.
The game started with a passive level one, Curse built a champion wall across the map which allowed no room for sneaky invasions. Saintvicious controlled his jungle buffs then moved toward botlane, but was seen by a ward. Saint then focused his attention on toplane, which ended in a First Blood kill on Dyrus' Singed. TheOddone spent time top, but that left the door open for SV to attempt another gank bot. Although it did not result in a kill, Kog'maw had to burn his flash. The story of the early game was the amount of ward coverage coming from both sides, an abundance of pink wards left little chance for the junglers as both teams jostled for a lead in this highly anticipated match. At 11 minutes, Ryze teleported bottom resulting in a successful gank on Kog'maw, but Reginald and Oddone caught Saint near the river which ended in a spectacular Maokai sapling kill on a fleeing Jarvan.
The teams fought around the dragon for several minutes, Curse earned a 3 for 2 but decided to pressure elsewhere. While Curse demolished the top turret, TSM capitalized with a dragon kill and outer mid turret which completely equaled the gold tally. Dyrus and Voyboy battled toplane, with the latter earning a kill and lane superiority while the rest of the teams struggled to take bot each other's bottom towers. Voyboy continued his strong play a few minutes later by converting a kill on Chaox while being outnumbered 3 to 1. TSM got a dragon, but it allowed time for Cop to punish them by taking the mid outer tower. With a surprising amount of DPS from their lineup, Curse snuck a Baron but TSM turned a fight into a 4 for 3 in their favour. The gold race remained close with a 300 gold edge to Curse at 20 minutes.
TSM grabbed their third dragon, which helped build a slight lead. With the goo from Kog and Singed blocking entry points, Curse had a difficult time getting in on opportunistic engagements. Both teams started posturing around Baron as it was set to respawn, but Curse got the upper-hand after winning a 3 for 1 which led to an early Baron grab. Curse battered mid lane and managed to finish the inhibitor, there was nothing TSM could do against the push. Curse secured their first dragon after 40 minutes, in what shaped up to be a truly epic match. With the pushing power of a fed, late game Tristana there was little difficulty in Curse eventually pressing to the Nexus. Curse lost 2 games this week, but wasn't going to let the lead and the game slip away from them.
Winner: Curse Gaming
Game 2: compLexity Gaming versus Counter Logic Gaming
CLG: Zed, Xin Zhao, Twisted Fate.
CLG: Shen, Kog'Maw, Lee Sin, Lulu, Nidalee.
Complexity started this game looking for an aggressive kill at CLG's blue buff. A clever river ward revealed this plan, but CLG lost their buff. This led to Chauster invading and reciprocating with a blue buff steal of his own - and more importantly a timer on the buff. In a surprising play, Doublelift fell victim to first blood after his barrier failed to save him from Twitch's poison DoT. All lanes drew even on CS and the next major action came when Chauster revisited Complexity's blue buff on its respawn timer. Another buff steal and a near kill on Kayle added pressure, but Lautemortis was able to assist in a gank on Shen top, with cataclysm sealing the deal on the ninja. CLG then took dragon as Complexity took CLG's top turret.
Complexity made a strong midlane push, but a well-orchestrated Shen ult onto a diving Lee Sin resulted in a 2 for 0 in CLG's favour. Chauster continued to steal the opponent's blue buff, donating it to Link's Nidalee -- this was a pivotal part of the outcome of this game.
CLG snowballed into a 4k gold lead by the 20 minute mark, dominating the map. Nidalee spears began to chunk between 1/2 and 3/4 of a champion's health and the CLG used successful hits as green lights for aggression. CLG earned a free Baron at just 23 minutes, as Complexity made a wrong move by going to check the dragon pit. CLG collected map objectives in a game that continued to be played, but seemed to already be over. Complexity sprung back with a catch and a kill on Link, but little could be done against Doublelift's fed Kog'maw. Another Baron buff for CLG meant 3 destroyed inhibitors and an eventual win for Hotshot's team.
Game 3: MRN versus Team Dignitas
Dig: Renekton, Akali, Twisted Fate.
Dig: Alistar, Xin Zhao, Elize, Corki, Diana.
The game opened with a standoff, Diana showed herself midlane but Dignitas made a interesting move by giving her blue buff and sending her into a 1v2 lane bottom. The players on both teams started with many wards, Corki and Alistar mid allowed Patoy to follow the jungler as a roaming support. Xin and Ali moved in toward the available blue buff in MRN's jungle, but an early team fight provided ClakeyD's Jarvan a first blood kill and an early lead. The farming drew even in every single lane but Diana botlane was unable to hold up against the tower pressure coming out of Tristana. MRN's adept ward placement allowed for great map awareness and the ability to dodge gank attempts. At the first dragon fight of the game, Dignitas lost out in the smite war but triumphed on the battlefield winning an extended teamfight 5 for 2. Dig moved to mid and demolished the outer turret to secure their first gold lead of the match.
Shen was heavily out-cs'd by Elize top which attracted Xin top. After a successful gank, they dropped the tower but MRN retaliated with a gank of their own. Jarvan moved into a 2v1 but a respawned Shen's ult notched a kill on the board for MRN. Dignitas had all outer turrets down and this provided them excellent map dominance, which allowed them to aggressively ward and simply rampage their adversary's jungle. Dig grabbed a dragon and quickly disengaged, they looked to build on advantages and not commit mistakes. Scarra began engaging, with his team following up; a fight midlane resulted in a 2 for 1 and a 9-5 kill lead for Dignitas.
Using mobility boots on Xin and Alistar, Dig capitalized on rapid engagements and continued to press their lead. MRN moved into position and killed the outer mid turret but meanwhile Dig finished off Baron in an unfair trade. Dig pressured bot and nearly got a kill on Heartbeat, but an excellent combo of rocket jump, ultimate and flash allowed him to narrowly escape. Yet, even with all 5 members fighting, MRN was not able to stop the outstanding damage Dig brought out in team fights.
Dig alternated between map objectives and turret kills, pressing all lanes into MRN's base. MRN seemed helpless as Dig rampaged from all directions. Scarra engaged at the right time once again, which netted kills and allowed the team to finish all three inhibs. Dignitas moved to secure another Baron at 28 minutes which allowed them to easily flood the base, earning them yet another victory and a #1 place atop the LCS standings.
Game 4: Vulcun versus Good Game University
GGU: Nidalee, Kayle, Singed.
GGU: Sona, Xin Zhao, Akali, Ezreal, Orianna.
For a matchup that pitted two teams with losing records against each other, the game ended up being filled with high-paced action, although the inability to truly snowball a lead was evident as the game played out. Vulcun started the game by laying some deep wards in GGU's jungle. It was a normal lane setup across the board and the first bit of action was Jarvan IV trying to gank Orianna which used up her flash. J4 attempted another gank bot, but again it resulted in no kills for either side.
The next few minutes saw a lot of conflicts across the map but the score remained 0-0. Akali started to pull ahead in CS, bullying Elize in lane while Xin outfarmed his counterpart but the game remained deadlocked in gold overall. The first dragon was taken by GGU which earned them a slight lead. Mandatorycloud moved toplane and earned himself a kill on Xin with a sneaky binding and ultimate combination. Soon, both bot towers fell and the game began moving away from the laning phase with the gold still very evenly spread.
The teams postured around dragon, which resulted in the first big fight of the game; it finished 1-1, with Akali and Alistar dieing. GGU secured their 2nd dragon of the game, playing cautiously but pressing their advantages when possible. Mancloud and Zuna maintained even farm throughout nearly the entire game although their team was down gold overall. During the next dragon engagement, Vulcun caught Ezreal out of position and Lux vaporized him. Vulcun was able to secure a kill on Orianna as well and their first dragon of the match. Zion caught J4 near the Vulcun blue for a kill, but Zuna and Mandcloud were getting rather farmed which limited the amount of GGU pushing power GGU. GGU finally found their fight and won 5 for 1, easily taking Baron afterward. Vulcun fought GGU at their inhib, but it resulted in a 4 for 1(only Sona died for GGU).
GGU kept the pressure on their opponents. The diving power of an Akali with Zhonya's became immediately clear, GGU won a fight botlane and pushed into the base. The next Baron, Vulcun was unable to leave their base full of minions and it was an easy pickup for GGU. Vulcun challenged GGU to a team fight bottom once again, however they pulled out a slight win going 5 for 3 against a baron'd team. At this point, the base of Vulcun has received unrepairable damage and they were not able to build off their team fight win. GGU rushed back bottom and engaged, the fight was successful going 2-0 as GGU pressed for their second victory of LCS, both of which came over Vulcun.
This wraps up our coverage of the NA LCS "Super Week". Many upsets and changes in the standings were seen, and the league moves to a break in the schedule next week. Make sure to follow the rest of Week 4 action, with the remainder of EU LCS games playing out later today and this weekend!
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