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Pops off all throughout sweep
February 25, 2018
Fate made great use of his tank heroes in this 3-0 sweep over the Shanghai Dragons on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Playing a healthy mix of Winston and Reinhardt in this series, Fate was a crucial part of his team's win on Saturday. He started off with his Winston playing the lynchpin of Los Angeles' dive composition in the early matches. He did have one rough moment where he Primal Rage'd and jumped right off the side of the map on Hanamura, but that was but a blip on the radar in an overall strong performance from Fate. He closed out the series with some stellar Reinhardt play that kept the Dragons winless.
Shows off a new side against Dragons
February 25, 2018
Kariv took the stage as a DPS player for the Los Angeles Valiant in their 3-0 sweep of the Shanghai Dragons on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
After a trouncing at the hands of Seoul on Wednesday, the Valiant decided to diversify their game in this series. That translated into a unique three support lineup for the team. Kariv was out there playing heroes like Widowmaker and Genjim, which allowed Soon to stay on Tracer for the entirety of the series. This paid off in spades for this team as they ran roughshod over the Dragons for the better part of two hours. While the Dragons did manage to bring the opening game to a draw, the Valiant were on top of things in the rest of the series to pick up the win and keep Shanghai winless.
Bounces back in a major way
February 25, 2018
Soon was back to his usual self in the Los Angeles Valiant's 3-0 sweep of the Shanghai Dragons on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
After a muddled performance against Seoul on Wednesday, Soon was back on top of his game in this series. With Kariv coming to take on Widowmaker and Soldier: 76 duties, Soon was free to run rampant on Tracer. As always, he was electric with the hero, weaving in and out of the enemy backline with ease. His ultimate use was also impeccable, landing multi-kills like nobody's business. When he and the rest of his team are playing like this, the Valiant are a hard team to beat.
Solid play in victory
February 25, 2018
Solo scored a 4/1/5 KDA on Sion in Clutch Gaming's victory against Counter Logic Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Solo's Sion got gank help early to get first blood gold and take control of the top lane battle. He continued to wreak havoc in the side lanes as CG slowly grew its mid game advantage into the second half. A few mistakes allowed CLG openings to even up gold and objectives but CG regained composure in the final teamfight. The final teamfight was an epic battle over Edler Dragon which lasted long enough for Solo to use Unstoppable Onslaught multiple times before CG claimed victory.
Great vision control
February 25, 2018
LirA posted a 0/0/6 KDA on Sejuani as Clutch Gaming picked up a win against Counter Logic Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The early game went smoothly for LirA's Sejuani as he had plenty of successful ganks and invades. All of the invades helped track Reignover through the jungle, giving the lanes plenty of time to react to any gank attempt and get away safely. LirA continued his clean play in the second half teamfights as he raked in assists without giving over any kills to CLG. CG struggled to close out the contest but managed to strike the killing blow after winning a teamfight over Elder Dragon.
Late mistakes extend game
February 25, 2018
Febiven earned a 3/2/4 KDA on Azir in Clutch Gaming's victory against Counter Logic Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Febiven held his own during the laning phase, despite being constantly poked out he kept the CS race close. Once Febiven got a little help in the mid lane he started to pick up kills and assists which lead to CG's securing a lot of objectives. CG did well in spreading out its pressure late but Febiven got caught overextending a few times, allowing CLG time to make up some of its gold deficit. However when Febiven stopped hanging out in the fronline and began to follow the tanks, CG quickly retook control and pushed to finish.
Bounced back after losing the laning phase
February 25, 2018
Apollo scored a 4/1/4 KDA on Ezreal as Clutch Gaming picked up a win against Counter Logic Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The laning phase was a struggle for Apollo as he was forced to hug turret early. Apollo kept the CS close but the lack of lane pressure gave first turret over to CLG. He quickly recovered in the mid game teamfights as he danced around in the backline with Arcane Shift while constantly throwing Mystic Shots. By the end of the game Apollo lead CG in damage dealt to champions and a solid 72 percent kill participation.
Rakes in assists in the second half
February 25, 2018
Hakuho's Taric finished with a 0/1/9 KDA in Clutch Gaming's victory against Counter Logic Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho struggled to get lane control early as the CG duo got pushed under turret. He never found a good opening to engage and hugged turret until it finally fell, giving CLG first turret gold. With the side lanes opening up, Hakuho began to rotate and began raking in the assists. Clutch Gaming started to dominate skirmishes and ran away with a lead in objectives and gold. Hakuho got caught out late but it didn't hurt CG's lead much and all was forgiven as his Cosmic Radiance helped everyone survive the final teamfight.
Struggled in teamfights late
February 25, 2018
Darshan posted a 0/2/3 KDA on Gnar in Counter Logic Gaming's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The laning phase wasn't kind to Darshan as he fell victim to an early gank. Luckily CLG's bottom lane duo was able to rotate and cover for Darshan's lack of lane pressure. Counter Logic Gaming stalled out the game and gambled it all on in a battle over Elder Dragon. The risk didn't pay off an Darshan was left waiting to respawn while the CLG Nexus was destroyed.
Can't find Fog of War cover in loss
February 25, 2018
Reignover scored a 0/2/5 KDA on Zac in Counter Logic Gaming's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Reignover's Zac was tracked very well throughout the first half of the game and wasn't able to find openings to gank. However CG's vision control started to slip in the second half and Reignover was able to find a few good picks. The picks helped CLG stall the game but it wasn't enough in the end as it got ran over in the key teamfights late. After losing a teamfight over the Elder Dragon there was little that Reignover could do to stop CG from pushing to victory.
Damage carrying not enough in loss
February 25, 2018
Huhi earned a 0/3/3 KDA on Vel'Koz in Counter Logic Gaming's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Huhi tried to counter pick Azir with Vel'Koz but it didn't work out for him. While Huhi managed to poke down Febiven in the laning phase, he wasn't able to get any kills and the free farming time he earned wasn't enough to build much of an advantage. When it was time for Huhi to group for teamfights he doled out plenty of damage and lead CLG in damage dealt to champions. All of his damage didn't land him any kills or many assists however as CLG lost most of the teamfights, including the game deciding battle over Elder Dragon.
Picked up all of CLG's kills in loss
February 25, 2018
Stixxay posted a 5/2/0 KDA on Kalista in Counter Logic Gaming's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The only hope for CLG was losing all accross the Rift but Stixxay's Kalista was its only winning lane early. Stixxay was able to keep the minions pushed to turret, eventually yielding first turret gold. He quickly rotated around the map to help CLG get a small advantage in turrets early but it was all of naught as it got destroyed in teamfights throughout the mid game. Stixxay helped CLG buy more time in the second half as he picked up a few kills. However it wasn't enough for CLG to overocme CG in the final teamfight, forcing Stixxay to watch the Nexus fall while waiting to respawn.
Solid engages in the mid game not enough to turn around loss
February 25, 2018
Biofrost's Rakan finished with a 0/2/4 KDA in Counter Logic Gaming's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The laning phase went well for Biofrost as his Rakan helped keep CG's bottom lane duo pushed under turret. Biofrost and Stixxay weren't able to get any kill advantage in lane but first turret gold was a good start before rotating around the Rift to knock down more turrets. Things started to turn for the worse during the mid game as CLG got picked apart in teamfights and quickly lost its lead in turrets. A few late game kills for CLG helped buy it some time but not enough for it to figure out how to set up a winning teamfight. Biofrost finished with 80 percent kill participation but CLG only managed to secure five kills total.
Strong support play
February 25, 2018
Boink played well in the 4-0 victory over the Boston Uprising on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Boink subbed in for Bani and played some solid Mercy for the Houston Outlaws in match 2 and 3. Boink was surprisingly effective on Lijiang Tower, where he only died twice in the entire match. Overall Boink did his job effectively and proved that he can hang with a top 5 finishing team like Boston, but he was not quite as much of a playmaker as the likes of Rawkus or LiNkzr.
Heart and soul of Houston DPS
February 25, 2018
LiNkzr was a sight to see in the 4-0 victory over the Boston Uprising on Saturday
ANALYSIS
LiNkzr busted out a new strategy on King's Row attack featuring a hyper aggressive Doomfist that literally knocked the entire Boston team off of the first control point and gave his team the time they needed to hop on the point themselves and set up a defensive front. This was repeated with the same success even when Boston knew to expect it. Not only was LiNkzr impressive on Doomfist, he also busted out a Hanzo and impressed everyone with his amazing accuracy and impressive game sense.