Matthew Elento 
United States
Team Liquid
Poor showing in loss
August 6, 2018
Matt earned a 1/2/1 KDA on Braum during his team's loss against 100 Thieves.
Much like the rest of his team, Matt started off decently against 100 Thieves but was never able to fully get things going. After picking up a nearly kill, he began to slow down substantially. Falling behind in lane, he could not open up the map for the rest of his team to get things done. Try as he might, he had no way to bring his team into the game due to the large deficit that they quickly found themselves in. This proved to be fatal as Matt overextended several times in an attempt to bring his team back into things. This never worked out, however, as 100 Thieves focused on the team's lead and dominated them in 33 minutes.
Unable to push lead in defeat
July 24, 2018
Matt earned a 0/2/4 KDA on Morgana during his team's defeat against Echo Fox on Sunday,
Matt had a strong start to his team's game against Echo Fox. After picking up an early kill, he was able to join his team to continue finding vision control and take over the map. After finding another early kill, he could not do anything. As Echo Fox found its composure, he struggled to do anything but shield his team. Try as he might, he let the pressure slip and could not take out FOX. After losing back-to-back teamfights, Matt watched on as his base was demolished, resulting in a 32-minute defeat.
Dominates CLG to claim victory
July 23, 2018
Matt earned a 1/1/7 KDA on Fiddlesticks during his team's victory over CLG.
Matt had an impressive showing on Fiddlesticks to net a victory over CLG. After taking a bit of time to ramp up, Matt began dominating in teamfights. With a large amount of crowd control and initiation, his play was critical to his team's success. Silencing key targets and fearing others, Matt's kit was enough to assist his team in winning early fights. As a result, Golden Guardians had a lead that was large enough to quickly burn Baron at just 20 minutes into the game. As things progressed, he continued forcing fights and picking off key members of the enemy team. As a result, Golden Guardians took back-to-back victories, claiming the game win in 32 minutes.
Support by technicality
July 15, 2018
Matt ended 2/1/14 in a victory over 100 Thieves on Sunday.
While Matt's KDA in this game was consistent with his role as a support, his damage was not. On Fiddlesticks, Matt found fantastic Crowstorms again and again in teamfights, winning some of them almost single-handedly for Golden Guardians. Matt gave a wonderful demonstration of what Fiddlesticks can do when his team is ahead, and ended just one kill or assist back from the highest kill participation in the game.
Utterly ineffective
June 24, 2018
Matt ended with a KDA of 0/5/4 in Golden Guardians' Sunday loss to Echo Fox.
With all the early action taking place on the top side, Matt's Rakan didn't get a piece of his team's early success. Therefore, as Echo Fox fought back, he was especially vulnerable. Echo Fox's superior teamfighting made it difficult for Matt to find a good engage, and he was unable to cope. He ended with a sub-1.00 KDA ratio as GGS lost.
Starts the snowball for FlyQuest
March 12, 2018
Matt's KDA read 0/4/3 at the end of Golden Guardians' Sunday loss to FlyQuest.
While Matt did just fine in the early game, along with the rest of Golden Guardians, he was also the beginning of an ultimately fatal trend for his team. Matt was the first member of his team to be caught out pushing too far forward and give over a kill, a pattern that went on to repeat itself across almost every member of GGS. This gave the gold lead gradually over to FlyQuest, and they never gave it back.
Low impact in loss
February 5, 2018
Matt's Braum finished with a 0/2/1 KDA in the Golden Guardians' loss to Team Liquid on Sunday.
It was a pretty uneventful early game for Matt and the junglers were busy on the top half of the Rift. When Matt and Deftly joined up for teamfights, things didn't go well. In the mid game teamfights, GGS got destroyed and Matt had to give his life in order to pick up his only assist. He was one of the two left alive as TL's Baron empowered siege ripped through the Nexus.
Struggled in late game teamfights
January 29, 2018
Matt finished with a 1/3/5 KDA on Braum as the Golden Guardians lost to Counter Logic Gaming on Sunday.
Matt and Deftly were able to hold their own in the laning phase and made good rotations throughout the mid. It was the late game where Matt and company ran into trouble executing his teamfight. The Golden Guardians struggled to evade the crowd control train the CLG was running and got run over in the late game. A few late game picks weren't enough to turn around the momentum as GG got aced in the final teamfight.
Solid Thresh play in loss
January 28, 2018
Matt's Thresh finished with a 1/4/12 KDA in the Golden Guardians loss to FlyQuest on Saturday.
Matt's Thresh play was on point early as he managed to easily protect allies with Flay or a Lantern pull. All of this allowed GG to find picks and dominate the early objectives but it wouldn't hold late. As the Golden Guardians siege began to reach FlyQuest's base, it started to break apart. With the GGs grouped in one spot, all of FQ's long range engage was easy to land and follow up on. There was little that Matt could do to protect the carries as the GG's gold lead evaporated along with its base.
No real impact
January 21, 2018
Matt ended Golden Guardians' loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday with a KDA of 0/1/2.
There really isn't much to be said about Matt in this game. He played Taric, and assisted Deftly's Kog'Maw in an even laning phase, but did almost nothing else throughout the course of the game as GGS fell, slowly but surely, to CG.
After contract buyout, joins Golden Guardians
November 24, 2017
Matt will join the Golden Guardians after his contract was bought out from Team Liquid, ESPN's Jacob Wolf reported on Friday.
The former support for TL will surely welcome a change of scenery, given Liquid struggled throughout the majority of the 2017 season. Alongside Golden Guardians, Matt represents a solid, if unspectacular option, at support, capable of avoiding mistakes while playing within himself.
Bottom lane focus falls short in Game 3 loss
August 7, 2017
Matt finished Team Liquid's series loss to Team Dignitas on Sunday with a 3/8/17 KDA.
Matt played well in Lulu in Game 1, but there weren't enough heals, shields and Wild Growths to help TL win teamfights. In Game 2, TL focused on the bottom lane, sending lots of ganks in order to help Piglet run away with a lead. Matt's Thresh picked up plenty of assists as a result to finish with a 0/2/14 KDA. In Game 3, Matt went back to Lulu and picked up kills early thanks to ignite. However, TL couldn't execute its plan to get Piglet fed again and got picked apart in second half teamfights en route to a loss.
Mage supports fall short in series loss
July 29, 2017
Matt finished Team Liquid's series loss to Immortals on friday with a 3/5/7 KDA.
In Game 1 Matt's Zyra put together a 1/3/7 KDA performance. After getting out of the laning phase, Matt helped lock down plenty of targets for his teammates to kill. TL's shot calling started to fall apart late as a bad call to get Baron resulted in a losing teamfight and IMT taking the buff. TL never recovered and got slaughtered in its base as IMT pushed to win. Matt stuck with the mage supports as he drafted Karma in Game 2, but it didn't work out well for him. He got killed during an early roam and wasn't able to apply much pressure the rest of the laning phase. The heals and shields he provided during teamfights earned him some assists, but it wasn't enough to turn around teamfights. Matt cleaned up some teamfights as he finished with a 2/2/2 KDA but it was of little consequence to IMT.
Improvement over KonKwon
July 2, 2017
Matt went 0/4/11 in two games of Liquid's 1-2 loss to Echo Fox on Saturday.
Subbed in for KonKwon after an uneventful Game 1, Matt certainly looked like an improvement. For one thing, he was playing an impactful champion in Thresh, which he was able to make good use of. Once Goldenglue's early triple kill got the ball rolling for Liquid, Matt was right there to help push it faster down the hill, picking up nine assists to help his AD carry to a 7/0/2 KDA, and himself to a solid 0/1/9. Unfortunately, Liquid reverted back to their Game 1 strat of doing nothing in Game 3, despite having subbed out multiple members since then. This led to Matt earning a paltry 0/3/2 KDA on his Bard.
Serviceable support play throughout series loss
June 5, 2017
Matt finished Team Liquid's 2-0 series loss to Echo Fox on Sunday with a 1/1/5 KDA.
Matt and all of Team Liquid played passively in Game 1. The passive play gave over objective after objective without a fight until Echo Fox started knocking down inhibitors. Matt managed to finish without dying in Game 1 and earned a 66.6 percent kill participation. In Game 2, Matt setup an ambush that earned him a kill early. However, TL still struggled to put together good engages as it lost objectives and the series.
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