Lourlo
Samson Jackson 
United States
Golden Guardians
Ran away with gold lead late
June 18, 2018
Lourlo posted a 8/0/4 KDA on Aatrox in the Golden Guardian's victory against Team Liquid on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The early game was tough on Lourlo as he lost trades and lane pressure against Impact's Ornn. However Impact got a little too aggressive as times, giving Lourlo and Contractz opportunities gank and kill him. Lourlo quickly turned a gold deficit into a lead and building it by split pushing down turrets in the side lanes. When Lourlo did group up he was able to easily dive turrets for kills, allow the Golden Guardians to tear through Team Liquid's base and Nexus in 22 minutes.
Flattened by Flame
March 12, 2018
Lourlo ended 0/3/2 in Golden Guardians' loss to FlyQuest on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
For two teams previously tied in the standings, the performances out of the top laners could not have been more different. Despite receiving the counter pick of Gnar into Gangplank, Lourlo failed to accomplish anything. He fell slightly behind in CS, and ended with the lowest kill participation in the game, failing to make any sort of positive impact.
CS lead not enough to win lane
February 5, 2018
Lourlo posted a 0/1/1 KDA on Gnar as the Golden Guardians lost to Team Liquid on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The laning phase went as expected for Lourlo as he farmed up a CS lead. However he struggled to lock down Impact and win in a 1-vs-1 and wasn't able to get anything done split pushing. The Golden Guardians decided to group up in the mid game and got destroyed in teamfights. The GGS quickly fell behind as it saw all of the objectives fall to Team Liquid. There was little that Lourlo could do against TL as its Baron power play destroyed the Nexus.
Lack of proactive plays early hurt as game extends late
January 29, 2018
Lourlo posted a 2/2/2 KDA on Gnar as the Golden Guardians lost to Counter Logic Gaming on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The laning phase wasn't what Lourlo's Gnar needed to keep Darshan's Gangplank down. While Loulo had a small CS lead early, he didn't get enough gank help or make enough proactive plays to set Darshan back, allowing him to out scale him easily in the mid and late game. The late game teamfights became nearly impossible for Lourlo and the rest of GG as it got slaughtered in key fights.
Solid early play undone in second half
January 28, 2018
Lourlo scored a 1/1/11 KDA on Maokai in the Golden Guardian's loss to FlyQuest on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Lourlo was focused on pushing lane early, which caused him to miss out on the first teamfights, but he made up for it by taking down first turret. When Lourlo did join up with his teammates, the Golden Guardians began to build a gold advantage. However, the Golden Guardians overstayed pushing and paid for it big time. Lourlo was the first to fall as FlyQuest hunted down GGs and started to turn the tide. Lourlo couldn't disengage from FlyQuest late as he often used Nature's Grasp to zone while pushing objectives. Without it, the GG's were torn apart in the late game teamfights, giving FlyQuest all it needed to come back and win.
No chance to carry
January 21, 2018
Lourlo went 1/1/1 as Golden Guardians fell to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Lourlo did his job early on Vladimir, as he farmed well and accrued a CS advantage on his opponent. However, due to his opponent being on Gangplank, and also picking up a few assists, this didn't translate to a gold lead. Meanwhile, CG's mid lane plays continuously pushed them ahead of GGS. Lourlo made a couple valiant efforts as CG pushed into the GGS base, but ultimately it was for naught. Lourlo played fine in this game, but never got enough time to properly scale into a real threat.
Announced as part of Golden Guardians
November 24, 2017
Lourlo will join the Golden Guardians, ESPN's Jacob Wolf reported on Friday.
ANALYSIS
The 19-year-old will join the Golden Guardians after his contract was bought out from Team Liquid, becoming the second member from TL to join the glittery Guardians after support Matt was also linked to the team. Despite playing in 44 games with his former team, Lourlo was not much of a statistical juggernaut, posting a 2.8 KDA, sixth-best among top laners who played in at least 40 games. Most of that could be placed on the team's struggles, given Team Liquid limped to a 4-14 record during the 2017 Summer Split, and as a result, Lourlo should be better off on a new unit.
Low impact through series loss
August 7, 2017
Lourlo scored a 4/7/10 KDA in Team Liquid's series loss to Team Dignitas on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Lourlo's Poppy held its own in the side lane, but couldn't get much done in teamfights. He kept his deaths low, but just couldn't counter DIG's engage as TL lost engages and Game 1. In Game 2 Lourlo's Gragas had to deal with a lot of gank pressure early, but bounced back late. He made some good picks with Explosive Cask on his way to a 4/4/8 KDA. Lourlo went with Gnar in Game 3 and had very little impact as he finished with a 0/2/0 KDA. He ran up a lead in CS as he split pushed in the side lanes, but struggled to manage his rage bar and was never Mega-Gnar at the right moments.
Couldn't find good engages late in series loss
July 29, 2017
Lourlo posted a 3/6/9 KDA in Team Liquid's series loss to Immortals on Friday.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Lourlo's Maokai kept the gold close into the mid game, but it wasn't enough late. Lourlo picked up plenty of assists in teamfights, but lost a key skirmish around Baron late. In Game 2 Lourlo's Maokai got gank help early and often, securing three kills early and building a small gold advantage. However, it wasn't enough as Lourlo struggled to make much of an impact late and finished with a 3/3/0 KDA.
Struggles immensely in series defeat against CLG
July 4, 2017
Lourlo earned a series KDA of 2/11/2 in Liquids 0-2 defeat against CLG.
ANALYSIS
Starting the series off on Renekton, Lourlo struggled to find a lead in lane, getting focused and dying as a result. Once behind, he had no way back into things, getting kited and out maneuvered across the entire map. Despite his best efforts, he could not find a way back into things, allowing CLG to take a convincing Game 1 victory. Game 2 went even worse for Lourlo as he opted for Irelia and the pick fell flat. Earning a miserable 0/6/0 KDA, he got nothing done in the game, simply acting as a free kill for CLG anytime they chose to focus him. Dying left and right, he couldn't do anything as the rest of his team fell behind as well. The result was a swift defeat, giving the 2-0 series victory to CLG without putting up much of a fight.
Lackluster all series long
July 2, 2017
Lourlo went 0/5/7 in Liquid's 1-2 loss to Echo Fox on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Lourlo went with Jarvan IV in Game 1, and put up about as much of a fight as the rest of his team did, which is to say, not much of one. He was outfarmed heavily by Looper's Kennen, and ended with a pitiful 0/3/0 KDA. Game 2 his Renekton helped to win a skirmish to give Goldenglue's Galio a quick triple kill, but this was his only main contribution to the win. Game 3 his was back to his Game 1 shape on Gnar. He managed to snag a single assist and kept his deaths to one, but that's all that can be said for him.
Strong tank play nets victory over Phoenix1
June 27, 2017
Lourlo earned a series KDA of 11/3/24 in TL's victory over P1.
ANALYSIS
Throughout the series against P1, Lourlo had a dominant performance on tanks, allowing his team to bring things home and claim victory. Starting off on Shen, he struggled in the early game as his team fell behind, but refused to give up any kills. As things progressed to the late game, he protected his carries and land taunts that enabled TL to come back and claim a 33-minute victory. Game 2 didn't go as well as he opted for a damage-based Gnar and struggled to get things done. Although he found a decent lead in lane, his team fell behind and he was unable to find an avenue back into the game. Despite the defeat he was able to bounce back quickly in Game 3, picking Jarvan IV and dominating from the start. He quickly found a lead and moved with the rest of the team, who found their own leads. Quickly decimating the enemy carries, he found fights in Liquid's favor, allowing them to control all objectives, not lose a single tower, and close out the game in 28 minutes.
Can't transition out of lane
June 25, 2017
Lourlo earned a 4/4/9 KDA in two games of Renekton as Liquid went down 0-2 to Cloud9 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Playing both games of this series on Renekton, Lourlo found loads of early success. He found an early kill and three assists in Game 1 thanks to some jungle pressure and a skirmish in the bottom river, as well as a significant CS lead over Impact's Galio. However, he had trouble translating this early advantage later into the game, having trouble sticking to backliners having some late Teleports. In Game 2, Lourlo roamed to the mid lane to grab first blood, and once again built up a CS lead. He was able to maintain a better KDA this game, but still wasn't very impactful in the late game.
Low production in series loss
June 5, 2017
Lourlo scored a 0/2/2 KDA in Team Liquid's 2-0 series loss to Echo Fox on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Lourlo played cautiously in Game 1 on Shen as he finished with a 0/0/2 KDA. He and the rest of TL were okay with giving over objectives rather than losing fights. Team Liquid finally fought back over an inhibitor where Lourlo picked up assists but after that there was no stopping Echo Fox. In Game 2, Lourlo's Jayce struggled to turn things around after an early gank. He managed to split push a little but Echo Fox got objectives on the opposite side of the Rift while he did. When he joined up for a final stand, it wasn't enough to stop Echo Fox from finishing the series.
Controls top lane to secure Liquid's spot in the NA LCS
April 2, 2017
Lourlo posted a 11/6/28 KDA in Team Liquid's win over Gold Coin United in the NA LCS Promotion Tournament.
ANALYSIS
Lourlo was fairly consistent in Liquid's series against Gold Coin United in the Promotion Tournament. He played Camille in both Games 1 and 2, and played very well on the overpowered champion. Going 7/1/9 between the two games, he owned Solo in the top lane and left Gold Coin no way back into the game. He switched over to Fizz in Game 3, and despite his best efforts, Liquid still lost. He once again won the top lane battle by using Fizz's full kit to perfection. His only poor showing was in Game 4 where he was on Gragas. He was completely ineffective all game long, as his Explosive Casks never seemed to do much of anything. Accordingly, the series went to a fifth game. He was back on Camille in the final game and played a more supportive role than anything. He picked up no kills or deaths, but he managed to rack up a game-high seven assists as Liquid overcame Gold Coin to secure their spot in the NA LCS next split.
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