Continuing a theme of upsets during Saturday's slate in the North American League of Legends Championship Series, Golden Guardians took down the first-place team in the league, Echo Fox.
While Echo Fox (10-3) is currently sitting atop the NA LCS standings, it looked like anything but the top-ranked squad when facing the Golden Guardians (4-9), who were sitting dead last in the standings entering this matchup. Against the odds, the Guardians played with the poise and composure of the best team in the league, while Echo Fox looked helpless to stop the onslaught.
Golden Guardians drafted a team composition with plenty of engage and damage, and made sure to press those strengths from the very start. The end result: a 10-to-4 kill lead by the time 13 minutes had passed. With the bottom lane duo of carry Matthew "Deftly" Chen and support Matthew "Matt" Elento on Xayah and Rakan, respectively, Golden Guardians was explosive in every single early game teamfight.
Echo Fox seemed unsure of how to stand up to the surging Guardians early on, but it did manage to stall the game on the back of a few teamfight wins in the mid-game. Echo Fox was wholly unable lock down any neutral objectives for the vast majority of the game, which allowed Golden Guardians to keep on building its gold lead despite that mid-game slump. When Echo Fox made one last-ditch attempt to get itself back in the game by engaging the Guardians in the mid lane, Golden Guardians brushed it off in the form of a game-ending ace at 36 minutes that secured the improbable win.
Golden Guardians will try and build on this upset with a matchup against the Cloud9 at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, while Echo Fox will hope to get back on track against OpTic Gaming earlier in the day at 4 p.m. ET.