Clutch Gaming quickly handled OpTic Gaming to close out Saturday's North American League of Legends Championship Series slate in Los Angeles.
After Cloud9 and Echo Fox were upset Saturday evening, Clutch Gaming (8-5) capitalized on the slipups and further closed the gap in the standings by easily defeating OpTic (4-9). Right from the very start, it was clear that Clutch wasn't going to budge one bit, as it gave OpTic no room in which to maneuver in the lightning-fast 26-minute game.
Kicking off the avalanche for Clutch was mid laner Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten, who continues to have quite the Split in his NA LCS debut. After picking up first blood just four minutes into the game, Febiven continued pounding the mid lane on his way to a 4/0/2 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) by the game's end.
Matching him step-for-step was the Skarner of Clutch jungler Nam "LirA" Tae-yoo. LirA's commanding presence all across the map allowed his lanes to easily win their respective matchups and continue padding their gold leads at every turn. When compared to the anemic 0/1/1 KDA of OpTic jungler Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham's Sejuani, LirA's play looked all the more impressive. With complete control over the proceedings, all it took was one last teamfight win from Clutch, powered by AD carry Apollo "Apollo" Price's triple kill on Caitlyn, to close out the game in under 30 minutes.
Clutch has now lost just one game in its last seven outings. Meanwhile, OpTic is on the opposite trajectory, having lost three of its last four games to continue falling lower in the standings.
OpTic Gaming will face another tough foe when it challenges league-leading Echo Fox at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, while Clutch will try and make it two straight wins it faces FlyQuest at 7 p.m. ET to close out Week 7.