Counter Logic Gaming pulled off another upset victory against Team Liquid on Sunday to make it 2-0 on the week in the North American League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split in Los Angeles.
While Team Liquid (8-5) had a very clean victory over 100 Thieves on Saturday, Sunday was a completely different story. While it again drafted a favorable matchup for its top laner Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong, his laning victory wasn't enough to fully carry this team. Content to let Impact win the top lane, CLG (5-9) focused its attention on the bottom lane and was able to build an advantage early.
A well-timed Tempered Fate from CLG support Vincent "Biofrost" Wang's Bard set up first blood for AD carry Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes' Varus, which ended up being a sign of things to come. The early laning advantage freed Biofrost's Bard up to roam from lane and make plays elsewhere on the Rift and rake in assists.
CLG's control of the early game allowed it to dictate the fast-paced second half of the match. As soon as neutral objectives spawned, CLG was there and ready to take them. Any of Team Liquid's attempts to contest the objectives often ended in failure and a swift death. In the sub-30-minute victory, CLG managed to secure three Dragons, a Rift Herald and a Baron. The Baron ended up being that catalyst that proved too much for Team Liquid to handle as it dove with gusto right into the open arms of CLG to once again get cut down to size. After Team Liquid lost a teamfight 4-for-2, CLG easily waltzed into the Liquid base and razed the Nexus.
CLG looks to add to its two-game win streak against FlyQuest at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, while Team Liquid look to secure its spot in the standings against the surging Team SoloMid later that day at 6 p.m. ET.