Echo Fox closed out Week 7 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series with a scrappy win against OpTic Gaming on Sunday in Los Angeles.
After suffering an embarrassing loss to then-last-place Golden Guardians earlier in the week, Echo Fox (11-3) looked to return to form against another bottom-of-the-table team in OpTic Gaming (4-10). While Echo Fox should have dominated this matchup on paper, things were close early on as OpTic's early-game-centric draft paid off, camping OpTic's bottom lane and getting ahead in kills and gold.
When OpTic was in control, support Daerek "LemonNation" Hart was making plays as Rakan alongside jungler Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham's surprise Lee Sin pick, keeping Echo Fox on its back foot. Despite this, though, OpTic couldn't fully stop the rest of Echo Fox, namely jungler Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett's Kha'Zix and top laner Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon's Cho'Gath, who outlasted OpTic's fast start later in the game.
Things were looking good for OpTic up until the 22-minute mark, when Akaadian botched a Baron attempt, allowing Dardoch to secure the kill and the buff for his team. Just like that, Echo Fox was in full control, with OpTic not able to force any fights against Huni's monstrous frontline presence. Echo Fox wasn't clean by any means, as the team still seems to be figuring out how to fix its slumping bottom lane as well as adjusting to the new patch, but once ahead, it never relinquished control, grinding OpTic out of the game. This wasn't a lopsided loss for OpTic, which is a step up from its rough start to the season, but Echo Fox's ability to come back from behind showed why it remains the cream of the crop in the NA LCS.
Echo Fox will kick off Week 8 at 5 p.m. ET when it faces Clutch Gaming on Saturday, while OpTic prepares to take on Cloud9 at 7 p.m. ET later that day.