Team Vitality crushed the hopes of the Unicorns of Love in a lopsided match to open Friday's slate in the European League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split.
Despite Vitality (9-6) coming into this game having won just a single game in its last six outings and Unicorns (6-9) having won five straight, Vitality once again looked like one of the best teams in Europe, earning a commanding victory. At least on Friday, the early-season magic was back.
Vitality drafted a team composition that heavily focused on early-game pressure to combat the scaling potential of Unicorns, and it paid off. From the very beginning, Vitality was firmly in the driver's seat with three kills and a tower by the 15-minute mark. In particular, rookie mid laner Daniele "Jiizuké" di Mauro, on a counter-pick Ekko, looked much-improved over his lackluster performances over the last few weeks, as he had a hand in all three of the early kills and ended with 90 percent kill participation. With all of the momentum going into the mid-game, Vitality didn't let up one bit as it swarmed every lane to start amassing an insurmountable gold lead. With no way of getting back into the contest, Unicorns simply crumbled under the pressure and fell in just 37 minutes.
The loss is quite the blow to the Unicorns' playoff hopes as it now sits three games under .500 with tough matches against Fnatic (10-4), G2 Esports (9-5), and Misfits Gaming (7-7) on the horizon. The playoffs are by no means out of the question, but it'll need plenty of help from other teams to make it a reality.
Vitality will now look towards a matchup with Team ROCCAT at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, while Unicorns wil brace itself for the league-leading Fnatic in the next match at 2 p.m. ET.