We're joined by the great Kevin as both Rick and Hillmann are out for this week doing stuff like moving and getting teeth removed from their faces. Nick tries out a new section as LCS coverage is coming to a close with World finals in a few weeks.

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Day 1

Nick

CRS vs COL

Pick/Ban: Irelia ban from CRS

Story: COL takes an early lead with a 2 for 0 in the bot lane after pr0lly roams down to help out. COL still grabbing objectives and slowly increasing their gold lead; takes first 3 dragons. CRS gets a nice pick on kez and the remainder of COL trickle in until CRS wins a 4 for 0 and start baron. Westrice and Kez jump in, kill 2 members of CRS and take dragon before the rest of COL revive, make it to baron, and clean up the fight. Another baron fight but COL claims it early in the fight. Cop doing a ton of damage but flashes INTO COL and COL takes the fight, baron, and begins to pressure the CRS base. CRS finds a nice fight in the jungle and take a 4 for 2. Kez lands a great stun on Xpecial and win the game.

MVP: COL Kez. 7-1-5 Elise. Great cocoons all game and perfect smites enabled COL to win this game.

C9 vs EG

Pick/Ban: None

Story: C9 pick up a couple of early kills, but Pobelter and Krepo find a great pick on Meteos and Hai to catch up. EG grab a dragon and Krepo blocks Hai’s Ori ult, but C9, in typical C9 fashion), win the fight and grab 2 mid lane towers. EG grab a baron and are able to siege mid lane. C9 takes the next baron, but immediately get killed by the bouncy guy himself, Altec. (Krepo had a 5 man Glacial Fissure doe). C9 is able to stall until 47 mins before Pobelter initiates with a flash gold card onto Hai. EG cleans up an easy fight and take the game.

MVP: EG Pobelter. 4-3-9 TF. Godlike initiation and his zhonyas baited C9 super hard all game. Pretty much forgot he was playing TF and not Zed.

LMQ vs TSM

Pick/Ban: Bjerg picks ZILEAN.

Story: LMQ get a few picks early and take a 2k gold lead, but TSM evens it up after taking 2 mid towers. Dragon fight looks rough for LMQ after a 1 for 3 but TSM doesnt focus Vasilli (on Tristana) and he gets a PENTA KILL bouncing all over the place. LMQ takes baron and the Tristana Nunu siege is way too strong. LMQ with the perfect mix of damage, utility, and tankiness clean up TSM and their base easily, going 5 for 1 losing only Mor.

MVP: LMQ Vasilli. 10-0-4 Tristana. Great positioning all game with the balls to dive super hard and go toe to toe with bruisers.

COL vs C9

Pick/Ban: Both Tristana and Kogmaw banned, so we actually get to see some new (Twitch and Corki) champions! Yay!

Story: C9 with the cheese super early (1:55) ganking pr0lly in the mid lane as Twitch. Doesnt blow any summoners but creates huge pressure early. C9 pick up kills on Kez and Westrice with a late first blood, and we learn that Elise E does not cancel Syndra ult. RobertxLee and Bubbadub fight LemonNation and Sneaky bot and pick up 2 kills. Very poor fight from COL lets C9 take dragon, 2 kills, and a tower. C9 continuously pick up a few kills and objectives and end up with a 14k gold lead before ending the game.

MVP: C9 Hai. 9-1-4 Syndra. Great combos and stuns all game constantly put COL at a disadvantage in fights before they even truly began.

Chris

CLG vs DIG

Pick/Ban: HotShotGG pulling out that Zilean tho

Story: FB on imaqtpie for Thinkcard. Strong start sub-LG! Well, thats about it for CLG though, as DIG dives bot, picks up two kills, secures the first Dragon and dominates the objectives for long while.. Some serious mechanical play though during these first few long and drawn-out teamfights. FLASHES EVERYWHERE. Very close game until the Baron

fight at 35:45 where it looks as if DIG throws but they disengage and come back for it a minute later. After that Dig just gathers buffs, pressures lanes, and breaks CLG’s base wide open.

Top Play: ZionSpartan dives Nien in the last turret dive of the game which allows DIG to finish things up once and for all.

MVP: DIG Imaqtpie 6-2-11 Corki, positioning was perfect and pretty much turned the teamfights in the middle and end of the game in DIG’s favor

Day 2

Chris

DIG vs CRS

Pick/Ban: Voyboy picking up that mid Talon. woop woop!

Story: We see fb at 9:10 on Crumbzz with some double teleport gankage from Curse.  Some toe to toe fights break out bottom bringing th score to 2/4 in Curse’s favor at 16:10. HUGE dragon fight at 18:00 which swings the game in Curse’s favor big time with a 1-4 trade plus dragon. Nothing for about 10 minutes until 27:20 Curse baits DIG into a baron fight bringing the game total to 3/13. Curse decides that 33:00 is a good time to start pushing in and ends up staying waaayyyy too long giving up 5 kills. After they get a second baron they push bottom all the way in as their minions push top and mid for them. the game wraps up around 41:00 with a score of 11/24 in Curse’s favor.

Top Play: At 9:00 Quas goes for a risky root on Maokai which secures fb on Crumbzz. Awesome call, totally looked like suicide.

MVP: Crs Xpecial 1/3/14 Thresh, from body blocking to manhandling, Xpecial was all about getting Crs Cop fed

TSM vs C9

Pick/Ban: Pretty basic pick/ban phase

Story: FB at 6:30 as Hai and Meteos come to bot lane for a double gank with Sneaky getting a kill on Lustboy. Slow game after this with C9 looking like they have the game on lock, super slow burn for sure. at 23:00 we see a 7k gold lead with +2 dragons for C9. First TSM kill at 23:30 for Bjergsen tossing his Ziggs ult onto Lustboy’s Tidal Wave. A mid game teamfight blows up in mid on the top side o fthe river with C9 walking away with a 2/7 lead. C9 scans for a weak spot in the TSM base and decides to take a stab at top which immediately crumbles to some classic C9 pressure. Balls pushes TSM into their fountain as the rest of C9 finishes off the nexus at 36:30 with a score of 2/12.

Top Play: Ok, Hai with the double stun with Syndra at 6:30. Holy wow awesome

MVP: The teamfight duo of C9 Hai and C9 Balls on Syndra 4-1-4 and Nidalee 4-0-1 respectively. They pretty much out played TSM with their positioning and controlled burst taking out key members at the best times.

CLG vs EG

Pick/Ban: Innox on dat Maokai

Story: Thinkcard is good dude, like hes good. FB goes to CLG on Innox and Helios in the top lane with Nien and Thinkcard devouring them in a well devised gank/bait. HotshotGG and Thinkcard catch helios out in the middle river for an easy kill. A bit of a greedy bid for dragon then costs CLG 3 kills and EG walks away with the dragon as well. HotshotGG needs to ward. As the game goes on both teams remain toe to toe as they both attempt to contest objectives. Around 36:00 CLG tries to sandwich EG between them and their own base which ends in the deciding teamfight with EG getting a great pick on Nien. EG just turns and rolls right through CLG’s base taking the nexus at 37:10 with a score of 12/16.

Top Play: Thinkcard’s gank top at 6:00 on Innox utilizing his eve stealth to it’s full potential to sneak into the side bushes right under Innox’s nose and then getting away from the Helios countergank. Baller status.

MVP: EG Altec 9/2/5 on Tristana is a god. Pure adc prowess in lane/teamfights/objective control.

Matt

TSM vs DIG

Pick: TSM with the typical strat. DIG with Ahri mid, Maokai top. Ooooook.

The Story: TSM won the lane phase, except the bot lane. Turtle and Lustboy not showing a lot of skill against the DIG bot lane. TSM holding the mid game lead due to better farming and map awareness. They try baron and DIG comes out ahead in that fight. DIG has the advantage and TSM is close, DIG throws a little, then TSM throws a little. This is coming down to the last teamfight. TSM win the fight at 42 mins and they might end. They end up winning around 50 mins just due to baron, late game kog, and great team coordination.

Top Play: (21:30) Kiwikid, Thresh, lands a grab on the wraith camp as he is getting kicked away.

MVP: TSM Dyrus 4-4-8 Irelia

CRS vs LMQ

Pick/Ban: Voyboy on AP Trist in mid.

The Story: NoName out to a great start. IWDominate gets a 19 min BARON with the jungle Nunu. So good. Got baron before a single turret goes down. Close fight in mid game leads to a dragon for CRS and no real advantage for either team. CRS wins a fight at baron and take it. Push the lanes and win.

Top Play: 19 min baron by IWD and the CRS team.

MVP: CRS Voyboy 7-1-5 Tristana

CLG vs COL

Pick/Ban: Hotshot takes Zilean and Prolly is on Kass. Mhm

The Story: Thinkcard spending a lot of time top lane. But Prolly gets fed early, because he’s Kassadin. Pretty back and forth mid game, with Nien and Hotshot carrying for CLG and Prolly for COL. CLG still holds the lead after they lose baron and get nice pushing in the mid lane. The game from here went back and forth until eventually COL runs through the CLG base and take the victory at about 59 mins.

Top Play: (32:00) Kez steals baron from CLG and dies valiantly. (Says Riv.)

MVP: COL Prolly 7-6-8 Kassadin

Day 3

Matt

EG vs COL

Pick/Ban: Maokai Ban from EG against Westrice?

The Story: Krepo bindings are legendary. Lots of action in the bot lane for the early game. Even early game but EG is ahead due to farm and dragons. COL gets a good fight near dragon and pick it up. EG gets a good turn around and get mid turret. As they shove the mid lane, Kez flanks with Eve and Robert on Jinx gets a triple. COL gets baron from that. Altec carries the last fight for EG and they win.

Top Play: (23:30) The best binding I have ever seen. Krepo gets another kill, this time with a flash binding over a wall in mid lane.

MVP: EG Altec 7-2-6 Kog’maw

Alex

DIG vs LMQ

Pick: Nothing interesting. Braum made it through

The Story: FB at about 10 minutes, Shiphtur got INSEC’d. Game holds even until about 16 mins in. DIG pulls slightly ahead and holds onto that lead for almost 32 mins. LMQ wins two flubbed teamfights, and takes the lead.  That catapulted them ahead and allowed them to take baron, and crush dignitas all in one go.

MVP: LMQ MOR Dishes out the damage and sealed the deal on the teamfight

CRS vs TSM

Pick: Nothing Interesting (Boring)

The Story: I will dominate gets a good gank off as eve on dyrus for FB. Curse crushes lanes early in, getting 5 kills in the first 11 mins. CRS keeps getting gank after gank, pushing them into a 6k lead 20 mins in. Around 30 mins in, curse sets up for baron, and TSM is unable to get the traction they need to stop it. CRS uses the baron to end the game.

MVP: None

EG vs LMQ

Pick: Talon mid for XWX

0The Story: FB around 7 mins with XWX running in with a talon ult to win a skirmish early on. EG manages to force LMQ off of the first baron, keeping them in the game, and setting LMQ on tilt. LMQ keeps losing small fights until a baron goes down. This kills the LMQ

MVP: Altec carries hard. 8-1 trist

C9 vs CLG

Pick: Zilean banned huehuehue

The Story: CLG.Subs gets shitstomped. Nien gets towerdove by balls for FB. CLG wins a small fight early in, however c9 just keeps doing everything better than they do. Better vision, jungle control, farming, all just fall into place and kill CLG.SUBS.

MVP: NONE

Week 1 Summer Playoffs (Aug 23 - 24)

Quarterfinals

Chris Hillmann King Henderson TSM vs DIG

Chris CRS vs CLG Hillmann King Henderson

Week 2 Summer Playoffs (Aug 29 - Sept 1)

5th place match

TBD vs TBD

Semifinals

LMQ vs TBD

C9 vs TBD

3rd place match

TBD vs TBD

Final

TBD vs TBD

Chris 64-46

King 63-47

Henderson 60-50

Hillmann 59-51


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Week Breakdown

Day 1

LMQ vs CoL

Pick/Ban: XWX on Xerath again. Westrice on Nidalee.

Story: LMQ seems to get what they want in champ select, but CoL gets a HUGE lead from a pr0lly solo kill for first blood and some AMAZING clean up after a mid gank later on. CoL looking like they have every answer. Robert and Bubbadub pick up a kill on Vasilli after a close 2v2 duel. LMQ not out of it quite yet, as they spend a lot to get 2 kills, but walk away without losing anything for them. Nothing happens for awhile, and then LMQ wins a huge fight after Kez (CoL jungler on Eve) tries to get the jump on Vasilli’s Kog. LMQ just takes this one teamfight win and destroys CoL for the win.

Top Play: (10:30) Westrice’s Escape. Westrice on Nidalee gets ganked by NoName on Rengar and Ackerman on Gragas. Makes an amazing escape after jumping over LMQ’s jungle wall and teleporting in a bush away. Crazy play.

MVP: NoName on Rengar (2/2/6) Had a huge impact on almost every play LMQ made and really showcased what a jungle Rengar is supposed to do.

C9 vs DIG

Pick/Ban: Nothing

Story: Nothing really happening early, as it takes DIG 14 mins to get first blood on Balls in the top lane. A 4 man gank on mid lane gets DIG another kill in the mid lane, but they arent able to take anything off of it. Another fight breaks out for dragon at 23 mins and DIG picks up 3 kills. Huge lead for DIG at this point. C9 slowly farming up and taking objectives, takes an 8k and ends the game. Huge game for the

MVP: Hai on Orianna (1/2/4). Doesn’t put up huge numbers in this game but his Shockwaves were on point.

Top Play: (25:50) Don’t call it a comeback. Hai’s great shockwave leads to a Crumbzz pick that shuts down DIG’s aggressive play and enables C9 to come back and eventually win. The real turning point of the game.

TSM vs EG

Pick/Ban: EG bans Nami. mis...click? Dyrus on Lulu.

Top Play: TSM Amazing rappelling around the teamfights picking off carries like nobody’s business at 15:30

The Story: Lots of wards and safe play from both teams. No dives, no risks, no nothing. All quiet on the rift until 15 minutes and then HUGE teamfight bottom lane resulting in a 1 for 1. Two seconds later the fight continues ending in some amazing play my TSM Amazing on Elise with 6 to 4 in TSM’s favor. From here TSM rides their lead to the completion of the game. They maintain control over all objectives and relentlessly push towers in all lanes.

MVP: TSM Amazing 6-0-6 Elise → cocoons, executes, and all around arachnid-wizardry

Quote of the game: Riv - “...you have to play all these little games but man does it look good when you finish.”

CLG vs CRS

Pick/Ban: CLG bans out Yasuo (I wonder why) CRS bans out Twitch from Doublift

Top Play: Xpecial with the Corki pick for Cop and IWD already grabbed Tristana, GG

The Story: Dexter wets the bed early giving the first blood to the boy at his own blue at 8:45. Seconds Rush Hour 3 loses its lead actor before filming even starts as Doublelift goes down in a straight up 2v2 in bot. As soon as the sheets came out of the dryer, Dexter wizzes an ocean at 12:00 by looking at the shop and getting counterganked bottom which leads to a 1-5 total game score outcome in CRS’s favor. RIP Rush Hour. Skipping ahead to 25:00 its 1-9, 11k gold lead, with 1-4 towers all in Curse’s favor. YUS. 31:00 and CRS decides to end, grabs baron and pushes straight through the front door and wraps the whole thing up with a pretty bow. CLG pushes back and gets pushed right back into their fountain with a final score of 3-14 at 33:00.

MVP: Voyboy and Cop going 4-0-6 and 4-0-5 as Tristana and Corki

“The meta is stupid.” - CRS 2014

Day 2

EG vs CRS

Pick: Shen for Quas

Top Play: (10:40) Krepo with a flash hook to secure the kill on Xpecial

(15:45) Krepo lands another awesome hook, this time on Voyboy giving Pobelter the opportunity to solo him out.

The Story: EG out to an early lead. Krepo lands godlike hooks all game! Good rotations and well fought team fights lead to an early baron for EG. Altec and Krepo owning the faces of CRS brings out a surrender around 24 mins.

MVP: EG Krepo 0-1-12 Thresh

C9 vs LMQ

Pick: Ackerman with Jayce in the top lane

The Story: C9 wins an early teamfight but LMQ holds the advantage due to turrets. Yasuo split coming from Hai. We see great team fighting from C9, and LMQ aren’t really playing the way I thought. Flawless. And flawless throughout the game. This is the top tier C9 we are used to from last split.

Top Play: C9 shows the proper way to split push. They converge on Hai and end up getting 3 off of it. Flawless game so far.

MVP: C9 Hai 5-0-6 Yasuo

TSM vs CLG

Picks: Nothing unusual

Story: TSM and CLG very close throughout the game, trading even until about 25 mins in. With TSM taking every dragon as it came up, they slowly managed to pull ahead. TSM starts chunking players, and taking one tower at a time, until CLG’s last line of defense falls apart.

MVP:

DIG vs COL

Picks: Kassadin makes it through the cracks

Story: COL early first blood. They do not let that lead go. The momentum starts to sputter out near the 30 min mark, but they have a 12k lead at this point. Col struggles to finish the game until they get a double pick, and collapse in on DIG defences

MVP:

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Day 1

CRS vs DIG

Bans/Picks: Shiphtur on Xerath, first we’ve seen this season, and Zion on AD Nidalee top.

Story: CRS slightly ahead as they pick up one kill early. CRS staying barely ahead and teamfights are remaining close. Zion does an amazing job peeling CRS off of baron after CRS takes a 1 for 0. One spear and its probably an easy quad for him. CRS maintains their slight lead throughout early and mid game before ending the game.

EG vs CLG

Bans/Picks: None

Story: EG demolishes early and never relinquishes the lead. Not even close as EG takes the game so fast.

MVP: EG Altec, for his great Kogmaw play

TSM vs LMQ

Bans: Ez Pick on Vi-silly Rengar on Amazing

Story: TSM and LMQ trade blows early, and hold even until about 10 mins in. A bad execution of a 5 man gank causes them to fall behind, and have trouble keeping even.
Rengar never reaches the 100-0 point, and kind of flops. Time after time TSM engages before dyrus can TP, and it costs them a baron 23 mins in. This pattern continues until TSM just collapses under the pressure.

MvP: Xiao Wei Xaio snowballs mid game using TF ult to great effect multiple times.

C9 vs COL

Ban: Nothing Interesting

Story: C9 grabs the early lead, and just doesn't make mistakes like they normally do while playing COL. Time after time C9 starts fights, keeps it clean, and comes out ahead. Normally there is an issue where a bit of laziness causes them to miss easier plays, but that all disappeared this game, and C9 Takes the victory.

Day 2

EG vs DIG

PERFECT GAME (GOW?)

Ban: Nothing interesting

Story: Dig bot lane gets out farmed like crazy, but every single lane ends up crashing and burning. Dig crushes in every single engage they make, ending with a 13-0 score and a 30 min win.

MVP: Zion Spartan Crushes top lane, and uses that to save QT and Kiwi from their farm deficit

COL vs TSM

Ban: Nothing interesting

Story: TSM struggles to get ahead early, with both teams running even several teamfights in a row until about the 30 min mark.  Tsm manages to ek ahead, and starts to grab one kill at a time until clearing the game out at 50 mins.

MVP: NONE, THIS GAME WAS SO SLOW.

LMQ vs CLG

Ban: Nothing interesting

Story: This game was so back and forth, straight up blow for blow. CLG put up an incredibly good fight and, at a few points in the game, there were points in time that they could have taken it. LMQ ultimately steals the game despite Doublelifts best efforts.

MVP: LMQ Ackerman 11-2-8 Gragas - Forcibly moving teamfights the way he wanted at any point in the game

CRS vs C9

Ban: Nothing interesting

Story: Crs has some crazy burst in teamfights and has a superior team for picking single targets while C9 goes for a tanky shredding team and focused objectives almost entirely. This has to be the most aggressive game I have ever seen Crs play and C9 doesnt really seem to know how to handle it. Lots of ward teleports early game for 4-man ganks in the bottom lane from Crs. SO MANY TEAMFIGHTS. Team deathmath. yup… Curse ends up getting a poor engagement late in the game and C9 just pushes and wins the whole thing.

MVP: C9 Sneaky 11/5/7 Kog

Week 10 Predictions

DAY 1

Henderson Chris Hillmann King LMQ vs COL

Henderson Chris Hillmann King TSM vs EG

Henderson Chris King C9 vs DIG Hillmann

Hillmann Henderson King CLG vs CRS Chris

DAY 2

Hillmann EG vs CRS King Chris Henderson

C9 vs LMQ Chris King Henderson Hillmann

Hillmann TSM vs CLG Henderson King Chris

Hillmann Henderson Chris DIG vs COL King

Chris 53-33

Henderson 52-34

Hillmann 50-36

King 46-40

Rick 1-0


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