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Counter Logic Gaming upset Cloud9

After a lackluster performance in the opening week of the LCS, Counter Logic Gaming ends Week 2 with a 2-0 record after an unexpected – by most – victory against Cloud9.

The 2018 Worlds semi-finalists came out strong, pushed multiple lanes and killed Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage's Zilean for first blood just three minutes into the game.

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Unlike in their previous games, however, CLG struck back well, collapsing on a telegraphed C9 invade seven minutes in and securing four kills without losing anyone on their team. While it only equalized the gold after C9’s earlier pressure, it helped their champions get over the bad start and scale into the mid game. The underdogs also had solid control over the dragons, already having three well before the 20-minute mark and taking their fourth a few minutes later. The team acted in sync throughout the mid game, and even what looked like an overreach by Raymond “Wiggily” Griffin 21 minutes in ended up with CLG successfully protecting their jungler and taking a kill. 

Video Credit: Riot Games

A big fight 25 minutes in saw the Counter Logic Gaming squad kill Eric “Licorice” Ritchie with a flank and exploit poor positioning on Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi to get his Kai’sa as well, resulting in an easy baron and the first significant gold lead of the match. Cloud9 did not give up, however, and despite having no chance in a straight fight, found several flanks that slowed down their opponents’ advance and even got them several kills. Still, CLG did not allow for any more surprises, and 33 minutes in, pushed C9 back and secured a two-man baron. With it, they pushed towards the enemy base, and after a one-for-one three minutes later, finally got to the Nexus and ended the game.

It was a welcome surprise to see Counter Logic Gaming act in such a coordinated manner. While they did not look perfect – allowing several flanks that nearly saw Cloud9 equalize the game – they looked far better than in their previous win, never mind the Week 1 losses.

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