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Decisive win for OpTic against Clutch Gaming

A great early game for OpTic Gaming gave them the advantage they needed to put down Clutch and take their second win of the season.

Clutch started the game with an early farming advantage, but a pick on Nam “Lira” Tae-yoo's Elise five minutes in equalized the game.

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The spider queen found herself squashed again a minute later, dying when a two-man attempt to contest the raptors backfired. Clutch committed several members to the fight and found a kill back, but a great flank by Niship “Dhokla” Doshi's Sion decimated their three-man squad and made it a 4-1 in OpTic's favor. The green team continued finding better skirmishes around the map and, while Tanner “Damonte” Damonte's Akali eventually got a second kill 18 minutes in, looked to have a firm advantage as the mid-game went on.

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23 minutes in, OpTic saw Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon’s Jayce in the bottom lane and went for the baron, and despite a contest attempt that saw them lose two, the team secured the objective and escaped from the pit with three members alive. The buff allowed them to open up the map and take the first inhibitor in the bottom lane, and a kill on Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin's Ezreal several minutes later resulted in a second one falling just before the baron respawned. OpTic took down the big purple worm once more, before barrelling down the top lane and breaking the Nexus after a prolonged fight in the enemy base.

This loss leaves Clutch behind Team Liquid, and while the team showed promising play, the early game mistakes made it very difficult for them to come back into the game. Three early kills for Dhokla turned the top lane matchup in his favor, and when OpTic was able to secure the baron and escape, a comeback became nearly impossible.
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