LCS champions from 2018 Team Liquid continue their winning streak in the new season, retaining the lone spot on top of the League of Legends Championship Series after defeating Clutch Gaming.
We didn’t have to wait long for the first blood in this game – TL went for a Level 2 gank just two minutes in and killed Clutch support Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme for first blood. Clutch replied with a counter-gank and a teleport from the top lane, and Nam “Lira” Tae-yoo took one back for his team. While the kills remained even, Liquid’s better pressure game and farming resulted in them pulling ahead in gold, and 15 minutes in, their lead was over 2K.
At the 21st minute, Team Liquid found a kill and a tower in the top lane to extend their lead. The 2018 champions kept being more proactive on the map, and would be the ones usually picking their fights. Clutch did fight back, but Liquid’s gold and item lead would give them a natural advantage as the game progressed, and both Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen’s Aatrox and Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong’s Akali showed they were a force to be reckoned with in the mid-game fights.
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A close fight in the Clutch jungle 27 minutes in was decided by Impact’s Akali assassinating Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin through the Lulu ultimate before taking two more kills despite Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng’s Sivir not being in the fight. While Clutch got two kills back, it was not enough to regain control over the jungle. Seven minutes later, Liquid got yet another kill on Piglet, secured the baron and with it, took the final teamfight in the enemy base, getting three kills for zero and ending the game 36 minutes in.
Once again, Team Liquid looked a cut above the opposition, being more proactive on the map and executing the teamfights better. They remain the only LCS team with a perfect record, and if they keep their shape, it might take a while for the winning streak to end.
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