Day 2 of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational has passed us, and while the favorites in MAD Lions, DAMWON KIA and Royal Never Give Up are still without a defeat, Cloud9 fell to 0-2 after an incredibly disappointing loss to Japanese representative DetonatioN FocusMe. Here is a summary of all the action that went down during Day 2.
Pentanet.GG vs. Royal Never Give Up
As expected, RNG’s early-game aggression led the team to a massive lead. Wei’s game plan was to get Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao and Yuan “Cryin” Cheng-Wei ahead, which worked so well. On the other side of the Rift, RNG’s bottom lane, Chen “GALA” Wei and Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming, literally destroyed Mark “Praedyth” Lewis and Daniel “Decoy” Ealam.
Pentanet relied on Praedyth’s Kog’Maw by picking Lulu and Orianna, but he got so behind during the laning phase, which ended Pentanet’s game plan. Wei had a three-level lead against Pabu in the 10th minute and almost doubled the cs lead. To be honest, nobody expected a Pentanet win here, so we weren’t really surprised with RNG’s performance. The Chinese team demolished Pentanet’s Nexus, improving its score to 2-0.
Unicorns of Love vs. Royal Never Give Up
Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao picked Lucian against Vladislav “BOSS” Fomin’s Gnar in the top lane. We all know Yan “Wei” Yang-Wei’s aggressive early plays, but today what he did was crazy. Wei decided to flash over the wall which separates the river and top lane blue side tri bush. As you can see from the clip below, this play made him get the first blood from BOSS.
RNG outclassed the CIS representative and controlled the whole map without giving its opponent a chance. Every team fight ended in favor of RNG, so it was a one-sided game. RNG won the game in 24 minutes and continued its win streak.
Infinity Esports vs. DAMWON KIA
Day 2 of MSI pitted Costa Rica’s Infinity Esports against DWG KIA coming out of Korea. A two-v-two in the lower lanes between Cristian Sebastián “Cody” Quispe Yampara and Matias “WhiteLotus” Musso from Infinity against DWG’s Heo “ShowMaker” Su and Jang “Ghost” Yong-joon kicked off the match.
Setting the tone for the rest of the match, DWG’s Ghost brought Cody and Whitelotus across the River Styx with a chilling double kill. While Mateo Alejandro “Buggax” Aroztegui Zamora and Diego “SolidSnake” Vallejo Trujillo wrestled with Kim “Khan” Dong-ha and Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu for top-lane, Cody comes back up midlane only to have his dreams of advancing into DWG territory dashed by Heo “Showmaker” Su cementing DWG’s five to one kill lead early in the game.
And the DWG team was making a midlane push for Infinity’s nexus only for Solidsnake to manage to push the approaching DWG forces back into jungle, landing a kill on Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee. Nonetheless, Canyon came in and crushed SolidSnake’s defense, opening up midlane for the rest of DWG to charge for the nexus. And that’s pretty much all she wrote, Infinity did its damndest, but once DWG was beyond the gate, Canyon massacred his way into a killing spree, leaving Infinity’s turrets and inhibitors defenseless winning the game.
DetonatioN FocusMe vs. Cloud9
North America’s Cloud9 and DetonatioN FocusMe out of Japan rolled in for the next match. Starting strong, Cloud9 Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen made a push through the lower lanes, taking out DetonatioN’s Kazuta “Kazu” Suzuki. Meanwhile, Kazuta “Kazu” Suzuki takes out Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami and knocks out Cloud9’s turret in top lane. Over in midlane, Luka “Perkz” Perkovic and Robert “Blaber” Huang of Cloud9 goes two versus three against Lee “Aria” Ga-eul, Mun “Steal” Geon-yeong and Shunsuke “Evi” Murase in midlane only for the Cloud9 boys not to have enough juice to push past DetonatioN’s first turret.
After getting whipped in midlane, Perkz made his way back up to top lane with DetonatioN still holding a slight lead with three to two turrets destroyed and three to one kills. Perkz, seeing an opportunity, cut through the jungle while minions battled it out in the top lane. But Perkz’ subterfuge was short-lived when Yuta “Yutapon” Sugiura swooped down into the jungle to intercept and kill Perkz. Although DetonatioN held the lead, Cloud9 still put up a valiant fight in midlane to keep DetonatioN at bay of the nexus. In a series of five-v-four, four-v-four and three-v-four bouts in the lower midlane, jungle had both Fudge and Perkz pulling off multiple kills and excellent defenses.
But all this fast play and deft maneuvering on the part of Cloud9 wasn’t enough to stop DetonatioN’s brute charge for the nexus, which handed Cloud9 its second loss in as many games.
fastPay Wildcats vs. MAD Lions
Perhaps one of the most hype matches of the day, MAD Lions top laner in İrfan “Arumut” Berk Tükek took on his former region in the fastPay Wildcats. For the first few minutes of the game, it was a bot-centric slugfest where two of the best AD Carries in the tournament, Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság and Anıl “HolyPhoenix” Işık, were exchanging blow for blow. However, at the 17-minute mark, an intense fight breaks out in which Hakan “Ferret” Mert Çakmak made some clever footwork on the Udyr and allowed for his team to play cleanup crew in the back line and delivered an ace.
For the next few minutes, the game is a carefully executed dance where each team trades objectives. But it wasn’t until Armut landed a perfect engagement on the Wukong and earned his team the Baron; however, the Wildcats were not done taking a fight inside MAD’s base, placing them within striking distance of the win. A free baron take by Javier “Elolya” Prades Batalla and an eventual team fight for the MAD Lions ended the series with a 2-0 start for the LEC champions.
paiN Gaming vs. PSG Talon
In our final game of the day, CBLOL’s paiN Gaming takes on the PCS’s PSG Talon. And if we’re being honest, this game was very similar to how the MAD Lions took care of PSG Talon yesterday. There is a reason the Rumble is at a 100% pick-ban rate in the tournament and Kim “River” Dong-woo showed us why, making routine trips to the bot lane of Felipe “brTT” Gonçalves and Han “Luci” Chang-hoon. But it was the entire team making a direct impact creating every advantage possible and picking up its first win on the day.
Here are the final standings of Day 2:
The action continues tomorrow, starting with Unicorns of Love taking on Royal Never Give up.