Team Liquid remains undefeated in day 3 of the 2019 LCS spring split. OpTic Gaming and TSM move into a four-way tie for second place with Cloud9, Clutch Gaming and FlyQuest.
Day 3 2019 LCS Spring Split Matches Recap
The second week of the 2019 LCS spring split is on. In a rematch of the quarterfinals from summer, TSM defeated Echo Fox to open day 3 of the competition. Summer runner-ups and 2018 World Championship semifinalists Cloud9 moved into a five-way tie for second place with a win over the Golden Guardians. In a much anticipated match between 100 Thieves and Team Liquid, which featured a bottom lane duel featuring superstar AD carries Bae “Bang” Jun-sik and Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, TL came out on top to remain undefeated. The Thieves now join the Golden Guardians as the only winless teams this split. Counter Logic Gaming finally got a mark in the win column after taking down FlyQuest, while OpTic Gaming joined the battle for second place with a victory over Clutch Gaming.
FOX vs TSM
Echo Fox Colin “Solo” Earnest (Aatrox) picked up a double kill after winning a two versus one against TSM’s Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham (Nocturne) and Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik (Irelia). Thanks to a Jayce pick for AD carry Apollo “Apollo” Price, Fox also got the bonus for the first turret.
TSM found its way into the game with superstar mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg (Lissandra), as his roams from mid lane as well as his impact during the fights provided a game-changer for the team. The six-time champions also secured two Infernal drakes started by Echo Fox. In classic Echo Fox fashion, the third place team from last spring continued to force teamfights and kept the game close, even holding a small lead in gold.
After a long fight for the Baron, TSM finally gained an advantage with a delayed ace and cleared the path all the way to Fox’s inhibitors. TSM then also secured the Elder dragon to power-up its four elemental buffs, including two Infernals. Echo Fox found a good engage, but a good Ultimate by Akaadian into the backline shut down Apollo as the team followed up with three more kills. After 38 minutes, TSM destroyed the Nexus to win the game at the 2019 LCS.
C9 vs GGS
Support Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung (Tahm Kench) made a beautiful play by contesting a jungle invasion, getting C9’s jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen (Camille) low on health. The rest of the team showed up and Juan “Contractz” Garcia secured the first blood for GGS. C9 moved its focus to the top side, playing through star top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie (Urgot), which resulted in the first turret following a dominant lane phase.
With the Rift Herald opening up more space for C9 in the mid lane, the World Championship semifinalists had complete control over the Baron pit and used it to secure an uncontested objective only 21 minutes in. GGS meanwhile had trouble dealing with Licorice’s split push, unable to get any closer to the top laner.
Cloud9 used the buff top open the mid lane inhibitor. As the second Baron came into play, C9 picked off mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen (Le Blanc) while also adding a second kill on Contractz, turning the advantage into another buff. Bottom lane duo Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi (Ezreal) and Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam (Braum) sneaked into the Golden Guardians’ base through the backdoor, destroying two inhibitors. The rest of the team then joined the pairing as C9 ended the game in 30 minutes.
100 vs TL
The high expectations for the Doublelift versus Bang duel got crushed early on as 100 Thieves went with a mage for their superstar AD carry, picking Viktor. Doublelift (Xayah) and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in (Rakan) won the two versus two trade against the Thieves bottom lane duo as the TL AD carry picked the first kill of the game onto Bang. A gank by Jake “Xmithie” Puchero (Lee Sin) turned the matchup into a one-sided beatdown as Liquid added two more kills.
The first turret went for 100 Thieves as the team completely shifted its focus to the top side, trying to win through star top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho (Yorick) and his split push. However, with Doublelift well ahead, Liquid had little trouble moving two players to deal with Ssumday. At the 25 minute mark, 100 Thieves’ base was already down to the inhibitor turrets. TL secured the Baron a minute later, though 100 managed to grab a kill on Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong (Sion) and an important shutdown on Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen (Akali). Relying on the damage from Bang and Choi “huhi” Jae-hyun (Urgot), 100 Thieves managed to defend itself from the initial push.
A fight broke out in the mid lane as 100 Thieves decided to force the engage. However, a perfect flank from CoreJJ bought enough time for TL to take down Bang. With 100 Thieves now lacking their primary source of damage, Liquid followed up with an ace and took down the Nexus after just under 35 minutes of play at the 2019 LCS.
FLY vs CLG
Counter Logic Gaming committed three players to a top lane dive with a roam by mid laner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage (Orianna), who picked up the first kill of the game onto Omran “V1per” Shoura (Aatrox). Despite the early play, CLG lost all three lanes. Eugene “Pobelter” Park (Syndra) secured the first turret as FlyQuest quickly added the top and bottom lane towers to the count.
CLG played it safe and prevented FlyQuest from snowballing its composition through AD carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran (Draven). As the match dragged on, the teams traded objectives, with FLY securing the Elder dragon while CLG went for Baron. The buffs were largely ineffective, stalling the match. Following a pickoff on V1per, Counter Logic Gaming used the advantage to finally add a major objective, opening the mid lane inhibitor.
This time around, CLG gave the priority to the Elder dragon, securing the neutral objective to power-up its three elemental buffs and then moving on to secure an uncontested Baron as well. The two-time champions continued to play to their composition’s strengths, using the siege potential from PowerOfEvil and Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes (Ezreal) to take the top lane inhibitor.
As CLG moved to the bottom side, FlyQuest went for the all-in. But 48 minutes into the match, their composition had already been outscaled and the fight turned into an easy win for Counter Logic Gaming with four kills. CLG then went for the Nexus to close out the longest match of the split so far, grabbing its first win while also handling FlyQuest’s first loss.
CG vs OPT
Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett (Lee Sin) turned what looked like a bad situation into a good play. Despite getting picked off by Nam “Lira” Tae-yoo (Elise), the OpTic Gaming jungler committed to the fight and secured the kill. OPT snowballed off a bad play by CG in the top side of the jungle, as Clutch overextended inside their opponent’s side of the map and Niship “Dhokla” Doshi (Sion) picked up a triple kill. With the top side now heavily going in their favor, OpTic committed three players to a dive Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (Jayce) and released the Rift Herald to take down the turret with the five plates.
Clutch stalled with a good fight in the bottom lane, which gave Huni some space to split push. OPT decided to use the momentary advantage in numbers and committed to a bold Baron call, ultimately securing the buff on three members. As OPT went for the bottom lane inhibitor and added a second Infernal drake, Clutch Gaming decided to trade it and rush mid.
The decision went horribly wrong as the Baron-powered waves on OpTic’s side made their way to the inhibitor while CG only managed to take the tier 2 tower. OPT added the mid lane inhibitor and secured a second Baron buff later. The push opened the three inhibitors as OpTic finally went for the game, moving into the five-way tie for second place.