EDward Gaming and Bilibili score dominant wins over SinoDragon and LGD Esports in day 2 of the 2019 League of Legends Pro League spring split.
The 2019 LPL spring split continued this Tuesday, featuring two best of three series. Powerhouse EDward Gaming had little trouble on their debut and easily swept SinoDragon Gaming, while Bilibili Gaming and its new lineup headlined by the well-known mid laner Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng also scored a 2-0 win over LGD Gaming.
EDward Gaming kicks off its 2019 campaign with a sweep
It’s fair to say that 2018 wasn’t exactly EDward Gaming’s dream year. For the first time since 2015, the LPL powerhouse failed to win the summer split. Not only that, but the campaign ended in disappointing fashion with a fifth place finish following a quarterfinals exit at the hands of JD Gaming. EDG will try to turn its fortune around in 2019 while trying to reclaim its spot at the top of the Chinese competitive League of Legends scene. And the campaign got off to a good start, as EDG had little trouble in their 2-0 win over SinoDragon.
Game 1: An almost perfect game for EDG
SinoDragon Gaming tried to pull off a surprise by flexing its Viktor pick to AD Carry Chen “GALA” Wei. EDG’s Hu “iBoy” Xian-Zhao and Tian “Meiko” Ye went with a Xayah-Rakan combo, and it paid off. Taking advantage of Viktor’s slow start, the EDG pairing used all of Xayah and Rakan’s early trading potential to force an early summoner spel. And a recall on Ling “Mark” Xu (Tahm Kench). Without Tahm Kench to compensate Viktor’s lack of mobility, iBoy and Meiko forced another trade and the EDG’s AD Carry drew first blood.
With its bottom lane was constantly pushing their opponents under the turret, EDward Gaming also had a favorable matchup in the mid lane for Lee “Scout” Ye-chan (Syndra) over Huang “Twila” Ting-Wei (Zilean). It created enough space for an Infernal drake, while the team quickly built a two thousand gold lead thanks to the turret plating. SDG went for a lane swap, giving EDG a free bottom lane turret while trying to make up for it towards the top side of the map. SinoDragon fell behind as Viktor, its primary win condition, failed to get into the game. With their opponents lacking a damage dealer, EDG snowballed its lead, going for the Baron at the 27 minute mark following a mid lane fight.
Already a massive ten thousand gold deficit, SGD also had to deal with two Infernals and the Baron buff on EDG’s side. The team went for two desperate engages trying to save whatever little it could, but EDward Gaming had little trouble winning both fights. There wasn’t much left for SinoDragon to do but watch as its base fell apart in just over 30 minutes. EDG was one turret away from scoring a perfect game, having secured five elemental drakes, the Rift Herald and a Baron buff while destroying all of SDG’s turrets.
Game 2: EDG’s snowball of death turns a close game into a stomp
EDG opened the score with Chen “Haro” Wen-Lin (Xin-Zhao) going for an early top lane gank, to which SDG responded by taking out EDG’s top laner Jeon “Ray” Ji-won twice. Unlike game 1, which saw EDward Gaming dominate from the start, SinoDragon made things a lot closer. However, a poorly executed four men bottom lane dive turned into an absolute disaster. Haro and Scout (Zoe) were able to flank the SDG players by roaming down the river. Jiang “Changhong” Chang-Hong (Aatrox) committed to the fight with a teleport, but it didn’t stop EDG from scoring an ace, losing just a single player in Meiko (Rakan). The five-time LPL champions seized the momentum, turning that into two turrets, with a third one following not long after that, a Mountain drake and a massive six thousand gold lead in what had been a fairly close game up until that point.
Showing the proper definition of snowballing, EDG doubled that lead over the following five minutes, taking SDG’s players one after the other. In just over 19 minutes, SinoDragon’s Nexus was already down with EDG completing the sweep.
Bilibili Gaming dominated LGD Gaming, wins 2-0
Bilibili Gaming and LGD both made heavy investments during the offseason, bringing in some well-known names. While Bilibili added two imports in Team MVP’s top laner Kang “ADD” Geon-mo along with its biggest signing for this year, former Afreeca Freecs and ROX Tigers mid laner Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng, LGD signed Team WE’s longtime jungler Xiang “Condi” Ren-Jie and AD Carry Ha “Kramer” Jong-hun, one of Kuro’s former teammates at Afreeca Freecs. BLG had the better start however, scoring a relatively easy sweep.
Game 1: Bilibili Gaming wins with some classic macro management
Condi (Lee Sin) went for an early bottom lane gank, but only managed to force a single spell on Bilibili’s side. Zeng “Metoer” Guo-Hao (Camille) saw the opportunity to respond on the other side of the map, helping ADD (Kled) to take out Guo “Lies” Hao-Tian (Urgot) for the first blood. In a rather unusual fashion for the League of Legends Pro League, the game’s pace suddenly slowed down. BLG’s better macro allowed the team to secure to elemental drakes while building a two thousand gold lead.
LGD went for the Rift Herald, and while BLG did not manage to contest the call, the team arrived in time to force a fight. With a triple kill by AD Carry Xie “Jinjiao” Jin-Shan (Sivir), Bilibili scored an ace and used the advantage to take down two turrets. LGD rotated towards the bottom side, securing an Infernal drake. BLG however showed up shortly after, forcing another fight and taking down four players. Already up seven turrets to none, BLG had plenty of space to go for an easy Baron at the 29 minute mark. The buff was more than enough for the team to walk into LGD’s base in order to finish the first game.
Game 2: BLG’s superior macro once again comes through
BLG once again showed that while League of Legends has become a much faster game these days, the good old macro management strategy still works. The team did a solid job early on, with all three lanes pushing in while allowing Metoer (Camille) a better vision control. Thanks to ADD (Poppy) dominant performance, Metoer had plenty of space to go for a solo Rift Herald, releasing it towards the top side of the map in order to secure the first turret for BLG.
The first kill of the game came at the 16 minute mark with LGD punishing an aggressive jungle invasion by BLG, taking out Metoer and Peng “Mni” Fang (Rakan). The team however failed to capitalize, while Bilibili continuously found a way to secure objectives around the map. With all three lanes pushing into LGD’s territory, BLG seized the opportunity and secured the Baron.
LGD successfully repealed the initial push, keeping both Nexus’ turrets up and taking out three players on BLG’s side. Bilibili regrouped and rotated towards the top side of the map. Overwhelmed by the pressure coming from all three sides of the map, LGD suffered an ace and could do nothing but watch as BLG destroyed the Nexus.
Day 3 of the 2019 League of Legends Pro League Spring Split continues this Wednesday. Suning Gaming takes on Vici Gaming while Invictus Gaming takes on OMG.