Vici Gaming completes a comeback for its first series win of the Spring Matches split. LPL newcomers Victory Five sweep OMG for the maiden victory.
SDG vs VG, V5 vs OMG 2019 LPL Spring Matches Recap
Week 3 of the 2019 LPL spring split is on. With only three days of competition left before the Chinese New Year break, Vici Gaming finally won for the first time this split, securing a comeback against LPL newcomers SinoDragon Gaming. The other new team, Victory Five finally won its first ever series, sweeping OMG.
SDG vs VG
SinoDragon showed how to snowball an early advantage into a win condition. Eight minutes into the game, as Wang “Xiaopeng” Peng (Lee Sin) and mid lanerHuang “Twila” Ting-Wei (Aatrox) stole the blue buff from their opponents. Vici tried to force an engage, but the team lacked the damage to burst down the targets. Twila turned on his Ultimate and chased down the VG players, securing a double kill.
Twila took over the match, dominating his lane against Chen “Jay” Bo (Ryze) to take down the first turret. SDG now had a well-fed Aatrox free to roam and wreck havoc all over the map. VG had to respond by moving two or three players, which created plenty of openings for SinoDragon to explore. At the 22 minute mark, SDG secured a relatively safe Baron and made the move towards Vici’s base. It still wasn’t enough to end the game, but SDG opened two inhibitors. Following a mid lane teamfight, AD carry Chen “GALA” Wei (Kai’Sa) secured a triple kill as SDG aced VG before blowing up the Nexus.
Things got off to a great start for SDG once again. GALA (Lucian) grabbed the first kill of the game following a prolonged bottom lane skirmish, though Jay (Akali) made it a one-for-one trade. Twila (Ryze) was once again the star on SinoDragon’s side, as the mid laner split-pushed to help SDG build a solid early lead with three turrets.
But a brilliant call by Vici turned things around. As SDG did not have any vision around the pit, VG set up a trap using its composition’s pickoff potential. SinoDragon had to face-check and Vici found the pickoff, as GALA was the first one to go down. Xiaopeng (Lee Sin) was the only one left standing and Vici had an easy path to the Baron.
Vici took the lead with the powerplay and started to dictate the rhythm of the match. Su “Southwind” Zhi-Lin (Thresh) hit one hook after another as VG scored another ace and headed straight into SDG’s base to end the game, forcing the tiebreaker.
SDG tried to shake things up with a Rek’Sai pick for Xiaopeng. Top laner Jiang “Changhong” Chang-Hong (Akali) opened the score with a solo kill on Xia “Chelizi” Han-Xi (Urgot). Despite this, VG had a much better laning phase and used it to rotate the map, taking down the three outer turrets on SinoDragon’s side. Vici rushed a Baron execution only 22 minutes in and succeeded pulling ahead significantly.
It was an old-school match as the game featured only three kills at that point. As the buff expired, VG opened the mid lane inhibitor and rotated to the bottom side. Southwind (Alistar) and jungler Li “Aix” Yang (Xin Zhao) went for the engage and Vici secured four kills with the follow-up. Xiaopeng was the only one left for SDG as VG easily destroyed the Nexus to complete the comeback.
V5 vs OMG
Jungler Tu “Ben4” Xin-Cheng (Camille) had a solid start with a mid lane gank to hand the first blood over to Lei “Corn” Wen (Galio). Coming from the sides, Ben4 continued to land some good engages while letting his team reap the rewards. V5 released the Rift Herald in the top lane to secure the first turret while Lim “Jinoo” Jin-woo, giving Riven her 2019 LPL debut, led the way by split-pushing.
Victory Five used its superior vision around the Baron pit to sneak in and secure an early objective 21 minutes in. As the LPL newcomers continued to push, a fight broke out inside OMG’s jungle. Jinoo was the first one to fall, but OMG was forced back. Wang “y4” Nong-Mo (Kai’sa) still went after his opponents and scored a quadra kill.
V5 found a great fight inside OMG’s base, securing four kills, but the team walked away with a single inhibitor due to a visible lack of coordination. The second Baron spawned and Victory Five started it. OMG decided to contest the call, but V5 secured two kills and the objective. This time, Victory Five made a better use of the buff to end the game.
Jinoo repeated his Riven pick from the first game while OMG presented a very different composition. Following a recent trend, mid laner Xie “icon” Tian-Yu went with a Vayne pick into Corn’s Galio. AD carry Li “Chelly” Yu-Zhou picked Yasuo while Sejuani was the team’s choice for support Liu “Five” Shi-Yu. Jinoo got a solo kill on Hu “Ale” Jia-Le (Camille). V5’s top laner snowballed with one kill after another, split-pushing as OMG had no response.
Just 22 minutes in, Victory Five made the Baron call following a pickoff on Ale. Jinoo continued to crush the OMG players as V5 only needed two minutes with the buff to complete a dominant sweep for its first ever series win in the LPL.