OMG bounces back from its week 1 loss to Invictus Gaming with a sweep over Bilibili Gaming and undefeated IG secures a 2-0 victory over the Rogue Warriors
The 2019 LPL spring split second week of competition is on. Following a week 1 loss to Invictus Gaming, OMG defeated Bilibili Gaming for its first series victory of the split. Speaking of IG, the reigning world champions continued their impressive LPL regular season form with yet another sweep, now over a surprisingly winless Rogue Warriors.
OMG on even footing following a sweep over Bilibili Gaming
Week 1 of the 2019 LPL spring split did not go as OMG expected, with the team losing to reigning world champions Invictus Gaming. Trying to regain its old form, OMG scored a sweep over Bilibili Gaming and now sits at a 1-1 record.
Game 1: OMG opens the score as BLG is unable to answer Fiora’s split push
OMG went with an unconventional bottom lane pairing consisting of Yasuo and a support Sejuani. Jungler Zhou “l3est16” Zhi-Li (Gragas) went for an early invade, but Bilibili Gaming saw through it and collapsed onto him as AD Carry Xie “Jinjiao” Jin-Shan (Kai’sa) secured the first kill of the game. While OMG moved its focus towards the top side of the map, trying to get Hu “Ale” Jia-Le (Fiora) more resources, BLG concentrated its efforts on the bottom side, taking the first turret.
As OMG tried to take the Rift Herald, Bilibili Gaming showed up to contest. Jungler Zeng “Metoer” Guo-Hao (Xin Zhao) went in for the engage only to get bursted down almost instantly. OMG turned the fight around, securing three kills, but BLG’s new players Kang “ADD” Geon-mo (Urgot) and Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng (Vladimir) managed to stall things by stopping OMG from chasing the two.
All About Ale
While BLG tried to pickoff Ale on his split push, OMG committed its resources to the mid lane, taking two kills and releasing the Herald. Ale bought a lot of time by drawing away three Bilibili players, allowing his team to make it all the way to BLG’s inhibitor turret. The top laner walked away alive, while OMG also added an Infernal drake. Ale’s constant split push created the space OMG needed to go for Baron, making good use of BLG’s lack of vision around the pit. The team was able to secure the objective, although Ale had to stay behind as Bilibili Gaming tried to force an engage.
Even without the Baron buff, Ale presented a huge problem with his split push. Despite the Baron advantage, however, OMG could not take an inhibitor turret before the buff expired. The team eventually opened up the mid lane inhibitor as Ale split towards the top side. BLG found a good engage, but the team’s poor positioning allowed OMG to turn the fight around and secure the four kills it needed to go for the Nexus, closing game 1 in 35 minutes.
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Game 2: OMG comes out on top of a crazy game
Ale once again went with Fiora, while AD Carry Li “Chelly” Yu-Zhou opted for a mage, giving Neeko her official debut in a Riot Games-sanctioned competition. Bilibili Gaming turned to the League of Legends European Championship for inspiration, as Metoer picked Karthus. 13est16 (Xin Zhao) showed up for an early bottom lane gank, but all he had to do was zone BLG’s support Peng “Mni” Fang (Leona) out of the fight as Chelly and Liu “Five” Shi-Yu (Rakan) won the trade, taking out Jinjiao (Lucian) for the first blood.
A massive fight broke out down the river around the Dragon pit. While OMG went for the engage, Bilibili Gaming had enough damage to return. In the end, BLG secured a narrow in four kills to three. However, with the two teams back to full strength, OMG picked off Metoer to grab an important Infernal drake, while BLG secured the first two turrets of the game.
Stealing The Objective
While Bilibili created space around the map by taking down the outer turrets, OMG found a fight as it contested a second Infernal drake. As Metoer went down again, Chelly stole the objective, giving his team a second buff. OMG stalled BLG’s advance with Ale’s split push once again, reclaiming some of the space it had lost around the map.
Trying to break the stalemate, both sides went for the Baron and OMG found its fight, taking out three players on BLG’s side, including Metoer. With no Smite on Bilibili’s side to contest the call, OMG easily secured the objective. The final fight happened around the Elder Dragon as BLG tried to contest a potential game-deciding buff. A huge teamfight soon followed, with Xie “icon” Tian-Yu (Vladimir) and 13est16 the only ones still standing. OMG’s jungler secured the Elder Dragon and the two used their Baron buff to go for the final push, closing out game two in 38 minutes.
Regular season masters Invictus Gaming add another win
IG dominating the regular season has been the usual headline for the LPL. The reigning world champions only dropped two series in 2018, and so far in 2019 are still undefeated. Invictus continued its dominance with yet another sweep.
Game 1: IG wins a frantic opener
The first game of the series got off to some intense bottom lane action, as IG’s duo Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo (Xayah) and Wang “Baolan” Liu-Yi (Rakan), helped by jungler Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning (Kayn) and mid laner Song “Rookie” Eui-jin (Galio), went for an early dive. Baolan’s Ignite took down Liu “Killua” Dan-Yang (Tahm Kench) for the first blood. RW’s mid laner Liang “Jingtian” Shi-Hui (Irelia) roamed to join the fight and secured a triple kill.
With a fight around the dragon pit, IG’s turnaround began. The team relied on its hard engage to secure four kills, three of which went to Ning. Invictus also grabbed th Rift Herald, releasing it on the mid lane to secure the first turret. While IG pushed the bottom lane, RW’s AD Carry Mei “ZWuJi” Hong-Hui (Ashe) hit a perfect Ultimate on JackeyLove to start a fight. Following a long, dragged-up battle, Baolan was the only player left.
IG found a good teamfight around Rouge’s inner mid lane turret, acing their opponents to set up an easy Baron. The reigning world champions forced a final fight while pressuring RW’s bottom inhibitor to secure four kills and the space it needed to end the game in just 23 minutes.
Game 2: IG dominates RW to complete the sweep
A good play by Rookie (Le Blanc) set up a gank opportunity for Ning (Lee Sin). IG’s jungler went for the dive on HuaTian (Yasuo) and walked away with the first blood. On the top side of the map, RW’s Liu “ZhaoYun” Shuang-Yin (Kled) turned an early gank into a dominant laning phase, forcing Lee “Duke” Ho-seong (Urgot) out to take the bonus gold for the game’s first turret.
Ning went for the mid lane once again, helping Rookie’s snowball. The duo added a second kill on HuaTian, and IG’s star player later secured a solo kill to turn the lane into a one-sided beatdown. With their mid laner playing to his champion’s strength and bursting targets down one pickoff after another, Invictus soon found itself pressuring RW’s inner turrets.
Closing It Out
Rogue found a way back into the game following a poorly executed dive by IG while trying to take down the inner mid lane turret. The team scored an ace, resetting the lane. But as RW tried to push back, IG found its fight. Rogue’s engage went horribly wrong, and Invictus aced the fight to set up Baron.
The buff was exactly what the reigning world champions needed. After cracking the mid lane inhibitor open, Rookie found a beautiful pickoff on ZWuji (Kai’sa) to instantly burst down RW’s AD Carry. Lacking a reliable damage source, RW watched IG secure a further three kills in order to close out the second game in 28 minutes.