Matchup of the Week – Team Liquid versus Immortals – Winner: Immortals (2-1)
Both teams have had an impressive season so far. Immortals occupies second place while Liquid is currently fighting to hold onto third place. Each team finds themselves behind Team SoloMid but Immortals remains right on their heels and want to prove to the rest of the teams that there’s a massive gap between the top two and the rest of the league. Team Liquid have been hit and miss due to roster issues throughout the season but will look to solidify their place in the standings as the playoffs approach.
Game One – Winner: Immortals
An early mistake of overextending from Team Liquid gave Immortals an advantage. Seong “Huni” Hoon Heo teleported to Liquid’s duo lane and caught them handing two kills to his team. Team Liquid and Immortals then traded punches back and forth with Immortals slowly increasing their lead through better farm and objectives. Eventually Immortals was able to take Baron after eliminating the majority of Team Liquid’s members. Jason “WildTurtle” Tran played his utility ADC to near perfection by initiating well with his ultimate ability and earning a triple kill during a Baron fight. Immortals used their Baron buff to break into Team Liquid’s base and closed the game shortly after the expiration of that buff. Team Liquid played well in moments, but the difference in skill and game sense was apparent.
Game Two – Winner: Team Liquid
Team Liquid won the game with an early level six engage from their ADC Jovani “fabbbyyy” Guillen. His Jhin forced a team fight (using his ultimate after hitting level six) that they were able to garner a massive advantage early and continue to find picks through their duo lane. Members of Immortals were constantly caught out by Team Liquid. One skirmish in Immortal’s own jungle gave Team Liquid Baron buff and the platform to take the game. They caught Huni out almost immediately after Baron and used that buff to finish the upset. They forced game three due to their pick/ban phase and desire to base a composition around the Jhin. Immortals hurt themselves by constantly being in places they shouldn’t and taking fights when they were simply too far behind. Team Liquid will enter game three on an emotional high and hope to upset NA’s second best team.
Game Three: Winner: Immortals
Immortals looked impressive as they finished off Team Liquid in this series. Huni was constantly catching out Team Liquid’s backline and eliminating them before they could get much damage out during team fights. The Hecarim pick was stellar against the Jhin specifically due to his ultimate and speed to always be able to reach the ADC. Team Liquid looked to make a comeback after Wildturtle was caught out multiple times. Immortals played much better after that when it looked like they were being closed in on. They forced fights on their terms and quickly demolished Team Liquid’s base.
Elsewhere in the NA CLS
Team SoloMid vs. Cloud9 – Winner: Team SoloMid
Team Envy vs. Immortals – Winner: Immortals
NRG Esports vs. Apex – Winner: Apex
Phoenix1 vs. Echo Fox – Winner: Phoenix1
Team Envy vs. Counter Logic Gaming – Winner: Counter Logic Gaming
Apex vs. Team SoloMid – Winner: Team SoloMid
NRG Esports vs. Cloud9 – Winner: Cloud9
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Phoenix1 – Winner: Counter Logic Gaming
Team Liquid vs. Echo Fox – Winner: Team Liquid
Cover Image by: Dwight Casin