G2 Esports and Counter Logic Gaming Claim Spring LCS Titles
Sunday saw two historic battles on Summoner’s Rift with the European and North American LCS titles up for grabs. In Europe, G2 Esports battled Origen for first place while North America saw a rematch of last summer’s finals between Counter Logic Gaming and Team SoloMid.
Both matches had significant history behind them. The European final in Rotterdam was a faceoff between teams owned by giants of the Rift xPeke and Ocelote. The first match saw G2 taking a commanding victory off the back of strong play from Trick’s Graves and Perkz’ LeBlanc. Origen tied it up in the second match but fell to G2 once again in the third match.
xPeke substituted himself for game 4, hoping to give Origen the chance to take the series to a deciding game 5 but his 6-3-6 Lissandra performance was not enough to overcome G2’s dominating play, giving the Ocelote’s squad the European crown in their first split in the LCS.
The action shifted to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for a rematch of the North American Summer Finals between Team SoloMid and Counter Logic Gaming. There were a number of storylines in this matchup but the one that overshadowed the other was CLG’s hope to prove that they made the right decision in dropping star AD Carry Doublelift for the untested Stixxay.
Fans knew they were in for an exciting ride when the first match ended with CLG’s super minions destroying TSM’s nexus while the majority of CLG’s players were dead.
The series went the distance as the teams traded wins back and forth. CLG shocked viewers in the deciding game 5 by relying on their AD Carry Stixxay as their only damage threat, a call back to their classic “protect the Doublelift” strategy of seasons past.
The rookie came up huge in the game-deciding team fight, picking up a triple kill and pushing down the midlane for the victory.
Both teams have qualified for the Mid-Season Invitational which pits the top teams from the major reasons, as well as the winner of the International Wildcard Invitational against each other in a fight for seeding at this year’s World Championship.