After rebuilding its roster in the off-season, it was tough to predict how Dignitas would look in action. The team consists of veterans that are in very different stages of their careers and play different styles.
That made Dignitas an unknown commodity heading into the season, but the team proved that there’s a lot to like about this lineup.
CLG surprised Dignitas by scoring first blood. Bottom duo Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes and Andy “Smoothie” Ta partnered up with jungler Raymond “Wiggily” Griffin to catch Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black in the jungle. During the play, CLG invested three summoner’s spells and opened the possibility for an enemy gank in the bottom lane.
Dignitas didn’t immediately capitalize on that opening. Instead, the team roamed to the top lane to get the first kill for mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen. After that rotation, it became evident that Dignitas intended to build up Froggen as quickly as possible.
Wiggily continued to make proactive moves across the map and secured the first dragon of the game. That would be the last objective he claimed uncontested.
When CLG decided to move to the Rift Herald, Dignitas was ready to fight for it. Overall, Dignitas was better in team fights, as the players seemed to have strong communication and a better feel for each others’ movements. On CLG’s side, the team seemed disconnected, as though the players had different ideas on how to approach each situation.
Dignitas grew confident and claimed more space on the map. CLG couldn’t place any valuable vision and soon found itself unable to safely farm or make any ganks.
Froggen was the star of the game for Dignitas. As the main carry for the team, Froggen was protected at all times and the team made sure to funnel as many resources into him as possible. The team showed a great deal of faith in him, and he rewarded them for it by taking control of the game.
CLG sealed its fate around the baron buff.
CLG found a team fight win that might have gotten them back into the game. Dignitas let that mistake slide and focused on contesting the baron buff. CLG was confident enough to start the baron, only to be pushed out by Dignitas, who stole the objective.
In the final play of the game, Smoothie’s Leona engaged on five enemies. The rest of his team was one step too far away from him to provide the necessary support. CLG dropped one by one and Dignitas was free to march into the base and claim the victory.