Counter Logic Gaming and Team Liquid met in the fourth week of the 2020 LCS Spring Split. The teams started the day on the bottom of the standings, but Liquid now climbed a placement higher.
CLG decided to go for outplays with knock-up abilities from Gragas and Nautilus in combination with Yasuo. Liquid focused on high pressure and crowd control with Mordekaiser, Tahm Kench, and Sejuani.
Only two minutes into the game, Raymond “Wiggly” Griffin and Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min dived beneath Liquid’s top lane turret to secure the first blood. TL was quick to answer by taking the first Dragon and rotating to get a head start with two kills of their own and a Rift Herald. The first turret fell on CLG’s side as well, as Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in pushed bot lane with Herald’s help.
While CLG continued to focus on Dragons, Liquid’s mission was gaining lane pressure. This proved to be a better strategy, as TL was 5,000 gold ahead 17 minutes in the game, and the first lines of CLG’s defense were destroyed across all lanes.
To try and stop Liquid from pushing the bot lane inhibitor turret just before the Baron has spawned, Lee “Crown” Min-ho engaged into a fight. But it was TL who picked up the kills, not only taking the Baron but also destroying two of CLG’s inhibitors.
CLG continued to search for fights, but every engage backfired and turned in Liquid’s favor. In 23 minutes and with a 14-kill advantage, Liquid took the victory against the last-place team in the league with ease.
After failing to win against Immortals for his first match of the season, Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen has gotten his redemption and shown that he won’t be dragging Liquid down. The team now stands in eighth place with a 3-5 record.
Team Liquid 2020 LCS roster: