The Recap: North America Week 4
The Recap: North America Week 4
Another exciting week of games. Another batch of surprises and disappointments. Week 4 was nothing short of epic, and here's the breakdown of what happened over the course of the weekend.
Games of the Week
Day 1: Team Dignitas vs. Team Coast
Dignitas made their triumphant return on Day 1 of Week 4. Despite not playing in Week 3, Dignitas still dominated their game against Team Coast. Jungler Alberto "Crumbz" Rengifo played particularly well as Wukong, completely shutting down Joshua "NintendudeX" Atkin's Pantheon, pressuring the map with near-perfect ganks. Alan "KiWiKiD" Nguyen also demonstrated strong gameplay with Annie support, forcing plays with confident initiates. With every week, Dignitas consistently improves as a team while slowly but surely making their way to the top of the bracket.
Day 1: Evil Geniuses vs. Team SoloMid
In champion select, both teams accumulated a total of five jungle bans, focusing Brian "TheOddOne" Wyllie and Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis before the game even began. EG's bot lane excited the fans by once again picking the unorthodox combo of Urgot and Soraka. Thanks to Snoopeh's well-timed ganks on Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg in the mid lane, EG pulled ahead in the early game. However, a team fight in the dragon pit completely swayed the game into TSM's favor. Because Snoopeh placed a lot of effort into shutting down Bjergsen, Marcus "Dyrus" Hill was able to skyrocket to an indestructible status, completely dominating each and every team fight as Shyvana. Dyrus ended the game with an incredible KDA of 10/0/14.
Day 2: Counter Logic Gaming vs. Evil Geniuses
Dexter finally made his appearance in the NA LCS on Day 2 of Week 4. Despite some early losses, including a first blood to Snoopeh in the top lane, CLG made an epic comeback thanks to Austin "LiNk" Shin's roam to bot lane as LeBlanc. LiNK's successful ganks allowed for Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng and Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black to dictate the entire course of the lane phase over Mitch "Krepo" Voorspoels and Peter "Yellowpete" Wüppen. Each team fight following the end of the lane phase went in CLG's favor as they continued to increase their gold lead and map control over EG. EG could not make a comeback despite a valiant effort.
Overachievers of the Week
Austin "LiNk" Shin
LiNk excelled with his return to the mid lane. Despite a weak lane phase against Eugene "Pobelter" Park, LiNk compensated with strong rotations to the bot lane, where he picked up several kills on EG's duo. Excellent positioning in team fights allowed LiNk to hit perfect combos of Distortion and Mimic on weak targets.
Marcus "Dyrus" Hill
Dyrus has proven himself as one of the strongest top laners in the NA LCS. He did not die once this past week, going 10/0/14 as Shyvana and 2/0/9 as Dr. Mundo. His teleport plays on Day 2 turned the tide of several team fights, allowing TSM to pull ahead of their opponents and completely control the course of every battle.
William "Meteos" Hartman
Meteos carried Cloud 9 to two solid victories with Lee Sin, participating in the majority of team kills. Meteos finished his games with KDAs of 5/0/10 and 4/1/11.
Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black
Aphromoo on Thresh is a force to be reckoned with. He made impressive plays with immaculate Death Sentences and Dark Passages, allowing his teammates to rack up kill after kill. He ended the game against EG with a KDA of 1/0/15.
Jason "WildTurtle" Tran
Birthday boy WildTurtle stepped up his game with formidable marksman performances on Sivir and Caitlyn. He and Alex "Xpecial" Chu dictated the lane phase with ease and tore up team fights with perfect positioning and focus.
Surprises of the Week
Saintvicious rejoins Curse as the new support
Saintvicious returned to Summoner's Rift as the new support for Team Curse. In his first game back, Saintvicious played Alistar, hitting aggressive combos alongside marksman Cop on Draven. He prevented a Baron steal with a perfectly timed head butt, allowing his team to safely attain the buff.
XDG Gaming makes a comeback, ending their loss streak
Things were looking grim in XDG's game against Dignitas with an extreme gold deficit in the early game. XDG slowed down the pace of the game, remaining patient, waiting to counter-initiate Dignitas's aggression. They managed to make an epic comeback as Dignitas failed a Baron attempt. Jake "Xmithie" Puchero on Sivir completely destroyed with On The Hunt, decimating Dignitas's front line. He did not die once throughout the game.
Disappointments of the Week
Team Coast had another tough week going up against Cloud 9 and Dignitas. They could not pull out any upsets, furthering their loss streak, which began during Super Week. Team Coast may need to re-evaluate their approach to the game if they want to get out of the bottom of the bracket.
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