North America LCS Team vs China LPL Team
China's top lane terror was an unstoppable juggernaut in both games. Taking out Dyrus under the North American turret despite being outnumbered 1v2 in game one, his Let's Bounces in game two disrupted North America's avenues of attack and sealed off exits to let his team clinch key teamfights.
Game 1: With Twisted Fate, Karthus and Orianna banned out, North America looked to shove Misaya into unfamiliar territory while protecting Doublelift's Vayne with multiple tanky initiators like Malphite and Zac. Game one started off hot when North America secured First Blood: Xpecial was brought down to a sliver of health, baiting WeiXiao near the turret for Doublelift to finish off for the clean 1-0 exchange. But China quickly rallied as PDD demonstrated why he’s feared in China as he singlehandedly won a 1v2 showdown, knocking Dyrus into respawn under the NA bot turret. China then cemented their advantage with a top lane exchange that cost Dyrus his Teleport and his life, as well as that of Saintvicious.
A two-turret, five-kill advantage put China solidly in the lead, but the slow and deliberative WE playstyle that Saintvicious was expecting was not on hand today. As China looked to seal their victory with an easy Baron kill, Saintvicous dove in and successfully outsmited Troll for the buff, pulling NA back into the game. Unfortunately, with six turrets down to LPL's two, Nashor alone wasn't enough help. The buff ran out as NA busily defended their base, and when LPL scored an ace while only sacrificing Misaya, they pushed through mid to clinch game one.
Game 2: LPL must have been feeling confident as they effectively ran North America's previous champion picks as their core, with Sona and Nasus replacing Malphite and Thresh and PDD swapping Zac to top lane. NA had a hard time holding their early gold advantage, but the relentless pressure from the Chinese team was a double-edged sword. Even as the home team brought NA’s second top lane turret low, they were left heavily exposed, and a Howling Gale helped keep Troll under turret fire as Dyrus picked up a kill, followed quickly by a cleanup sweep from Saintvicious and Scarra.
The LPL team fell further behind as their attempted ambushes backfired back-to-back. But as Dyrus died to PDD in bot lane, Troll had his revenge on Saintvicious from game one, out-smiting the NA Jungler to secure Baron at the cost of his and Misaya's life. This disaster was followed by an even worse maneuver, as a horribly coordinated 5v5 towerdive saw NA aced for their aggression. With NA’s gold advantage gone, they were unable to stop China from picking up the next Baron as well. When PDD slammed in with a well-placed Elastic Slingshot, the LPL team aced North America to finalize their lead and take out a top inhibitor. A final push through the open mid lane cost Misaya his life, but allowed WeiXiao and PDD to clean house, acing North America and securing a place in the semifinals against South-East Asia.