RGL: League of Legends Tournament Round 3 recap
It’s the Global Ultimates duo for UST Tiger eSports, looking for synchronized ganks from Twisted Fate’s “Destiny” and Shen’s “Stand United” in order to boost their numbers in a lane. With bans on Fizz, Nidalee, and Elise, they can ensure that no gap closers can reach their carries.
UP Oblation, on the other hand, goes for a burstier composition with Riven, Corki, and Viktor. With their Champions’ mid-game power spikes, bans on Annie, Irelia, and Lulu secures high damage output.
The game begins with aggression in every lane, especially the botlane. War breaks out after the first blood by Oblation.Morgana-Thresh on Tiger eSports.R4ze-Sivir. Tiger eSports.Schnitzel-Morgana retaliates with a revenge double kill on both Oblation eSports' ADC and the Support with some good help from the minions. This puts Tiger eSports on a bit of early lead.
Despite the minor setback, Oblation eSports retaliates with good rotations and responses from Oblation.Ace.Crosscut-Viktor and Oblation.Veere-Rek’sai. This leads to Oblation.TokiTok-Riven managing to burst down almost all members of Tiger eSports with her combos and ultimate, earning himself a Quadra Kill in one clash. Realizing that they could no longer keep Tokitoki under control, Tiger Esports surrenders and gives Game 1 to Oblation.
Tiger eSports decides to go for a poke and initiate composition for Game 2, having Nautilus, Malphite, and Rek’sai as their front liners, Corki and Varus providing the damage deep in the backline. Fear of having another uncontrollable Riven against them earns the respect ban.
Oblation also opts for the same type of composition, using Alistar, Sivir, and Rumble as initiators. Like UST in the first game, they decide to ban gap-closers and those with crowd control to protect their carries.
Simmering down from the aggression of Game 1, both teams decide to kick back and act calm for Game 2. Even trades keep the score equal for a time, until a clash at dragon pit ends in UST’s favor. The ball seems to be in UST’s court as they keep the pressure on UP. UP tries to get back with a tower dive at midlane and winning the next teamfight, however, Oblation.Kip34-Sivir encounters connection problems, forcing his teammates to fight in a 4 v 5.
The Battle Mistress fails to come back in time and UST uses this opportunity to seize Baron Nashor’s buff and push to victory, making the score 1-1 and proceeding to Game 3.
It’s the all-in composition for Tiger Esports with initiators Maokai, Rek’sai, and Leona. Once again, Riven is banned, along with Fizz and Ryze, as they could burst down their carries.
Oblation opts for a poke and protect-the-Kog’maw composition. This time, they want to farm up for their late-game power spike, and once again banned those that could gap-close and burst them down.
Oblation.Veere-Nidalee plays the camping game at toplane, making sure that Tiger eSports.TokiToki-Hecarim can farm up and trade with Tiger eSports.Zykenn-Maokai without fear. However, this causes problems at the bottom lane, as Tiger eSports.R4ze-Graves gets rolling with his burst and Tiger eSports.Schnitzel-Leona protecting him. The game becomes very one-sided as the Tiger eSports ADC can seemingly take out any member of Oblation with a few auto-attacks.
Oblation refuses to give up and a good teleport by Oblation.TokiToki- Hecarim takes out Graves and has his teammates clean up the other members of Tiger eSports, igniting a spark of hope. With the biggest threat gone, Oblation secures Baron Buff and pushes to victory, making this one of the most epic comebacks in the entire season (so far)!
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