Four teams had their dreams come true today, being offered LCS contracts after winning against their respected opponents. The losing teams were sent down to a bracket that will be played out tomorrow for the last spot in Season 3. Here is the recap of Day 2 at the LCS NA Qualifier.
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Day 2 started off with Team FeaR vs. Meat Playground. These teams not only are great friends with each other but they are also both extremely competitive. Game one started off with Meat Playground taking an early lead. They pushed their lead through the whole game and kept Fear on their heals. Although Meat Playground had FeaR pressured, FeaR managed to defend their base and push the game very late, close to an hour long. Slowly winning teamfights and taking all four barons, FeaR turned the tides and pushed into Meat Playground’s base taking game one with Zuna screaming in the last teamfight.
Game two was all about FeaR. They started with an early lead and completely blew away Meat Playground. They constantly built their lead and eventually pushed into Meat Playgrounds base and won with over a 10k gold lead.
FeaR picking up Sycho Sid and moving Zuna to AD carry to replace Aphromoo proved to be a great decision. The team is looking better than ever and will hopefully show their strength in Season 3 as they are the first team to qualify from this tournament. Meat Playground on the other hand is still not out. With smiles, laughing and playful gestures towards FeaR, they will prepare to take the final spot left in the bracket matches tomorrow.
The second match of the day was Dirtnap Gaming vs Good Game University. The first game started off extremely close. Both teams stayed within 2k gold for most of the game until one sneaky baron bait caught out prOlly from DNG and allowed GGU to grab baron and take a lead. GGU pounced on baron a second time before DNG could react and made one final push to win game one.
Dirtnap knew they had to win the next game to keep their chances alive and in game two they showed it. Focusing on denying ZionSpartan’s Akali top, DNG took an early lead and pressured GGU making ZionSpartan completely useless. They used their lead wisely and continued to beat on GGU’s base eventually pushing in and taking the Nexus.
Game three was all about GGU. Dirtnap decided to play the exact same team composition, because “if its not broke, then don’t fix it”. GGU predicted Dirtnap would pick the same composition and countered them. The game was completely in GGU’s favor and eventually they rushed through Dirtnap’s base ending the game with a Pentakill for Shiphtur and DontMashMe jumping for joy. Dirtnap will meet Azure Gaming in the bracket play tomorrow for one last chance to make it into Season 3. Good Game University is the second team from this tournament to qualify for Season 3. They came in with a new roster since they had a few players too young to play, and they managed to keep their synergy and make their way into the LCS.
Curse or Die
The third match of the day was Curse Gaming vs Azure Gaming. Curse came into this match very confident. They knew they were two wins away from being qualified and showed that they have no fear against Azure. The stakes are high and Azure being the inexperienced team has nothing to lose. However, Curse used their experience to crush Azure’s dreams. In game one Curse absolutely demolished Azure. They proved that they have been practicing hard and studying their opponents with the quickest win in the tournament since Epik lost to GGU on day one.
Game two started off slower than game one. Azure shook off all jitters from game one and were prepared to put up a fight. The aggression from both teams was there but no team took advantage of the other. Gold stayed close through most of the game as towers were taken down back and forth. One excellent dragon fight where Voyboy puts all his money on teleporting into 5 enemies, allows Curse to take a gold lead and a few towers which eventually led into the downfall of Azure. Curse, the big favorite, dominantly wins their way into Season 3. Azure is sent to the bracket play tomorrow to play for their last shot at the LCS.
One Brother In, One Brother Out
The last match of the day was between two great teams, Team Marn vs The Brunch Club. Both teams are very friendly to each other especially the two brothers playing against each other. Clakeydeeee, the older brother of Nickwu, had to prove why he is the man of the family. Game one started off very even. Both junglers picked up a quick kill and up until 30 minutes in the game both teams stayed within 500 gold of each other. One small team fight got The Brunch Club rolling. Marn put up a few good fights but TBC was just to strong to overcome and pushed their way into game two with a win.
The Brunch Club took their win from game one and pushed all their momentum into game two. Right off the bat they took a quick lead and continuously built it throughout the game. Team Marn had no answer for The Brunch Club allowing them to take game two. The two brothers, Nickwu and Clakeydeeee, ended with a hug and congratulations to Nickwu. Team Marn will have to face Meat Playground in the bracket tomorrow.
Seven spots for Season 3 NA are filled. TSM, CLG, Dignitas, FeaR, GGU, Curse, and The Brunch Club are all officially in Season 3 LCS. One more spot is open and only four teams are left to take it. What to look for tomorrow are two big matches. Dirtnap Gaming vs Azure Gaming and Meat Playground vs Team Marn. The winners of these two matches will play in the finals for the last spot in the League of Legends Championship Series.