League of Legends at MLG Dallas: Day 2 recap
Day 2 of the MLG Fall Championship was action-packed, here are some of the biggest stories.
Asian teams still dominate the competitive scene
Both Korean teams made a deep run into the winner’s bracket final after not dropping a single game to their North American opponents. It seems that none of the North American teams have yet to adjust to the aggressive gameplay from the Koreans. Between the Koreans the dynamic very much has remained the same. Azubu Blaze’s track record against Najin Sword has not been the best, with Sword defeating them in Azubu The Champions Summer’s third place match and the Korean season two qualifiers. Sword continued this momentum in Dallas beating Sword with two very one-sided matches.
Dignitas regain rock solid status
Although they lost to Azubu Blaze 2-0 Dignitas seem to be back and stronger than ever. Since the loss of Voyboy their showing at tournaments has been fairly mediocre, however their games against Blaze were both narrow defeats. Game one was close with back and forth trades happening throughout the map. Dignitas managed to stay even with Blaze in gold and kills, however a few mistakes in positioning led to Blaze taking the first game. The second game of Dignitas vs Blaze was possibly the most exciting of the tournament. Although Blaze gained an early lead Dignitas was still able to win team fights. The game culminated with both teams’ Nexus being exposed and a semi base race which left Azubu Blaze as the victors. Dignitas were however knocked out of the tournament by CLG Prime losing 2-1. Despite this, Dignitas are still looking stronger than ever.
Team Solomid dethroned
For the first time since Raleigh 2011 Team Solomid failed to make it to the Grand Finals of a MLG tournament. TSM did not come in with their usual confidence so perhaps their poor showing can be blamed on their recent move and subsequently their lack of practice. They were knocked out of the tournament by CLG.EU. Most notably, Froggen pulled out his mid-lane Lee Sin, finishing the game with eight kills and zero deaths.
The Battle of the CLG’s
In a close three game set CLG.EU managed to 2-1 their American counterpart to make it to the lower bracket finals against Azubu Blaze. The final game was particularly close with the game lasting well over an hour. In classic CLG.EU style they recovered from losing two inhibitors by extending the game and getting their carries incredibly farmed. Froggen alone finished the game with 26.9k.
Only one stream for LoL at Dallas
For some reason MLG decided to only have one stream for League of Legends at Dallas. This led to some disappointed fans and even more disappointed HD pass viewers. Here’s what happened behind the scenes:
CLG.EU started off their series against Team Dynamic at a one game disadvantage due to being late. Both games were fairly close however CLG.EU managed to win them both to advance to the next round of the lower bracket.
CLG Prime faced Curse and won a convincing 2-0 set. Doublelift brought out his beloved Vayne which proved well for him having picked up three kills by the eight minute mark. The game ended with a quick surrender from Curse. The second game can only be described as ‘vintage CLG’ with HotshotGG bringing out his infamous Nidalee. The Nidalee split push strategy worked out well for CLG, wrapping the game up 21 kills to eight.