Week four was not an easy one for Team Liquid, as the NA LCS squad recorded back-to-back defeats in games against Cloud9 and Echo Fox.
Team Liquid was one of few teams that had a consistent start to the Spring Split, producing a 5-1 record heading into the week. Unfortunately, their prior consistency was not enough to take down the two teams that are now fighting for first place.
C9 vs TL: where Cloud9 won the game
Saturday’s match against Cloud9 was highly-anticipated. It was the first time that Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong would face his previous team. Likewise, Cloud9 had produced then cleanest tally of the split so far.
From the start, Cloud9’s superiority was obvious. The rookie, Eric “Licorice” Ritchie, had advantage on the early game and seven minutes in, with the assistance of Andy “Smoothie” Ta, he managed to get the first blood.
Impact couldn’t do much to stop Licorice’s aggressive style of play. Later in the game, Licorice would get a solo kill in the lane. The C9 top laner created a snow ball effect that affected the map and gave his team the upper hand.
Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, jungler for Team Liquid was caught in a bad position multiple times. He couldn’t get the vision the team needed and his ganks were ineffective. Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, former Team SoloMid jungler, had better vision on the map and two winning lanes.
Only the bot lane duo seemed to be handling the situation. Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung proved that their synergy was good enough to go against Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi and Andy “Smoothie” Ta, the best bot duo in the NA LCS. However, it wasn’t quite enough to save the game. Liquid were doomed from the first blood and were unable to find a way back.
It was an interesting match in the mid lane. Eugene “Pobelter” Park and Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen were both reliable players for their team on the day.
Those that were wondering who the best mid laner in the NC LCS is got their answer on Saturday. Jensen was ahead of his opponent from the off and annulled every play that Team Liquid’s mid laner tried to pull.
A difficult defeat to take
12 kills and 1 baron later, Cloud9 confirmed their victory, leaving top laner Impact visible upset.
In a post-match interview, Doublelift confessed that it was difficult to see his teammate in that condition.
The Team Liquid squad faced Echo Fox the following day with a similar end result.
However, week five will bring new opponents for Impact and company, and with it the chance to rectify last weekend’s blip.
They will go up against Counter Logic Gaming on Saturday and Golden Guardians on Sunday. Fans will be eager to see whether week four was simply just a slip or the beginning of a losing streak for Team Liquid.