Top Esports have finished the LPL Summer Split in first place following a dominant League of Legends season.
Their standings will help them going into the playoffs since they’ll need to only win a couple of series to secure the LPL Championship title.
Former world champion JackeyLove secured the first game MVP award after a monstrous performance on Caitlyn, ending the game with a 8/1/9 score and 44 percent of the team’s total damage.
Congratulations to @TOP_Esports_, your #LPL regular season FIRST seed! pic.twitter.com/FEykcF2est
— LPL (@lplenglish) August 8, 2020
The first game went even for both teams. Both teams acquired early dragons and plenty of kills everywhere on the map. TES’s superior creep score farming eventually allowed them to get ahead on gold.
A teamfight around the Baron towards the end of the game sealed Team WE’s fate. JackeyLove’s superior orb-walking allowed him to turn around a lost team fight and end the game.
After a dominant first game, Team WE adjusted their draft and built around shutting down JackeyLove’s Caitlyn. Their plan was successful considering they picked Ashe, a semi-reliable counter to Caitlyn. As the game went by, Team WE secured crucial objectives and got picks on all members of TES, slowly growing their lead.
After a teamfight win at the 22-minute mark, Team WE equalized the series convincingly.
TES picked the same draft for the game three, picking Caitlyn once again. While Team WE picked Ashe once again and got Senna on top of that to be equal with Caitlyn’s range, it was not enough in the long run.
JackeyLove adjusted his playstyle and didn’t die as often as in the second game. Even though Team WE got a couple of advantages in the top and mid lane, TES’s bot farmed well and maintained a gold lead over the WE bot lane. This was felt as teamfights began where TES had much more reliable damage.
TES started laying siege with Team WE having no way to answer. After a dominating teamfight, TES finished the series.
TES have looked strong for the past couple of years, often finishing near the top of the region’s standings during the regular seasons and playoffs. But their recent success at the Mid-Season Cup could propel them to finally get the coveted LPL title.
After Knight joined in Spring 2019, TES improved their standings. They got fourth place in Spring 2019, third in Summer 2019, second in Spring 2020. Based on the past results and the “script,” TES should take first place and finally get their much-deserved LPL Champion title.
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