The first Rift Rivals tournament kicked off with a smash between the NA and EU regions! The rivalry has lingered and both regions want bragging rights for future trash talk, so every team brought what they could to the tables.
Team SoloMid 1-0 G2 Esports
Fnatic 1-0 Phoenix1
G2 Esports 1-0 Cloud9
Unicorns of Love 0-1 Phoenix1
Cloud9 1-0 Fnatic
Team SoloMid 1-0 Unicorns of Love
Team SoloMid's Wombo Combo
After the MSI battle, all eyes were on both teams in their revenge match. Team SoloMid surprised everyone with the Galio pick mid, but they showed that they have improved their gameplay and dominated G2 Esports by snowballing with both their macro and micro play by comboing with the Jarvan and Galio ults onto a Flash-less Syndra and Kog'Maw.
While few people expected the Galio-Jarvan from Team SoloMid, the second TSM locked in their champions, G2 Esports was out drafted. Their team composition was solid, but when they did not have summoner spells, they were caught out, and they lost. During laning phase, they had forgotten TSM had a double TP on their team as well. G2 Esports will have to keep track of the summoners and adjust accordingly in the future.
Fnatic Outclasses Phoenix1
Fnatic smoothly destroyed Phoenix1 in every way possible with a 15k gold lead by 20 minutes. They outplayed their opponents in both solo lanes and in team fights.
Phoenix1, despite their loss, played their best. They will have to learn to find their consistency, however, as we've seen them win against teams like the No. 1 NA seed, Immortals, during the Summer Split. Hopefully, we will only see them continue to improve!
G2 Esports Dragon Control
During the match, G2 Esports was able to obtain five dragons uncontested. They were on a roll! However, they were not able to keep it and Cloud9 took control. It left the game in a back and forth as C9 pushed against all odds until
Cloud9 may have been successful in destroying Martin "Deficio" Lynge's brain cells, but they were not able to come back after finding momentum against G2 Esports. Everyone has stated it before, and while some digress and say that these dragons do not matter: they still do.
Time and time again, the dragons that C9 gave up hurt them in the late game and they still continue to ignore the objective that becomes insurmountable when they lose Elder as well. I don't know how many times it will take C9 to lose to realize they need to contest dragons.
Ryu Slaughters Exileh
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