After a long hiatus, we finally got an onsite match. The battle seats will first be used by TNC and RSG today. But who did it really favor?
Game 1: RSG (L) 10 V. TNC (W) 9 (19:21)
In this game, SDzyz is still consistent about using the demon Slayer with his Jungling Emblem. After all, it gives additional damage to turrets. But we will talk about that later.
Early game, all turtle objectives were successfully taken by RSG with the fast retribution power of Demonkite and his ever promising Lancelot plays. Escalera also had trouble casting his Real World Manipulation with the presence of Nathzz’s Yu Zhong and Light’s Edith. Along with this momentum, they were able to hit the killing spree mark with 9 kills, you would have expected them to close the game. However, there was this table turner clash at 15:37 when Benthings showed off ben things with that Way of the Dragon, targeting EMANN, followed-up by SDzyz, hence shutting Emman down. The presence of the Real World Manipulation was enough to slow down the responsiveness of our RSG troops, breaking their early game momentum but powers up TNC. RSG had no choice but to retreat at the cost of allowing TNC to freely take on the lord. This phase of the game was already pressuring for RSG; there was no lane for them to escape. Even after a successful defense, they attempted to funnel all their skills and energy to make a great smash but TNC, not surprised at all, was able to defend that great attempt well. RSG had to retreat again but all their lanes were already blocked by each TNC member, especially with SDzyz aggressively slashing out the base tower (with the Demon Slayer passive) of RSG. Hence, a tower lock and a win for TNC.
Most notable item, as Wolf says, was the Blade Armor worn by Kramm. It gave his Esmeralda not only the defense he needed against Emman but also the damage it reflected made it easier for TNC to pick him off every time.
Benthings really shined in this game with all his initiations and pick-offs. Going back to the turning point of the game, he was the one who initiated the pick-off of Emman. It was a very sneaky moment.
Game 2: RSG (5) 10 V. TNC (W) 9 (14:25)
This time, there was a respect ban already for Benthing’s Chou and SDzyz’s Ling. However, it gave TNC room to showcase more of their hero pool, giving us Aamon and Franco. The most beautiful combo we saw though, was the Endless Shards (Aamon) by SDzyz and the Torn-Apart Memory (Brody) by Yasuwo. The presence of a Franco by Benthings, partnered by the wide area damage given by Escalera with his Kagura really made it hard for RSG to position themselves to initiate a team fight or to simply defend themselves. Kramm also, is again consistent with stalling the damage and pushes by RSG. Their late game insurance, Cecilion and Beatrix, was also not able to reach their prime as TNC ends the game within 15 minutes.