Invictus Gaming Sweep G2 Esports in an Impressive Display
What a World Championship it has been so far, with three out of the four teams to get into Semifinals from the West. The only remaining Asian hope is a team out of China, Invictus Gaming. They face off in the first match of the Semifinals against Europe’s third seed, G2 Esports. Invictus Gaming comes into the game the hope of a continent on their side and to stop an all western finals.
Invictus Gaming vs G2 Esports
Game One: IG (0) vs G2 (0)
Game one began with a bang. G2 Esports got off to a gold deficit early and even gave up first blood to Invictus Gaming’s midlaner Song “Rookie” Eui-jin. The game progressed as usual, with a small number of kills going the way of Invictus Gaming. On the other side of the Rift, only two kills were allowed before twenty-five minutes into the game. Before even thirty minutes into the game, Invictus Gaming was knocking on the Nexus of G2 Esports. IG had secured the Baron and was pushing in the middle lane before getting a quick Ace of G2 to end the game.
Game Two: IG (1) vs G2 (0)
The early-game plays out of G2 Esports reeked of desperation. G2’s star midlaner, Luka “Perkz” Perković, attempted to get a kill onto Rookie but failed in his attempt. Rookie outplayed Perkz hard and ended up living when he should have died. However, the pressure from the midlane relieved some on the rest of the map, which led to each side-lane getting a kill on the side of G2.
As the game progressed, however, Invictus Gaming inched further ahead and choked out any of G2’s hope. Invictus Gaming kept pressure in the top lane and kept down G2’s top laner Martin “Wunder” Hansen. This shut down one of the main win conditions of G2 and led to their ultimate demise. What solidly spelled the end of G2 Esports was how far IG’s top laner Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok was ahead of the rest of the players in the game. The pressure that the he exuded on the map was enough to shut down G2 Esports and end the game in IG’s favor.
Game Three: IG (2) vs G2 (0)
Pushed to the brink by two lost games and at the precipice of elimination, G2 made a conscious effort to play the early game better. They decided to shut down the previous win condition of Invictus Gaming in TheShy and get their top laner ahead instead. For a while, G2 Esports was ahead, they were two thousand gold ahead fourteen minutes into the game and looked poised to increase that lead. However, that attempt to increase the lead is what eventually led to their downfall.
G2 Esports allowed themselves to be flanked by TheShy and ended up losing a team fight that looked in their favor for a majority of it. The hesitation of G2 Esports and the reservation from the possibility of losing caused G2 to choke around a fight around the Dragon pit. All G2 wanted to do in the fight was to disengage. They played scared and wanted to get out of the fight before it got out of hand. G2 were unable to do so and ended up losing three in the fight. Minutes later, Invictus Gaming secured the Baron and consequently six unanswered towers. This flipped the gold in favor of IG and spelled disaster for G2. A poorly fought team fight from G2 pushed IG over the top and over the finish line.
FINAL SCORE: Invictus Gaming (3) – G2 Esports (0)
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