With the victory of Gigabyte Marines yesterday to qualify directly for the League of Legends World Championship; Ascension Gaming (who dropped to Gigabyte Marines 0-3) and Young Generation (who climbed back up from the losers match against Team Manila Eagles 3-0) were scheduled to have a rematch. Find out the full recap of their fight below.
Right off the bat, Game 1 showed how evenly matched both teams are. Ascension Gaming and Young Generation traded blows across the board. Going into the mid game, Ascension Gaming used their team composition to force picks and dives as a 5-man unit, a trend we would see throughout the series.
Playing off this, Ascension Gaming pulled themselves to a lead and ultimately closed out the game off a Pentakill coming through for Lloyd.
With a curious adaptation coming through in draft phase by flexing their Vladimir to Top Lane and picking up Lucian for G4 in the Mid Lane to deal with Kassadin, Ascension once again played the “deathball” 5-man group style which they showed in the previous game.
Though Ascension prevailed in this messy game, it showed trends which would come back to haunt the Thai team the rest of the series. Young Generation was controlling their side lanes better, managing to catch Ascension’s split pushers at no cost.
Despite running double scaling in Mid and ADC, Young Generation still manage to get an early snowball rolling through a smart draft phase with huge amounts of protection for their double backline threats. In addition, they utilized Galio as a pseudo counter to Taliyah, punishing G4’s over-aggressive roam attempts.
With a snowball rolling so early for their scaling team composition, Young Generation ran off their lead for a quick 26-minute long game with a final scoreline of 14-2 in favor of the Vietnamese.
Despite having a lead in the early game from playing off their winning top and bottom lanes, the Thais were unable to find a snowball opportunity to close out the game. When trying to implement side lane pushes they looked uncoordinated and were punished out by Young Generation several times with them constantly rotating to the side lanes faster and punishing out the late or non-existent rotations of Ascension.
Ascension Gaming tried a Baron rush to close out the game, but Young Generation managed to steal it away from them.
From the draft phase, both teams demonstrated different priorities heading into this game with Ascension wanting to run a split push with Jisu’s Trundle while Young Generation opted into a teamfight focused team composition with Orianna and Galio.
Despite being a relatively close early game there was a key mismatch in the Mid Lane, with Naul and G4 both being core members of their team setting G4 so far behind with Naul getting so far ahead would prove to be instrumental in Young Generation’s victory. Running a 5-man group this time around, they were too proactive in forcing as 5 to allow Ascension time to get the split push running.
Thus, the Garena Premier League Summer 2017 concludes with Young Generation emerging victorious as Southeast Asia’s second seed into the League of Legends World Championships at the play-in stage. Gigabyte Marines will be the first seed directly into the group stages.