We’ve covered the first half of the semifinals. Now here’s the remaining half featuring Ascension Gaming fighting against Young Generation; countryman against countryman.
In the first game of the series, Ascension Gaming took Young Generation head on and played a team composition capable of matching their aggression in the early game. With standout laning phases from Jisu and G4 to Lloyd and Warl0ck’s solid skirmishing, it was a convincing Game 1 from the Thai squad.
Playing off Jisu and G4’s pressure seems to be a key factor in Ascension Gaming’s success, especially in answering Young Generation’s priority on the 5-man bot play and will be necessary for them to take down the Vietnamese #2 seed.
With Jisu on a Camille that takes time to scale and loses lane pressure; Ascension found themselves unable to answer the early game aggression of Young Generation especially when it came to their 5 men bot play.
Despite running double scaling in Corki and Kog’Maw (though Lulu allows for an earlier Kog’Maw power spike), Young Generation were able to find favorable forces with their Jarvan IV and Rek’Sai to pull themselves ahead. With their lead and a double scaling composition, Young Generation ran away with Game 2.
With G4 returning to an old counter-pick to Syndra in the Vladimir, Ascension attempted to run an AOE teamfighting team composition with 2 AP sources. However, going up against the heavy early game focused pick composition ran by Young Generation, Ascension kept getting caught off guard before they had the time to set up their mid game spike.
Playing in typical Young Generation fashion; this game was a clinic in choking out map vision and setting up picks.
Going back to their winning formula in Game 1 of playing off their winning solo lanes; Ascension swapped their focus back to allowing Jisu a strong 1v1 side lane matchup while G4 had a midlane matchup in which he could comfortably roam and affect the map.
With the constant side lane pressure coming in from Jisu and G4’s relentless roaming, ASC pulled themselves back to tie up the series 2:2.
Keeping with the trend of running power lanes (since they won 3/3 of their games with power lanes), Ascension saw star player G4 default back to an old favorite once again in the form of Ekko. Though the Vladimir ‘counter-pick’ didn’t work out, Ekko worked out far better.
Playing a heavy dive composition with 2 full tanks and ridiculous amounts of initiation, Ascension managed to take down Young Generation once again running an early game focus catch heavy composition.
In the closest game of the series with constant back and forth Baron dances, the Ascension Gaming squad ultimately ended the game off of a backdoor onto Young Generation, sealing their ticket into the finals against Gigabyte Marines (a rematch of the Spring Split Finals).