The Legion Singapore League finals for League of Legends between Sovereign and Resurgence were held last weekend at GameStart Asia. Resurgence surged forth with a swift 2-0 victory thanks to a couple of mistakes made by Sovereign. The team made sure to capitalize and punish the mistakes made by their opponents.
Let’s highlight what Sovereign did wrong that led to Resurgence’s victory.
Bad Gank Bottom Lane Execution
It seems that there was a pre-game plan that Tay “IceDestiny” Leong-Jie would gank bottom lane at level 2. Whilst it sounds like a solid plan to get the bottom lane ahead on paper, the execution was sloppy. IceDestiny’s Gragas Flash-Bodyslammed Timothy “Ciela” Lim’s Varus when Charles “Kra” Teo’s Alistar was nowhere near to Flash-Pulverize to continue the CC-chain or Ignite Varus. This results in Ciela getting away with 200 HP, when it should have been an easy first blood for Sovereign had IceDestiny been a bit more patient.
This botched play also meant that Chen “Eternal” Yihui’s Jarvan IV had the opportunity to steal away the majority of Sovereign’s top side jungle, putting him at an experience and gold advantage over IceDestiny.
To exacerbate these issues, IceDestiny sacrificed putting a point into his Q in order to have Bodyslam, which put him further behind as Q is an ability that clears camps quickly due to the large AoE damage.
This also allowed Eternal to pull off a gank onto Dominic “Arykelic” Loh’s Taliyah when he went too aggressive onto Raven’s Orianna. He probably landed a Seismic Shove combo off-screen but did not respect the fact that his Jungler was nowhere near to support or the fact that Eternal was probably in the area due to the fact that IceDestiny spent so much time on the bottom side of the map.
This results in Arykelic feeding First Blood to Resurgence, and Eternal being level 5 to IceDestiny’s Level 3 at 5 minutes into the game.
With such a huge disparity in the jungle, Eternal was able to be the aggressor and push Sovereign around in their own jungle, eventually leading to them picking up game one.
Not Dealing With Resurgence’s Anti-Jungle Plans
Putting IceDestiny behind seemed to be the name of the game for Resurgence, as in game two they made a beautiful invade to steal away all the small raptors from him which resulted in him not being able to get level 2 off that camp, and dramatically slowing down his jungle clear.
Arykelic also curiously picked Command: Dissonance on Orianna at level 2 instead of Command: Protect against Ken “Raven” Goh’s Lucian. This skill pick results in him getting chunked out and having to cede total control of mid-lane to Raven.
Raven also hit level 2 first off the small raptors he stole from IceDestiny. Thus, he was able to dictate how the mid-lane played out, as he could be confident in the fact that it would be unlikely that IceDestiny would look to gank his lane as he was already so far behind in the jungle. The vision control on the side of Resurgence was also great, as they had sight on IceDestiny a lot of the time, allowing their laners to play more aggressively.
These games really showcase how League of Legends is a game of inches. The best teams are those who can look to exploit the small inches that their opponents give them, and stretch them into miles of advantages.
Congratulations once again to Resurgence for picking up the title, we wish them the best of luck in the future and have strong faith that they can improve from their 3rd place GPL placing this year to represent the region at Worlds 2018.