Edward Gaming vs H2K at the 2016 World Championship - Group Stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, USA on 2 October 2016.

EDG made a decision to debut Lee “Scout” Ye-chan in the midlane, benching the season 4 world champion, Heo “PawN” Won-seok. Scout had played the majority of EDG’s regular season games, so it was no surprise ate all to see that he showed up big in this match versus H2K.

The pick/ban phase was very interesting, as EDG first picked Nidalee, a champion Ming “Clearlove” Kai is not known for playing but is a heavily contested pick. A Rumble vs Jayce lane was expected in the toplane, but EDG surprised yet again when Chen “Mouse” Yu-Hao picked Irelia into Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu’s Rumble. H2K’s botlane pick showed to be a safe scaling Ezreal/Karma lane, though EDG decided to go for a Jhin/Alistar kill lane, which was a very critical decision.

The start of the game was explosive when Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan face checked the botlane tribush at 1:50, getting bursted by Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu’s Jhin and Tian “meiko” Ye’s Alistar. VandR was able to barely make it out, burning flash and getting healed by Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou. Deft, however, predatory as he is, flashed forward and killed VandeR, securing first blood. Throughout, meiko still had flash which is critical for Alistar engage plays.

Mouse struggle in previous games, such as his previous Irelia game vs the Brazil’s INTZ, caused EDG to heavily ward topside. This had repercussions, when Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski ganked bot at 5:05, giving FORG1VEN a double kill on Ezreal. This hadn’t translated into a significant lead though as Deft was 20 cs ahead of the Greek marksman at 7:15.

EDG showed their macro knowledge when, at 8:10, Scout roams top when Jankos is camping Mouse, waiting in the redside top bush. A fight initiated by Jankos ensues, but he gets killed by Scout, and Mouse kills Odoamne shortly after. The important part is that since both Jankos and Odoamne are dead, ClearLove is able to gank botsuccesfully burning VandeR’s flash and forcing the H2K botlane to back. EDG follows up by getting the first turret of the game, further bolstering their gold lead. EDG is 2.6K gold ahead at 12 minutes.

H2K were able to find a kill on ClearLove in the top river at 13:05, but yet again, they cannot capitalize on their numbers advantage, instead losing a teamfight that ensues shortly after. Although no one died in the teamfight, EDG displayed that they will control 5-on-5’s like they control the game.

EDG, with the lead they have formed, stall out the game to allow Jhin to scale in order to win the game with a dominant teamfight. This is because Deft was building crit Jhin rather than the flat armor pen build. In this time, EDG claimed the rift herald buff for Mouse (15:00), H2K take their first turret followed up by their first drake (16:40), EDG take the first mid outer of the game (21:25), EDG take a mountain drake uncontested (24:40) and Mouse takes the inner bot turret alone (26:30)

At 30:35, a teamfight breaks out in bot that EDG wins, killing three H2K members with no deaths on EDG’s side. This could pretty much be the game winning teamfight as EDG went on to take another drake then baron. EDG breached H2K’s base at 33:55 when they destroyed the mid inhibitor. Immediately afterwards, they went for a 4/1, with Mouse splitting top while the rest of the team pressure’s bot.

The 4 EDG members at bot grabbed the bot inhibitor, while Mouse nearly destroyed the top inhibitor, but died in the process. By this moment, the game is pretty much decided. The final teamfight happened at 37:15 when Mouse respawned: EDG came up ahead once more and ended the game, moving to 2-1 after the first week of games.

SplitPush’s MVP: ClearLove

Although all of EDG showed an impressive performance, it was ClearLove that was able to make the team win. His decisive ganks and counterjungling when he knew Jankos was either dead or in another lane helped propel his team forwards. Alone, the other players were not having a stellar performance, but he was able to propel them forward. He set them up, especially Deft and Mouse, to succeed. For that, he is SplitPush’s MVP choice.

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