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Echo Fox line-up: Huni, Dardoch, Fenix, Altec, Adrian
TSM line-up: Hauntzer, Mikeyeung, Bjergsen, Zven, Mithy
The game takes place at LCS studios, California, where after the round of bans, the picture is like this. Huni, as Gangplank, would be facing Hauntzer’s Vladimir. Vladimir seems to be current favorite as top, as he is being seen repeatedly in the current season. Dardoch settles with Zac, a bit uncommon champion for him, opposite to TSM’s Jarvan IV. Fenix goes for Zoe, the newest champion in the game, who can land a huge amount of damage, as well as is a effective roamer. Altec takes Tristana, along with Alistar support. TSM’s Bjergsen, known to dominate the mid lane takes Malzahar, while Zven and Mithy settles on Ezreal and Braum respectively.
As the game starts, Dardoch (Zac) takes the red buff first while Mikeyeung (Jarvan IV) takes on the blue senitel. Dardoch tries an early gank, and it turns 3vs1 for Mithy (Braum), but blocks the attacks and falls back to his own turret. Later, Dardoch tries to gank mid lane, but this attack on Malzahar faila too, as Bjergsen falls to his turret. Meanwhile, in the top lane, Jarvan IV threatens Huni (Gangplank) , who does fall back to his turret, but is ultimately killed by Hauntzer’s Vladimir, thus scoring the “First Blood”. Huni hadn’t anticipated Vladimir’s risky tower dive, and thus hadn’t used flash.
At 10 mins into the game, Hauntzer and Mikeyeung kill Huni for the second time, despite his using a stopwatch to attain invulnerability for a short period of time, but a sudden appearance of Echo Fox members cuts out the escape route of Vladimir and he falls with the kill going to Fenix’s Zoe. Meanwhile, TSM has taken advantage and damaged the bottom tower to almost dangerously low health. All of a sudden, a 4vs4 engagement occurs here, and Zoe gets Jarvan IV while Altec’s Tristana kills Mithy’s Braum. But Malzahar kills them both, scoring a “DoubleKill”, while Zac and Alistar escape, thanks to their tanky nature. On the other side of the map, Hauntzer solo kills Huni, under his tower and then takes down the tower. Thus the score stands at 3-5 at this point.
15 mins into the game, and TSM leads by 2500 gold, with Vladimir having almost 2000 gold advantage over Gangplank. Thus, Hauntzer constantly harass Huni, and the top lane seems to be the weak spot for Echo Fox. Dardoch takes the first drake, while Mikeyeung is driven away by EchoFox. TSM takes the Rift Herald at about 20 mins and use it to take down the first middle tower, forcing Echo Fox to retreat. This leads to a 5000 gold advantage for TSM, who seem to completely dominate the early game. Echo Fox do take out TSM’s outer middle tower, while they get the mountain drake.
A bit of slowdown is observed at this point, with no one trying to engage in a battle. Each team tries to clear out map vision of the opponent team. Huni tries to feed on the bottom lane minions, but Hauntzer tries his best to harass him there too. Hauntzer’s Vladimir is too fed at this point of time and he didn’t had to use his stopwatch yet. Despite their advantage, TSM needs to pull out something big to win.
Then, TSM tries to take the Baron buff, as soon as it spawns, but they are flanked by Echo Fox. This results in Huni’s death, again in the hands of Vladimir. Thus, with the baron buff and an extra kill, serving as the topping, TSM pushes mid and take down another tower. They move to bottom lane, and take down another tower there. TSM dominates the map and jump from lanes to lanes, while Echo Fox looks for any chance to catch hold of a isolated member. Huge minion pressure on the top side leads to the fall of a tower there and now, TSM tries to take down the top inhibitor tower, with combined effort of the red minions. 5vs5 engagement occurs here, with Zac taking down Malzahar, Zven’s Ezreal takes down Alistar, Vladimir takes down Zoe, Huni hunts down Mithy, but falls to Zven. When the dust settles down, Jarvan IV and Ezreal take down the top inhibitor easily, while Zac has to retreat, being the solo alive member of his team. TSM has a 10000 gold advantage now, and clearly seems to have complete map control.
Echo Fox slays the drake this time and tries to minimize the gold difference. Hauntzer gets caught in a 3vs1 situation again in the mid lane and though his escape looks successful at first, thanks to a well-timed flash, he is chased down by Fenix’s Zoe. Though Echo Fox has been successful in putting their strongest opponent in a death chamber for 40 secs, they are quite behind ( 7 kills against 10, 1 tower taken down against 7, 59000 gold against 67500).
Now, TSM tries to take over the baron buff again, but Echo Fox tries to look for a way to flank. It turns into a 4vs4 engagement, and Alistar is seen trying to keep Vladimir away from the fight. But the tanky build of Mikeyeong’s Jarvan IV holds out long enough, and this results in the fall of two members of Echo Fox. Leaving the Baron for the meanwhile, TSM pushes the mid lane and take down the inhibitor tower and the inhibitor itself. But they exit soon enough to get the second baron buff, while Echo Fox hold against the wave of minions at their base. The end game looks clear now ( or is it?).
Another 5vs5 team-fight on the mid lane leads to the fall of Adrian’s Alistar. TSM picks the Elder dragon and then regroups at the bottom lane. Team fight occurs at the bottom inhibitor tower, where Tristana kills Malzahar, but in turn is killed by Zoe. Zoe had also killed Vladimir, just before that, so Fenix gets a DoubleKill again.This unexpected result forces TSM to fall back, but Echo Fox is unable to chase them down due to the massive minion pressure on their base. They can barely hold out there, and it leads to the fall of one of their nexus towers.
TSM falls to the baron, aiming for the baron buff again, but Echo Fox tries to round them up there. A team-fight there, leads to the killing of Malzahar, by Altec’s Tristana. Thus, Echo Fox’s assassination mission looks successful and they get away with the kill, forcing TSM to retreat for the time being. By this point of the game, Zac seems to be the one forcing engagements with the opponent, and he is quite good at forcing TSM members to use up their Flash and other defensive spells. The baron remains the point of constant pressure for both teams, when suddenly Echo Fox steps forward to get the baron. The resulting ruckus leads to Vladimir killing Alistar, while Tristana gets to shutdown TSM’s Ezreal, his first death in this game. Zac targets Vladimir and pushes him back in between the Echo Fox players, who slaughter him easily, with thr kill going to Fenix’s Zoe, who is in a rampage by now. Hauntzer did use his stopwatch to but himself a few seconds of invulnerability, but it doesn’t work in his favor at all.
Now, with TSM two personnel down, Echo Fox takes the Baron buff easily. Then, switching to a offensive mode, Echo Fox rushes down the mid lane, but are intercepted by TSM and are forced to fight their way into the nearby jungle area, where Vladimir picks up a kill on Alistar with ease. With Alistar in the death chamber for 50 secs, TSM uses their number advantage and taked down the middle inhibitor, and focus their attention to the top one. On being chased by Echo Fox a bit, they fall back a bit. As soon as Echo Fox takes their bait and moves out of their base to push the minion wave on other lanes, TSM re-attack the top inhibitor tower and take it down. Again Zac engages the enemy to a team-fight where Echo Fox gains two kills, Vladimir and Braum. Now, with better map control, Echo Fox claims the Elder dragon. Thjs seems to be the turning point of the game, as Huni’s Gangplank with six offensive items including Infinity Blade, turns to be the main damage dealer for Echo Fox. They pick up four of the TSM players, with two kills going to Huni.
Echo Fox clearly dominates the game now. They run down the mid lane and take down the middle inhibitor tower on TSM side. TSM falls one by one, first Vladimir, then Malzahar, followed by Jarvan IV, Braum and then Huni claiming an Ace on Ezreal.
With no one to challenge them, Echo Fox takes down the blue nexus and wins the game. They have made an amazing comeback, keeping TSM engaged for enough time, till they are stronger than them. They had overcome a great gold disadvantage and early loss of turrets, to turn the tables and seige the exact winning moment. The most important role was played by Dardoch’s Zac here, timing all the engagements and feeding the other members with kills.
With a win on this match, Echo Fox is still undefeated in the NA region with 4-0.