Flash Wolves’ Destiny Decided in Three Moments

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In the deciders match for quarterfinals, G2 managed to get not only one but two huge comfort picks: Heimerdinger on Hjarnan and Perkz with Irelia. Though, the Taiwanese team had an ace up their sleeve as well; Betty’s Mordekaiser.  Betty has played Mordekaiser two times this summer ending the split with a massive 22,00 KDA. But his pocket pick did not end up as powerful as this sterling record would suggest. G2 Had their own cards to play.

Early in the game Maple and Hanabi swapped lanes to create themselves a matchup advantage, something the European team instantly realized. They capitalized on this error by bringing both Perkz and Jankos to the top side of the map. Maple who was boldly pushing in the top wave given his lack of vision would soon find he had no chance of surviving. Wunder bates Ryze into a good trade, making him pushed up far from his turret. They engage with Gragas, using his body slam into flash combo to stun him and with the huge damage output from both Aatrox and Irelia, they made sure Maple has nowhere to run.

Another pivotal play came only a few minutes later, the “Kings of Europe” managed to set up another successful dive, this time at the other end of the map in bottom lane. The stage was set with SwordArt already having used his flash previously, trying to force a kill on Gragas – and Heimerdinger was pushing by default because of his turrets. Flash Wolves had absolutely no vision in their bottom area due to not finding a good back timing to refresh their trinkets and Thresh waisted a critical ward in a lane bush that was illuminated by a well-protected enemy control ward, which he had knowledge of before placing.

This time it is Wadid who engages first onto Tahm Kench, taking advantage of him not having flash. Jankos and Hjarnan follow instantly, cc-chaining the Taiwanese support. But with Wunder flanking in from the jungle, Gragas and G2’s top laner quickly focus on the more important and squishy target – Mordekaiser. Their target tries to flash away but with Jankos making use of his Explosive Cask, Betty gained no distance at all. The European carry only needed one more spell rotation to finish off the ADC. SwordArt managed to use his Thick Skin in time to survive the dive and eventually uses his R to run away and achieve the execute, leading to a 3:0 lead for G2.

As G2 stacked up dragons and the Flash Wolves situation became more desperate they had a brief moment of hope, where it looked as if they could turn it around. As soon as Perkz tried to collect more farm on the topside, both Taliyah and Tahm Kench ulted by which they eventually killed Irelia. But committing 4 members to this one act of aggression was not the winning move, however much the players must have wished it to be in the moment. The rest of Perkz team easily secured their third consecutive drake and, even more importantly, the outer mid lane turret. By extending their lead more and more, the European dream of their first quarterfinalist became much more of a reality.

The dominant team from the LMS, who was considered a tournament favourite, made a huge mistake by leaving one of G2’s most valued picks open: Heimerdinger. Though, he was only part of a big problem, which the Taiwanese summer champions never managed to recover from: Vision. Due to a huge gold deficit and constant pressure on their lane, the support was rarely able to get his team deep wards or they were cleared fast on the few occasions he did. Betty’s Mordekaiser never really came “online” and without anyone to carry, Flash Wolves had no chance of winning. It is still unknown if the European team G2 can make a dream run in their first ever Worlds knock-out stage. But one thing is for sure: We will not see any more Heimerdinger action throughout their international journey.

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