The match of Team Secret (TS) vs Team Whales (TW) opened the penultimate week of the VCS group stage in the context that the rankings of the teams have not been finalized.
Team TS is being chased very fiercely by SBTC Esports, GAM Esports in the race for first place. Team TW needs to save every win to overcome Saigon Buffalo, CERBERUS Esports win the top 4 position, qualify for the playoffs. In the first leg, TS won TW with a score of 2-1, TS was the first team to win in game 1, then equalized and won in game 3.
The scenario was repeated again in the second leg when TS was a very good team in the first game, they won on all fronts from the laning phase with the high mobility champions Kindred, Ahri. The skills of the TS players have crushed the opponent, ignoring the tactics or teamwork. Game 2, TS chose again the generals that TW used in the last game as if he wanted to show TW how to operate Azir, Zeri, Gwen. But TS is the losing team, the result of the game is decided by the Quadra kill phase of ADC Arrietty. Game 3, the two teams competed in a tense battle, the victory came to TS quite unexpectedly after only a 5v5 phase in the 1st mid laner turret.
Mid lane mage Artifact, AD carry Eddie, respectively, have KDA through 3 games: 10/5/24, 13/4/18. These two players played really well throughout the BO3 series, even when TS lost in game 2. Artifact dominated the Glory power, TW’s main source of lethality, and roamed a lot, giving the players an advantage. Street. Eddie does the right thing as a gunner, keeps his distance well and gets a lot of kills every time a 5v5 fight breaks out.
Artifact played very well despite using up to 3 generals Ahri, Azir, Taliyah through 3 games. Assassin Ahri, hit the target with skills, forcing Glory to hold the turret. Azir and Zeri carried TS in game 2, from the laning phase they lost a lot, but TS still gradually recovered in the middle of the game. And in game 3 Stone Witch – Taliyah appears in every hot spot on the map, the combos of Unstable Tapestry, Toss Earthquake are very effective.
Gunner Eddie had timely farm stats in all 3 games. KDA 13/4/18 from 2 champions who were nerfed in version 12.14 of Eddie shows that Zeri, Sivir still have a place to play in the near future. The champion quality and player skills offset the damage that Riot Games took from Zeri. As for Sivir, only the ability to farm fire is reduced easily from W – Bounce. Watching Eddie, Arrietty take turns choosing Zeri, Sivir, then surely these two generals will continue to be on the hot ban / pick list in the coming days.
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Losing this match, TW must expect that SGB will also lose to SE in the first match, on August 12. And they themselves have to try harder to get good results when they meet SE in the first match, on August 13.