Picks and Bans – Whoa first-pick Jhin for Sneaky! Let’s go! FOX get Corki for Froggen and Trundle, which I like IF it’s a true flex pick (Graves was banned, so I like it more).
Early Game – C9 invade very aggressively and almost pick up a double kill at 10:50. That was the theme of the early game – C9 trying things that might give them an edge in the playoffs. I’m very interested to see if Janna/Sivir can push Jhin a bit in the lane phase, but giving up First Blood will not help. Also, Sneaky and Hai are just better. Look at all the stuns that land at 17:45. The strategy is perfect in FOX who just want to farm and scale for later fights – it puts pressure on them to make risky decisions in lane and that leads to more kills.
30:00 – FOX are falling behind further and further and have to make a play. C9 know this and bait it perfectly. They toggle damage expertly and it’s a clean fight. This game is over. Echo Fox hang on with good Sivir/Corki waveclear but C9 end up 15-0 in kills and an Ace under fountain.
There’s not much to say about this. C9 are just better at 4/5 positions and FOX could not recover. The early game comp was executed to perfection and FOX didn’t really have a win condition after 5 minutes. FOX have had an incredible end to their split but need to figure out how to get going faster.