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League of Legends: OPL split 1, week 5 recap

The winds of change began to stir in Week 5 of the Oceanic Pro League as Abyss Esports nabbed their first win of the split, while top dogs Chiefs Esports Club and LG Dire Wolves encountered momentary setbacks against weaker teams. If you’re trailing in your tipping comps it’s still too early to start backing the underdogs, but keep a watchful eye on them because that could change soon. Play of the Week
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Our fifth Play of the Week wasn’t a particularly impressive display of mechanical prowess. Nor was it a decisive fight that influenced the outcome of the game. It just happens to be one of the more hilarious moments of Split 1 so far.

Forgive the observers for missing the opening moments of Joshua “Wzrd” Russell’s beatdown on Ryan “Chippys” North, but we ended up catching the best part of the ‘fight’: caster Matthew “Fish” Stewart yelling out “Ghost Wzrd!” with glee as Wzrd sprinted to last hit Chippys with Rune Prison (Papa bless its instant cast point) before Realm Warping away like two millimetres to escape a tower and two pursuers.

Sure, Sin lost the game, but they won our hearts. Tainted Minds v Abyss Esports

Result: 2-1 Abyss Esports

The soap opera that is Tainted Minds entered its second season this week as their new roster took to the Rift for the very first time. Jackson “Pabu” Pavone’s OPL debut delivered on the hype as he styled on Zachary “Pacman” Bayne’s Camille in Game 1, doubling him in last hits well into the midgame. Still, TM’s inexperience showed as they were unable to advance their game state beyond stubbornly split pushing, and Abyss took a key fight near Baron 25 minutes in to take control of the game.

Undeterred, TM stormed back into Game 2 as Pabu continued to make Pacman his whipping boy up north. This time, they were able to snowball their advantage into a couple of objectives. Abyss nearly made it back after winning a 34-minute fight for Baron, but TM were able to work the map with their split pushing duelists to secure the win.

Pacman came back with a vengeance in Game 3, notching a bizarre solo kill over Pabu’s Singed just two minutes in, allowing Sebastian “Seb” de Cegile to work his magic on the rest of the map. Seb’s trademark hyper aggressive play quickly accelerated Abyss into the game, and they would ultimately finish with a 20-4 kill lead over the rookies to give them the match. Chiefs Esports Club v Avant Garde

Result: 2-0 Chiefs Esports Club

Evan “Ceres” Mascarenhas declared war on Brandon “Swip3rR” Holland after clapping two other high-profile top laners, but would be quickly humbled as Samuel “Spookz” Broadley showed up early for first blood. With Simon “Swiffer” Papamarkos dominating in the mid lane on Zed, it was an easy win for Chiefs as they finished in just 26 minutes.

Avant Garde were first off the block in Game 2 as Stephen “Triple” Li retaliated with a solo first blood against Swiffer, giving his team the advantage they needed to keep pace with Chiefs through to the midgame (and even claim a small lead). In the end, the experienced Chiefs came out on top with a breathtaking Baron fight at 31 minutes, but Avant proved that they’re not a team to be taken lightly. Legacy Esports v Exile 5

Result: 2-0 Legacy Esports

Game 1’s opening minutes were remarkably bloodless as Legacy slowly creeped to a gold lead, but everything exploded twelve minutes in as Andy “Cupcake” van der Vyver somehow found himself with a Bard double kill in a fight that put Legacy firmly in the lead. James “Tally” Shute and Tim “Carbon” Wendel finished the game deathless with 4/0/13 and 5/0/14 kill splits respectively.

Exile 5 continued to search for their way into the match in Game 2, but substitute Drew “Midbeast” Timbs struggled mightily in an already tough situation as Legacy stormed to another textbook win, only dropping two deaths on the way. Sin Gaming v LG Dire Wolves

Result: 2-1 LG Dire Wolves

When Richard “Phantiks” Su limped into the studio with an injured arm (courtesy of teammate Chippys’ overly physical basketball play), it was Shern “Shernfire” Tai who stepped up in the mid lane in his place. He was clearly shaky, but the Wolves managed to pull out a win despite a late hiccup.

Claiming that the game was “too close for [his] liking”, Phantiks returned in Game 2 miraculously healed by the spirit of battle. Unfortunately for the Wolves, the OPL is not a shonen anime, and Sin were able to steal a game behind Victor “FBI” Huang’s 5/0/11 Jhin.

An early Baron in Game 3 saw the Wolves take control of the game, but Sin were able to meet them at every turn for a good ten minutes despite trailing in gold. In the end, it was the Wolves who would take the game as an all-in initiation in the mid lane 32 minutes in gave them uncontested control of the map, and eventually the match.

The Oceanic Pro League continues next Saturday from 3 PM AEST as Dire Wolves take on Abyss Esports Club. Watch live at http://oce.lolesports南京夜网.

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