NA LCS Final Promotion Tournament Finals Recap

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This series happened today. The winner of this finals does not actually earn a spot into the NA LCS. The new franchise system means that this will be the last NA LCS Promotion tournament. Phreak’s clarification at the beginning of this match means that both the winning and losing team from this series earn a $3 Million dollar discount toward their application into the NA LCS. So honestly this whole series is just a resume builder for NA LCS applications and a hefty discount. My recaps for each game will be brief and I’ll try to explain that soon, on to the games!

Game One: First Rotation Rek’Sai, feels bad man

P1 vs. EUN – Final Promotion Day 3 Game 1 | NA LCS Summer Split | Phoenix1 vs. eUnited (2017)VOD of Phoenix1 vs. eUnited (Game 1) Final Promotion Day 3 2017 #NALCS Phoenix1 Lineup: zig – Top Gnar MikeYeung – Jungle Maokai Ryu – Mid Syndra Arrow – ADC Varus Xpecial – Support Thresh eUnited Lineup: Licorice – Top Shen DanDy – Jungle Rek'Sai GBM – Mid Cassiopeia Deftly – ADC Tristana Zeyzal – Support Blitzcrank Watch all matches of the split here from all of our leagues: NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK Champions Korea, LPL. FULL VOD PLAYLIST – https://www.youtube.com/user/LoLChampSeries/playlists?view=50&shelf_id=72&sort=dd You can always learn more and view the full match schedule at http://www.lolesports.com. Join the conversation on Twitter, Follow us @lolesports : http://www.twitter.com/lolesports Like us on FACEBOOK for important updates: http://www.facebook.com/lolesports Find us on INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/lolesports Check out our photos on FLICKR: http://bit.ly/lolesportsFlickr2017-08-13T20:50:35.000Z
So I really don’t like eUnited’s draft but more on that later. eUnited were doing relatively fine for a good portion of the game. As the game went on you could see eUnited’s decisions gradually get worse. Watching eUnited lose that teamfight in the river around dragon was heartbreaking. eUnited had just won a teamfight outside their base, it was a great hold. The immediate call to rush dragon was a grave mistake and they got Maokai ult’d into Gnar ult.

Game Two: AP Galio Mid Was Not A Good Idea

P1 vs. EUN – Final Promotion Day 3 Game 1 | NA LCS Summer Split | Phoenix1 vs. eUnited (2017)VOD of Phoenix1 vs. eUnited (Game 1) Final Promotion Day 3 2017 #NALCS Phoenix1 Lineup: zig – Top Gnar MikeYeung – Jungle Maokai Ryu – Mid Syndra Arrow – ADC Varus Xpecial – Support Thresh eUnited Lineup: Licorice – Top Shen DanDy – Jungle Rek'Sai GBM – Mid Cassiopeia Deftly – ADC Tristana Zeyzal – Support Blitzcrank Watch all matches of the split here from all of our leagues: NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK Champions Korea, LPL. FULL VOD PLAYLIST – https://www.youtube.com/user/LoLChampSeries/playlists?view=50&shelf_id=72&sort=dd You can always learn more and view the full match schedule at http://www.lolesports.com. Join the conversation on Twitter, Follow us @lolesports : http://www.twitter.com/lolesports Like us on FACEBOOK for important updates: http://www.facebook.com/lolesports Find us on INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/lolesports Check out our photos on FLICKR: http://bit.ly/lolesportsFlickr2017-08-13T20:50:35.000Z
Neither team really wanted to take chances for the majority of this game. The low kill count can attest to that. eUnited kept it relatively even and eUnited even held slim leads for stretches in this game. After Phoenix1 secured the Baron they laid siege to eUnited’s base and crippled them. After that eUnited never really recovered. Their inhibitors may have respawned but eUnited never closed the deficit between them. Phoenix1 went for a second Baron and wiped eUnited for the win in Game Two.

Game Three: Third Time is Not the Charm

P1 vs. EUN – Final Promotion Day 3 Game 3 | NA LCS Summer Split | Phoenix1 vs. eUnited (2017)VOD of Phoenix1 vs. eUnited (Game 3) Final Promotion Day 3 2017 #NALCS zig – Top Gnar MikeYeung – Jungle Sejuani Ryu – Mid Taliyah Arrow – ADC Kalista Xpecial – Support Blitzcrank eUnited Lineup: Licorice – Top Camille DanDy – Jungle Rek'Sai GBM – Mid LeBlanc Deftly – ADC Tristana Zeyzal – Support Thresh Watch all matches of the split here from all of our leagues: NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK Champions Korea, LPL. FULL VOD PLAYLIST – https://www.youtube.com/user/LoLChampSeries/playlists?view=50&shelf_id=72&sort=dd You can always learn more and view the full match schedule at http://www.lolesports.com. Join the conversation on Twitter, Follow us @lolesports : http://www.twitter.com/lolesports Like us on FACEBOOK for important updates: http://www.facebook.com/lolesports Find us on INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/lolesports Check out our photos on FLICKR: http://bit.ly/lolesportsFlickr2017-08-13T23:14:16.000Z
Game Three was the best representation of what this series should have been. eUnited managed to keep it close, they even eked out a lead for a minute or two. There was a sizable pause during this game as well. I doubt the pause had any really effect on the outcome here. Phoenix1 out rotated and teamfought significantly better than eUnited. There’s not much else to say about this game, eUnited cracked.

Phoenix1 (3) vs eUnited (0): Now What?

eUnited look like every other NA Challenger team that’s very successful in the NACS but can’t win a single best-of-three against an actual LCS-caliber team. DanDy and GBM looked alright in these games but honestly they looked like pail imitations of their former glory.