Immortals took out Counter Logic Gaming 3 - 2 in a best of five series for third place. With this win, Immortals still must participate in the gauntlet to qualify for Worlds and TSM needs to win in order to send CLG to worlds with the second seed. Immortals does get a higher seed for Worlds qualifiers if TSM wins.
CLG had outstanding rotations in game one, picking out players like Jason “Wildturtle” Tran, forcing him to go 0/2/0 on Ashe within the first ten minutes of the game. (What a tilter.) Jae-hyun “Huhi” Choi ended the game 14/1/12 on Syndra, grabbing great executions and stuns. Seung-hoon “Huni” Heo had several great big stuns on Gnar, but the remainder of Immortals was constantly wiped out before he could set them off, leaving him without any follow-up.
Stixxay brought Kalista out from retirement since her nerfs for game two, but it didn’t stop Immortals from taking the game. CLG continued to out-rotate them, but a huge team fight with Huni on Ekko turned the game around. Wildturtle continued to destroy as Sivir with Eugene “Pobelter” Park playing Vladimir.
A massive fight starts in the mid lane and @Immortals come out on top with the ace! #NALCS https://t.co/xRFuySmN9K— lolesports (@lolesports) August 27, 2016
Immortals took game three in an intense and extremely close match where Stixxay played Jhin again and continued to bring out nasty Curtain Calls, chunking out the opposing team repeatedly. Huni continued to play Ekko, zoning out and completely annihilating anybody who tried to get in his way. Jake “Xmithie” Puchero stole Baron in a dirty play against Immortals. The game went to 50 minutes and ended with a score of 17 to 17, but Immortals managed to bring out the win.
.@LoLXmithie comes up with a game saving Baron steal! #NALCS #LockIn https://t.co/s75vURFCle— lolesports (@lolesports) August 27, 2016
CLG won game four after Stixxay brought the Jhin out again, going 10/1/8 on the champion. With a nearly 8,000 gold lead, Pobelter got completely shut down on Cassiopeia against Huhi’s Vel’koz. Nobody will know why Immortals let CLG have Jhin again, but Stixxay really did carry his team to victory.
After Silver Scrapes played out, Immortals took game five to wrap up the series. Wildturtle went off as Ezreal and Adrian “Adrian” Ma saved the team consistently on Taric. Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha played Shen all five of the games, and by the time the last games rolled around, Immortals just started to play around him. Wildturtle had the ability to jump around and kill CLG while under the clean protection of Adrian and Ui-jin “Reignover” Kim on Gragas.
Player of the series went to Huni, who became a threat in every game, regardless of who was in the lead. His ability to adapt against Darshan’s Shen and build a Tiamat on Ekko showed that he was willing to think differently. He knew when he needed to group, when to fight and when to split push and it payed off in the end.
Wildturtle was extremely happy to win in his hometown, with a Canadian flag around his chair for the whole series. The crowd went wild for him, even when there were pauses and it seemed that Canada was so excited to have their star player back.
The Canadian crowd went NUTS for native son WildTurtle during the pause pic.twitter.com/xXoxVZPPaG— Pete @ NA LCS Finals (@Pete_Volk) August 27, 2016
Finals will be taking place between Cloud9 and Team SoloMid for the first seed to the World Championships tomorrow at approximately 3 p.m. EST, after the European finals.