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Immortals vs Counter Logic Gaming live blog: Scores, highlights, and news from the NA LCS semifinals

CLG is all that stand between Immortals and their first Finals appearance ever.

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5:51 p.m. ET — Immortals take game 3 after a dominant 27 minutes and take a clean sweep against Counter Logic Gaming. Immortals advance to the Finals against tomorrow’s winner, meanwhile CLG will move to the third place match next weekend.


5:41 p.m. ET — In the first meaningful objective moments of the game CLG choose to trade 3 towers and a kill for 1 tower and 2 kills. It leaves Immortals with a 4k gold difference.


5:21 p.m. ET — Pick and Ban Game 4

Counter Logic Gaming have once again picked the same style composition. It didn’t work in game one or two and I don’t think it’s gonna work in game three, but we’ll see. IMT, similarly, continue to pick compositions with a hyper carry Kog’Maw. A strategy that has actually worked for them, which makes sense.

IMT: Jarvan IV, Gragas, Lucian, Kog’Maw, Tahm Kench

Bans: Aurelion Sol, Viktor, Orianna, Gnar, Jax

CLG: Shen, Sejuani, Corki, Xayah, Rakan

Bans: Zac, Kalista, Cassiopeia, Alistar, Cho’Gath


5:04 p.m. ET — After 40 minutes — 25 of which were spent with a 10k+ gold lead — Immortals finally win the game.


4:50 p.m. ET — Immortals have this game all but wrapped up with a huge 12k gold lead at 27 minutes. CLG have only managed to get one tower so far, and — thanks to their team comp — have no way back into the game.


4:37 p.m. ET — Immortals are keeping fights going all over the map and at 15 minutes it has really paid off giving them a 7-1 lead in kills and a 6k gold lead.


4:19 p.m. ET — Pick and Ban Game 2

I guess we are just running the game back, but at least Cho’Gath is a better teamfighter, which seems to be how CLG want to use Darshan. IMT are in a good place here, with champions better suited to keep their hypercarries safe.

IMT: Shen, Sejuani, Cassiopeia, Kog’Maw, Alistar

Bans: Aurelion Sol, Viktor, Orianna, Gnar, Jax

CLG: Cho’Gath, Gragas, Vel’Koz, Xayah, Rakan

Bans: Jarvan IV, Zac, Kalista, Tahm Kench, Morgana


4:03 p.m. ET — Counter Logic Gaming engage Baron with no kills, lose most of their health and a team fight, all the while losing Nexus towers. They lose the Baron and the Nexus and Immortals take game 1, despite their best efforts.


3:57 p.m. ET — The two teams trade junglers and CLG tries to take Elder Drake, but it’s stolen by Kog’Maw just as caster minions take CLG’s bottom inhibitor, giving IMT their biggest lead of the game.


3:48 p.m. ET — Instead of split pushing with the 6/2/5 Jax, CLG continues to teamfight for no real reason. The good news is Kog’Maw has accidentally gotten caught to start every fight so it is working out for them.


3:42 p.m. ET — Despite gaining an early lead, IMT has let the gold slip to almost even thanks to getting caught over and over again.


3:30 p.m. ET — IMT is way up thanks to favorable farming and much better macro play around towers and the first infernal drake. However, Darshan is slowly scaling up which keeps their hopes alive.


3:13 p.m. ET — Pick and Ban Game 1

IMT are focusing on the double hyper carry mid and bottom, with very little tank to peel for him. Meanwhile, CLG are going to look for Darshan to split push with Viktor and Xayah going for wave clear.

CLG: Jax, Maokai, Viktor, Xayah, Rakan

Bans: Jarvan, Tristana, Twitch, Morgana

IMT: Gnar, Gragas, Cassiopeia, Kog’Maw, Alistar

Bans: Zac, Kalista, Aurelion Sol


The first match of the NA LCS Summer Split semifinals will be between second seed Immortals, and regular season third seed Counter Logic Gaming.

Immortals enter this series in a fantastic place with a full two weeks of rest and preparation. However, they haven’t had a chance to play a competitive series on the current patch, which along with the downtime, could make them be a little out of practice. However, with the roster working as well as it did during the Summer Split, it’s hard to imagine them coming into this series looking anything but stellar.

For Counter Logic Gaming, this series is going to be all about about the lessons the team have learned. Last week’s series against Team EnVy was their first playoff series with the rookie jungle, Omar “Omargod” Amin, and the victory wasn’t easy. While Amin looked fairly good throughout the series, and for the most part managed to hold his own against Envy, going up against former CLG jungler, Jake “Xmithie” Puchero is going to be another story entirely and the biggest test Amin has faced as a member of CLG.

Lineups

Immortals

  • Lee “Flame” Ho-jong
  • Jake “Xmithie” Puchero
  • Eugene “Pobelter” Park
  • Sun “Cody Sun” Li Yu
  • Kim “Olleh” Joo-sung

Counter Logic Gaming

  • Darshan Upadhyaya
  • Omar “Omargod” Amin
  • Choi “Huhi” Jaehyun
  • Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes
  • Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black

HOW TO WATCH

The CLG vs IMT series will be a best-of-five and watchable on here or at the NA LCS Twitch channel. It is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET.