Two teams met on the 3rd of July, 2018 to gain victory above the other in order to position themselves closer to the top of the standings. AZIO White is tied for second prior to meeting Dramatik Gaming while, Dramatik is fighting to climb its way higher up the table as they are tied for fourth.
During game 1 AZIO Whites top laner, Firetheft using Kennen was able to 1v1 Dramatiks top laner who was playing Poppy. Firetheft completely destroys him to secure first blood for his team. However, he overstays after the kill and Weniwin comes and cleans up to pull a kill back for his team using Graves. At 11 minutes Vakin uses Nocturnes Paranoia to get a kill on Jido’s Braum following up with a kill against the Graves which eventually turned into a fight in the jungle of Dramatiks bot side resulting with Yasuo killing Lucian. After this point the game begins to swing completely into the favor of AZIO White. AZIO’s players all have leads on their respective matchups with a team gold lead of 6k at 14 minutes! Over the remainder of the game AZIO is consistently out pressuring Dramatik all over the map. AZIO is showing a very calculated but explosive playstyle that Dramatik just can’t seem to handle. At 25 minutes a pick on Graves happens and AZIO White is free to complete the Baron and a big push happens mid where Locke Lamora on Vladimir dives the mid inhibitor tower to complete a triple kill and winning the first game of the series for AZIO White in dominant fashion. AZIO White wins 22 to 5 with a 20 k gold lead at 28 minutes.
Game 2 of this action packed match up has AZIO White once again going for a composition that lacks a marksman champion. Locke Lamora and Firetheft on exciting champions such as Leblanc and Gangplank respectively. First blood comes at 3 minutes on account of a gank by Vakin against Dramatiks bot lane with the kill credit going to AZIO’s Braum. Not too long after a 1v1 in the top lane breaks out and Angormus tries to finish off Gangplank under tower but Firetheft is quick to barrel and citrus combo to kill Nasus as well as surviving his attack. Meanwhile Disconnectr picks up a kill on Dramatiks Kai’sa. Compared to game one this game is much closer between the two teams. At 24 minutes weniwin was able to steal away a Baron to try and deny AZIO White the ability to gain more pressure. Even without the Baron buff AZIO White is still able to push in with relative ease and maintain pressure that they gained throughout the game. Finally at 30 minutes a pick on Nasus allows Gangplank to get the bottom inhibitor and the rest of the team to destroy the top inhibitor. At this point baron has respawned while Vakin picks up a third infernal dragon! At 32 minutes AZIO gets a Baron Buff secured in response 3 of their members lives. While the fight broke out at Baron the minion waves destroyed both of Dramatiks nexus towers. AZIO White just pushes mid with their baron buff allowing for a triple inhibitor push and they overwhelm the nexus with minions to gain victory at 35 minutes with an 11k gold lead.
After the games I spoke to both Dramatiks top laner and Kai who is the coach of AZIO White and asked them a few questions about how they feel about their teams.
Angormus from Dramatik
Q1: Now that you're 1-3 how do you guys see yourselves bouncing back against your next opponents and what do you guys think you have to do as a team to improve?
A1: We weren't playing with our main roster, we had both our main support and adcs out this week and our main jungler out due to various reasons, life has been rough this last week for our squad's schedule.
Q2: Do you think you guys can pull an upset against Zenith who is tied for first in your division?
A2: They're the final boss if we want any playoff contention hopes to stay alive, so we're going to need to prepare for them a lot. I think with our main roster we have a shot at pulling a solid upset if we can keep alive through the early game.
Q3: How do you feel about the individual matchup between you and their top laner.
A3: It's going to be a rough match up for me, I'm probably the weakest link on the team, if I can manage to go even that'll mean a lot for our team. Honestly, not super confident about it currently, but I've been able to go head to head with players of that tier with Nasus before, hopefully I can do it without him.
Coach Kai of AZIO White
Q1: After such a dominant showing this week how do you feel about eventually challenging for first place?
A1: I feel confident that we can compete with the best teams within Upsurge, I look forward to seeing what we can do!
Q2: What do you think of your next match up and how confident do you feel you can repeat a performance of the likes witnessed today?
A2: I think that Supernova is one of our stronger opponents. I think that they will give us more of a challenge than Dramatik did, but I think we can definitely compete against them.
Q3: My last question is do you think you have any specific attribute in your team where you guys need to improve on the most?
A3: While I was more than happy with our performance in game one, game two was much closer than it needed to be. Consistency is among many aspects that we need to improve on as we keep growing as a team.