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ESL Pro Series Week 5 Recap
Teams in this week's broadcasted games were CLG.Prime, TeamLegion, Monomaniac Ferus, Team Dynamic, Team Curse, Team Dignitas, CLG.Black, and Dirt Nap Gaming. The casters for this week's EPS games were Faro, Zenhurak, Azaraki, and Nubaeus. Each game has its respective bans and picks further down the page. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for when next week's EPS matches go live!

Counter Logic Gaming Prime vs. TeamLegion



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Game 1
Bans: Olaf, Shen, Rengar, Skarner, Gragas, Maokai, Diana, Vladimir, Alistar, Malphite
LgN (blue): Jayce, Zyra, Graves, Soraka, Nunu
CLG (purple): Ezreal, Cho’Gath, Twisted Fate, Lulu, Katarina

CLG raced to LgN’s blue and gathered enough time to catch LgN and gain the upper hand in blue side’s part of the jungle. Nothing happened after both teams had vision of each other for a brief moment, so HotshotGG ventured alone to his blue buff to find all of LgN throwing him a surprise party for first blood. LgN’s 6th sense in the early moments of this game pushed them forward to a good start. However, CLG’s bottom lane played very well mechanically and forced Demunlul’s Graves to use all of his abilities in order to farm. Once the Collateral Damage of Graves was on cooldown, CLG immediately took their chance to kill Dragon and keep a 2k gold lead. They took their second Dragon uncontested to keep their massive gold advantage and successfully engaged LgN with superb positioning. Despite individually being caught a few times and having killing sprees cut short, CLG slowly secured map objectives and kept their gold lead consistent in order to annihilate LgN in team fights.

Game 2
Bans: Maokai, Shen, Skarner, Alistar, Nunu, Gragas, Nocturne, Katarina, Malphite, Cho’Gath
CLG (blue): Rengar, Graves, Lulu, Diana, Galio
LgN (purple): Sona, Ezreal, Orianna, Amumu, Vladimir

After seeing HotshotGG post on social media about how great Rengar is, most viewers were expecting a Rengar pick at any point during this match. Expectations were met and CLG first picked Rengar in game 2. LgN had a chance to take the Ezreal pick, keeping in mind how Doublelift did so well with him in the first game. However, Doublelift instead performed just as well on Graves during this game and outCSed Demunlul by a good amount. Doublelift remained so consistent between the 2 games in this match that he ended up getting a quadra kill and CLG forced LgN to concede.

Monomaniac Ferus vs. Team Dynamic



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Game 1
Bans: Skarner, Olaf, Katarina, Alistar, Morgana, Shen, Malphite, Nunu, Vladimir, Blitzcrank
TD (blue): Sona, Graves, Cho’Gath, Rumble, Orianna
mMe.Ferus (purple): Yorick, Rengar, Draven, Leona, Diana

TD initiated a lane switch and put ZionSpartan’s Rumble in bottom lane against Draven and Leona. Xmithie’s Rengar ganked TD with ease and punished them for their lane switch, getting first blood on Pixel’s Sona not too long after TD took down mMe’s top outer turret. mMe’s response time and coordination in lane gave them the map control they needed to clear Dragon a few times. After taking 2 GAs and a Yorick ult down with minimal losses, mMe looked very confident in taking down Baron and had a better chance to win all of their next engagements with TD.

Game 2
Bans: Olaf, Skarner, Alistar, Katarina, Shen, Yorick, Jayce, Nunu, Sona, Malphite
mMe.Ferus (blue): Morgana, Vladimir, Maokai, Riven, Varus
TD (purple): Diana, Rumble, Cho’Gath, Ezreal, Janna

TD took advantage of Xmithie’s first point in Sapling Toss by invading his Wraith camp and fiddling around in the nearby brush to Flash + Ignite on Xmithie’s Maokai for the first blood. TD again pulled a switch and put DontMashMe and Pixel in the top lane against mandatorycloud’s Riven. Undaunted by his early disadvantage, Xmithie ganked top lane later and killed TD’s Ezreal and Janna to redeem himself. BalIs’ Vladimir outCSed ZionSpartan’s Rumble by a fairly large margin. On top of this laning success for mMe, mandatorycloud’s Riven looked insanely unstoppable in this game and he dove as he pleased.

Team Curse vs. Team Dignitas



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Game 1
Bans: Malphite, Shyvana, Diana, Rengar, Skarner, Shen, Rumble, Alistar, Anivia, Blitzcrank
Crs (blue): Jayce, Corki, Cho’Gath, Lux, Fiddlesticks
d (purple): Ezreal, Sona, Yorick, Udyr, Katarina

IWillDominate took an unfortunate trip to the right-most brush of middle lane after idling around Crs’ Wraiths. Three Crs members waiting together were able to take him down even after he Flashed. Dignitas focused much of their early game ganks on top lane, which helped out Crumbz’ deficit in CS and put down Westrice’s Jayce. However, whenever it looked like Dignitas would initially be in control of a situation, Crs would turn it around with either Jayce or Corki and swing fights heavily into their favor.

Game 2
Bans: Nunu, Diana, Shyvana, Rengar, Blitzcrank, Alistar, Cho’Gath, Skarner, Jayce, Rumble
d (blue): Shen, Sona, Corki, Amumu, Katarina
Crs (purple): Ezreal, Vladimir, Karthus, Maokai, Fiddlesticks

Crs put Elementz and Cop in top lane against Crumbz’ Shen. Westrice’s Vladimir was pushed into bottom lane against Dignitas’ Corki and Sona as a result. Dignitas was the first team in the 2v1 situation to take down a turret, and they ended up taking the outer bottom purple turret to open up more room for an early Dragon kill at 7 minutes. For almost 17 minutes, there was no kill on the scoreboard. By 17 minutes, Crs outplayed Dignitas to finally grab 3 kills (including first blood) and sacrificed Karthus in the process. The large advantage from this play helped Cop gain so much power over Imaqtpie and helped him annihilate Dignitas in team fights. All fights after the first blood ended in favor for Crs and it forced Dignitas to surrender the 2nd game.

Counter Logic Gaming Black vs. Dirt Nap Gaming



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[starts at 2 hours and 25 minutes into VOD]

Game 1
Bans: Skarner, Malphite, Jayce, Olaf, Maokai, Nunu, Blitzcrank, Shen, Diana, Alistar
CLG.B (blue): Rengar, Ezreal, Taric, Cho’Gath, Morgana
DNG (purple): Dr. Mundo, Sona, Sivir, Irelia, Mordekaiser

All of CLG.B beat BADlanta to his tri brush in top lane and quickly finished him off for first blood. BADlanta could not come back from this setback and it didn’t help that CLG.B’s first pick Rengar did wonders for them. The game quickly ended in an unofficial surrender from DNG with everyone leaving the game before 20 minutes on the timer.

Game 2
Bans: Jayce, Skarner, Nunu, Malphite, Vladimir, Shen, Alistar, Diana, Rengar, Caitlyn
DNG (blue): Maokai, Tristana, Soraka, Viktor, Kennen
CLG.B (purple): Lee Sin, Ezreal, Sona, Olaf, Corki

DNG did well in using Maokai’s Sapling Toss to check the brush between their 2 bottom lane turrets, where CLG.B was hiding. However, even with this vision, they lingered too long and gave CLG.B first blood and a total of 2 kills for GoSu Zuna and Hoodstomp. Exchanges in bottom lane fared better for CLG.B regardless of the many Sona deaths. Hoodstomp performed better in terms of CS and kills. Skarnold Trump’s Maokai had a lot of presence in bottom lane to help upset this imbalance, but it didn’t do much to help DNG. LINk115 played a great AD Ezreal in mid lane and ended up heavily outplaying Maokai and Kennen at one point. CLG.B outperformed DNG in so many ways that they ended the game with over a 25K gold advantage.


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Orcasm, Saturday, 09/22/12 00:30
 
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Thanks for this! I never have time to watch the games themselves, so this recap did it all.
thx orcasm!
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