PCS 2020 Summer Playoffs Day 8 Recap

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Day 8 of the PCS 2020 Summer Playoffs has ended! After winning versus AHQ Esports in the second round, PSG Talon advances to the semifinals to face Machi Esports.

Upper Bracket Semifinals Recap

PSG Talon vs Machi Esports

Game 1

The two teams started the series off strong as they went for each other blow for blow with neither team refusing to back down. Due to this, neither team had a significant advantage over the other throughout the early game. Eventually, a huge teamfight occurs on the mid lane as Kaiwing’s Tempered Fate managed to catch out Bruce which led to PSG winning the fight having four kills to one. This led to PSG going for a Baron attempt. Unfortunately, things start to go wrong for PSG as they were not able to finish the baron fast enough before members of MCX has respawned. As a result, Machi Esports was able to catch PSG’s members low on health due to the previous fight and their Baron attempt. This led to MCX easily picking up three kills which equalized the gold difference. As the game continued, both teams went against each other with back to back teamfights. The game started to turn in PSG’s favor as they picked up the Ocean Soul. Finally, PSG went for Baron and MCX tried to contest but they were too little too late. With MCX members scattered, PSG was able to grab a few easy kills on their way to the Nexus. With that, PSG was able to take game one.

Game 2

MCX drafted themselves a poke composition with Ezreal and Zoe. Meanwhile, PSG went for a front to back composition picking up Kindred, Ornn and Azir while topping it up with a Jhin and Bard pick for early game power. MCX took the early game lead as they were able to get first blood with an early tower dive onto Hanabi’s Ornn. Despite this, PSG was able to play the map better throughout the midgame as they managed to continually pick off the MCX side lanes. As a result, they were able to grab the Cloud Soul. As PSG’s lead was snowballing further and further away, MCX tried to contest the Baron but their efforts prove futile as PSG got an ace. After one final push, PSG went straight to the Nexus after winning the teamfight. They took game 2 and the series lead 2-0

Game 3

MCX decided to sub out Bruce for Atlen for game 3. The third game began with MCX getting first blood from a successful gank by Gemini onto the mid lane. Because of this, Gemini was able to push his advantage with plays across the map. Later on, constant skirmishes occurred throughout the midgame with each team going back and forth. This caused the game to stay relatively even. Later on, MCX was finally able to get a lead on PSG thanks to PK beating Hanabi in the side lane with the help of Koala. Moments later, PSG started a Baron attempt with MCX trying to contest. Unfortunately for Machi Esports, PSG was able to secure Baron and the teamfight win. Things were looking well for PSG as they look to close out the game. But MCX won’t let themselves go down that easy; PK and Koala executed a phenomenal engage onto PSG which led them to win the teamfight. With high death timers on PSG’s side, MCX went straight for the enemy base and they were able to win their first game the series which brings the score 2-1.

Game 4

Game 4 started off looking great for PSG as Hanabi’s Renekton was able to get 2 kills early on. Unfortunately, he was quickly shut down as MCX sends four members topside. Furthermore, MCX was able to nullify the gold lead as Gemini was able to win the Smite battle on the Dragon. As the game progressed, MCX was able to gradually increase their lead further by finding picks onto members of PSG. As a result, MCX won the fight for Baron. MCX was looking to close out the game but unfortunately, their siege attempt was successfully deterred by the surviving members of PSG. Nevertheless, PSG had only delayed the inevitable as MCX grabbed the Drake Soul and win one last teamfight, destroying the Nexus to tie the series 2-2 and force a game 5.

Game 5

Game 5 started with PSG drafting Ornn, Jhin and Corki which meant that they look for ranged engages. On the other hand, MCX decided to go for a pick comp featuring Bard, Camille and Syndra. PSG secured first blood as Kaiwing and River went for a successful gank at mid. As a countermeasure, MCX answered back with a kill onto Hanabi as they went for a gank at the top lane. PSG was able to get a lead after a pick attempt from MCX in the mid lane went wrong. Consequently, PSG was able to snowball their lead further through as they managed to keep taking small victories throughout the constant skirmishes. PSG’s snowball seems unstoppable and eventually, they were able to secure Baron and the Drake Soul. After a while, they catch Gemini in the mid lane. This resulted in PSG forcing an engagement onto the enemy base. As a result, they picked up a few more kills and headed straight for the Nexus, winning the series 3-2. PSG Talon advances to the Grand Finals while Machi Esports proceeds to the Lower Bracket Finals.

This concludes the recap for day 8 of the PCS 2020 summer playoffs. You can find the recap for the summer playoffs day 7 here.

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