PCS 2020 Summer playoffs opening recap

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The first round of the PCS 2020 Summer Split playoffs has officially started! Machi Esports and PSG Talon advances to the 2nd round of the Upper Bracket sending Nova Esports and Alpha Esports down to the Lower Bracket.

 

UB ROUND 1 RECAP:

Machi Esports vs Alpha Esports

Game 1: It didn’t take long for the first team fight to happen. When World6’s Lillia ultimate landed on multiple members of the enemy team, Bush’s Wukong immediately followed up on what looked like ALF’s fight to win, but a sick 2 man stun from Koala’s Bard enabled MCX to re-engage and turn the fight around in their favor. It then gave MCX a slight advantage by allowing PK to dominate his lane even more and enabled MCX to put pressure on the other parts of the map. MCX’s gold lead kept on growing as the game progresses, they took the opportunity and did not give a chance for ALF to recover. Mission’s Zoe pokes and Koala’s Bard ultimates forced ALF to disengage and surrender the objectives. It gave MCX enough lead to close out the game and take the game 1 victory.

Game 2 : A similar draft from game 1 was still the play for game 2.  MCX drafted an early game aggressive pick composition while ALF got their hands on champions such as Sett, Nautilus and Kennen and went for the teamfight heavy composition. The game started with an early level 1 skirmish from the Top laners and Junglers of both teams. World6 then tried attempting to steal the enemy’s red buff. But unfortunately, he was sitting on a ward, giving Gemini’s Lee Sin the first blood. Gemini continued to take advantage of his lead by snowballing and securing kills everyone around the map. But despite being 5k gold behind, ALF chose to play it slow and execute the win condition of their composition. Turning the game around by forcing and winning teamfights to take the game 2 win.

Game 3: The draft for the 3rd game started with MCX first picking Lee Sin and ALF drafting out Volibear and Nautilus in return. MCX then decided to do a front to back composition by taking Azir and Ezreal on their 2nd and 3rd pick. ALF then responded with another teamfight heavy composition like they usually do. After back to back teamfights with alternate wins from both teams, MCX played the objective game better and take the game 3 victory. Winning the series 2-1

 

PSG Talon Esports vs Nova Esports

Game 1: Facing versus the former PCS champions, NOV decided to go for a lane dominant draft backing it up with a Lucian in the top lane and a Pantheon support, while PSG went for the scaling front to back composition. Early skirmishes went in favor of NOV thanks to Ryan’s Lillia and PoP’s Pantheon. But despite being in a kill deficit, PSG still managed to minimize their disadvantage and equalize the gold. After giving up a free Baron in what seemed to be a huge mistake for NOV, PSG capitalized on that mistake and put pressure on different sides of the map. It was the dance for the elder drake when 4 members of PSG teleported to the enemy base. Destroying the nexus and taking the game 1 victory.

Game 2: NOV didn’t let the game 1 loss get in their heads. They did the exact same draft while PSG went for another scaling composition. The game progressed in a slow pace until the 20 minute mark when Kaiwing landed a crucial Nautilus hook to G4 giving them a free Baron. It was a quadra kill for Tank’s Corgi that gave PSG the huge advantage and are able to dominate and close out the game winning the series 2-0.

UPCOMING MATCHES:

Nova Esports vs Hong Kong Attitude

Stats from the regular season pretty much showed us the equal level of play of both teams, making it difficult to predict the outcome of this match. Will HKA’s star AD Carry be able to carry his team? Or will the veterans of NOV prove to us that they’re still capable of competing with the new generation?

 

Alpha Esports vs Berjaya Dragons

Berjaya Dragons has had a rough time during the regular season. But despite that, they still managed to make playoffs. Will BJD bring out their trump card and take the win? Or will ALF secure the victory?

 

Taipei J Team vs Machi Esports

J Team looks like the most favored to win the title for Summer Split with a dominating 15-3 record in the regular season. Their effective aggression and ability to close out games will be a challenge for Machi Esports’ similar play style.

 

ahq eSports Club vs PSG Talon Esports

ahq eSports has proven to everyone that they are one of the top teams in Southeast Asia. Holding multiple titles and Worlds appearances. However, they’re facing against the spring split champions, PSG Talon. Will they be able to prove themselves once more or will they fall versus PSG Talon’s map pressure?

 

Additional Note: PCS recently posted an announcement regarding the schedule changes for the PCS summer 2020 playoffs. You can find their announcement here.

 

Are you as excited as we are? Who do you think is going to win the PCS 2020 Summer playoffs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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