Curious about what happened in the UNSW Rumble finals, but missed out? No worries, because we are here to report on every significant play (or misplay) that the teams have made! With teams “Flexing on Kenzo 2K18” and “Front line adc Desmond 1v9s and throws” ready to duke it out on the Rift - the action is all here.
This series was hosted and casted by DancingMeatloaf, with assistance from Bucklava, Bombolz, kobe lu and Neo Tokyo Floral. And so now, let’s see how it went down.
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Analysis of Pick-Bans:
With one-tricks getting banned (like sexymario258’s famous Evelynn), the two teams tried to ban out comfort picks. This would be seen throughout the rest of the series with minor adaptations depending on how the series panned out.
A disrespect of the Taric level 2 in the bot lane resulted in first blood for the red side. Not many plays were made other than a whiffed Sejuani ultimate and a bot 2v2 fight that only resulted in summoners burnt from both sides. Kills have been picked up while trying to unsuccessfully protect their towers on both sides as well as being picked off randomly. A random team fight in the mid lane results in kills, missed ultimates and more players having really weird pathing resulting in them getting picked off. A bad macro decision by Desmond throws allowed Flexing on Kenzo to use Garen as a splitpusher and take towers of top and mid lanes while their ad carries are clearing waves in the side-lanes. A missed smite by the Sejuani resulted in a Baron steal by the Viktor. This mistake proved to be crucial as Desmond won a team fight to seal the game.
Analysis of Pick-Bans:
The removal of Graves and Xayah and the overall choice of comfort still remains true with P0RTR1D choosing Yorick that indicated a 1 – 4 splitpush composition.
A 2v2 fight in the bot lane resulted in a 1 for 2 kill with, Jhin getting first blood with his double kill. This later resulted in tower first blood for Desmond throws. Skirmishes in the Flexing on Kenzo’s jungle resulted in a 5k gold lead for Desmond throws as they picked up several kills in quick succession. However, Flexing on Kenzo tried to make a comeback with three secured kills, but Team Desmond took more towers instead. Good use of the rift herald resulted in an open inhibitor with Yorick attempting a splitpush. A misplay by the Sejuani as she dashes in without her team resulted in her death while Jax killed Yorick in a 1v1. A Baron fight ensued, and while Yorick managed to kill Jax in a 1v1, a 1v4 base race resulted in Desmond throws taking game 2 and putting the series onto match point.
Analysis of Pick-Bans:
With Blue Side sticking to Evelynn, Fizz and Lucian bans as well as holding a 2-0 lead in the series, Flexing on Kenzo needed to change up their plans. They switched from Sejuani to Amumu for jungle and went with Fiora top for a 1 – 4 composition.
Once again in the 2v2 bot lane, the disrespect of Taric allowed Flexing on Kenzo to get first blood despite a 1 for 1 kill trade. Despite multiple ganks on the bot side by the Amumu which resulted in a kill lead, blue side obtained several outer towers. A three-man ultimate from Amumu looked to have comeback potential, but a good Leona and Vel’Koz ultimate at a chokepoint negated their advantage, resulting in only one kill for Desmond throws. An overextension while using the Rift Herald gave Desmond throws an inhibitor turret, but the resulting team fight ended with a 4 – 1 kill trade for Flexing on Kenzo. A fight for infernal resulted in a 3 for 2 for Flexing on Kenzo with Kassadin and Fiora diving onto the enemy backline. With more random skirmishes around the mid game resulting in kills, it took a Baron attempt which was stolen by Kassadin to bring the game back to even terms. A pick resulted in another triple kill for the Kassadin. However, an overextension resetted the map despite the advantage of a broken inhib. A team-fight for the second elder resulted in 4 kills for Desmond throws, which threatened to end the game but overextensions forced a reset of the map again. The game was at a stalemate until Amumu overextended without the team, and gave Desmond throws a fighting chance with its numerical advantage against the Elder and Baron empowered Flexing on Kenzo. The 5v4 advantage was crucial as Desmond throws won the team-fight to end the game and close out the series.
Congratulations to both teams for making finals! However, at the end of the day, team '“Front line adc Desmond 1v9s and throws” was a vastly stronger team on the day.
Congratulations to them for being the Rumble Champions!
Written by Daniel “Arvosa” Wong [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]
Edited by Alex “Aldiko9” Wong [2018 Marketing (Publications) Director] & Kenzo “Neo Tokyo Floral” Jeanson [2018 Marketing (Publications) Subcommittee]