Phoenix1 Clean Sweeps Dignitas In NA LCS Quarterfinals

by James Bates

(Photo: Phoenix1)

The first round of the NA LCS 2017 Spring Split Playoffs just wound to a close, and it ended in much the same fashion as everyone anticipated. The match pitted Phoenix1 against Dignitas, a team that struggled to stay out of the bottom of the standings for most of the split. On the other hand, Phoenix1 has, at times, made an argument for themselves to be the second best team in the league, at least early on in the split. While Cloud9 and Team Solomid have since cemented themselves as the top two teams in the league, Phoenix1 remains a heavy favorite for the third place spot, and thus were huge favorites coming into today's match.

While Dignitas certainly didn't roll over and die by any stretch of the imagination, they also didn't manage to put up all that fierce of a fight. Predictions of Phoenix1's victory proved the be quite correct, as they took the series in a 3-0 clean sweep. Two of those games were incredibly competitive, however, and it was definitely a much closers series than the match score would make it seem. Dignitas proved themselves in the early game of each game, and only narrowly lost the first match of the series due to a bit of impatience around the baron pit.

The Player of the Series turned out to be Ryu, and while his performance wasn't quite as eye-popping as his EU counterparts, it was just as dominant. Ryu completely outpressured Keane all series long and roamed the map as he pleased, a very dangerous proposition for a mid laner who's best known for his roaming. It was his constant pressure that backed up Inori and allowed Phoenix1 to take control of the map in the mid game, which proved critical to their success. 

Tomorrow's match will pit Counter Logic Gaming against the new blood of the NA LCS, FlyQuest, in what is sure to be an explosive and unpredictable series that no on will want to miss!

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By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.