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Longzhu Gaming picked up a 2-1 victory over the ROX Tigers on Thursday during Week 8, Day 3 of League of Legends Champions Korea in Seoul, South Korea.
Game 1 was a slow burn that wasn't decided until quite a ways in. Longzhu (8-6, 18-17 match record) got an early first blood by catching out ROX mid laner Son "Mickey" Young-min's Cassiopeia about a minute in, but neither side found more kills until the 14-minute mark. Both teams traded teamfight wins back-and-forth, which kept the game even approaching 30 minutes.
With both teams fighting around Baron after ROX started the attempted kill, Longzhu top laner Koo "Expession" Bon-taek walked into the pit as Nautilus and stole the Baron, flipping the game on its head. The buff was more than enough for Longzhu to amass a 7,000-gold lead and decimate the ROX base for a 30-minute win.
Longzhu once again started off strong with first blood in Game 2, but it was all downhill from there. ROX (5-8, 14-20) controlled every aspect of the game from that point forward, winning teamfights and securing objectives all the while. By the time 20 minutes had passed, ROX had razed four towers and racked up a 4,000-gold lead. Longzhu tried to get back into the game with a 4-for-0 at the 26-minute mark, but ROX immediately fired back with a 3-for-1 that started the assault on Longzhu's base. ROX picked up a second Baron a couple minutes later and used the buff to wrap up the 32-minute win.
Longzhu recovered from the Game 2 loss with one of the most dominant League of Legends performances this split. The early game was very slow, with neither team picking up a kill until just less than 10 minutes in. From there, Longzhu ran straight through ROX with gusto, starting with a flurry of kills in the span of three minutes. Longzhu kept on rolling to advantages of 14-to-1 in kills and 10-to-3 in towers while racking up a ridiculous 12,000-gold lead and a throttling 20-minute win.
Longzhu Gaming faces SK Telecom T1 Wednesday at 4 a.m. ET, and the ROX Tigers has one more match this week against the Afreeca Freecs on Sunday at 7 a.m. ET.