Counter Logic Gaming overcomes slow starts, sweeps Echo Fox

Counter Logic Gaming suffered from some early-game mistakes that had Echo Fox looking for a win, but CLG kept it together for a sweep at the NA LCS on Friday. Riot Games

Counter Logic Gaming overcame early mistakes to sweep Echo Fox on Friday during Week 8, Day 1 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split in Los Angeles.

Echo Fox (5-10, 13-23 match record) earned a small advantage to kick off Game 1, securing leads in gold and turrets. However Counter Logic Gaming (8-7, 18-19 match record) fought back throughout the mid game to take a lead in kills. Instilled with a sense of confidence, CLG opted for a risky Baron play, securing the buff but ultimately getting aced in the ensuing fight. It wasn't enough to finish off Echo Fox, which continued to stall until the 40-minute mark where it forced a fight around Elder Dragon. Echo Fox danced around the dragon pit as CLG slowly whittled away at Elder Dragon. However Echo was indecisive about when to engage, and when it finally did, it was too late as CLG quickly finished securing the buff then won a teamfight trading 1-for-4. The death timers gave Counter Logic Gaming plenty of time to push down middle lane for the victory.

Counter Logic Gaming had another slow start in Game 2 as early mistakes gave kills and objectives over to Echo Fox. Echo Fox took objectives on the opposite side of the map while CLG dove top laner Jang "Looper" Hyeong-seok's Swain, who often took an enemy down with him. Counter Logic Gaming started to pull together its teamfight coordination and took a lead in gold and turrets leading late into Game 2. Echo Fox managed to break CLG's push with a 3-for-1 teamfight win around the 30-minute mark before starting Baron. Counter Logic Gaming's jungler Jake "Xmithie" Puchero on Olaf and top laner Darshan "Darshan" Upahyaha on Rumble contested the attempt and not only walked away with the Baron buff, but also a quadrakill for Darshan. Following CLG's second Baron buff, Echo Fox was forced to watch its base go to shambles, as CLG aced its opposition before finishing the series.

Echo Fox's quest to make the playoffs continues on Sunday against Team SoloMid at 3 p.m. ET. Counter Logic Gaming next battles against FlyQuest on Sunday at approximately 6 p.m. ET.