DRX bounced back after a devastating loss to Damwon Gaming with a clean 2-0 win against Afreeca Freecs, the gatekeepers of the upper standings.
Both rookies of DRX received the Player of the Game Awards for the series. Jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon received his award for the first game after an immaculate display of skill on Lee Sin with whom he managed to steal the Baron. Support Ryu “Keria” Min-seok earned his for his Alistar combos, ending with a scoreline of 0/3/9.
The first game was quite even until the 10-minute mark. Both teams were playing quite passively and refusing to make aggressive plays.
No team could lock down dragon control due to the fact that the laners would instantly respond. After DRX sneakily took the first dragon and drifted towards the Rift Herald, AFS responded with the second dragon on their own.
At the 22-minute mark in the mid-game, AFS got a crucial pick on Chovy and instantly went to take the Baron. They were close to getting it, but Pyosik’s superb mechanics on Lee Sin allowed him to steal the Baron and seal the fate of the game.
With this buff, DRX pressured AFS in every lane and continued to build a huge lead until the next Baron. After winning a teamfight and picking up the second Baron, DRX finished the first game of the series.
The second game was much better for AFS, picking up crucial early game leads. But after a godlike combo from Keria’s Alistar, the entire lead built by AFS was lost.