Liyab Goes 2-2 in Week 2 of PCS Spring Split 2020
After their 1-1 start in Week 1 of the Pacific Championship Series Spring Split 2020, Liyab Esports continues their even record going 2-2 across three days of competition in Week 2.
In their first match, Liyab handily took down the Berjaya Dragons with a 13,000 gold lead in 33-minutes. With jungler Edrian “DoeDoii” Brancia’s aggressive playmaking on Lee Sin, Liyab was able to clutch out close skirmishes in the midgame to secure objective leads. When it came down to it, former mid and present marksman Eric “Exosen” Allen Gubatan carried the team to their second victory going 9/1/9 on Aphelios in the endgame.
True to their mantra of experimenting in the Group Stage, Liyab chose to draft hyper-aggressive jungler Olaf in their match versus Machi E-Sports. However, the Philippine-based organization couldn’t keep up with Machi’s pace and lost an early dragon and Rift Herald from slower rotations. From then on, Liyab couldn’t fully take advantage of Olaf’s early game and eventually lost the map to Machi 17.
In their final game against the undefeated ahq e-Sports Club, Liyab struggled to be proactive with early game picks such as Kim “Rex” Tae-yeon’s Zoe and Kang “Kurd” Yeong-hwan’s Jayce. Despite dealing tons of poke damage throughout the game, Liyab never got to close out kills which allowed Cassiopeia and Aphelios to clean house.
For their final game of the week, Liyab decided to run it back with Jayce and Zoe in the solo lanes with better success. Even with a botched early 2v2 in the bottom lane, Liyab held it together and played the objective game securing Mountain soul and Baron through key pickoffs by Rex’s Zoe. With their win against Nova Esports, Liyab moves on to a 3W-3L standing after the second week of the PCS.
Continue watching Liyab’s journey in the PCS on YouTube starting March 13, 2020 for Week 3 of the tournament series.
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