Every game for SK Gaming was a must-win as they finished ninth in the LEC Summer Split. Against Team Vitality, they took their first steps toward making a late-season playoff run a reality, winning the game with an out-of-left-field team composition that left Vitality reeling.
In today's contest, SK did everything in their power to keep Vitality off their game, including Darius in the top lane and a Yasuo-Rakan combo down in the bottom lane.
The Vitality victory sounded like a given that the composition would fall short of establishing its footing early on.
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Dennoch, SKs' aggressive team engagements were strong enough to put an end to teamfights as soon as they began, with Treatzs Rakan and Gillius Vi providing enough lockdown in skirmishes for the rest of the team to capitalize on. Bursty champions like Jezus Yasuo and Sertuss LeBlanc deleted Vitality from the map in the later stages of the game, making it virtually impossible for Vitality's sustained damage-focused team composition to get
As Jezu scored a 6/2/7 scoreline against Yasuo, Treatz claimed an assist on 13 of SK's 15 kills.
Vitality finished the day part of a four-way tie for second place in the LEC behind Misfits, G2, and Rogue. However, with their defeat, Vitality have temporarily dropped to fifth place in the league. If they had won, they would have qualified for at least a playoff tiebreaker, but their playoff chances are still hazy.
SK Gaming will return to the LEC stage tomorrow as they attempt to keep their postseason hopes alive against a mediocre Excel Esports team.