DAN Gaming took a clean 2-0 sweep over I May to kick off Week 2, Day 3 of the League of Legends Pro League on Saturday in Shanghai.
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Tensions were high early in Game 1, with DAN AD carry Zhang “QiuQiu” Ming’s Kalista breaking the stalemate with first blood in a duo lane outplay at 10 minutes. While I May (0-2, 1-4 match record) stayed even in kills with its teamfighting composition, DAN’s high-powered pick composition held a gold lead of about 1,400 gold at 19 minutes, thanks to objective control and superior farm. DAN wasted little time in snowballing its lead, taking a Baron kill as soon as it spawned at 20 minutes at the cost of two members and subsequently used that buff to push into I May’s base in the top lane. After going back to shop for the final time, DAN grouped up and forced its way through the bottom lane, taking a 4-for-3 teamfight and finishing off I May in a blazing fast 26 minutes.
DAN Gaming (2-1, 4-2 match record) had another strong start in Game 2 coming out of the bottom lane as support Wu “Cat” Yao’s Tahm Kench picked up a double kill in a 2-for-1 duo lane fight at six minutes. Despite the early kill lead, DAN struggled with I May’s powerful splitpushing/pick composition, allowing IM to grab a small gold lead. Not to be deterred, DAN Gaming’s pick/teamfighting composition got online thanks to the work of jungler Jeong “Karin” Soo-jong’s Kha’Zix, who stole several neutral objectives with Smite. Securing a staggering three Infernal Drakes to fire up its high-powered attack, DAN Gaming took control at the 29-minute mark with a Baron kill, using the buff to open up I May’s base and even take a Nexus tower. Between mid laner Yu “Ggoong” Byeong-jun’s Viktor and QiuQiu’s Jhin dealing a whopping 28,600 and 26,800 damage to enemy champions, respectively, as well as QiuQiu’s 7/1/5 KDA (kills/deaths/assists), DAN had more than enough fuel to take a second Baron kill at 36 minutes, closing out the game a short while later to wrap up the 2-0 sweep.
I May will kick off next week with a series vs defending champions Team WE on Thursday at 5 a.m. ET, while DAN Gaming will have to wait until next Saturday to face Invictus Gaming at 2 a.m. ET.