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The first match of Week 8, Day 1 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series in Los Angeles on Friday featured Team Dignitas quickly sweeping Team Liquid.
The first match was the first professional game with Liquid ADC Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng and support Adrian "Adrian" Ma in a duo lane together. However, Dignitas feared absolutely nothing as it focused all its attention on the mid lane and Liquid's jungle. From the onset, Dignitas (7-8, 18-19 game record) looked to be leaps and bounds better than Liquid (4-11, 14-25). In a 25-minute rout, Dignitas was able to take a swift 1-0 lead in the series. Dignitas was led by mid laner Jang "Keane" Lae-young, who put up a 6/1/9 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) on Orianna.
The second game started off similarly to the first with Dignitas jungler Lee "Chaser" Sang-hyun affecting lanes with ease, including an incredibly early mid lane gank. However, Liquid learned from some of its mistakes in Game 1 and played safer in the laning phase. Despite this, Dignitas simply looked to be better. After getting a Baron in the midgame, Dignitas used back-to-back pushes to break into Liquid's base and close out the series 2-0. Chaser made his mark on the game, putting up a perfect 8/0/8 KDA on Lee Sin.
With this victory, Dignitas is closer to securing a playoff spot, whereas Liquid has fallen deeper into the relegation zone. Team Dignitas will kick off Saturday's action against Team EnVyUs at 3 p.m. ET, and Team Liquid will close out Saturday's play at 6 p.m. ET against Phoenix1.