Immortals vaporize Team Liquid, take third in the NA LCS

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This was the Immortals team that was expected to show up for the semifinal matches on April 10. After the drubbing by the hands of Team SoloMid, Immortals bounced back in dominant fashion. The team adjusted according to their opponent, enforced its dominance through the dynamic duo of Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon and Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin, and let Jason "WildTurtle" Tran freely expel damage in team fights without the burden of carrying the entire load.

Overall, Immortals played a textbook team game. When one element was limited, another took its place. In game three, WildTurtle was the primary focus for resources and was constantly fed by teammates in fights and with a free lane to farm. When he made a poor decision in a fight, it was Eugene "Pobelter" Park that cleaned up and played the part of carry. Whenever Immortals took a poor fight, it would aggressively find another advantageous fight to isolate and punish Team Liquid's poor execution. Whatever was the case, whether individual or as a team, Immortals' control of the matchup was pristine. It was hard to pinpoint what went poorly for Immortals as they were really the only team that showed up on Saturday.

Team Liquid stood their ground in the beginning; it fought Immortals to a stalemate for the majority of the first game through disciplined lane phase, objective control, and correct punishes for overextensions. But it all went wrong when the two teams met in any large-scale fight. Immortals' execution in isolating the important targets and preventing the support from saving their cores were absolutely key. Team Liquid could not fight back or come back from the deficit created from every skirmish loss. The primary damage-dealer, Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin, was effectively shut down in every game. He was the primary focus from Immortals in team fights to limit his damage potential and rotational ganks to shut down his farm. Once he was a non-factor, Team Liquid couldn't find a 'plan B'.

For Immortals fans, this was bittersweet. It dominated Team Liquid in signature style and made very short work of the entire set. It was a callback to their amazing debut split; perfect isolation in team fights, allocation of resources to the damage-dealers, and utility play from both Reignover and Huni. Unfortunately, it just a little too late. For Team Liquid, this was disappointing. he young team was outclassed and just couldn't find its bearings. The discipline was lacking and it led to a short third-place set.