It took 40 minutes for Elements to finally get a solid lead against Giants Gaming in their match on Friday, letting them finish the match 11-8 in kills.
The edge seesawed between the two groups, with the turn-around usually confined to the Baron or dragon pits, where misplays and shot calling saw the advantage go back-and-forth between the teams.
It took nine minutes for Elements to shed First Blood, with an aggressive flash from their Gnar to take down the enemy Shyvana.
Elements took their first dragon, then shifted their attention to the mid lane for a second kill. The Giants put themselves on the board with an immediate kill of their own.
Though the groups made questionable calls before the turn of the mid game, it was Elements who controlled the map and made smarter decisions.
At the 20-minute mark, Elements led 4-2 in kills, 3-2 in towers and 2-0 in dragons. Giants slowed down the pace, trying to poke down objectives while maintaing vision. Elements dove into the Baron pit at 24 minutes to bait their opponents, but gave up three free kills to the Giants instead.
The map descended into chaos minutes later, when the groups faced off in front of a live dragon. Giants took advantage of a misplay by the hesitating Elements, taking a two-for-one trade and their first dragon. They made a mistake of their own in the river, trying to get the Baron, and engaged in a fight that gave Elements two free kills.
The game shifted yet again, with Elements using the momentum to slay the Baron while securing their fourth dragon. Still behind 7-8 in kills, the squad took an inhibitor turret and the final Tier 2 tower at the turn of the late game.
Giants managed to push up the lanes, but when they met their opponents in the mid lane, they gave up four free kills. Elements rushed into the enemy base, ending the game 11-8 in 44 minutes.
Farnia Fekri is a staff writer for theScore eSports. You can follow her on Twitter.