Team Dragon Knights (TDK) entered their match against Team Dignitias with a full roster and no subs for the first time this split, and it was just what they needed to triumph over one of the league's top teams.
Both teams started the game off carefully, avoiding big plays in favor of farming. Dignitas did manage to shed First Blood at the seven minute-mark, as KiWiKid killed Seraph which forced a retreat from Smoothie.
TDK made their presence known though, as Emperor came in swinging and got his first LCS kill on CoreJJ before TDK lost Kez. It was a one-for-one trade, but Emperor put TDK on the board.
TDK went on to slay the first dragon without any challenge from Dignitas. The teams traded turrets as both aggressively maintained an even game. TDK took down a third turret, but Dignitas punished their risky play by flanking them and killing Kez before they disengaged
Dignitas went for their own turret, but TDK pressed their map advantage and lived up to their name by slaying the second dragon. Meanwhile, Dignitas snuck a Baron that TDK attempted to challenge. Ninja handed KiWiKid his second death of the game for his first LCS kill, but Dignitas secured the Baron buff regardless and disengaged before the damage could be done.
Dignitas initiated another team fight and took down Emperor, but it was too early to take him out of the fight for dragon number three. It didn't matter though, as Dignitas secured their first dragon of the game, and chased down TDK for a team fight.
But things went south quickly, as Ninja killed CoreJJ yet again, before Emperor stepped in to help out with the rest of Dignitas and gave his team the Ace. TDK pressed the advantage and ran up to Dignitas' unguarded base and took the first inhibitor of the game.
Dignitas made a risky run for the second Baron, but TDK challenged them and ended up denying it with a two-for-two trade. TDK made their own attempt on Baron, but Dignitas couldn't challenge fast enough.
Dignitas tried to start a team fight, but went down quickly in a four-for-one trade to a Baron-buffed TDK. Dignitas lost everyone but KiWiKid, which gave TDK the opening they needed to charge the red base and destroy Dignitas for their first win of the season.
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