Rapid Reactions: NRG vs Immortals Week 3

Series Overview-

NRG gave Immortals everything they could hand in 2-1 series. NRG took the first game with really strong Vladamir play by GBM and KiwiKids Zyra helped Ohq’s Twitch become the biggest threat on the map. After that game Immortals regrouped, Huhi and Reignover took over games, and we saw the Spring Split Regular Season champs push to victory. Huhi played all three games on Irelia and showed how strong he is on the champion gaining laning control, dealing massive damage, and got to the backline way too often for NRG’s liking. Just as big of difference was Riegnover who seemed to be in the right place at the right time and his Nidalee and Rek’Sai was really impressice.

 

Immortals

NRG

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 1-

Analyzing the Draft-

We were all excited to see Huni’s Irelia and Irelia did well in laning phase, but a fed Twitch, and Vlad made him far less effective than he could have been. The biggest note I had from the draft, and it came true in the game; I thought mid lane picks heavily favored NRG with Vlad being unyielding and Ryze getting a huge nerf. It was one of the main reasons NRG had so much success, GBM came up huge on Vladimir and was able to carry his team.

Game Changing Moment-

With Immortals on a slight lead at exactly 10 minutes into the game, Immortals decides to go for a team fight/turret dive top lane. Immortals were able to burst and kill Kiwikid’s Zyra. If they back off right there, they will have a 1k goal lead and compared to how early the game was that is a significant advantage. Instead, both Pobelter and WildTurtle dive the turret and ultimately leading to WildTurtle getting caught out and NRG able to clean up the scraps after giving Ohq’s Twitch four kills and the ability to carry the game.

OhqGame MVP-

While Ohq was huge on Twitch, he was not the MVP of the match it was GBM and his Vlad play. He was the primary initiator, took tons of damage, was able to 1 v 5 and stall while his team finished off turrets, and surprisingly lead his team in damage dealt.

 

Game 2-

Analyzing the Draft-

I loved the Irelia pick again and was shocked that Quas went back with Maokai he was dominated in laning and heavily carried in the first game. Immortals landed one of the two best junglers in competitive play Reignover did not disappoint. I was not a fan of the bot-lane picks by immortals but they did their job providing utility for the team. I thought the Zyra and Caitlyn picks would lead to another huge lead for NRG but did less than what I thought.

Game Changing Moment-

A great team fight changed the whole dynamic of this game. At 18:50 Immortals make the call and pop Pobelters ult. This starts are four v five that and Quas was forced to teleport in. The biggest moment in this fight is when Adrain gets his ultimate off and then even survives for a slight while after GBM ults him. With so many cooldowns and damage spent on Adrain it put GBM in an awful spot and lead to an ace. Immortal’s never looked book took control of the game from there and didn’t have a ton of trouble finishing the game off.

Game MVP-

ReignoverIt has to be Reignover. Pobelter was excellent mid-lane and was a close second, but Reignover’s healing, damage, utility, and ability to front line fights gives him the MVP of the Game.

 

 

 

Game 3

Analyzing the Draft-

Huge draft for Immortals who were able to take the best jungle left not banned. They had a plan for Vladamir this time with Anivia and while it wasn’t a counter the bird slowed down GBM enough to be a good pick. Immortals did a great job realizing how strong Huhi was the previous two games on Irelia and made sure he got the champion for the third time. Too much power given to Immortals from NRG’s standpoint and Maokai into Irelia, who struggle the whole game was head-scratching, to say the least.

Game Changing Moment-

This match was an Immortals game that we have come to expect over the seasons. They took small advantages throughout the contest slowly bleeding out NRG. It’s hard to pick one spot in the game that was a huge moment but at 22 minutes it looked like NRG finally got some momentum after a pick on Pobelter. They try and stay and push the advantage and Immortals make them pay by killing both GBM and Quas and took mid turret. This fight look like NRG might make this a closer match but ended up further behind when all was said and done.

Game MVP-

HuhiHuni is the easy pick here. His ability to wait and engage at the right moment lead to his impressive KDA. He cleaned up the final fight of the game that looked like NRG might have found a good engage. Instead, Huni danced around and eliminated the surviving champions for an ace. It was not just this fight as Huhi accounted for 32.5% of his teams overall damage.