OKBET LEAGUE OF LEGENDS NEWS: IMPACT THE SECOND LCS TOP LANER GET A PENTAKILL
In round four of the League of Legends Championship Series Summer Championships, the top laner for the Evil Geniuses, Jeong “Impact” Eon-young, made history. In the fourth round of the lower brackets, he defeated Team Liquid and achieved the rare feat of registering a pentakill, making him only the second top laner in the whole history of the competition to accomplish this.
NOT HIS FIRST PENTAKILL
Impact has accomplished a pentakill once before in his career, back when he was competing in the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) for SKT T1 almost a decade ago. He faced up against the same champion both times, which was Gangplank. Back then, he opted for a build that was more focused on defense and was less concerned with dealing damage.
Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon is the only other top laner in the history of the Okbet League of Legends eaChampionship Series to have gotten a pentakill. The month before last, he made the announcement that he was retiring from professional play and indicated a desire to transition into teaching. Huni has achieved a total of two pentakills throughout his career; the first was with Quinn as his Champion, while the second was with Ekko.
Riot has revealed the top five players who are competing for the Most Valuable Player award for the Summer Split. The winner of the award will be revealed on September 9. The omission of Impact from the list comes as something of a surprise; nonetheless, Inspired and Danny, two other EG players, have succeeded in doing so. The other three players are Cloud9’s Berserker, 100 Thieves’ Ssumday, and FlyQuest’s Toucouille. The League Esports staff stated in an official post that the MVP is chosen by votes from “the LCS broadcast team, third-party media, and the pro teams themselves.” The other three players are Cloud9’s Berserker, 100 Thieves’ Ssumday, and FlyQuest’s Toucouille.
EG’s journey to the playoffs has been fraught with difficulty, as evidenced by their opening-round defeat against Cloud9 by a score of 3-1. The fact that they were placed in the lower bracket meant that from that point on, every game would be an elimination match, but so far, so good – they have defeated TSM and Team Liquid by scores of 3-2 in two close matches in which they had to fight hard for victory in the decisive game of the series.
Now, they will face off against 100 Thieves in a competition for a position in the final versus Cloud9, who have shown signs of coming back. But it looks like things are only going to get worse for EG from here on out; the most recent turn of events is that they will have to make due without their star bot laner, Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki. Nicole LaPointe Jameson, CEO of Evil Geniuses, recently tweeted a statement in which she referred to Danny as the “Prince of Pentakills.” She also explained that Danny made the decision on his own to step away from the game.
This time, Impact’s pentakill happened in the fourth game of the series versus Team Liquid, which was a do-or-die situation for EG because TL had a two-game lead in the series. EG was determined to take first place, and they got off to a good start, establishing themselves with a sizeable gold advantage and claiming two Heralds. Considering EG’s big lead and the fact that there wasn’t much movement around the map in the initial part of the game, TL’s plan of preventing Danny from advancing while advancing Hans Sama didn’t seem to be working very well.
Around the twenty minute mark, both sides became extremely active, repeatedly engaging in fights with one another. EG was victorious in all of those, and with another 10,000 gold and a baron, they had an unassailable lead in the competition. TL had no other choices left. Support Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme, playing as Bard, helped the Team Liquid players in the top lane prepare for an attack, which made it possible for Impact to get the kill.
IMPACT’S LONG LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS
The most recent success for Impact is merely an addition to an already extensive list of accomplishments. In 2015, he made the move from South Korea to North America, where he played previously for the teams Team Impulse, which is no longer in operation, and NRG Esports, before joining Team Liquid. He joined EG in 2020, and since then, they haven’t looked back once. Impact won the World Championship in 2013 while playing for T1, and he is a five-time League of Legends League Championship Series champion, having won four consecutive splits in 2018 and 2019, as well as the legendary spring split in 2022.
The previous four pentakills in the LCS Summer were all achieved by bot laners before Impact got the fifth and final one. Tony “Instinct” Ng, playing Zeri as a champion for Team SoloMid, achieved the first Pentakill of the split for TSM versus FlyQuest. A few of weeks later, Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol was able to do it, using the same champion as before and going up against FlyQuest once more.
Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen, playing Lucian as his champion for FlyQuest against Immortals, was the third and final player to pull off the feat during the regular season. He did so against Immortals. During the LCS Championship match between Golden Guardians and Immortals, Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes, who was playing Zeri once more, earned a Pentakill for Golden Guardians.
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