Counter Logic Gaming's First Blood streak may have ended earlier in the 2021 League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split, but the First Blood kings of North America made one last impression in the early stages of its final match of the spring against Evil Geniuses.
CLG ran straight down the mid lane as a five-man unit, and without hesitation, support Andy "Smoothie" Ta landed his Nautilus' Anchor Toss on EG mid laner Daniele "Jiizuke" di Mauro's Ryze despite the latter using his Flash. The rest of CLG followed up on Smoothie's play and the fastest First Blood in the history of League of Legends esports was secured by the Irelia of CLG top laner Finn "Finn" Wiestål 34 seconds into the game.
Jiizuke had taken Cleanse as his secondary Summoner Spell due to the large amount of crowd control within CLG's composition, particularly in the form of mid laner Eugene "Pobelter" Park's Renekton. However, there was simply no getting away for the Italion Stallion once Smoothie's Anchor Toss landed after his Flash. Lee "IgNar" Dong-geun tried to save his mid laner on Rell, but it was too little too late and the Evil Geniuses support ended up being but a witness to history.
Despite a turbulent start to the 2021 season for CLG, the team's early games have been solid throughout the spring regardless of who was on the starting roster. Despite visa issues significantly delaying the formation of the team's intended starting roster, CLG secured First Blood in 16 of its 18 LCS Spring Split matches.
CLG was the second team in the Spring Split mathematically eliminated from qualifying for the 2021 LCS Mid-Season Showdown following Golden Guardians' elimination, but the team's other stages of the game have improved since falling out of post-season contention to match its strong early game, which bodes well for the team heading into the LCS Summer Split.