Team Liquid bounced back from a shocking defeat at the hands of Echo Fox last Sunday with a dominant victory over 100 Thieves. Team Liquid now sits at 2-1 in the 2019 LCS Summer Split.
The Cleveland Cavaliers affiliate looks every bit as lost as it did the previous split, seemingly rolling over while Team Liquid marched through its base and took the nexus. 100 Thieves Mid Laner Max "Soligo" Soong finished the game with a score of 0/0/0, which unfortunately, was the best scoreline of his team.
The lack of inactivity in the early game from 100 Thieves was highlighted by an absolute shellacking of the Bot Lane at the hands of Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng and Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in on Xayah and Rakan. TL's lovers duo rampaged across the map after winning the laning phase, allowing Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen's Azir to scale to a point of power. Upon hitting that spike, Team Liquid shut the door quickly and moved to 2-1 in the 2019 LCS Summer Split.
Jensen caught up with Inven Global's Lara Lunardi for a few minutes after his win and gave his thoughts on Soligo. While Jensen didn't have many bad things to say about the young Mid Laner, he wasn't exactly sure what good things he could say, either.
“I mean, he ended the game with 0 kills and 0 deaths," Jensen said with a shrug. " I want to say he farmed well. He kept up with me, but he should have had a farm advantage since he had Teleport and I did not. I’m sure there are things he could have done better, but it’s hard for me to say when he really didn’t do anything in the game.”
Jensen, fresh off of a top 2 finish at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, also expressed the letdown of returning to the LCS in a competitive context.
“Anytime I play internationally, I feel like I learn so much because of the elite level of the other Mid Laners. It’s kind of a letdown coming back to LCS; I’m not challenged in the same way as I am internationally. The only thing I can do is hone my skills on other champions, but even then, I feel like I have to practice them all over again before international tournaments to level them up properly."
Jensen made one exception in the form of TSM Mid Laner Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg, who has occupied the top 2 space of NA Mid Laners with Jensen for several years.
"North American Mid Laners simply aren’t at to the international level, except for maybe Bjergsen. I feel like he’d agree with me that you can get far more out of playing internationally.”