With the third week of the Apertura season underway, the League of Legends Latin American League appears to be at its peak as it pits the best teams against each other in a series for the lead, with Estral Esports and Movistar R7 going head-to-head in This time.
Both organizations had come from connecting resounding victories in recent weeks, with Estral doing his thing by finishing off Isurus and INFINITY, while R7 was in charge of neutralizing All Knights and The Kings, so this would be his first litmus test in the split.
Considering that the 2 lineups feature veteran players and promising signings from Korea and South America, this matchup seemed to be the closest yet, so expectations were raised in the week leading up to the match.
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The Mexican eagle continues without finding a rival
That said, it didn’t take long for the 2 Mexican squads to begin their hostilities, after the bot lane became a battlefield at minute 3. Estral would manage to take first blood after an R7 under-tower offensive, but the rainbow he wouldn’t go away empty handed getting 2 kills before Brandon “Josedeodo” Villegas came to control the situation.
After this, the action in this sector would continue a couple of minutes later, since while Estral was in charge of securing the first dragon, R7 decided to counterattack without success, although they ended up taking one more kill in the process.
This would be one of the last times the rainbow would manage to add anything, as from here on, Estral’s lead began to grow by the minute after letting Lee “SamD” Jae-hoon unleash the power of his Lucian. Combined with Josedeodo’s dominance and his control of objectives, the eagles soon penetrated the enemy lines by being at the gates of the base, while the difference in gold was already close to 10 thousand.
The last thrust would come at 31 minutes, because while R7 was preparing to get his second dragon, his rivals attacked with everything after getting the Baron a few moments before. SamD would shine again when he achieved a masterful quadruple kill, which completely exposed the rainbow structures, which soon fell to the mercy of the Estral group.
QUADRUPLE MURDER!@HansSamD2001 sunning FOUR OPPONENTS. I DONT BELIEVE IT! It is completely unleashed.@EstralEsports #LLA pic.twitter.com/lBbfPH3B47
— LLA (@LLA) February 8, 2023
For the next matchup, R7 would take the initiative again after several weak minutes, with Jeong “Mireu” Jo-bin getting first blood followed by the first dragon of the game. Estral would respond without thinking by finishing off Heraldo, as well as taking advantage of Josedeodo’s presence in the top lane to even things out.
At minute 11, R7 would again use their offensive under the tower to pass Estral, so they decided to counterattack in the top lane, leaving their structure with only one plate. Minutes later, a key moment would come in which both teams got into a fight after the second Herald appeared, which ended with an extermination in favor of Estral and with SamD and Emmanuel “Acce” Juárez taking valuable resources for the mid game. .
From this point on, R7’s composition fell apart as they were able to stop Estral’s pressure. The rainbow would manage to breathe a little after delaying the initiation of the Baron and taking 3 kills, but this would not be enough to prevent the inevitable and after a second attempt, Estral would close the game and the series with another 2-0 for his record at the 32 minutes.
The players of @EstralEsports they are untied
Double murder for the captain @Acce1111 and to @HansSamD2001.#LLA pic.twitter.com/1GnnPMWc37
— LLA (@LLA) February 8, 2023
Thus, Estral Esports is currently positioned as the best team in the split after securing all possible points in their last matches, and in the absence of one more series, the current runner-up in the league could secure their place in the playoffs if they get another 2- 0 against All Knights.
On the other hand, Movistar R7 will have several difficult clashes during the following weeks, having to face both Six Karma and INFINITY in their quest to advance to the next round.
But tell us, what did you think of this matchup? Do you think any team will be able to stop Estral’s momentum? Tell us in the comments.
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