Status: 1-0, in favor of Pooh and Friends
Status: 2-0, in favor of Pooh and Friends
Right from the get go, Pooh and Friends (PnF) secures their early game presence with a Zeus mid and an aggressive trilane. With two disables and a painful slow ability on a hard hitting Phantom Lancer, there is no way a defensive trilane from Smile could recover immediately from PnF’s aggression. However, Smile banks on Drow Ranger’s aura to stack well with Windranger’s Focus Fire for easy tower take downs.
PnF’s clever lineup pays off. PnF.Kanga’s presence wards off any attempt coming in from Smile. This forces Smile to be on the defensive during standoffs. While it is possible that this is exactly how Smile wants the match to play out considering they have a Dazzle pick on Smile.Aergia but the lack of tactical capabilities on their draft is costing them precious map control and potential push advantage.
Just as the first game of the night resolved before the 40-minute mark, Smile finds themselves on the backfoot and losing their ancient by minute 37.