Unicorns of Love began its run in the 2017 European League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split on Friday in Berlin with a dominating 2-0 sweep of Team Vitality.
The story of Game 1 revolved around the execution of each team's strategy, with the Unicorns of Love executing its teamfighting composition to perfection. Vitality tried to go with a split push-focused gameplan with top laner Lucas "Cabochard" Simon-Meslet's Kled and mid laner Erlend "Nukeduck" Våtevik Holm's Ekko picks, but it was never fully realized due to the Unicorns' immense pressure. Vitality came out of the gate strong, securing first blood and a Rift Herald, which it then tried to convert into mid lane pressure. Unfortunately, Vitality didn't account for the prowess of Unicorns mid laner Fabian "Exileh" Schubert's Syndra, who simply shrugged off the pressure and fired back with a vengeance. As the game progressed, Exileh was key in teamfights, shutting down Vitality at every turn. VIT engaged quite a few times in the second half of the game, but each one was handily won by Unicorns, with Exileh and his 9/0/4 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) helping Unicorns secure the 29-minute win.
Unicorns rode its strong draft from Game 1 right into the second frame with another dynamic composition, this time with the likes of jungler Andrei "Xerxe" Dragomir's Zac and top laner Kiss "Vizicsacsi" Tamás' Galio. The high-flying champions made it incredibly easy for Unicorns to push Vitality around in each and every engagement. Despite Vitality once again managing to pick up first blood and the Rift Herald, those plays mattered even less in this game than it did in the first. Immediately after picking up the Herald buff, Xerxe bounced right in with Zac's ultimate to control the pace of the teamfight, netting Unicorns three kills. The rest of the fights followed a similar script, with both Xerxe and Vizicsacsi providing tons of engage while AD carry Samuel "Samux" Fernández Fort's Caitlyn cleaned things up on his way to a 7/0/6 KDA in the 28-minute win.
Both teams are done for the week and will come back next Friday, with Vitality taking on Splyce at 11 a.m. ET and Unicorns of Love facing the Mysterious Monkeys at 2 p.m. ET.