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Newbee stepped up during Week 6, Day 2 of the League of Legends Pro League in a big way, taking a lightning-fast 2-0 sweep over Invictus Gaming on Friday in Shanghai.
Newbee (6-4, 14-12 match record) showed Invictus Gaming (4-5, 10-13 match record) how to play like a team from the start. While IG put mid laner Song "Rookie" Eui-jin, on a non-carry playmaker in Twisted Fate, Newbee gave its players high damage characters geared toward sieging turrets and dominating late fights.
Newbee's macro gave it a modest 1,000-gold lead by 22 minutes; it trailed IG 4-2 in kills but held a solid 4-1 tower lead. Newbee was more than fine with letting the game go late as AD carry Lin "Lwx" Wei-Xiang's Kog'Maw scaled into the hyper-carry monster that the LPL loves to watch, while IG seemed unable to generate any momentum on split pushes.
After a 3-for-1 fight gave Newbee a Baron kill at 27 minutes, it was lights-out for IG. Newbee used the buff to crush a 5-for-1 ace and secure the Game 1 win in 33 minutes.
Things went from bad to what-is-Invictus-doing in Game 2 as Rookie was forced onto Galio while bottom-of-the-league AD carry Chen "West" Long was given Kog'Maw and tasked with carrying IG to a win.
Newbee held a 1,000-gold lead by just seven minutes into the match. After a devastating Rift Herald power play gave Newbee first tower gold and two top lane towers, Newbee's strong mid-game teamfighting decimated IG.
An unofficial quadra kill for Newbee mid laner Shin "Coco" Jin-yeong's Taliyah gave Newbee its first ace of the game, and the 5-for-3 fight let the team seize full control of the map. IG attempted a desperation Baron rush to get back into the game, but Newbee stole the buff and picked up a 5-for-1 teamfight at 26 minutes. Newbee met up with its bottom lane super minion waves shortly afterward to end Game 2 in 27 minutes.
Invictus Gaming will try to get back on track against LGD Gaming at 5 a.m. ET on Thursday, Newbee faces DAN Gaming at 5 a.m. ET on July 28.