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A change in the mid lane turned out smashing for OMG (4-5, 10-11 match record) who took down EDward Gaming (6-3, 13-9) in a 2-1 upset on Thursday to kick off Week 6, Day 1 of the League of Legends Pro League in Shanghai, China.
Falling behind in basically every lane, OMG seemed doomed to get slowly choked out in Game 1, but a huge 5-for-0 ace at 13 minutes put them in the driver's seat. Substitute "mid laner" Yan "JueJue" Hong had a surprisingly good performance as Zed, considering he's a jungler, finding assassinations throughout the mid game to keep OMG ahead. Roaming together and dominating objectives, securing four Elemental Drakes to EDG's zero, OMG surged in the mid-late game, thanks in part to support Liu "Five" Shi-Yu's MVP performance on Lulu. Five was crucial to OMG's strong teamfighting, locking down EDward Gaming with clutch Whimsy casts en route to a 0/1/18 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) for 82 percent kill participation in a shocking 35-minute OMG win.
EDG came back in Game 2 with a strong early game for their bot lane, picking up several kills and first turret gold at the 14-minute mark. While OMG were eager to fight in the mid game, EDG mid laner Lee "Scout" Ye-chan was massive on Jayce, given the Rift Herald buff by his team and dealing massive poke damage while picking up kills to put EDG ahead. Transitioning into the late game, Scout's game-high 31,300 damage to enemy champions prevented OMG from garnering any momentum as EDG took a 28-minute Baron kill. While OMG picked up a 4-for-1 fight in a desperate defense of their base, a triple kill for Scout as part of his 14/1/10 KDA in a 4-for-2 fight a few minutes later sealed the deal for EDdward Gaming, taking Game 2 in 35 minutes.
A tense Game 3 saw both teams trading kills back and forth throughout the early game, but OMG top laner Hu "Xiyang" Bin made the difference early as Renekton, picking up early kills and applying immense pressure. As an unkillable monster, Xiyang gave the rest of OMG the room they needed to snowball ahead, despite getting occasionally picked by EDward Gaming's Ashe/Lee Sin combination. After a horrendous Baron attempt at 25 minutes, OMG took a 5-for-2 ace a few minutes later to secure the Baron, decimating EDG's defenses. With a final 5-for-1 ace at 37 minutes on the back of AD carry Han "Smlz" Jin's Kog'Maw quadra kill, OMG took the upset victory over EDward Gaming in 38 minutes.
EDG will next take on recent upstarts Snake Esports on Saturday at 6:00 a.m ET, while OMG will have to wait until Sunday to take on NewBee at 5:00 a.m ET.