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Closing out Week 8, Day 5 of League of Legends Champions Korea, ROX Tigers took a dominant 2-0 sweep over Afreeca Freecs in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday.
Game 1 was one of the slowest paced openings to a series that the LCK has seen in quite some time, with ROX's first blood kill not coming until 21 minutes in. Prior to the first blood actually taking place, ROX (6-8, 16-20 match record) had already earned a lead over Afreeca (7-7, 17-18 match record) with control over tower and elemental drakes. As the game progressed, ROX went for the Baron at 29 minutes and wound up securing the buff along with three kills. Afreeca, sensing the game slipping away, forced a Baron at 37 minutes and proceeded to get absolutely rocked by ROX jungler Kim "MightyBear" Min-soo's Graves, who came up with the Baron steal and the first kill of a 4-for-0 that allowed ROX to lock up Game 1 in 38 minutes.
While Afreeca managed to open up Game 2 with a first blood from jungler Lee "Spirit" Da-yoon's Graves only three minutes in, his team was unable to do anything with the early advantage. ROX bounced back with two kills of its own while also picking up an early first tower in the top lane. From then on, ROX methodically picked up objectives across the map to snuff out any hope of an Afreeca comeback. While the lead was only 2,000 gold by 15 minutes, a 24-minute Baron pushed that lead out to 8,000 by the time the buff had expired. ROX never let up in the late game, securing another Baron at 31 minutes to make one final push for the win. ROX mid laner Sun "Mickey" Young-min's Taliyah was the star of the show, locking down Afreeca on the way to an 8/2/3 KDA (kills/deaths/assists).
ROX Tigers will be back Tuesday with a match against bbq Olivers at 7 a.m. ET, while the Afreeca Freecs will have to wait until Thursday to also take on bbq at 7 a.m. ET.