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Newbee shocked the world during the First Round matchup in the League of Legends Pro League Spring Split Playoffs, taking a 3-1 series win over Invictus Gaming on Tuesday in Shanghai.
Invictus Gaming technically "won" Game 1 thanks to the LPL's weighted bracket system, where the higher seeded team in the matchup starts each series with a win. Newbee worked hard for its first win, though, as Game 2 started with AD carry Lin "Lwx" Wei-Xiang's Varus picking up first blood in a 2-for-1 skirmish at nine minutes. Newbee snowballed this lead into first tower gold in the bottom lane, catapulting ahead in objectives as it went on to secure several Elemental Drakes. A big triple kill from mid laner Shin "Coco" Jin-yeong's Jayce gave Newbee a scrappy 5-to-3 ace and Baron kill at 28 minutes, all but ensuring NB's victory. With two Infernal Drakes, two Ocean Drakes, a Baron buff, and Coco dealing a game-high 22,100 damage, Newbee cruised to a 33-minute Game 2 win.
Incensed by Coco's strong showing, Invictus Gaming mid laner Song "Rookie" Eui-jin kicked off Game 3 with a Taliyah solo kill on Coco's Jayce at just five minutes. After that, both teams took turns finding picks, with Newbee coming out slightly ahead. A 3-for-1 teamfight for Invictus helped it add to its gold lead, but it would only amount to a roughly 2,000-gold advantage in a rapidly approaching hyper-late game. Despite iG's strong start, a 3-for-2 teamfight and Baron secure for Newbee blew the game wide open at 39 minutes. A while later, Newbee secured its second Baron buff of the game, an Elder Dragon and a triple kill for Baek "Swift" Da-hoon's Lee Sin in a 4-for-1 fight to close out Game 3 in around 50 minutes.
Newbee's blistering form wasn't exactly relentless early on in Game 4, but NB found itself ahead entering the mid game through solid objective control. Elemental Drakes were clearly Newbee's gameplan heading into today's series, as it finished Game 4 with two Ocean Drakes, a Mountain Drake, and an Infernal Drake, adding to its unparalleled vision control. It was nearly impossible for iG to find a good teamfight as NB top laner Bao "V" Bo was a indomitable front line on Nautilus, using his plethora of crowd control and sheer mass to set up Newbee for success. A 30-minute Baron gave Newbee the opening it needed to start closing out the game, cracking iG's base open a few minutes later. Showing confidence it'll need in upcoming rounds, Newbee set up a Baron bait to take a final 5-for-0 clean ace to close out the series with a decisive win in 38 minutes.
With the win today, Newbee moves on to Thursday's quarterfinal round where it will face EDward Gaming at 7 a.m ET. Invictus Gaming are eliminated from the LPL playoffs, and will be next seen at the start of the Summer Split.