After losing their first match to Royal Never Give Up, PSG Talon were looking for a win on Day 2 of the Worlds 2021 Group Stage against Hanwha Life Esports.
During the draft phase, Kim “River” Dong-woo locked in jungle meta pick Talon. But it wasn’t until we went in-game to see each player’s Summoner Spells when viewers realized that he wasn’t running the usual Smite-Flash or Smite-Ignite, but instead, Smite-Teleport.
Out of the eight times Talon has been played in the jungle so far at Worlds 2021, this is the first time a pro player is running Summoner Spell Teleport, and is reminiscent of Suning’s Lê “SofM” Quang Duy in the 2021 LPL Spring Split where he ran this unusual Summoner Spell on Kayn.
How PSG Talon’s jungler River utilized Summoner Spell Teleport in-game against Hanwha Life Esports
Collectively with their mid and top laners, PSG Talon had a triple Teleport set-up going. Besides using Teleport to get to objectives faster, River also coordinated well with his team for offensive plays.
In the mid game, Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon’s Azir was solo pushing the outer tier one tower at bot lane. Seeing that he was isolated from the rest of his team, PSG Talon made their move.
River and Su “Hanabi” Chia-Hsiang’s Gwen channeled Teleport on two separate wards, one in the river, and one in lane, which completely cut Chovy off from behind, guaranteeing their first kill on the board.
After many back-and-forth skirmishes, where both teams secured three dragons each, PSG Talon finally managed to pull away with a sizeable gold lead.
Taking down two members of Hanwha Life Esports, PSG Talon secured a late game Baron 37 minutes in, and caught out the remaining three in the mid lane. Recognizing that no one was defending the Nexus, River immediately teleported into the base with Hanabi while the rest chased off Hanwha Life Esports from their home.
Who needs Flash when you’ve got Yuumi on your team anyway?