Local favorites Vietnamese squad Phong Vu Buffalo wowed the hometown crowd at the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) taking place at Ho Chih Minh City.
The League of Legends event, which began yesterday, saw PVB on a roll, ending the day with a 3-1 standing. The squad took out Argentinian team Isurus Gaming (ISG), Australian squad Bombers (BMR) and tied 1-1 with 1907 Fenerbahçe Espor (FB), a Turkish team with ties to football club Fenerbahçe.
The Vietnam squad features Phạm “Zeros” Minh Lộc (top), Hoàng “Meliodas” Tiến Nhật (jungle), Bùi Hoàng “XuHao” Sơn Vương (jungle), Võ “Naul” Thành Luân (mid), Đặng “BigKoro” Ngọc Tài (bot), and Nguyễn “Palette” Hải Trung (support).
If you have no time to catch all of the Vietnamese team’s matches, PVB versus ISG’s second game in the third round showed why this Vietnam team is one to watch for this Play-In stage.
Playing against Isurus Gaming, Phong Vu Buffalos dominated the game using Yasuo, Lucian, Galio, Gragas, and Sylas.
Both team traded kills for an even start, but the turning point came when ISG’s Mateo “Bugaxx” Aroztegui, playing on Ryze, used the Realm Warp ultimate on himself and ISG’s Sebastián “Oddie” Niño’s Jarvan.
It was a bad move for ISG’s top laner and jungler, as they were easily taken out by PVB Zeros’ Sylas once the portal finished teleporting them, letting Zeros secure the top lane with an easy double kill.
Things started to go downhill for ISG as the match reached midgame, with the Vietnamese squad becoming more aggressive and tower diving lanes. PVB’s Zeros continued to dominate, securing about 30% of the kills in this game.
With a 5,000 gold lead and three dragon kills, Phong Vu Buffalos ended the round with a score of 24-7.
The MSI 2019 Play-In stage takes place from now until May 7, 2019.