Just for clarification, @TLCoreJJ meant to ban Rumble for the 5th ban but due to a client language issue, he wasn’t able to find it in time and we missed a ban.— Michael Artress (@MichaelArtress) October 14, 2019
This missed ban allowed ahq's top laner Chen "Ziv" Yi to pick Rumble freely, leaving TL fans afraid that this error would see the Mechanized Menace become the difference-maker for the LMS team.
While TL gained the early advantage, the game started to slip away and ahq took the lead in kills and gold as mistakes were made on the Liquid side.
The Baron Steal by Jake "Xmithie" Puchero while three levels down turned the game back in favour of the North Americans who were then able to close out the game thanks to a reliable performance from Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng and a notable big play from Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong in an uphill battle for what many expected to be an easy match for TL.
As the first set of matches in Group D ends, Team Liquid sit in joint first as DAMWON Gaming and Invictus Gaming also sit on 2-1 results.
Team Liquid will next be in action against all three opponents in their group on 20th October in the final Group Stage games before the Playoffs begin 25th October.