Coming from a clean sweep against ECHO PH from their play-ins the previous day, Smart Omega seems all equipped once more to take down one of the leading teams during the regular season. TNC, however, does not let them do as they please without a fight, and are just as eager to prove how deserving they are of where they stand. For the first game, E2MAX gets picked off twice by Escalera during the first two minutes of their midlaning matchup, where TNC takes a solid grip of the early game against OMG. Smart Omega occasionally takes back some kills, but TNC keeps taking consecutive objectives nonstop against the 18-minute kings. Leaving little to no room for OMG to take back the game, TNC ends game 1 in the blink of an eye as soon as they set foot into the enemy's final tower.
For game number 2, both teams have been consistent in accompanying both Yasuwo and Kelra, and an extremely low-scoring game with a total of less than 5 kills taking place within 10 minutes into the game. It's been a while since we've last seen Benthings on his signature Chou and Escalera on his Selena have quite a hard time at pulling their plays off, and OMG without any hesitation takes the win before proceeding to game number 3.
Game 3 was a perfect opening for Smart Omega, as a successful early teamfight onto the first turtle of the game handed them over the immediate advantage and momentum despite struggling against Benthings' Franco during the first few minutes of the game. Several failed attempts took place especially with the iron hook, but Kramm on his Esmeralda was able to turn the tables and allow his team to get their hands on the openings they were unable to take hold of given the early disadvantages, even securing the first lord of the game 12 minutes into the game. Nonetheless, OMG successfully defends the first lord push, but is unable to prevent TNC from eventually taking the win after 20 minutes, 17-10.
As soon as we step into the 4th game, Kramm on his Esmeralda once more is able to get hold of a dominating early game, while Benthings and Escalera on their Franco and Eudora respectively are able to take a number of crucial pickoffs given the nature of their combo, which eventually led their team to victory. The Phoenix Army successfully secures their upper bracket finals spot, with a clean game to end the series: 3-1, against the Southeast Asia Kings.
GAME 1 TNC WIN
GAME 2 OMG WIN
GAME 3 TNC WIN