Phoenix1 sends Immortals packing

Mild-mannered Cloud9 jungler William “Meteos” Hartman has become Dark Meteos, leading Phoenix1 to vanquish his former team in the NA LCS. Provided by Riot Games

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Phoenix1 flexed its muscles as it swept a surging Immortals team in Sunday's Week 8, Day 3 North American League Championship Series match in Los Angeles.

Game 1 demonstrated the range of tools Phoenix1 (11-5, 25-11) bring to the Rift when they squared off versus Immortals (7-9, 19-21). With an off-meta composition featuring William "Meteos" Hartman on Zac in the jungle and No "Arrow" Dong-hyeon playing Kalista at ADC, P1 were able to accelerate through the early-mid game transition. Before the game got out of hand, Immortals were tying its win condition to Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett, the strategy that led to its victory over Cloud9 Saturday. However, after a strong start, Dardoch's Rengar was caught on a sloppy invade of P1's red buff and was never able to regain momentum. Meanwhile the opposite jungler was the player of the game as P1's William "Meteos" Hartman went 4/0/10 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) on Zac while managing to participate in 82 percent of his team's kills. P1 took Immortals' Nexus in 25.5 minutes.

In Game 2, Meteos once again played Zac and was equally devastating. Although he didn't start quite as fast as he did in Game 1, he fully displayed his power in a late game teamfight with Baron buff. Immortals forced an engage and Meteos made them pay by answering with a quadra-kill that all but wrapped up the game for P1. Arrow once again highlighted his diverse champion pool as he brought out Draven. Although the game was much closer than the first, there was one position where Immortals were outclassed from start to finish: the mid lane. P1's Ryu "Ryu" Sang-wook actively roamed to provide pressure with his Ahri pick and was even able to solo-kill Eugene "Pobelter" Park's Orianna as he bursted to a 6/1/7 KDA.

We next see Phoenix1 in a battle of top ranked teams as they face Cloud9 on Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. ET. Immortals looks to make its final playoff push vs. Counter Logic Gaming on Saturday March 25 at 3 p.m. ET.