You gotta love Team Dignitas. After the team was brought back from the dead by the Philadelphia 76ers along with a new roster and management, fans are relieved that the old DIG memes can still live on due to a classic maneuver pulled by DIG during the set against Phoenix1: losing a won game with a Baron throw! Still the fans are a bit upset that the memes could resume right in Week 1.
As a bit of a backdrop, Game 1 went pretty well for DIG. Close in kills, but who cares about kills? (Actually I care a lot about the kills – full disclosure, I have Ssumday on my fantasy team.) What matters is objectives, and there DIG was crushing P1. At the end of the match, P1 had 3 towers whereas DIG had 11 as well as the nexus. Then we get to game 2…
To say the least, Game 2 was a doozy. I mean just look at the gold advantage chart!
A 7k gold lead to almost 4 the other way? How could that be? Well, remember what I said in the beginning? Yeah, that’s what happened.
“Well, how’d it happen?” is a pretty good question dear reader, so lemme explain. The short answer is that DIG didn’t take advantage of their lead to finish the game. Here’s the long answer:
DIG was scared of taking a risk.
They’d been stalling the game out for a few minutes already – losing 1k of the lead they’d accrued. Azael even mentions how irrelevant that DIG is making their lead. Then, even though they were in an advantageous position and had a gold advantage (which was also evident in their items, e.x. Azir having come back with that tasty Void Staff), they backed off from Baron Nashor and didn’t try to take the fight even though it was basically just Inori clearing the Zz’rot void gate.
DIG got chunked.
After backing off from Baron and then hanging out for a bit, DIG sees that P1 is top and in their blue side jungle, so they thought that they could move quickly to set up the siege and possibly take the tower before P1 could reposition. However, they took too long to push the wave in – and with the minion line quickly getting rebuffed to right outside tower range, there was no way for them to siege especially when P1 repositioned and then tried to engage on them. Even though P1 blew some ultimates like Ashe’s Arrow without getting a kill, they were able to chunk some of them considerably, especially the Azir – a carry who now didn’t have a flash.
DIG loses the Baron.
With DIG trying to back in order to lick their wounds and scared of picking a fight, P1 had free reign of the map. And what best to do other than Baron when you know you’re not going to be seriously contested? Chaser tried his best to steal it, but it’s hard to pull that off when the enemy team knows you’re right there and can communicate to burst the Baron appropriately. P1 doesn’t even bother to slaughter the now vastly overextended Lee Sin – they just wanna back and spend the 1.5k gold they just earned.
DIG loses the Elder Drake.
P1 backs before heading over to contest the next objective, which is the Dragon. First Keane gets surprised by Ryu and gets chunked to a third of his health. Then Ssumday stays in place to clear a ward while his team is retreating, so he gets jumped on by all of P1. He manages to survive because Poppy is OP and he blew Flash. While this is happening, Xpecial gets caught by Elise’s Cocoon so he blew Exhaust on Inori in order to not get popped by the full AP Elise. All in all, DIG is in pretty bad shape, so P1 has an easy time of taking Elder Drake. Luckily for DIG, the waves are in a terrible place for P1 so they need to back in order to push them back out.
DIG kills the tank.
After taking care of the waves, P1 groups to siege the inner bot turret. Since it’s only the Poppy and Lee Sin there while that’s happening, they take it pretty darn quickly. As the tower falling animation plays, Arrow Arrows Ssumday and zig engages with Adrian ulting in the background. They manage to pop Poppy’s Guardian Angel, but it seems that there was a bit of miscommunication when the Maokai dives further (and then gets Lee Sin ulted to under the inhib turret) while the rest of his team is just chilling in the back. Simply put, good-bye tree.
DIG throws at Baron.
So how does DIG mess this up? The tank’s gone, P1 is backing, and they’re in ideal position to take Baron. Unfortunately, the answer is just by being DIG – they’re fated to throw whenever Baron is involved since it’s their kryptonite. In this case, the biggest issue was that even though it took forever to get to Baron since they basically had to cross the entire map river-wise (from their bot inhib turret to the Baron pit), the Baron hadn’t even spawned yet! However, they pretty easily manage to get the Baron and back without P1 picking a fight – I tricked you! DIG doesn’t throw at Baron this game! Actually I lied, I couldn’t keep up your false hope for too long – the throw will happen, it’s just not now. All that basically happens with DIG getting Baron at this time is that the game gets extended for quite a bit longer.
DIG throws at Baron.
Eventually Baron spawns yet again, DIG is positioned on the top side of mid whereas P1 is a bit below them and Ryu is bot in order to push that massive wave back before it becomes an issue at their base. In other words, DIG is ideally positioned to take Baron and one of P1’s carries is ridiculously far away from being a factor in the fight, so DIG starts taking Baron. However, P1 masterfully pokes and harasses DIG enough that DIG doesn’t feel secure about just going and bursting Baron down. While this is happening, Corki is making his way up as quick as he possibly can. When Ryu is in range, zig engages on DIG, and it’s basically a rout since DIG is really weak due to the Baron debuff that’s been stacking on them for quite some time now.
After that, P1 just rushes up mid – there isn’t much that a full tank Poppy is gonna be able to do to stall out all of P1.
With DIG fans staring in bewilderment at how they lost a won game, Game 3 happens and to say that it was lopsided is an understatement – DIG wins the series with an impressive 27 to 11 kill difference and a dominating 11 to 1 tower difference.
Though it turns out that this Baron throw of DIG’s was basically just to raise the blood pressure of their fans before securing the eventual series win, why don’t you tell me your favorite Baron throw? (Both DIG and others are allowed!)