Gentle Mates crush Vitality.Bee in these LFL playoffs to qualify for EMEA Masters

The LFL Spring Split 2024 playoffs continued on Thursday, March 28 with the 2nd Bo5 of Round 2. The Gentle Mates faced Vitality.Bee, an encounter that ultimately resulted in victory for Eika and her gang. They thus qualify for the semi-final of this qualifier and also secure their ticket to the EMEA Masters Spring Split 2024.

Gentle Mates defies the odds

With the 2024 LFL Spring Split playoffs in full swing, attention now turns to the highly anticipated duel between Gentle Mates and Vitality.Bee, two teams that have proven themselves in this competition. Last week, the competitive landscape of the LFL was marked by intense clashes, which saw the elimination of BK ROG and Team GO, while BDS Academy prevailed with respect against Karmine Corp Blue on Wednesday (March 27). We get to the heart of the matter with a crucial Bo5, not only to claim the title of the French champion, but also to qualify for the prestigious EMEA Masters Spring Split 2024.

Vitality.Bee, having shown impressive form since the start of the split and during the first round of these qualifiers, are moving forward with confidence, building on their previous two wins against Gentle Mates during the regular season. However, the outcome of this Bo5 is far from certain. Gentle Mates, although considered the underdog, has already shown that it is capable of surprising and defying the odds. Buoyed by her victory against BK ROG, she is determined to prove that her place in this competition owes nothing to luck. While Vitality.Bee tries to confirm his beloved status, the Gentle Mates are eager to create a surprise and continue their amazing journey. The winner of this decisive encounter will not only earn their place in the semi-finals to face Karmine Corp Blue, but also punch their ticket to represent France at the EMEA Masters.

Game 1

In this first Bo5 clash, Gentle Mates adopted an ambitious strategy from the start, playing high on the map and looking to impose their tempo, although Vitality.Bee was able to show resilience, notably securing first dragon and first blood . The two teams, very close to gold during the majority of the lane phase, fought a fierce battle for map control. M8's efforts to dominate the game eventually paid off, particularly during dragon control battles, allowing him to gradually gain a significant advantage over Vitality. This ability to take advantage of key moments, combined with excellent neutral goal management, began to tip the scales.

Getting the soul and securing the first Nashor were the turning points of the game, allowing the Gentle Mates to go on the offensive and put pressure on Vitality.Bee's base. Despite fierce resistance from the latter, Gentle Mates was able to realize his advantage, thus winning the first round deservedly, after a series of strategically won team fights. This win gives M8 the psychological edge in this Bo5, opening the scoring in style thus putting pressure on VITB for the next matches to have to rethink their plans a bit for the rest of the match.

Game 2

In this second game, Gentle Mates continued their momentum, immediately taking a slight lead in the first few minutes of the game, cemented by capturing the first dragon. That initial momentum proved to be important as it allowed the M8 to dominate the later stages with confidence. A turning point came just before the quarter-hour mark during a team match. Although the clash started uncertainly for M8, the team was able to turn the tide, increasing their gold lead and asserting their control of the map. This phase showed the robustness of the M8, who shone with his consistent play and good positioning.

As the race progressed, M8 kept up the pressure, extending their gold lead and securing key objectives. Despite Vitality.Bee's efforts to recover thanks to the rise of their composition, M8 showed more determination and efficiency in executing their strategies. The acquisition of Soul strengthened the position of M8, who then excelled in a decisive conflict for control of the Elder. This key moment not only cemented their advantage, but also secured Nashor, paving the way for the final attack on Vitality.Bee's base. The final phase of the game saw M8 methodically dismantle Vitality's last defences, displaying tactical and strategic superiority that earned them a convincing victory in 35 minutes. This outstanding performance allows the Gentle Mates to take a 2-0 lead in this Bo5 and earn three match points.

Game 3

In this 3rd round, M8 positioned themselves with determination, aiming to finish the series with an outright victory. The first few minutes saw the two teams go head-to-head with no clear advantage emerging, until a team battle allowed M8 to take the gold lead. This lead, although small, marked a turning point in the match, suggesting better management. As the race progressed, M8 began to overtake their opponent, consolidating their gold lead.

A big clash in the mid game saw M8 overwhelmingly dominate, leaving Vitality.Bee helpless and paving the way for Nashor to take over. Armed with the advantage provided by the Baron buff, M8 methodically moved towards Vitality.Bee's base. Shortly after, in the 25th minute, M8 launched their final assault, using their numerical superiority to break through the opposing defenses and force their way into the Nexus. Vitality.Bee, overwhelmed by the events and intensity of her opponents, could only note the inevitability of her defeat. With this convincing win, Gentle Mates close out the series with a clean score of 3-0, showing tactical superiority and flawless execution, a team combined with very good team cohesion.

Gentle Mates destroy the Hive

Gentle Mates achieved a remarkable feat by winning with authority 3-0 against Vitality.Bee during the LFL Spring Split Playoffs 2024. This clear and unequivocal victory pushed the team into the third round of the playoffs, where it was expected to be a very close duel against Karmine Corp Blue awaits Eika and her companions. This matchup promises to be rich in tension and strategy, with both teams looking to prove their superiority on the French stage. The upcoming clash with Karmine Corp Blue promises to be a crucial moment of the season, offering the Gentle Mates a chance to continue their winning streak and move even closer to the coveted title. In addition to this significant progress in the playoffs, this win against Vitality.Bee represents a significant milestone for Gentle Mates, as it secures them a spot in the EMEA Masters Spring Split 2024.

GG VITBee, 3-0 gives you confidence for tomorrow, very happy with our recent games. Extremely proud of the team these past few weeks have not been easy but we never gave up. Obviously it will continue tomorrow, but this afternoon very happy, also qualified EMEA
Eika, Gentle Mates midlaner

LFL playoff schedule

Wednesday, March 20

  • Finite

    BK ROG Esports

    Kind companions

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Thursday, March 21

  • Finite

    Vitality. Bee

    Team GO

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Wednesday, March 27

  • Finite

    BDS Academy

    Carmine Corp Blue

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Thursday, March 28

  • Finite

    Kind companions

    Vitality. Bee

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Friday March 29

  • 6:00 p.m.

    Carmine Corp Blue

    Kind companions

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Friday April 5th
6:00 p.m. : Grand finale

Playoff tree

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