‘Nidalee One Trick’ MikeYeung Carries Phoenix1 To Week 5 Clean Sweep

It may be time to start banning Nidalee against Phoenix1. The NA LCS Summer ‘Rookie of the Split’, jungler Michael “MikeYeung” Yeung has turned P1’s season on its head, stunning first placed Immortals with his infamous pocket pick.

Sat in last place heading into Week 5, Phoenix1 defied the odds with back-to-back victories over Team EnVyUs and Immortals. MikeYeung produced yet another stand out performance over the weekend, surprising two of the NA LCS’ strongest jungle talents; Jake “Xmithie” Puchero and Nam “Lira” Tae-yoo.

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A recent high school graduate, MikeYeung has played with a level of composure and intelligence fans would be impressed to see from even the most seasoned of veterans.

The 18-year-old signed as a team sub during the mid-season break, making his first ever competitive start for P1 during Week 3.

Impressing from the outset, the P1 jungler immediately improved the underperforming roster. Despite having to wait three weeks until recording his first clean sweep of fixtures, the youngster ensured the results were worth waiting for, dominating on Nidalee against Immortals:

After dropping the first game of the series, MikeYeung fired Phoenix1 ahead early in Game 2, executing a clutch gank on Immortals top laner Lee “Flame” Ho-jong.

So began the Nidalee snowball, MikeYeung would proceed to hunt down kills across the map, ending the game with a 9/0/5 record and tied for second in damage.

Confident enough to pick the ‘feast or famine’ champion into Xmithie’s Rek’Sai, MikeYeung comfortably solo-carried Phoenix1 into a Game 3 series decider.

Pheonix1’s faith in their young jungler paid off, with MikeYeung producing one of the standout performances of the split so far.

Repeatedly ganking the top lane to aid his teammate Derek “Zig” Shao – who had been successful in getting his hands on his own pocket pick, Kled – MikeYeung would be made to wait until the 25th minute before producing the game’s most memorable play.

Typically left as the last man standing, MikeYeung would defy the odds by successfully thwarting an Immortals baron attempt 1 vs 5:

Having saved the day in dramatic fashion with a double kill and some effective intimidation tactics, MikeYeung would soon secure the baron himself for Phoenix1, ushering a final march down the mid lane to secure the team’s first 2-0 week of the split.

Given time to improve the synergy with his P1 teammates, MikeYeung may well be the catalyst that triggers Phoenix1’s recovery. Now heading into Rift Rivals with a renewed sense of optimism, Phoenix1 will likely turn to their rookie to provide yet more heroics during the international event.

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