Clearlove returns to EDG in triumph vs. Snake Esports

Ming "Clearlove" Kai is the star jungler of League Pro League team EDward Gaming in China. Riot Games

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In the final match of Week 6, Day 3 of the League of Legends Pro League, EDward Gaming left Shanghai with a 2-1 series win over Snake Esports to close out Saturday's action.

Making his triumphant return to the LPL, EDG jungler Ming "Clearlove" Kai made an early impact as Rek'Sai in Game 1, helping mid laner Lee "Scout" Ye-chan's LeBlanc snowball ahead with several kills before the 10-minute mark. Roaming together throughout early, Clearlove and Scout controlled the game with ease for EDward Gaming (7-3, 15-10 match record), securing three Elemental Drakes while finding picks on Snake Esports (4-5, 9-12 match record) and its scattered split-pushers. After securing a 26-minute Baron, EDG was incredibly far ahead, coasting on the back of Scout's flawless 5/0/4 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) for 82 percent kill participation and MVP honors as EDward Gaming took Game 1 in 29 minutes.

Game 2 looked like another stomp for EDG as it picked up an early kill advantage, but Snake Esports stayed in the game thanks to its split-pushing. Top laner Li "Flandre" Xuan-Jun's Camille was a force to be reckoned with, knocking down towers while being able to kill individual EDG members as Snake kept EDG from snowballing ahead with a gold lead. Securing a risky Baron call at 24 minutes while losing only one member, Snake Esports took down several towers while jungler Le "SofM" Quang Duy's Kha'Zix found picks to keep Snake in control en route to a 5/1/1 KDA. In dramatic fashion, after EDG started Baron at around the 34-minute mark, Flandre and mid laner Liu "Zz1tai" Zhi-Hao's Ekko secured a kill in the bottom lane, pushing all the way through EDG's base while SofM stopped EDG's recalls to take Game 2 in 35 minutes.

EDward Gaming appeared to get back on track in Game 3, as Scout's Ekko roamed around the map early to pick up kills alongside Clearlove's Elise. Snowballing its advantages, Clearlove made sure that EDG top laner Chen "Mouse" Yu-Hao's Camille got fed, giving him several kills to get rolling. Mouse applied immense splitpushing pressure as the game was close throughout the mid game, forcing Snake into making a critical mistake. Trying to rush a Baron kill around 25 minutes, EDG collapsed to pick up a 4-for-0 fight and Baron kill, using the buff to smash through Snake's towers. With Mouse able to fight 1 vs. 3 in the late game with a flawless KDA of 5/0/4 and 75 percent kill participation, EDward Gaming had no problems sweeping through Snake's base to lock down a 32-minute win.

Snake Esports will look to recover on Thursday when it takes on Game Talents at 8 a.m ET, while EDward Gaming prepares to battle I May on Friday at 8 a.m ET.