Matthew Elento 
United States
Golden Guardians
Starts the snowball for FlyQuest
March 12, 2018
Matt's KDA read 0/4/3 at the end of Golden Guardians' Sunday loss to FlyQuest.
While Matt did just fine in the early game, along with the rest of Golden Guardians, he was also the beginning of an ultimately fatal trend for his team. Matt was the first member of his team to be caught out pushing too far forward and give over a kill, a pattern that went on to repeat itself across almost every member of GGS. This gave the gold lead gradually over to FlyQuest, and they never gave it back.
Low impact in loss
February 5, 2018
Matt's Braum finished with a 0/2/1 KDA in the Golden Guardians' loss to Team Liquid on Sunday.
It was a pretty uneventful early game for Matt and the junglers were busy on the top half of the Rift. When Matt and Deftly joined up for teamfights, things didn't go well. In the mid game teamfights, GGS got destroyed and Matt had to give his life in order to pick up his only assist. He was one of the two left alive as TL's Baron empowered siege ripped through the Nexus.
Struggled in late game teamfights
January 29, 2018
Matt finished with a 1/3/5 KDA on Braum as the Golden Guardians lost to Counter Logic Gaming on Sunday.
Matt and Deftly were able to hold their own in the laning phase and made good rotations throughout the mid. It was the late game where Matt and company ran into trouble executing his teamfight. The Golden Guardians struggled to evade the crowd control train the CLG was running and got run over in the late game. A few late game picks weren't enough to turn around the momentum as GG got aced in the final teamfight.
Solid Thresh play in loss
January 28, 2018
Matt's Thresh finished with a 1/4/12 KDA in the Golden Guardians loss to FlyQuest on Saturday.
Matt's Thresh play was on point early as he managed to easily protect allies with Flay or a Lantern pull. All of this allowed GG to find picks and dominate the early objectives but it wouldn't hold late. As the Golden Guardians siege began to reach FlyQuest's base, it started to break apart. With the GGs grouped in one spot, all of FQ's long range engage was easy to land and follow up on. There was little that Matt could do to protect the carries as the GG's gold lead evaporated along with its base.
No real impact
January 21, 2018
Matt ended Golden Guardians' loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday with a KDA of 0/1/2.
There really isn't much to be said about Matt in this game. He played Taric, and assisted Deftly's Kog'Maw in an even laning phase, but did almost nothing else throughout the course of the game as GGS fell, slowly but surely, to CG.
After contract buyout, joins Golden Guardians
November 24, 2017
Matt will join the Golden Guardians after his contract was bought out from Team Liquid, ESPN's Jacob Wolf reported on Friday.
The former support for TL will surely welcome a change of scenery, given Liquid struggled throughout the majority of the 2017 season. Alongside Golden Guardians, Matt represents a solid, if unspectacular option, at support, capable of avoiding mistakes while playing within himself.
Bottom lane focus falls short in Game 3 loss
August 7, 2017
Matt finished Team Liquid's series loss to Team Dignitas on Sunday with a 3/8/17 KDA.
Matt played well in Lulu in Game 1, but there weren't enough heals, shields and Wild Growths to help TL win teamfights. In Game 2, TL focused on the bottom lane, sending lots of ganks in order to help Piglet run away with a lead. Matt's Thresh picked up plenty of assists as a result to finish with a 0/2/14 KDA. In Game 3, Matt went back to Lulu and picked up kills early thanks to ignite. However, TL couldn't execute its plan to get Piglet fed again and got picked apart in second half teamfights en route to a loss.
Mage supports fall short in series loss
July 29, 2017
Matt finished Team Liquid's series loss to Immortals on friday with a 3/5/7 KDA.
In Game 1 Matt's Zyra put together a 1/3/7 KDA performance. After getting out of the laning phase, Matt helped lock down plenty of targets for his teammates to kill. TL's shot calling started to fall apart late as a bad call to get Baron resulted in a losing teamfight and IMT taking the buff. TL never recovered and got slaughtered in its base as IMT pushed to win. Matt stuck with the mage supports as he drafted Karma in Game 2, but it didn't work out well for him. He got killed during an early roam and wasn't able to apply much pressure the rest of the laning phase. The heals and shields he provided during teamfights earned him some assists, but it wasn't enough to turn around teamfights. Matt cleaned up some teamfights as he finished with a 2/2/2 KDA but it was of little consequence to IMT.
Improvement over KonKwon
July 2, 2017
Matt went 0/4/11 in two games of Liquid's 1-2 loss to Echo Fox on Saturday.
Subbed in for KonKwon after an uneventful Game 1, Matt certainly looked like an improvement. For one thing, he was playing an impactful champion in Thresh, which he was able to make good use of. Once Goldenglue's early triple kill got the ball rolling for Liquid, Matt was right there to help push it faster down the hill, picking up nine assists to help his AD carry to a 7/0/2 KDA, and himself to a solid 0/1/9. Unfortunately, Liquid reverted back to their Game 1 strat of doing nothing in Game 3, despite having subbed out multiple members since then. This led to Matt earning a paltry 0/3/2 KDA on his Bard.
Serviceable support play throughout series loss
June 5, 2017
Matt finished Team Liquid's 2-0 series loss to Echo Fox on Sunday with a 1/1/5 KDA.
Matt and all of Team Liquid played passively in Game 1. The passive play gave over objective after objective without a fight until Echo Fox started knocking down inhibitors. Matt managed to finish without dying in Game 1 and earned a 66.6 percent kill participation. In Game 2, Matt setup an ambush that earned him a kill early. However, TL still struggled to put together good engages as it lost objectives and the series.
Brings in the kills to keep Liquid in the NA LCS
April 2, 2017
Matt posted a 8/6/32 KDA in Team Liquid's 3-2 win over Gold Coin United in the NA LCS Promotion Tournament.
Matt had a strong showing in this close series against Gold Coin to hold onto Liquid's NA LCS spot for the summer Split. Playing Tahm Kench in Game 1 and 2, Matt didn't just support, but actually picked up a couple of kills in Game 2 to push his team out to a 2-0 lead early on. Moving onto Lulu in Game 3, Matt continued to pick up consistent kills, but this time it wasn't necessarily a good thing, as his team still ended up losing. He fell back a bit in Game 4 on Nami before finishing strong on Malzahar in Game 5. He didn't need to do a whole lot since Piglet went off, but his contributions were enough to get the win nonetheless.
Strong play assists in series victory over Team SoloMid
March 27, 2017
Matt earned a series KDA of 3/10/29 in his team's victory over TSM.
Although he has been criticized recently, Matt showed up huge to help his team upset Team SoloMid this weekend. He started off Game 1 with a strong showing on Lulu, largely responsible for his team's victory. Although he didn't put up a great KDA, he was able to support Doublelift throughout the early game, allowing his carries to thrive. After claiming several teamfight victories, he was able to secure objective control, allowing Liquid to win a final fight and close out the first game of the series in 29 minutes. Game 2 saw a slightly less impressive performance though Matt was still impressive. Participating in six of his team's seven kills, he was able to allow his team to have a decent showing despite their defeat. In Game 3, Matt was able to once again find a victory for his team as he found himself on Lulu. Bringing a large amount of lane dominance, he was able to find an early game lead that TSM could not find their way out of. With immense control of the map, he laid down vision to claim his team's positioning advantage. In doing so, Liquid was able to find a final teamfight, closing out the game to secure their 2-1 series victory.
Underperforms as sub for Game 2
March 20, 2017
Matt tallied a 1/6/9 KDA in Game 2 of Liquid's loss to Phoenix1 on Saturday.
Matt came in for Liquid during the second game of this series and was perhaps even worse than Adrian. He did pick up a kill in the early game, but it was a during a 3-for-3 teamfight that didn't do much to the state of the game. As the game progressed, he was picked off in almost every engagement and couldn't contribute much at all to the game.
Shakes off rough start to reverse sweep Immortals
March 5, 2017
Matt earned a series KDA of 2/14/33 in Team Liquid's 2-1 victory against Immortals on Friday.
Although Matt had a rough start to his team's series against Immortals, he did not give up. Game 1 saw an unfortunate showing on Malzahar for Matt who was unable to make anything happen in the early game which hurt him as things progressed. Ultimately earning a 1/7/1 KDA on the champion, his performance was less than optimal at best. Game 2 saw a much better showing from Matt on Karma. As his team went back and forth in the early game, he was able to roam around and help Liquid pick up an early advantage. In doing so, he allowed his team to find several favorable teamfights that allowed the team to close out Game 2 and tie the series score 1-1. In Game 3, Matt once again showed up big, this time on Thresh. Hitting the impressive hooks he's known for, he helped his team pick up early leads. In teamfights, he continued to hit impressive skillshots that allowed his team to secure the victory, closing out the series 2-1.
Not enough cohesion in loss
February 20, 2017
Matt managed just a 4/14/22 KDA in Team Liquid's loss to CLG on Sunday.
Matt paired Zyra with the Jhin of Piglet in Game 1 and started extremely well. Even in the early game, his damage was strong and help Liquid dominate the bottom lane early. As the game progressed, he continued to be a huge threat in terms of damage at every turn. There was nothing CLG could do to stop this bottom lane duo from Liquid in the 34-minute win. Matt took Nami in the final two games of this series to mixed results. While he did have some nice initiations at certain moments, he was overall not very effective in either game. His only nice play of Game 2 was his use of Tidal Wave to set up a 3-for-0 fight for Liquid. He started off well enough in Game 3 with the first blood on Stixxay at five minutes, but then Piglet died to aprhomoo in that same fight. He picked a double kill 13 minutes in when Liquid won a quick teamfight. But when your support has almost half of your kills while only having three kills to his name, playing on Nami no less, there is a big problem. This lack of cohesion from Liquid ultimately led to their downfall in this series.
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