While no one would say that Scout looked to be the stronger of the two mid laners who showed up for this featured match, he was the one who took the victory. Much of that may well be attributed to RNG's utter lack of respect for him and his ability to effect the map, as he was given the nearly unmatched Ryze in two of the three games of the series; amusingly those were both the games that EDG won, in large part because the Ryze pick neutralized Xiaohu's skill advantage. While Xiaohu constantly pressured him out of lane, the Teleport that Ryze naturally runs ensured that he didn't fall behind on CS, and the potent scaling of the Rogue Mage ensured that even if he was a bit behind, his impact would still be felt in fights. And indeed it was, as he time and again shredded the first thing he could get his hands on. That was an easy task in Game 1, especially, as RNG had little crowd control to disrupt him, though in Game 3 he found his efforts often frustrated by Unbreakable from Mata. Game 2 was a whole other beast, however, as mlxg decided to go God Mode all over the map, and Scout found himself getting tower dove on his famed Azir far, far before he was ready for such a thing. Combined with the enormous CS advantage that Xiaohu accumulated, that lack of pressure translated into a Game 2 that was the most one-sided game of the series. Still, his performance in the games that mattered was strong, though hard to objectively rate. If there's anything that we've learned in the last few months, it's that anyone is capable of making Ryze look amazing, and whether Scout will be able to stand up to someone of Xiaohu's skill without a crutch champion will be something we'll look to see in the next time these two teams meet.