Sorry this is late; PAX East taking over my time right now. I found some time to write this up so here we go!
Europe Finals: Origen vs G2 Esports
Th finals between these two teams was an interesting turn of events. In Game, G2 was in a clear position to win. However, they also showed a lot of their risky side as they made decisions that could have made the game harder to win or even aetting themselves up to lose. I was a little worried for them in this respect but the constant hammering and “making plays” playstyle is how they succeeded to this point.
Game 2 was a turn of events as Origen seem to find their footing and made it out with a solid game 2 victory. Mostly due to punishing the Twisted Fate pick that Perkz chose which didn’t pan out. I believe the idea was to use TF to help/gank other lanes and have that split push pressure but Perkz was kept down pretty hard which allowed Origen to get ahead and had the pressure which prevented the split push threat. The bright light was that Kikis on G2 was doing well overall.
Game 3 Perkz was on Zed, and he rolled over Origen. He also pulled threat allowing G2 to make plays on the map. This allowed G2 to snowball the game into a win. Pretty much Game One all over again.
Game 4 PowerofEvil was swapped out for xPeke who played Lissandra. At first, it looks like Orgen was going to win. xPeke and Amazing kept Perkz, on Zed, down. They also had decent control in top and bottom lane which helped propel Origen into an advantageous lead. Then Baron happened, G2’s jungler Trickgot the Baron steal which gave G2 the slight advantage. What closed out the game was that a few minutes later another engagement occurred but xPeke mistimed a Zhonya’s and got killed by Perkz Death Mark which allowed G2 to push through to the base at 40 minutes with super minions. Needless to say, G2 won the game at that moment.
North America Finals: Counter Logic Gaming vs Team Solo Mid
The finals for this series had me on the edge of my seat. It was great series. Tje games showed that Stixxay and Hauntzer have a small optimal champ pool where Stixxay really shined with Caitlyn and Tristana. Hauntzer with Poppy and Maokai.
Game 1 was quite even thought CLG had the better map control due to killing more towers. However, CLG seems to win the important fights which eventually resulted in TSM’s inhibitors in the top and bottom lane getting taken out. With that, Aphromoo used banner of command to buff a cannon minion. What CLG did afterwards is bait TSM out with a Baron bait. CLG lost the fight but TSM couldn’t clear out the minions that flooded into their base as a result which resulted in a Winion game.
Game 2 was a game that was very TSM sided as Hauntzer did work on Poppy and Sven on Graves. They were able to secure an early lead and keep the pressure on. No one on CLG could pressure back effectively to gain back ground. A team fight broke out in mid lane on CLG’s side and TSM won a 4-0 which allowed them to win the game.
Game 3 was a CLG win mainly due to Aphromoo’s Bard. is ultimates and stuns made teamfights a nightmare for TSM as they got caught out a multitude of times (which you can’t really fault them for, flash is a 5 min cooldown). To be quite honest I thought TSM was coming back a bit near the end but then a teamfight broke out that allow Stixxay to free hit on people. which resulted in the game winning Ace for CLG.
Game 4 was a game TSM had a lot of control in. Same story as game 3 minus the Bard on TSM and Stixxay losing the Caitlyn pick. A team fight broke out oddly enough in the middle top lane. However, TSM easily won that due to CLG all training into the fight one by one and all dying as a result. This allowed TSM to push into the base for a win.
Game 5 could have gone either way. Fights were even. Gold was pretty even. Kill were even. But it was the protect the ADC comp from CLG that won them this game. Stixxay played Tristana as was able to get the kills and resets to wipe out over half of TSM for the game winning team fight.
As good as G2 Esports did in the LCS split, I don’t think they’ll do as well at MSI. The reason being is the way they played felt like they were taking risk at times and sometimes they overstayed their welcome. Both these things could potentially screw them versus these other teams, especially the Korean and Chinese teams.
Counter Logic Gaming I think will be a string team going into MSI. They showed great teamwork and coordination in team fights and every person on that team has their moment to shine. Really interested to see how CLG fairs.
League of Legends, CLG and TSM reddits are quite interesting to read right now. No this is not a dream. All of the news you’ve been hearing about Doublelift is true. The CLG organization has decided to drop Doublelift from the team. According to CLG’s news post, this was due to relationship between Doublelift and the organization causing a heavy burden the grew in the past 4 years. In a surprising twist, TSM announced that Doublelift has joined the team. Former starter ADC Wildturtle is now a substitute but is looking for starter ADC on other teams.
Fans of both teams and of Doublelift probably have quite a few mixed feelings right now. And rightfully so. CLG and TSM’s League of Legends teams have been the top NA rivalry for years now. Doublelift has spent his entire career on CLG for the rivalry.
It’ll be interesting to see how Doublelift works with TSM in Season 6. It’ll also be interesting to see who CLG will bring in seeing that they dropped Doublelift and head coach Chris Ehrenreich. Season 5 LCS spring split was the best season ever for CLG but the Korean bootcamp curse is 2 for 2 as the disappointing 2nd week of the group stage this year knocked CLG out of Worlds. Also, and I’ve always thought this, CLG always makes drastic changes and the end of every season. Some of them were questionable but dropping Doublelift is quite the decision to make and bringing in someone to replace Doublelift will be quite the task. Season 6 will be very interesting for these two teams as their rosters get more and more finalized during the preseason.