Week 8 of EU and NA LCS had some pretty hype games. Man, all the epicness is happening at the end of the split.
Europe Week 8
So the team I want to focus on is Origen. They played Unicorns of Love and ROCCAT. They also subbed in xPeke. Now I wasn’t sure how the team would do with xPeke back in the mid lane but they played a little better than before. The game versus Unicorns looked like a loss but Unicorns overstayed in Origen’s base which resulted in a wipe and Origen simply strolled into Unicorns base for the win. The game versus ROCCAT could have gone either way but ROCCAT was winning in the mid game. The constant split pushing pressure Soaz put on helped Origen win. I wouldn’t say Origen is exceedingly better with xPeke but they play a bit better. There’s still a few individual mistakes here and there but those can be worked out.
North America Week 8
Definetly focusing on Dignitas this week. Echo Fox vs Dignitas. I need to talk about this game. This game was insane. Dignitas had a huge advantage multiple times with Baron and Aspect of the Dragon. Even both buffs at the same time. But Echo Fox managed to win the fights or hold off long enough to counter. I really don’t know why Dignitas couldn’t close out the game with some many great advantages. On the flip side I’m also surprised Echo Fox was able to hold off a multi buff Dig team like that and somehow pulled off an epic win.
Dignitas versus Immortals was a similar scenario. Dignitas has a great advantage with 2 inhibs down on Immortals side; mostly because Immortals went a bit ham. Then all of a sudden, Immortals Aced Dig, took Baron and siege Dignitas, taking turrets and inhibitors when possible. Immortals didn’t let up and were a bit more cautious with their diving at the end. But when Immortals saw a good opening, they took it and won the game. These two game shows Dignitas has what it takes to gain a lead and control the early/mid game. Now all Dignitas needs to do is to learn how to close out games faster without giving the enemy a way back in or giving the enemy a chance to scale up.
Looking Forward To In Week 9
In EU, the Unicorns’ matches versus H2K and G2 Esports should be good. In NA, Immortals plays TSM & Cloud 9 plays Echo Fox which could be a fun one.
Once again this week we’ll be looking at specific games from Week 7 from EU and NA LCS. Some shock and awes for sure definitely happened.
Europe Week 7
Unicorns of Love vs ROCCAT was an interesting turnout. First off, Rammus top lane by fredy122 was an interesting pick. Needed some help early but ROCCAT made it work and then the Rammus keeps on flank engaging for kills. I think everything was going well but I think Unicorns made a mistake in the mid game. They got flanked on but I think Hylissang could have had better positioning to close the choke and to possibly get away. If not, he would have been the only one to die and Unicorns could still contest Baron. Even if Hylissang didn’t move, the rest of ROCCAT was grouped whereas Unicorns were split which made it easy for ROCCAT to engage on 3 members. In the end, Unicorns lost 3 and Baron. From there, the game kept going in ROCCAT’s favor due to the pressure Baron buff had on Unicorn’s base.
North America Week 7
Echo Fox’s winning streak has ended. They went 0-2 versus TSM and Immortals. The game I really want to highlight is the one where the winning streak for Immortals ended and CLG was the team to end it.
So aphromoo was being the most annoying support harassing early jungle clear on Reignover and Gromp for Wildturtle but Adrian, the support had to secure it. Because of this, CLG could gank Huni who was 1v1 with Darshan in bottom lane. They even secured a kill onto Reignover when he tried to salvage a kill. From there it was purely harassing Huni and Reignover. A few minutes later, Immortals started to bring the game back by performing collapses to either kill someone or save someone.
The mid game was pretty even with Immortals getting some kills but CLG got a afew as well plus pressure as they got Darshan split pushing the bottom lane as Fiora and Xmithie split pushing on Udyr in the top lane. Whenever Immortals went for a fight or an objective Darshan would get more out of the bottom lane. This works for CLG because it forces Huni to keep Darshan out of the base. It kept on going like this and if you’ve seen Darshan’s games where he split pushes, he doesn’t stop. The breakthrough point was when Immortals went for Baron but Xmithie stole it so no empowered recalls meant Darshan could get into the base with less threat. Darshan and Xmithie were able to get to the Nexus in time to kill it. A really great game, hopefully we see more entertaining games like that.
Looking Forward To In Week 8
Most teams will have a week free for practice before Week 8 due to IEM Katowice so we might see some new picks or strats coming out in Week 8.
We have Team Vitality versus G2 Esports so that will be fun to watch. Immortals versus NRG could be interesting but I’d put that in Immortals’ favor since NRG have been on a slide as of late.
This week we’ll be looking at specific games from Week 6 from EU and NA LCS and how they didn’t go as expected.
Europe Week 6
We’re going to first take a look at Fnatic’s games. Now I expected Fnatic to go 1-1 but not in the way it turned out. Fnatic won against G2 Esports but lost against Splyce.
In the Fnatic vs G2 game, G2 had the advantage for pretty much the first 15 minutes but then they started losing that advantage when they started getting caught out near Baron and mid lane. Fnatic also had Kog Maw who needs a few items to get rolling. And man Rekkles got rolling at twenty minutes. I also have to highlight Gamsu who was a super tanky tree.
In the Splyce vs Fnatic game, Splyce simply utterly destroyed Fnatic with a 13-0 kill score. It was pretty even around 15 miuntes but then Fnatic kept on overstepping and getting killed.
In both instances I feel like Fnatic overstepped in their games. The difference between the two is the strength they were at. When Fnatic overstepped a few times on G2, they had a super tanky Maokai and a itemized Kog Maw. They weren’t at that point versus Splyce. Also, G2 did make a few positional mistakes that gave Fnatic kills.
Other matchup I want to touch on was the Vitality vs H2K match . It was a really close match up between these teams up to the last fight. Vitality was always in the lead but H2K kept on inching back into the game. It got to the point of fighting for Dragon and an ace in order for Vitality to win. Both of these teams really did well if if some mistakes came out, they made up for it for the most part. Bad time to do Baron? Disengage super fast. Can’t get the flank? Readjust and patiently wait. It was an hour long game but very well played out.
North America Week 6
Echo Fox. This team. This team is amazing. Team Liquid versus Echo Fox was back and forth for 50 minutes. Then it seems like Liquid was winning with the siege pushing in mid. Then the god like team fight in Fox’s base resulted in an Ace for Fox with 3 people up, including Keith, the ADC. With death timers being so long, Fox was able to stroll down mid lane and take the win. Versus Team Impulse it was a solid win for Fox at 25 minutes. I feel like letting kfo get Kayle was a bad idea given the very good utility of the ultimate. Plus Impulse’s team did not scale well damage wise. Is it too much to say that this Fox team can make playoffs? I’m 50/50 mostly because they were going to lose to Liquid but they played that last team fight super well. I will say that Fox is one of the stronger lower teams and could surprise us.
Looking Forward To In Week 7
Echo Fox games are going to be the true test. They play TSM and Immortals. If Fox goes 1-1, then I’d say Echo Fox have a chance at playoffs. I think the chances are low that they beat Immortals but it’ll be interesting to see how well they do against them.
Halfway of the split is over. We’ll be taking a look at current performance as well as re-evaluating final placements or playoff spots for EU and NA LCS teams.
Europe Week 5
Alright so let’s start with the bottom half of the bracket first. Starting with Giants. On the bright side, they finally managed a win in Week 5. Downside is that it was against ROCCAT is arguably the 2nd worst team in EU LCS right now. Both teams sit tied for last place at 1-9. Splyce, a new LCS team, sits at 3-7 but isn’t a great teams since the wins came from beating ROCCAT and Giants. Right now you could say Splyce is the better of the 3 teams. It leaves Splyce some time to grow if they get back into the LCS but I fear ROCCAT and Giants get worse every split despite some surges.
Mid to lower part of the bracket is Fnatic, Origen, & Elements. Once power houses in their own respective manner now sit in the middle. Fnatic, sitting at 6-4, still struggles to adapt due to losing some great talent in Huni and Reignover and the shot calling from YellowStar. Rekkles is trying to shot call but it clearly affects his overall performance as he is known to carry games multiple times in the past. Now they’ve swapped Noxiak (support) for Klaj. Will it help? We’ll have to see. I think they can make playoffs though. Speaking of struggling, Origen has been on a weird ride this split. xPeke is coaching the team now as they look for a new one. The shot calling is still a bit lacking, PowerOfEvil is getting better as times passes so who knows where this team will end up? A lot of people had their doubts before and look at those results. Elements is the last team but I do not think they have a shot at playoffs solely for the reason that all their wins come off the lower teams. Also, I’m not really convinced that their roster can beat the higher teams.
Now let’s talk about the big 4. Unicorns of Love and Team Vitality sit tied for 3rd with 7-3. Now, if I had to choose one for 3rd, I’d go with Unicorns. Their roster is quite good and seems to mesh a little better than Vitality’s but Vitality is a really good team that can surprise me. I feel if Shook and Kasing are on their game, Vitality can be a hard team to beat. Now, the top two are G2 Esports and H2K. Now, I believe G2 will be number one in the end, they just look so good overall but they are not immune as they lost to Vitality in Week 5. H2K is a strong contender as well; H2K always seem to sneak in their rise in performance as a split progresses.
North America Week 5
NA LCS is a magical playing field this season.
I have to start with Echo Fox. I have to. The roster is back with kfo in top lane and Froggen in mid. And they went 2-0. One of those games was against NRG. Now, I’m not saying this will be the epic comeback but… could it be? I mean they destroyed NRG 15-2. FFox could make playoffs if they keep it up. Now let’s look at Renegades. With Fox being way more on point, it looks like Renegades are at the bottom of the standings now and probably will be for the rest of the split.
Lower to Middle we have Dignitas and Team Impulse. If I had to pick, Impulse will be slightly ahead of Dignitas. Both teams are playing better than I thought to be quite honest. Either team could surprise and grab a lower playoff spot.
Middle of the pack is Team Liquid & NRG Esports. From the looks of it, Liquid abandoned their 10-man team strat. In my opinion, it wasn’t aa good idea int he first place due to team communication and synergy being so varied. They seem to play well with the roster they have at the moment. NRG has been slipping as of late. They were in 2nd but it seems that other teams are picking up the meta picks and strategies and appliying them much better than NRG now.
Tied for 3rd is Cloud 9 and CLG. Now there were doubts about how both these teams would perform and to be honest I wasn’t sure either. With Hai as support for C9, they see much more wins due to Hai’s really good shot calling and trust in the call from the other members of the team. CLG has been improving as a whole. If it isn’t Darshan that’s carrying, it’s Huhi and Stixxay. In fact, I think Huhi is quite good in mid. Now, let’s talk TSM. After 5 weeks the dream team is sitting pretty in 2nd place. The team is playing better overall and seems is getting more used to YellowStar’s shot calling allowing Bjergsen more freedom to do his thing. Finally we have Immortals. I knew this was a team to look out for but man, they are 10-0. This team is unreal. Especially WildTurtle. He puts out such impressive numbers and I think Immortals is a good fit for him and the chill or humorous personalities on the team.
Looking Forward To In Week 6
The Vitality match ups vs H2K & Unicorns should be good. The Echo Fox matches should be interesting to watch due to the normal roster returning and stamping a “We’re here to win” vibe from Week 5. The EU top 4 seems to be determined somewhat but you never know. Also, the dethroning of Immortals seeing as much as we have but you never know.
For the fourth week of EU and NA LCS there were games where the outcome was pretty much easy to guess. However, I want to look at 2 games in NA that were a bit interesting to me.
Liquid vs Dig & C9 vs NRG
With Team Liquid vs Dignitas The game started with the usual: farming it out & gank attempts. When the game started to break open is when a team fight erupted in bottom lane letting Liquid get 3 kills followed by an ace a few minutes later in top to mid lane. At this point, it was 9-1 and the game just snowballed from there to a 18-1 win for Liquid where Dignitas only got 2 turrets and a kill from first blood. Dardosh, Liquid’s jungler got a significant score of 10-0 landing spears and chasing down people.
The Cloud 9 vs NRG started out the same way of farming it out and gank attempts. Two kills came out for Cloud 9 from a quick collapse in mid and that slight advantage gave Cloud 9 the pressure needed to later on get 5 kills and a Baron. After that, it was smooth sailing as Cloud 9 started tearing NRG’s base apart. The game ended with 14-3 win for Cloud 9.
What These Games Show
My point in taking about these two particular games is that the match ups are pretty close in skill. However, both games show what most games are like in the LCS nowadays. Games right now are snowballs. If you get a decent lead early, it is very very hard to come back. I feel that LCS games now lack comeback potential. Yes, some teams can pull it off but if you can clearly see the results sub 20 minutes then I can’t really see a point. I think the main reason for this is the vision changes and turrets going down faster. Reduced vision now makes it so that you always have to be cautious and not get caught in a collapse or you’re done unless the enemy team makes a huge mistake later. I think making Dragon more appealing to take early rather than a team just setup and take it without any contention would make games snowball less. Anyways, that’s my two cents on the matter. I like that games require you to be more on point but could do with a little less snowballing is all.
Looking Forward To In Week 5
Has to be CLG vs TSM. Both of them are currently 5-3 in a 4 way tie with NRG and Cloud 9 for 2nd place. But only one of these teams can possibly stay in that position after Week 5. Fnatic vs Unicorns could be interesting as well seeing Fnatic picking up a bit more these days.