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Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Summer LCS Week 5-9

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Alright so the summer split is over, the results are in. North America having some predictable results but Europe being Europe has some interesting results to go over.

Europe Week 5-9

G2 Esports claimed 1st and H2K claimed 3rd. However, in a surprising twist, Splyce shook up the standings and grabbed 2nd place. I did see potential in this team but I didn’t expect a 2nd place finish which is very impressive. Another impressive showing was Giants, they found their stride and came out the remaining weeks with a lot of ties and victories dropping only 2 sets.

3 teams slumped a bit in the remaining weeks: FC, Fnatic and Vitality. These teams ended up getting mostly ties and a loses than wins. Fnatic, doing the best out of these three teams, managed a 5th place spot which is a bit surprising given that they started the split fairly well.

North America Week 5-9

The rest of the NA split pretty much went as expected in terms of match ups. There was one crazy upset of Phoenix1 beating TSM in week 8 which was TSM’s only lost all split. NRG did pull of a win off Team Envy who has declined slightly since week 4. Apex had a few strong showings beating Liquid and CLG. There was quite a few expectations concerning CLG but it seems they couldn’t pull off their performance from last split and ended up in 4th which isn’t too bad as they can still have a chance to get to Worlds.

In the end my predictions turn out correct about TSM, Immortals and Cloud 9 taking the top 3 spots. Cloud 9 always seem to claw it back somehow but this split is a much better showing.

Playoff Predictions

For EU I expect G2 Esports but the rest is really hard to say. Fnatic & H2K has a good chance to finish top three as they usually show up at playoffs. Splyce has been doing well and Giants could pull off the upset as they have been declining split after split till now. Unicorns will be the underdog though.

For NA I expect TSM and Immortals to finish top three. the 3rd team in that mix will either be Cloud 9 or CLG but Liquid has upset potential. Envy I feel has a bit more growing to do.

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Summer LCS Week 1-4

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Alright so 4 weeks have past so I can make a good assessment of how things are fairing in the EU and NA regions. Note that Europe has moved to a best of 2 format where 2 wins is three points, a tie is one point and losing 2 games nets zero points. North America has moved to a best of 3 format. This is probably to strengthen these regions for international tournaments and to prepare new players for playing and adapting in a series. In any case, it results in more games, more practice on stage which is overall good for viewers and the players.

Europe Week 1-4

Fnatic is currently on top again. With the return of YellowStar, the team looks way better. It always felt that Yellow Star was the last piece of the puzzle for Fnatic last split. With 5/2/1 record, it looks like Fnatic will rise to the top once again.

G2 Esports had a lot to prove this split. They finished 1st last split but finished last at MSI and quite honestly, did very poorly due to lack of preparation. It seems that hit them hard and they are playing seriously this split. With their new Top laner Expect, they seem to be doing well. I mean 4/4/0 means a bit more work versus some team but overall not bad.

H2K seems to be the team getting by consistently. They have a new ADC in Freeze who seems to be doing alright at the moment. Has some definite ups and downs.

FC Schalke 04 is a new team made of known players such as Steve, Fox, Gilius, MrRallez & sprattel. This team took over Elements’ spot in the EU LCS and have made good use of it. Even though they’re a newly formed team, they’re turning a few heads with their team work being near on par with the top 3 teams. We’ll see how they do.

Splyce is making some steady progress as a team in the LCS. I thought that this was a team that could go somewhere given they get more experience and they’re slowly getting up there.

Team Vitality have hit a bit of a wall going 1/5/2. They’re currently tied with a lot of teams, some that I think they should have beaten 2-0. Hopefully they can regain their footing as they did well last split and quite honestly should be performing a bit better.

Giants is a team I don’t have hope for. It’s sad to say but the roster changes to the team didn’t help the team at all. Maybe the new blood need some time to adjust but there was only one glimpse where Giants look like they could step up. I’m not convinced we’ll see a silver of that again. At least not right now.

Unicorns of Love has been disappointing fans for sure as of late. The team that came into the LCS is not as strong as it was. The team maybe suffering from team synergy or something of the sort because they’re 2/1/5 record doesn’t show that they have  a strong bond.

Origen has fallen into dire straits again. Sitting on 1/4/3 this team is not doing well. They are currently in 9th along with ROCCAT as the last teams in the league. It didn’t help that Forgiven left early in the split. Now it seems that the team is trying to find itself while xPeke takes on the ADC role. The fact that nearly every other team is doing better than them deems that there’s a problem other than the ADC role though.

ROCCAT I can’t expect much from them anymore. When they first entered the LCS, I thought they0 could do well if they improved but the team has just been performing worst each split ever since. The roster was updated with Steelback (ADC), Parang (Top), and Raise (Support).

North America Week 1-4

So it seems that Team Solo Mid is back in a big way. Their new support Biofrost has been quite a boon. Biofrost consistently has good support stats in games TSM wins. TSM has been undefeated in the new best of 3 format (currently 8-0) dropping only 3 games versus C9, Immortals and Echo Fox. I would say TSM is solid in each role at this point in time.

Sitting in second is Immortals. The roster hasn’t changed and quite honestly it didn’t need to. Immortals didn’t drop a game in the last regular season. They just played their game as it were instead of playing towards the meta. It seems now they have a better grasp of the meta in addition to playing how they like which nets them a current record of 7-1.

Cloud 9 sits in third place with a 6-2 record. Last two seasons Cloud 9 have had troubles with their roster but it seems they fixed that before the split began. We have Impact in top lane instead of Balls, Meteos back in the jungle and Smoothie or Bunny Fufu as Support.

A new LCS team, Team Envy, sits in 4th with a 5-3 record. They bought Renegades spot in the LCS and is kind of the team that can throw off the records for some teams.

Sitting in 5th are Team Liquid and Apex. Liquid’s roster remains unchanged and they still remain a middle of the tier team although I do believe they have the potential to climb higher. Right now it may prove to be difficult given the strength of the top 3 teams alone. Apex is a team out of challenger and has the familiar faces of Xpecial, Apollo and Keane. I don’t think they’ll go to worlds this season but I think they can secure a spot for next season’s LCS.

Surprisingly in 7th place is Counter Logic Gaming with a 3-5 record. After finishing 2nd at MSI, you’d think the team would come into the split with high expectations and results. Sadly this is not the case. The main roster remains unchanged but the team has won only against the lower ranked teams and Liquid. Something has gotta change for this team strat-wise and soon.

NRG is the next team up with a 2-6 record. We have quite a few new yet old faces on this team. Top lane is Quas, Jungle is Santorin and Support is Kiwikid. Despite the roster swaps, NRG is still on a steady decline from last split. It seems that the group isn’t “together” enough to get better games.

Echo Fox is currently 1-7. The roster hasn’t changed and I honestly expected a bit more out of the team. It looks like they still have a ways to go. Finally we have Phoenix1. From the ashes of Impulse but have not won a single game yet. I don’t expect much from the team sadly given Impulse’s decline for the past year or so.

Split Predictions

For EU I expect top 2 to be Fnatic, G2 Esports. 3rd will either be H2K or FC. For NA, I expect the current standings to more or less reflect the top half of the board. TSM and Immortals to take top 2 with Cloud 9 in 3rd. Envy may take third but I think Cloud 9 are going to pull another Summer split “going to worlds” move again.

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Finals

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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.

MSI Predictions

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.

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Semifinals

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I decided to release this post before playoffs to have a quick reminded of how teams are fairing. Week 9 of EU and NA LCS solidifies placements and overall how teams are doing before they practice for playoffs.

Europe Semifinals

Alright so first up is H2K versus Origen. It felt a bit like a snowball matches. More so for H2K. Origen however was able to overcome the odds and win the series 3-2. I think Amazing was a huge factor in this series. His Kindred was quite good and he went in and made plays. H2K didn’t do bad at all in my opinion. In particular H2K’s top lane Odoamne did well when he wasn’t behind.

G2 Esports versus Fnatic was a matchup I wasn’t sure of since I didn’t know how well G2 could do in a best of 5. With a falter in the 2nd game G2 did extremely well overall winning the series 3-1. The team fight control was surprisingly fluid with teammates collapsing well. Fnatic in the 2nd game felt like they stood a good chance but they couldn’t repeat that performance.

North America Semifinals

Liquid versus CLG was an experience. I said in my Quarter finals post that if both teams show up either one could win and it would go to five games. It delivered. Most games were one sided but the last 5th match was the best one. Liquid had a great advantage but CLG started clawing it back with Baron plays. In the end it was the double teleport that got Piglet killed that won CLG the series. Both teams showed exceptional team fighting skills.

Immortals versus vs Team Solo Mid was a turnout no one expected. TSM won but with a 3-0 sweep. It felt like Reignover and Huni got a bit shut down but it also felt like they just weren’t all there. Wildturtle did well and Polbelter held his own. The biggest impact on that series was Svenskeren. He was all over the place, snowballing lanes and keeping Reignover down. It was a good sight to see for a player that’s had a not so great split.

Playoff Predictions: Finals

Origen versus G2 Esports. Not exactly sure who’s going to win but I’d say it’s in G2’s favor right now. I think G2 has what it takes to bring down Origen. Despite Origen having the experience it all comes down to Amazing playing well. G2 has great collapse and team fight potential but they tend to overdo it at times which could be bad for them. I feel Kindred will be a contested pick.

CLG vs TSM. A classic. Right now, I’d give it to TSM but it really depends on Svenskeren and if he could keep up his level of jungling for TSM and Stixxay being a solid ADC for CLG. The top lane will be interesting as Darshan and Hauntzer both are exceptional top lanes especially as of late. Again, it’s hard to call but if I had to choose, I’d say TSM. They have a better lane matchup but it’ll all come down to the team fights and the location of said team fights.

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Quarterfinals

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I decided to release this post before playoffs to have a quick reminded of how teams are fairing. Week 9 of EU and NA LCS solidifies placements and overall how teams are doing before they practice for playoffs.

Europe Quarterfinals

Alright so first up is Team Vitality vs Fnatic. Now, I called it in favor of Vitality, mostly because they seemed solid in their play style. What I failed to incorporate was their play style. Fnatic has a history of playing different styles thanks in part to their coach and they took advantage of that. Fnatic’s first two games were stomps to put it bluntly. The 3rd game Vitality came back super strong in a very controlled game. Game 4 could have been anyone’s game but Fnatic broke the game wide open with a huge ace at 35 minutes that won them the game and the series.

Origen vs Unicorns of Love was a surprising twist as Origen won with a 3-0 sweep. Origen seems to shape up when it matters and their experience with best of 5s seemed to triumph over Unicorns who quite honestly didn’t seem to be all there. It was interesting too as the games were quite even in kills and gold.

North America Quarterfinals

Cloud 9 vs Team Solo Mid was a rough one to call. TSM has been in the middle of the pack while C9 have been steadily improving over the split. The first game was pretty much a stomp in C9’s favor. The other three games however turned from even games into stomps in TSM’s favor. The idea was to keep Rush down early. By making sure Rush couldn’t make plays in order to push everyone else on C9 ahead, TSM kept one step ahead. Props to Hauntzer  & especially Svenskeren for playing well in those matches. With TSM showing up they secured a semi final spot. Immortals might have a fight on their hands.

Liquid versus NRG was not interesting to watch with the exception of the 2nd game. Liquid pretty much  had it in the bag if they played well. It’s kind of sad too seeing that NRG did super well at the start of the split but then just fell off horribly. The only member who I felt had presence on NRG was Impact and his tanking items which kept him up for an absurd amount of time.

Playoff Predictions: Semi Finals

Origen versus H2K is a coin toss. It really depends which Origen team shows up as I think H2K can do well in a best of 5. G2 Esports versus Fnatic will be interesting and is another coin toss. G2 is good but I’m not sure how they will do in a best of 5.

CLG vs Liquid I have no idea who will win that. Both teams doing well can prove to be a series that goes to all 5 games. TSM versus Immortals. Man, this will be a series to watch. TSM, if they show up, may just be able to take these giants down. Huni and Reignover will be the players TSM want to shut down. I think the first two games will be very telling of how the series will go.