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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 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.

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Week 9

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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 Week 9

Elements picked up a surprisingly impressive win versus Fnatic. It felt like past 20 minutes Fnatic just couldn’t do anything and kept on getting steamrolled. Everyone on Elements was on point. Steve on Trundle in particular was quite a scary frontline to deal with. I’m wondering to myself, where was this team? In any case, Elements finished 7th and secured a safe spot for next split.

ROCCAT versus Vitality was another upset. The gold in this game was quite even given Vitality had twice as many kills. Then a good team fight engage got ROCCAT 3 kills and forced a defensive play from Vitality as minions flooded ROCCAT’s base. It’s at this point Vitality had to choose whether if it’s best to defend and wait for people to come back up or to make a teleport play and try to go for the win. Vitality decided the former and it didn’t matter as ROCCAT was able to push through the defenders, turret and kill the Nexus. I personally would have done the teleport play and risked it since there were only 2 defenders. It also forces one or two people to back to their base which makes your base easier to defend. Sacrificing one live for the teleport play when 3 others are coming up shortly would have probably been worth the risk.

North America Week 9

Renegades looked really good in the last week picking up only wins securing 8th and their first choice relegation match up pick. Granted the teams they fought were weaker ones but it shows promise if they make it back next season.

TSM versus NRG was one interesting game. NRG gradually found an opening to break the game wipe open with 4 kills and Baron but TSM hung on for dear life at their Nexus. They got 2 inhibs in replay and could have won the game but a bad engage pretty much cost them 3 people and the game at that point. TSM did lose both their games in the week, the other game was against Immortals where it looked like TSM couldn’t do much.

Playoff Predictions

For Europe, it’s Team Vitality versus Fnatic. I think Vitality will be moving on from this bracket. Fnatic doesn’t feel as good as last season; the new roster may take a game but I think Vitality is a stronger team. Vitality versus G2 would be an amazing series in my opinion. Both teams are pretty similar in skill in my opinion. Origen versus Unicorns of Love, I can’t say. But if I had to choose I’d say Unicorns; Origen if they use xPeke. I don’t think it’ll really matter since H2K will probably win in the semi finals. I think G2 will take the split overall.

TSM may not make playoff finals this year which would be the first time ever in the history of League of Legends LCS seasons. They face C9 and if they win, face Immortals in semis. This bracket branch is hard to call since these 3 teams can win or lose against each other. On the other side we have Team Liquid versus NRG Esports. Again, this can go either way as the last week showed a lot of skill from both teams. I think Liquid has a bit of an edge though. In the end, I think Immortals will take the entire split here; if they play the way they have all split that is.