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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.

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.

Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Week 8

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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.