Okay, so Fnatic isn’t really rising. They’re still undefeated at 16-0 and two games away from having a perfect split. Crazy to think that’s even possible. But while they aren’t pulling away, everyone else is falling behind. It’s becoming more and more clear exactly how astounding this split has been for them.
Origen and H2K Gaming trailed them closely for quite some time. But over the past few weeks, both have been hit or miss, being upset by those below them on top of losing to Fnatic itself. Because of this, FNC now has a huge five game lead over OG and a six game lead over H2K. For the longest time we thought the two were close, but clearly behind the likes of FNC. It’s now clear however, that no team in the West comes even close to comparing.
Every single team this week went 1-1 aside from the unblemished Fnatic and the slumping Giants Gaming who failed to win.
Many thought the standings to tighten up after these ten matches, but rather all it did was send Giants further into the pack.
Key upsets this week include the Copenhagen Wolves taking down H2K, which was probably this week’s marquee match, and Gambit beating Origen. Because of the tightness in the standings, nothing else can really be considered an upset, but there were a lot of close games and even more inconsistency.
Most Picked Champions
The meta seems to have actually calmed down a bit lately. Corki and Alistar were disproportionally popular this week, played nine and seven times, respectively. The ADC role has been taken over by our plane piloting friend with Sivir banned in every single match.
There was also a ton of Varus and Viktor played as one seemed to make an appearence in every match. As always, Jungle was dominated by Gragas and Rek'Sai with very little varience to be seen, though Nidalee and Lee Sin remain in the background. Top was mostly just Shen and Rumble thanks to their large impact and strong teleports.
As we just said, PowerOfEvil's Orianna was pretty nuts and his match against Gambit even netted him a pentakill. The Wolves' scores were inflated thanks to a long match against Elements and a brawl with H2K that ultimately saw them come out on top despite some of their best attempts to come back.
Though SK went 1-1, a bloody match with Origen and an absolute stomp of Unicorns of Love gave them many points. Jungle was pretty abysmal in Europe this week as Diamond didn't even particularly wow anyone with only 37 points.
Most surprising perhaps is that not a single member of Fnatic was your best choice this week even though the team was the only one to go undefeated. Go figure.
The best possible all European team would have scored you only 335 points this week. If North America beats that, it will have already won the split with more weeks with a higher score total.
H2K Gaming (10-6)
Unicorns of Love (8-8)
Gambit Gaming (7-9)
Giants Gaming (7-9)
SK Gaming (5-11)
Copenhagen Wolves (3-13)
The end of the season is only one week away. Two matches remain for each team and that means that every single game could be the different between playoffs or the relegation tournament.
Looking at it, it's kind of sad for Europe as a region has only three teams have a winning record.
The Wolves have a very slim chance of avoiding autorelegation. They would have to win both of their matches (against ROCCAT and Giants) while SK loses to both Fnatic and Elements. One of those is very likely to happen, but CW would have to almost double their wins during this entire split to do so.
Meanwhile, it's theoretically possible for any team in the top nine to still make playoffs and many of those could also fall into the relegation tournament. The top three will breathe easy for now with the rest of the league struggling to close the season out in a good spot.
As you guys may know, we've been partnered with LoLwiz. Today, we're happy to announce LoLwiz is now in open beta. To help celebrate, there's now a unique Jinx skin for the Overwolf client and LoLwiz has been patched extensively!
So what's LoLwiz? It's an in-game scouter that provides detailed summoner statistics for your team as well as the enemy's. It works directly in the client, giving you a seamless overlay that provides you with everything you need to know about the summoners in your game! With LoLwiz you can:
Instantly know everyone's ranking and statistics for season 5
Scout runes and masteries of anyone, even your lane opponent
Find out summoner's performance on their champion and role in ranked
To check out LoLwiz as well as get more details, click here. There's also a preview video over here. Be sure to sound off in the comments with any ideas you have for the application as well as any issues you encounter.
The LCS season is coming to a close in just two weeks. As such, we thought it be appropriate to celebrate some of the pocket picks that various pros have. If they've only been played once in the European LCS, they're eligible for this contest (as of 7/15/2015).
For this week, all you have to do is play three of your last ten matches as a champion that has only been picked once in the EU LCS this split.
With only two weeks remaining before playoffs and worlds shortly thereafter, it’s not a good time to be a fan of North America. Cloud9 is a shadow of its former self. Team Dignitas started off well enough but now finds itself on a three game losing streak. Counter Logic Gaming faltered by dropping four games straight and plummeting through the standings. Now Team SoloMid joins the group as the latest to struggle. For weeks they’ve appeared shaky at times, but now the perfect storm has finally caught up with them as they dropped both of their matches in this 0-2 week.
Team 8 and Team Liquid were the ones to take them down if you’re curious. That’s actually an incredibly important fact thanks their positioning in the standings. By taking down TSM, TL gained sole possession of second place. For T8 however, the victory meant putting three teams behind them in the standings. If the season were to end today, Team 8 would avoid the relegation series.
That said, Team Dragon Knights are all but finished with their season. Though they’ve looked impressive, they have been unable to secure wins and as a result are now three games behind the closest teams ahead of them. With only four games left to go, chances of them avoiding autorelegation are slim.
Team Impulse and Gravity both continued their streaks of five and six games in a row, respectively. The former looks good but sloppy and as usual, racking up a ton of kills. The latter looks disciplined and frequently wins games with their large champion pool during picks and bans.
As we mentioned before, Team Dignitas and TSM failed to win a match this week. CLG on the other hand rebounded with two easy wins over Enemy Esports and TDK, the bottom two teams in the standings.
Cloud9 earned its first win with Hai as the starting jungler against the sliding DIG. The much needed win helped secure their chance at defending their spot in the LCS and left them one game behind seventh place.
Most Picked Champions
Whereas European top laners tend to stay away from Maokai, apparently North America loves him. It's been said during the casts that the most frequent users of our tree friend are those that are low in the standings. And that's true for the EU LCS, but the same can't be said of NA. 80% pick/ban rate is pretty good for a champion that sees a lot less action across the pond.
Others are still having issues standing up to Gragas and Rek'sai, the two most reliable junglers at the moment. However, Nidalee did see a good amount of bans (4) so there's the potential for her to become relevant in the jungle or elsewhere.
Azir returns as the king of the mid lane, and Shurima, for that matter. ADC was closely contested thanks to Sivir's six bans. Her, Corki, and Tristana were all played four times in the role though we had to award the Battle Mistress for her higher prioritization.
Support went to Shen who supported in half of this week's games. Janna has picked up some momentum though Alistar is clearly still top tier.
Kalista and Ryze primarily remain banned, eight and nine times, respectively.
Team Impulse enjoys bloodbaths, simple as that. Time after time, Rush focuses on early aggression and his team reaps the rewards as they roll over the enemy. Piglet played out of his mind this week, coming oh so close to MVP honors with his blind baron steal on Corki. While that honor went to Fenix, both put up great numbers this week. Gravity continues to roll in dominating win after win. A notable change was how low scoring top lane was in NA this week.
Top - GV Hauntzer
Jungle - TIP Rush
Mid - TL Fenix
ADC - TIP Apollo
Support - TIP Adrian
Flex - TL Piglet
Team - Gravity
NA vs. EU Standings
Week 1: NA LCS (418.77) > EU LCS (379.29)
Week 2: NA LCS (376.70) < EU LCS (454.94)
Week 3: NA LCS (406.41) < EU LCS (423.06)
Week 4: NA LCS (431.64) > EU LCS (362.56)
Week 5: NA LCS (414.06) > EU LCS (347.87)
Week 6: NA LCS (332.44) < EU LCS (370.53)
Week 7: NA LCS (414.89) > EU LCS (399.82)
North America now leads 4-3 with two weeks left. Will it secure the Summer Split next week or will it come down to the wire?
Team Liquid (10-4)
Counter Logic Gaming (9-5)
Team Impulse (9-5)
Team SoloMid (9-5)
Team Dignitas (8-6)
Team 8 (5-9)
Enemy Esports (4-10)
Team Dragon Knights (1-13)
North America looks weak. There I said it. Gravity appears to be our best bet at going far during worlds simply because they play their own style and do it well. TSM has looked shaky all split long and it finally caught up with them. Combined with the other losing streaks we've seen, it doesn't bode well for the region as a whole.
All I know, is we're probably not going to see Cloud9 at worlds, and that seems incredibly hard to fathom.
Well folks, that’s basically all she wrote. Barring any catastrophes, Fnatic has just locked up the longest regular season win streak to ever hit the LCS. With both H2K Gaming and Origen on their schedule this week, it looked like this was the last major hurdle standing between them and the perfect season and they narrowly cleared that gap. There was some stumbling along the way as the team gave H2K a 5k gold lead and Origen a 7k gold lead, but both times the team rallied from behind with some spectacularly coordinated team fights that left their opposition crushed. xPeke even tried resorting to his famous backdoors, which had worked so many times on Fnatic, but this time around, his old team was prepared.
Fnatic now stands at 14-0 and has locked in first place with two weeks of competition left.
Overshadowed by all of this was H2K’s slump. After dropping to FNC, the crew was also upset by ROCCAT who, thanks to Nukeduck, were ready to capitalize on their mistakes. They also suffered from a similar loss of performance last split, so hopefully they can rebound and get back in shape.
“Lately Kikis had trouble to manage both living and working in the gaming house,” said Unicorns of Love in a statement. “Following this, we all sat down and discussed our future as a team. Although we worked out different solutions, we could not find a fitting arrangement.
It then became apparent that even though we are chasing the same goal, it does not feel like we can accomplish it together.”
Kikis is a great player with a lot of dedication to the game and has really grown close to us. He is one of our best friends. We're genuinely wishing him the best and hope he will find what he is looking for.”
Despite his impending departure, the team performed admirably and went 2-0, taking down both Copenhagen Wolves and Elements. Only two weeks before playoffs, we’ll see Kikis replacement which according to DailyDot is Dan, former UoL jungler and current Mouseesports member.
In a rather important match to close the week, SK Gaming destroyed Copenhagen Wolves and basically eliminated any hope they had at avoiding autorelegation. Fox’s Irelia just couldn’t be stopped and the Wolves were visibly distraught after the loss, though SK looked just as rough despite winning. Mathematically they could still avoid it, but it would require a perfect storm as SK now holds the tiebreaker with only four games left in the split and CW two games back.
Most Picked Champs
In part due to how we showcase the most played champions, you don't see Nautilus represented here despite being played in seven of the ten matches (4 top, 3 support).
Viktor completely took over the mid lane, overshadowing every other champion that's commonly played. Meanwhile Kalista remains banned almost every single match and therefore Sivir slips through as the next best option. Corki shadows her slightly further behind as the best B-tier ADC.
Fantasy LCS Breakdown
Unicorns of Love had stomps against Copenhagen Wolves and Elements and you can clearly see that reflected in their scorelines. 71 points on PowerOfEvil topped the league and will be tough for anyone from North America to match.
For the first time in recent history, the ADC is the lowest scoring role on the team as Rekkles barely eclipsed 50 points. Febiven was propelled into the Flex spot thanks in part to a quadra kill.
Top - UoL Vizicsacsi
Jungle - UoL Kikis
Mid - UoL PowerOfEvil
ADC - FNC Rekkles
Supp - FNC YellOwStaR
Flex - FNC Febiven
Team - Unicorns of Love
399.82 points for the best all European Fantasy LCS squad.
H2K Gaming (9-5)
Giants Gaming (7-7)
Unicorns of Love (7-7)
Gambit Gaming (6-8)
SK Gaming (4-10)
Copenhagen Wolves (2-12)
Fnatic has completely secured first place in the Summer Split and with that a spot in the playoffs. H2K faltered a bit and therefore might not get a first round bye while the rest of the league lags behind.
Giants and UoL still sit at the .500 mark while the rest of the league looks unimpressive. The Wolves have little chance of avoiding autorelegation with Gambit and ROCCAT trying to keep Elements and SK behind them.
Patch 5.13 is now live along with some very important changes to how slows work, the Devourer rework, a much needed fix for Runeglaive, a rebalancing of Needlessly Large Rod, and some champion tweaks. Our friends at LolClass have gotten some commentary from LemonNation, Quas, and Bjergsen about the some of the biggest changes this time around!
Slows no longer stack on top of each other. Before, League would apply half of its value on top of what was already there. For the sake of clarity however, it now only applies the strongest one. This means you'll need to better time your crowd control lest it be wasted.
Enchantment - Devourer
With this rework, Devourer no longer scales infinitely. Instead, it gains stacks on kills or assists (meaning giving blue to mid gets you a stack).
Ghost Dog now follows you around until you reach 30 stacks at which point he'll merge with Devourer and make a Sated Devourer.
When that point is reached, every basic attack will trigger on-hit effects twice. Includes things like Blade of the Ruined King's passive and Master Yi's Wuju Style.
Tahm Kench Released
New champion can eat allies, enemies, and has a long range teleport ultimate.
Can go top lane or support, though initial reactions have him pegged moreso as the latter.
Enchantment - Runeglaive
Runeglaive has been buffed with 10 more ability power and 100% base AD (instead of 75%).
It doesn't apply on hit effects like Luden's Echo anymore, however.
Needlessly Large Rod
Now cheaper and costs less AP.
As a result all major AP items have been reworked as far as cost and stats go.
Below are the champion changes summarized from the video. In particular, Kalista and Nautilus had some much needed tuning while Kayle and Singed got a couple changes to help them become more viable.
Kalista now does less damage per auto attack which is a much needed but very awkward nerf.
She can no longer cast her Pierce (Q) mid-dash but will still probably be one of the best ADCs in the game.
Kayle's Righteous Fury (E) now has a passive that now deals scaling magic damage on hit.
Quas says she still has issues when the enemy team has crowd control, but this will allow her to shine when that isn't the case.
Our anchor weilding friend now does less damage with his Riptide (E).
LemonNation thinks he's still a very strong support, while Quas thinks the damage nerf is more noticable top.
Unburrow (W) now has a slightly smaller radius meaning you have to be a bit closer before knocking someone up.
Singed now gains magic resist as he levels up.
Quas says this should help him against strong AP champions like Rumble.
Fling's (E) root now scales from one to two seconds rather than being one second throughout (assuming they land on your goo).