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by Skiffington on June 6, 2015 5

Last week we talked about how Europe overall was supposed to be more competitive. With the new addition of Origen, and some talent moving among teams, we thought it would distribute skill more evenly. Two weeks into the EU LCS, it looks as if we were wrong.

 

Unlike last split, Giants Gaming came out strong in Week 1 and has continued that into Week 2. After going 1-1, only losing to Origen, the group subsequently took down Elements and SK Gaming, both of whom appear to be struggling. PepiiNeRO and Adryh have been absolutely stellar thus far with a 6.6 and 10.7 KDA this week, respectively. The addition of G0DFRED has been a boon for the Giants team much like KaSing was for H2K last season. Next week the crew gets another big test against the likes of Fnatic, so we’ll see how well they hold up against one of the two best teams in Europe.

 

Fnatic and Origen continued their impressive streaks, remaining undefeated. The former looked a bit shaky in their win over Team ROCCAT but pretty handily beat Gambit Gaming. The latter has yet to really have a close match, stomping down SK Gaming and the Copenhagen Wolves. The two will meet in Week 4 and from what we’ve seen, Origen looks to be the stronger of the duo.

 

The entire EU LCS either went 2-0 or 0-2 this week, helping divide a clear line in the standings. Gambit and SK are still yet to claim a win as the GMB squad tries to find its identity. SK on the other hand just doesn’t seem to have the synergy that it used to, with Svenskeren struggling to reel in these lopsided matches.

 

H2K Gaming was among those that claimed two victories this week and did so in pretty convincing fashion. Unicorns of Love did the same but their matches were by far the shakiest as they just barely eked out victory against ROCCAT.

 

 

Most Picked Champions

 

 

 

Champion Breakdown

 

Ryze came out of the blue this week as his 5.10 buffs were enabled. His seven bans were enough to earn him the titled of the most banned this week. He was picked in the other three making him one of the most contested champions.

 

Maokai overtook Gnar as the most selected top-laners, appearing in six of ten matches. 

 

Gragas cemented his position as the best jungler at the moment, narrowly beating out Evelynn who’s easily worse than our fat man. Gragas is so great because he fits into the tank meta, unlike Lee Sin, but keeps all of the early game pressure that comes with the blind monk. On top of that, the short cooldown on his Explosive Cask allows him to make repeated ganks once he hits level six.

 

Azir remains the go to pick for the mid lane, mostly because LeBlanc is banned so frequently. Sivir too is still the most picked as Kalista now finds herself frequently eliminated from selection.

 

The pros have finally realized that Alistar is a little over powered at the moment and as a result he has found himself banned out half of the time. With him gone, the remaining supports are Morgana and Thresh, the former of which was prioritized more highly.

 

tl;dr

 

The top five EU LCS teams have set them apart from the rest of the league. Though we thought it would be more competitive this split, there’s actually a clear line drawn in the sand.

  1. Fnatic (4-0)
  2. Origen (4-0)
  3. Giants Gaming (3-1)
  4. H2K Gaming (3-1)
  5. Unicorns of Love (3-1)
  6. Copenhagen Wolves (1-3)
  7. Elements (1-3)
  8. Team ROCCAT (1-3)
  9. Gambit Gaming (0-4)
  10. SK Gaming (0-4)

 

Fantasy LCS Breakdown

 

We've switched from yellow to blue this week.

 

  • Top - SoaZ
  • Jungle - Amazing
  • Mid - PepiiNeRO
  • ADC - Niels
  • Support - Mithy
  • Flex - Werlyb
  • Team - Origen

 

Thanks to their dominant victories, in which they certainly took their time winning, Origen scored a ton of points. xPeke, believe it or not, has taken a back seat, preferring to play a supportive role rather than that of a carry. While that’s bad for those that own him, it’s fantastic for OG who still have that card in their pocket.

 

Giants too did incredibly well with their dominant victories over Elements and SK.

 

Europe improves its score from 379.29 to 454.94 points! Looking very good for them this week as that tops what North America put up last week.

by Skiffington on June 1, 2015 9

Compared to Europe, North America underwent radical changes in the offseason. New teams Enemy Esports and Team Dragon Knights were set to see their first LCS competition. The latter would have to do so with three emergency substitutions, forfeiting all of their bans.

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And those that were well established frequently had roster changes. Cloud9 dropped Hai and added Incarnation, its first move since joining the LCS. Counter Logic Gaming is now fielding Pobelter in the mid-lane (in combination with Huhi, who wasn’t in NA to play this week). Gravity lost Saintvicious, replacing him with Move, while Cop stepped down with Altec coming in.

 

At this point, perhaps it’s easier to list who didn’t change: Team SoloMid, Team Liquid, Team Dignitas, Team Impulse, and Team 8. The latter though has noted that next week Nien will be taking Maplestreet’s position as ADC.

 

Needless to say, not many knew what to expect this week.

 

Our first look at these changes was with the season opening match between TSM and C9. Incarnation was destroyed in CS by Bjergsen, but allowed himself to be carried by the rest of his team. Balls on Rumble, specifically, helped make tremendous plays, increasing his record on the champion to an astounding 17-0 in regional play.

 

After that performance, many became worried for TSM and thought C9 was back in proper form. However, while WildTurtle and friends would bounce back with a win against Enemy Esports, Cloud9 would suffer a shutout by Team Dignitas, failing to claim a single tower.

 

For the first time in its history, Team Liquid (and formerly Team Curse) did not have a roster change during the offseason. Last split was notorious for their successes with substitute KEITHMCBRIEF, but Piglet has finally cemented himself as a crucial part of their team. His 13/3/16 record was enough to earn him the fourth highest scoring fantasy point total in North America and led TL to victory over both TDK and T8.

 

 

Most Picked Champions in NA
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The TDK sub squad didn’t have much luck. With only Seraph and Kez from the starting roster, it felt more like a solo queue game. Though it was nice to see Bischu, who played alongside Altec and Gleeb on Cloud9 Tempest, this probably wasn’t the way we wanted to see him return. The full group should have their visa issues worked out by next week if the management is to be believed.

 

 

Counter Logic Gaming went undefeated with wins over Dignitas and Impulse. It's clear that Pobelter replacing Link has added another huge threat to the team and it's one that the rest of the league will have to solve quickly if they want to keep up. Doublelift went 17/5/20 with his mid-laner simultaneously going 13/2/20. That's pretty scary stuff when you consider that ZionSpartan can carry equally as hard.

 

As we mentioned before, Team 8 had a tough week without their planned starting ADC. The team as a whole underperformed and suffered a couple of grueling losses. Hopefully they can turn it around next week.

 

Enemy Esports looked really good, taking down Gravity and putting up a surprisingly good fight against Team SoloMid as Flaresz got fed off of Dyrus. NME will be interesting to keep an eye on as the split progresses.

 

tl;dr

 

We gave Europe a lot of credit for having an overall more competitive group of teams but if Week 1 is to be believed, North America could be just as interesting.

 

For now CLG and Team Liquid sit atop the standings as the only undefeated teams whith Team 8 and TDK yet to earn a win. Everyone else is tied for second at 1-1.

 

  1. Counter Logic Gaming (2-0)
  2. Team Liquid (2-0)
  3. Cloud9 (1-1)
  4. Enemy Esports (1-1)
  5. Gravity (1-1)
  6. Team Dignitas (1-1)
  7. Team Impulse (1-1)
  8. Team SoloMid (1-1)
  9. Team 8 (0-2)
  10. Team Dragon Knights (0-2)

 

 

All NA LCS Fantasy Team (418.77 Points)

 

 

 

NA vs. EU Standings

  • Week 1: NA LCS (418.77) > EU LCS (379.29)

NA Leading: (1-0)

by Skiffington on May 30, 2015 1

Most agree that the overall skill level in Europe is certainly a step up over that of the last split, but while new teams arrive ready to dominate, some of the more familiar faces are struggling to get it together.

 

The 2015 EU LCS Summer Split opened with a rematch between the Unicorns of Love and Fnatic. Unfortunately for UoL, Rekkles returned to FNC ready to win. At first glance, playing Ashe, you wouldn’t think so, but thanks to her rework she can be downright terrifying. There were no holes in Fnatic’s game plan for UoL to take advantage of and with Rekkles back in his element, the team easily took down the Unicorns before claiming the first El Clasico of the season over SK.

 

Origen, the only other undefeated team this week, beat GIANTS GAMING as many predicted. H2K Gaming would be their true measuring stick however, and Niels would prove he’s an LCS caliber ADC. Vayne, a questionable pick in the views of many, allowed him to maneuver away from the deathball composition of H2K. With no solid way to stop a fed Vayne, H2K would drop the game.

 

The reformed Elements came in strong. A close match with Gambit Gaming turned very quickly after a key dragon fight, and EL snowballed the game from there. In his very first LCS match PromiseQ went 0/1/20. The rest of his team followed with similar records, giving up only three kills while claiming 26. They would also close out the week against Unicorns of Love but would fail to end the game early enough, allowing UoL’s late game composition to outscale them and win.

 

Sadly for Gambit, their struggles would continue as Woolite’s Kog’Maw went off. From the start it didn’t look good for GMB as their composition included Volibear and Jax, both champions that only appeared in this one match. Forg1ven did his duties and went positive, but he also had a crucial hand in their defeat. While trying to sneak a Baron, he used Trueshot Barrage to farm, inadvertently giving away their position. Team ROCCAT would respond and Jankos managed to steal the Baron away.

 

SK Gaming was probably the other big story of the week. A 32 minute victory from Copenhagen Wolves would show that SK is going to have some adjusting to do. While they did keep Freeze’s Draven from cashing in his stacks for a significant amount of time, eventually he would and that would basically be the end of things. From there on out CPW had all of the power it needed to win fights with Freeze critting from the back lines. A 20-2 final killcount showed that even the most disciplined of groups still has issues from time to time. They played much better against Fnatic as CandyPanda’s Kalista threatened to hard carry everyone else, but the rest of the team couldn’t keep up with Febiven’s Cassiopeia.

 

tl;dr


After Week 1, Fnatic and Origen are the only teams that remain undefeated, Gambit and SK are the only two that haven’t won yet, and everyone else has split their opening matches at 1-1.

 

  1. Fnatic (2-0)
  2. Origen (2-0)
  3. Copenhagen Wolves (1-1)
  4. Elements (1-1)
  5. GIANTS GAMING (1-1)
  6. H2K Gaming (1-1)
  7. Team ROCCAT (1-1)
  8. Unicorns of Love (1-1)
  9. Gambit Gaming (0-2)
  10. SK Gaming (0-2)

 

 

Most Picked Champions

 

 

 

 

All EU LCS Fantasy Team

 

 

 

by Ashelia on May 29, 2015 2

It was quiet on the PBE for a while, but yesterday's update gave us three new models: Prehistoric Anivia, Prehistoric Renekton, and Prehistoric Cho'Gath.  Talk about a blast from the past--but not one that will hurt your wallet, thankfully. These models will be 750 RP at launch.

 


 
by Skiffington on May 27, 2015 14

Though Azir may rule over all of Shurima, his subjects stand divided on one topic: should you build a Rabadon’s Deathcap or the newly minted Luden’s Echo.

 

It used to be a simple decision when Deathfire’s Grasp was in existence because being up close to your enemies isn’t really Azir’s thing. Now however, with the poke composition nature that he tends to exemplify, Luden’s serves as a mid-laner’s Statikk Shiv.

 

So which should you build?

 

Even our most popular guides don't agree. lMisteryl doesn’t even have it on their list of recommended items. WG Fanderman recommends Luden’s “if you want to have even more damage in late game and you feel rather safe during teamfights. . .This item grants you some movement speed. . .gives really nice ap and passive.” But in their opinion, it shouldn’t be prioritized over Rabadon's, “This item is not worth getting before the core because it simply doesn't give as much damage.”

 

For 3100 gold, Luden’s nets you:

  • 120 Ability Power
  • 7 Movement Speed Multiplier. 
  • UNIQUE Passive: Gains charges upon moving or casting. At 100 charges, the next spell hit expends all charges to deal 100 (+15% of Ability Power) bonus magic damage to up to 4 targets on hit. This applies spell effects (e.g., Spell Vamp, Rylai's, etc).

Rabadon’s on the other hand gives: 

  • 120 Ability Power
  • UNIQUE Passive: Increases Ability Power by 30%.

 

This is basically the same as a Marksman deciding between Phantom Dancer or Statikk Shiv.

 

What do the pros build?

 

 

The rest of the ranked ladder looks like this:  

 

 

 

As you can see, Luden's is built about 15% more in Challenger than elsewhere and carries around a 10% higher win-rate. Meanwhile, the numbers for Rabadon's are remarkably similar. The biggest difference is perhaps the emphasis placed on Zhonya's Hourglass. Despite a 36% popularity among the resk of the ranked ladder, it's nowhere to be seen among Challenger players. 

 

User Olikis warns against the Luden’s Echo build however. 

 

“You have probably watched Easyhoon playing Azir and buying this after his Athene’s. That does not mean you should do the same. Azir is better off scaling if he builds Rabadon’s first and then he can think when he wants his other items.”

 

A big factor behind your decision is your team’s win condition. If you’re in a poke composition, clearly you’ll want the Luden’s. Need an earlier power spike? Luden’s. Waiting for the late game on the other hand and you’ll probably want a Rabadon’s.

 

So when it comes down to the time to pick between the two, think about what you can handle, what your team needs, and what your win condition is. Those three will inform you as to what you should be building. When in doubt, ask your team!

 

 

by Skiffington on May 22, 2015 3

 

 

With LCS starting next week, Riot went ahead and opened up Fantasy LCS drafting for this split. And while some of your approach depends on how many players are in your league, there are five tips that apply globally.

 

1: Have a Plan

Don’t come unprepared. Do some research and find out who is good for fantasy points in each role and know who you want your first couple of draft picks to be.

 

We’ve seen countless drafts going extremely well only to have the person pick someone who’s been significantly underperforming. (Looking at you Dyrus and Balls). Don’t fall for those traps and when it comes down to it, remember that EU > NA in point production.

 

2: Know What Roles Have Large Differentials

In past splits a good support has been huge. It still is, but less so unless we’re talking about YellOwStaR or Lustboy. They both have a pretty big gap on the rest of the field and the same can be said about the other positions. Huni is by far the best top-laner with Impact a moderately close second. Both of these positions have the largest differential overall. So if you can get one of those three: YellOwStaR, Lustboy, or Huni, go for it.

 

Santorin is above and beyond the best Jungler but Reignover might come close some weeks. Bjergsen and Febiven are the two highest scoring mid-laners as they tend to carry. WildTurtle and Rekkles are probably the best ADCs, but more on that later.

 

Also since teams are a thing, don’t forget that an earlier than usual pick of Team SoloMid or Fnatic isn’t a terrible idea. They’re the only two teams you can sit on all year long and be among the best scoring.

 

3: Don’t Worry About ADCs

You shouldn’t fret about not drafting an ADC early on too much, especially if you don’t get WildTurtle or Rekkles. Forg1ven is sure to be another solid pick with Apollo, Sneaky, Freeze, and Hjarnan not too far behind.

 

More importantly there are a ton of sleeper picks including Neils, Tabzz, Altec, and Doublelift.

 

That’s a lot of Marksman even for an eight man league. So again, don’t worry too much.

 

4: Adapt on the Fly

That said, you need to be able to adjust your drafting priorities on the spot. If five of the best mid-laners go in the first round, you better be ready to pick one up the next time by.

 

Watching pick trends is extremely important and it’s even more so if you know the players you're drafting against. Know what they like, know what they’ll prioritize, and more importantly, realize how the pick order changes how you should draft.

 

If you’re third pick and someone who likes Fnatic has two picks before your next one, you might want to consider grabbing one of them up before they’re gone.

 

5: Take Advantage of the New Teams

Origen is going to be a very competitive team. Regardless of what the Fantasy LCS projections have them scoring, you should realize that they’ll probably do just fine. 

 

xPeke should do just as well if not better than how he did on Fnatic. sOAZ should continue his supportive top lane role and Amazing will have a balance between the two. It’s mostly their bottom lane Niels and Mithy that are unproven, but like we said before, most ADCs score closely with each other, so Niels is certainly a sleeper pick.

 

Team Dragon Knights and Enemy eSports are far less proven and more risky. TDK’s Seraph might be a good late draft pick and their new members, veterans from Korea, could end up scoring well.

 

 

 

 

Overall, just remember that there’s a lot unknown going into this split. We have no clue if SK Gaming will be nearly as good as they were and the new teams could start off with a bang. So as the games this week go on, keep an eye on the free agents because you might just want to pick one or two up.

 

Want to get a good look at some of LCS players before the split starts? Check out our replay system where you can see all matches containing players in Challenger.

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