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by Ashelia on June 24, 2015 6

Patch 5.12 just hit the servers and brought with it a slew of minor tweaks to champions, some major mastery changes, and Enchantment Runeglaive's debut.  Luckily we've got the latest breakdown from our friends at LolClass where they talk to pros Bjergsen, Dyrus, and Sneaky about the most significant part of the patch!


Important Changes

Enchantment - Runeglaive

  • With this new enchantment for AP junglers replacing Magus, the jungle just changed up a bit. It's best illustrated by saying that instead of a Codex, you get a Sheen. This makes clears better for many junglers, but it will hurt some outliers who struggle.


  • The general gist is that players will now be trying to go 21 points into the defensive mastery tree, rather than 15 or even 9.
  • This means now there will be a tangible difference between a pure tank and a hybrid tank; formerly several champions would go 15/15/0 and now they'll be forced to go deeper into the tree, getting less damage for free.
  • Essentially they've relocated a lot of the skills to make sure the tree gives a better benefit to those who go further.

Champion Changes

Below are the champion changes summarized from the video. In particular, Lux and Elise saw some of the biggest buffs while Ekko and Ryze were brought further under control.

  • Ashe's change to Ranger's Focus (Q) is overall a minor nerf, but it will change Ashe's potential slightly. She might miss out on a few clutch kills.
  • Reducing the mana cost of Braum's Q and increasing the damage results in an increase to our Frejlord friend's power with no downside.
  • The nerfs to his attack speed are meant to curtail his jungle potential, where he was starting to make a splash.
  • By reducing his Q's AP ratio by nearly half, he's weaker yet still remains a strong pick.
  • His ultimate now costs 100 mana, up from a 0 cost. This will cause him to focus on mana oriented builds but he did gain mana scaling to help compensate.
  • Elise's W is no longer activated, meaning she'll have more reliable sustain in both top lane and the jungle.
  • Dyrus thinks this helps her top lane out a lot.
  • Her E gives her extra damage when she Rappels, making her somewhat stronger.
  • These are solid buffs, as they make him do more damage overall with his ultimate.
  • However, his ultimate is still weak because it can easily be interrupted and that remains the flaw in Galio's kit. It's a very high level change, QSS just counters him much that it's likely not enough.
  • Gragas will be banned a lot less, but he'll still likely show up.
  • These changes are again meant to target his sustainability in the jungle as well as his ganks. He'll be able to slow less, making his ganks less devastating.
  • Jarvan IV's E and Q combination will be two seconds shorter meaning it's a noticible buff. It should help make him more popular as a jungle and top laner; seeing as how he's always been a consistent pick, he should see more play.
  • A pretty clear buff that will make Jax stronger, especially if he doesn't build defensive items since it makes hime innately tanky.
  • Lux received some of the biggest buffs in the patch: the change to her shield will let her react to skill shots much better, since her shield will now be instant. This may bring her back into the competitive limelight.
  • Her E will also be helpful for high latency and the skill's general accuracy.
  • The patch's changes will make Malphite a better pick overall against a heavy physical damage team--while he's still situational, he only got stronger. Expect to see him more, even potentially in the mid lane.
  • Ryze should be more balanced now, as his passive is brought down to a much more reasonable 2.5 seconds instead of 6.
  • The reduction of the root from Ryze's Rune Prison is also extremely impactful; he's now forced to max Q due to the changes in damage and his W will no longer be as scary as it is since it will no longer be maxed.
  • The buff to Trundle's R makes him much better mid and late game. He's already an anti-tank, but now he'll heal even more.
by Ashelia on June 23, 2015 3

It was quiet on the PBE for a while, but today's PBE update gave us one new skin and a brand new champion: Gentleman Gnar along with Tahm Kench and Master Chef Tahm Kench. Talk about one contestent Gordon Ramsay probably wouldn't want to meet, right?


by Skiffington on June 23, 2015 12


With Ekko being released not so long ago, we figured it was time to revisit Zaun by hosting a contest exclusively with champions born in Zaun.


To enter this week's challenge:


2 Prizes


  • One winner will receive a Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma.
  • One winner will receive a $20 RP code.

Last Week's Winners

There were 2034 entries last week and the following people won prizes:

by Skiffington on June 22, 2015 0

Things are finally starting to shake out in North America as the hot teams continue to claim wins while those struggling are starting to lose hope of a high playoff placement.


Can we just talk about Team Dignitas for a minute? Long known for their early season success, with the Spring Split as the lone outlier, DIG started to finally see some success with their jungler Azingy. Granted we mostly saw him do well on Zac, it came as a surprise to many when the team decided to sign Helios. We knew they were trying to get him before the split started but he’s seemed to have melded effortlessly. His macro game shot calling is supported by KiWiKiD’s micro focused efforts and it’s leading to win after win for the organization.


Team Impulse and Team Liquid were the next to fall to the DIG train as Gamsu solidified MVP honors for the week with his spectacular Hecarim and Jarvan play. His 11/0/10 Hecarim shattered LCS records as the highest KDA whilst still maintaining 100% kill participation. TIP hardly knew what hit them.


Despite his basketball mishap which left him temporarily without full utilization of his pinky, Doublelift performed up to snuff. Pobelter carried the team after a slow and sloppy start for the CLG bottom lane duo and rallied the team back after it looked like they could possible lose to Team Dragon Knights. Against Cloud9, the injured ADC would claim his first Pentakill of the season.


Team SoloMid continues to look sloppy. After dropping to a considerable deficit, the TSM squad would win a single team fight in Team Liquid’s jungle. Bjergsen’s Azir flank would grant them the ace and out of no where TSM claimed the win. The crew also struggled against Hauntzer and Gravity who are still fighting to prove they deserve a spot among the elite. Once again it looked like they might lose the match but an over anxious Altec on Tristana would jump a bit too deep and GV devolved into chaos. TSM capitalized on this and took the win.


Cloud9 is really having a tough time finding its new identity. With Meteos now taking the helm as shotcaller the team isn’t making the right decisions. Losing to both Enemy Esports and Counter Logic Gaming, C9 now finds itself solidly below the .500 mark.


Team Liquid had a really tough week as they looked to take down both TSM and DIG until a single late game mistake that would basically cost them the game. As a result, they join Gravity just outside the top three spots in the league.


Team8 claimed a really close match against TDK who are still yet to fulfill their full roster. Once again they lost all of their bans as Mancloud came into their mid lane role past the date for roster changes. So while T8 got only their second win of the split, TDK is yet to win after a full four weeks of the Summer Split. Assuming it will take a couple weeks for the full team to meld, we wouldn’t give much hope for the team making a run too far outside of the top seven.



Most Picked Champions


Champion Breakdown


Before you can truly understand the most picked champions, you really need to see who was the most banned. Ryze had a 100% ban rate while Gragas continues to be the most powerful Jungle pick. Interestingly enough, Nidalee was eliminated in five of the ten matches though she was only chosen in two.


Outside of that Rumble, Rek'Sai, and Azir were by far the most popular in their roles. Corki came close to beating out Kalista but thanks to the fact that she was banned more and therefore more highly prioritized, she eked out a win this week. Thresh returned though Alistar and Nautilus were hot on his heels.




Counter Logic Gaming continues to perform at a very high level and therefore claims sole possesion of first place. Team SoloMid and Dignitas again went undefeated though they showed signs of weakness. Gravity and Team Liquid had excruciating defeats after coming close to winning and drop one game back of the duo ahead of them. The rest of the league is struggling to find consistency with the bottom group anxious to start stealing some wins.


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


Fantasy LCS Breakdown


North America had an incredibly high scoring week as both DIG Shiphtur and T8 Nien earned quadra kills while CLG Doublelift earned his first pentakill. It might be time to stop expecting teams against C9 to score low. Even when they lost last season they were still relatively stingy as far as giving up points goes, however they seem to be desperate to win and are pushing a bit harder when behind.


That said, DIG might just be the real deal, they're scoring incredibly high when they win.


  • Top - DIG Gamsu
  • Jungle - CLG Xmithie
  • Mid - CLG Pobelter
  • ADC - CLG Doublelift
  • Support - CLG Aphromoo
  • Flex - CLG ZionSpartan
  • Team - Team Dignitas


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)


Standings tied: (2-2)

by Skiffington on June 20, 2015 2

Week 4 was a respite for many of the struggling EU LCS teams. Others who had looked strong slipped a bit but for the most part we saw the league close a bit tighter.

Following their loss against Fnatic last week, Giants Gaming has continued to slide. With a loss against both Gambit Gaming and H2K Gaming, the Spanish crew now finds itself firmly out of contention for the top three spots.


Fnatic took down Origen in this week’s big show match that proved to be a bit of a landslide. Niels’ Sivir encompassed all six of OG’s kills while the FNC crew pushed 20 deaths down onto the usually disciplined xPeke led squad. Both teams would go on to win the next day’s matches over Copenhagen Wolves and Elements, respectively.


SK Gaming finally found firm footing and took off running this week, not only earning their first victory of the season but going undefeated against Unicorns of Love and Team ROCCAT. nRated’s Lulu led the team with a 1/3/24 record that stands in stark contrast to the numbers everyone was putting up before.


H2K continued it’s tear, now on a six game win streak. The week of supports, KaSing’s Thresh and Alistar put up a 33 KDA with zero deaths. This proved enough to earn him the title of MVP for the week, retaining the award in the H2K skill pool.


A bunch of squads including Gambit, Elements, and UoL went 1-1 on the week, tightening up the race to get out of the last three spots. Sadly, the Wolves and ROC both went without a win as the replacement of Woolite with MrRalleZ failed to pop into place seamlessly.



Most Picked Champs




Champion Breakdown


It's really refreshing to see someone other than Azir as the most picked midlaner. There's probably a plethora of reasons why we're suddenly seeing him banned the majority of the time (6/10 matches) but we're certainly welcoming of Lulu. Since Gragas is currently being banned roughly half the time, Rek'Sai is once again the most played while Rumble suffers a similar fate.

Alistar and Sivir remain our staple bottom lane duo.




Fnatic, H2K, and Origen are clearly the three best teams in Europe. Four teams are currently tied for seventh place and none of them want to be in the lower three lest they come to face relegation later in the season. GIA has slipped just a bit and it will be interesting to see if they can turn things around and we’ve finally seen that OG might not be quite as strong as we thought.


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


Fantasy LCS Breakdown


The undefeated squads of this week had particularly good matches. For once we see a couple players from multiple teams represented rather than every member of one team being the best choice.


If you've been holding onto SK for the first three weeks, your patience may have finally paid off while the rest of us kick ourselves for priortizing Origen over H2K, the latter of which continues to put up fantastic numbers.


With a total of 362.56 points, the all EU LCS team scored noticably lower than last week (423 points).

by Skiffington on June 16, 2015 2

Team8 got some bad news this week as it was announced that Slooshi will be leaving the team for the immediate future as there were some medical issues in his family. As a result this is his last planned competition for the time being as the team opened against Enemy Esports.


Though the group lacked mid game objective control, a crucial teamfight around the 30 minute mark helped secure T8 four kills, a tower, dragon, and baron in quick succession. It was here that the group started to close out their first victory of the season, an important accomplishment with impending changes on the horizon.

Team SoloMid lost to Team Dignitas and forfeited first place to them. We'll let that sink in for a moment. Okay, don't get us wrong, TSM had a commanding lead, but clearly wasn't playing at their best. The group miscalculated in a crucial late game team fight that saw Bjergsen jump in and explode allowing Dignitas to push with Baron for the win. It was a stunning turn of events though the group would rebound with a win over the TDK sub-squad.


DIG wouldn't be able to hold a spot among the top teams however as it then fell to Gravity who continues to look astoundingly strong at times.


Cloud9 had an equally rough week with Team Liquid securing a resounding win over them. Meteos was completely shut down by Quas' Hecarim and IWillDominate's Ekko. As a result the group simply had no way to fight their way back into the match. Their second win of the season came against T8 the next day in what was a sorely needed victory.


Counter Logic Gaming went undefeated after trouncing Gravity with tremendous KDA numbers. Their second match against NME only further padded those scores on route to their undefeated performance. Aphromoo's Bard was absolutely spectacular and now we can see why it has been and will certainly continue to be banned against him.




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


Dignitas continues its trend of early season success even with Helios coming in on his first week of competition since leaving Winterfox. Counter Logic Gaming looks more solid overall with their only loss coming from TSM who has dropped out of the first place tie. Team Impulse looks a bit shaky at 3-3 but they're still in a remarkably better position than those below them.


Cloud9 has much work to do, NME shows continued promise in the future, and TDK looks like it will be hard pressed to recover from the prolonged absence of Emperor and Ninja.


These next few weeks could be crucial to the lower ranked teams if they want to have any hope at making a charge at the top two spots. Thanks to the implementation of Championship Points, a bad split can mean the difference between attending worlds or not.


Note: I'm on the road this week so our NA recap will be a bit briefer than usual and won't include the champion and Fantasy LCS breakdowns. No worries though, the graphics will be included in next week's EU LCS recap.

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