The playoffs of both Europe's and North America's Challenger Series have come to a conclusion and as a result we now know which two teams are being automatically promoted into the LCS. Both were very close, coming down to the last of a five game series.
It's always sad to see teams lose their spot without a chance to defend, particularly in the case of Team Dragon Knights, but thanks to that, there's always a new team each and every split. For NA this means a bunch of former pros getting another shot at being the best while EU gets a slew of new talent.
The LA Renegades are:
Top - Oleksii "RF" Kuziuta
Jungle - Alberto "Crumbz" Rengifo
Mid - Aleksei "Alex Ich" Ichetovkin
ADC - Ainslie "Maplestreet" Wyllie
Support - Maria "Remilia" Creveling
After a late season stumble that saw them drop the first seed to Team Coast, the LA Renegades have had a relatively controversial split as far as management goes. That said, they're now getting a clean start with an LCS berth that's bolstered by Crumbz, Alex Ich, and Maplestreet, all former LCS players. Former CLG coach and OGN caster MonteCristo is a co-owner of the team which has earned it more of a following, that said, he's not heavily involved in their day to day activities and mostly just functions as an investor.
RF, known as RF Legendary to many, is a very popular top-lane streamer on Twitch and will make his debut come Spring. Remilia is the first female to ever make the LCS. Unfortunately for her many fans, she has commented saying she does not plan on staying with the team. The limelight isn't her forte and it's understandable considering she gets a lot of negative attention due to her gender.
Many who only loosely follow the Challenger scene were surprised to see RNG go down 2-1 to Team Coast, but the comeback became a reality and as a result, the Renegades are into the LCS.
Team Dignitas EU
Team Dignitas EU is:
Top - Martin "Wunderwear" Hansen
Jungle - Dennis "Obvious" Sørensen
Mid - Chres "Sencux" Laursen
ADC - Kasper "Kobbe" Kobberup
Support - Nicolai "Nisbeth" Nisbeth
Coached by former LCS pro Brokenshard, Team Dignitas EU is mostly made up of players that have spent most of their career in the Challenger scene. Nisbeth is the lone exception as he played with the struggling MeetYourMakers during the 2015 Spring Split.
Wunderwear looks to be perhaps the most interesting as in this series alone he played both Tahm Kench and Gangplank, champions who don't exactly see a ton of play in the top lane.
It'll be interesting to see how the team fares against the best of the EU LCS.
Our Razer contests have officially concluded and suddenly we're into the dog days of summer. Sounds like a good time to cool down. Let's go for a swim with our favorite League of Legends sea beasts. From Deep Sea Thresh and Kog'Maw to Scuba Gragas, because why not?
For this week, all you have to do is play three of your last ten matches as a champion that swims in the sea. Check the list this week because many skins of the Pool Party variety do not cause their champion to count.
Playoffs for both European and North American LCS kicks off tomorrow morning for those of us in the West. In a preview video for NA, LolClass breaks down each team and highlights particularly important players. Statistics are shown for pick and win rate, giving you an idea as to what your favorite players might or maybe should be looking for.
TSM always steps up when needed.
That said, they did have one of their worst regular season finishes ever.
Steps have been made to improve their performance before playoffs and we'll see just how well those have paid off shortly.
Surprisingly, Team Impulse has done well in XiaoWeiXiao's absense. Some credit this to one less communication barrier as XWX was the only Chinese player on the team.
Impact and Rush continue to synergize extraordinarily well which has allowed them to keep momentum building with Gate substituting in the mid lane.
Gravity dropped off pretty hard towards the end of the split but still looked remarkably strong throughout.
Thanks to Keane's large (and strange) champion pool, the team can frequently flex picks and take opponents by surprise.
Combine this with the supportive Jungling of Move, and Gravity is already set up for success.
With so many different forces that could get rolling at any moment, it's tough to shut down every lane at once.
Counter Logic Gaming
CLG finally had their end season split a few weeks earlier than usual. This means the crew has rebounded and now looks resolute going into playoffs.
Doublelift led the league in kills, gold per minute, and kill participation.
Pobelter was a very strong pickup, one that allowed the team to move into a triple threat composition, removing some of the weight off of Doublelift's back.
DIG took off at the start of the season and even managed to claim first for themselves.
However, they stumbled towards the middle of the season and have only won three of their last nine games, concerning for a group looking to make a solid run into playoffs.
Finally first, Team Liquid gets a first round bye through playoffs.
Much like CLG, the threats of Quas, FeniX, and Piglet have proven to be too much for many teams in NA.
With the help of Coach Peter, their picks have remained strong and given them a shot at winning most matches this split.
As a general reminder, playoffs start tomorrow at 8:00 AM PDT with H2K Gaming facing off against Giants Gaming. North America follows with Team Impulse and Team Dignitas kicking things off.
We've teamed up with Razer for your last chance to give feedback on their LoL scouter. You probably know by now, but once again all you have to do is check out Razer Comms and leave a reply in this post with your feedback to be entered to win--it's that easy.
If you entered the past two weeks, you can enter again this week!
We'll pick three lucky winners and announce them during next week's contest on Wednesday, August 12th. Any region is eligible to enter. All you have to do is try out Razer's League of Legends chat client and reply to this post with your feedback (good or bad, we want to hear it!).
Patch 5.15 is now live with the Fiora Champion Update, some quality of life improvements for our favorite demon in disguise Teemo, and some item changes you'll want to check out. We've got the latest breakdown from our friends at LolClass where they talk to not three but four pros including Bjergsen, Balls, Quas, and Sneaky about the most significant parts of the patch!
Zeke's generated less charges all around and the buff you get at 100 stacks now lasts two seconds longer.
Sneaky calls it a neutral buff as it's now up less frequently but it now lasts longer.
Below are the champion changes summarized from the video. In particular, Fiora and Teemo got some massive changes while Riot tries to reel in Ekko, Sivir, and Nidalee.
Fiora received a champion update.
Her passive Deulist's Dance gives her a new mechanic where she identifies Vital spots on enemy champions.
When struck, these deal a percentage of the target's maximum health, therefore she plays much better against tanks.
Riposte (W) is new and gives her a chance to parry incoming damage.
Her ultimate, Grand Challenge (R), now requires you to actually maneuver around. It's no longer fire and forget.
Balls says this will make her laning phase stronger and make it so that she can actually outplay her opponents.
Ekko's changes were meant to nerf his tanky build as it wasn't enough risk for the reward.
His AP scaling on Z-Drive Resonance (Passive) is increased, but the slow was decreased.
Parallel Convergeance (W) shild base was reduced but scales almost double of what it used to off of AP.
The healing from his ultimate shares a similar philosophy of less flat value scaling but now does more off of AP.
Bjergsen says this should actually buff tank Ekko if you get enough AP.
Those infamous spears now take longer to cast and do less damage. This should make her a bit weaker overall.
Her Bushwacks (W) give 1/3 of the vision they previously did on cast.
Sivir is finally getting some attention with On The Hunt (R) now scaling up over time, rather than just being a flat 60%.
Sneaky doesn't know if this will actually take her down a peg as the value might not even matter.
Teemo's stealth now activates faster and that's now doubled while in bushes.
On top of this, he can now move around in bushes without breaking stealth.
Quas believes top lane Teemo will be much harder to gank now because of this.
Noxious Trap (R) can now bounce shrooms off of other shrooms for increased placement distance.
Bjergsen says this will be used for waveclear or setting up shrooms from over walls.