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by Skiffington on July 13, 2015 1

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


Champion Breakdown


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.


New picks this split in NA:

  • C9 LemonNation played Karma support.
  • C9 Hai played Rengar jungle.
  • TSM Santorin played Vi jungle.


Fantasy LCS Breakdown


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?




  1. Gravity (11-3)
  2. Team Liquid (10-4)
  3. Counter Logic Gaming (9-5)
  4. Team Impulse (9-5)
  5. Team SoloMid (9-5)
  6. Team Dignitas (8-6)
  7. Team 8 (5-9)
  8. Cloud9 (4-10)
  9. Enemy Esports (4-10)
  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.

by Skiffington on July 11, 2015 0

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





Champion Breakdown


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.




  1. Fnatic (14-0)
  2. Origen (10-4)
  3. H2K Gaming (9-5)
  4. Giants Gaming (7-7)
  5. Unicorns of Love (7-7)
  6. Gambit Gaming (6-8)
  7. ROCCAT (6-8)
  8. Elements (5-7)
  9. SK Gaming (4-10)
  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.

by Skiffington on July 8, 2015 0

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!


Important Changes

Slow Stacking

  • 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.

Champion Changes

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).


by Skiffington on July 7, 2015 12


We know last week's challenge was a doozy and despite that we still received a good number of entries. To those who went out of their way to buy new champions just to complete the challenge, we salute you.



For this week, all you have to do is play three of your last ten matches as a champion that has a chroma skin bundle available. (As of Patch 5.13)



To enter this week's challenge:


  • Simply enter the contest once you have completed one game with each of the three valid champions before the contest ends on Tuesday, July 14.
  • Check the rules.
  • That's it.

2 Prizes


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

Previous Winners


Last week's The Voiceless challenge had a total of 374 entries and two of those won:


by Skiffington on July 6, 2015 0

With only one clear line drawn in the sand, North America looks like it’ll come to an exciting close over the next three weeks. First through sixth are all within three games of each other with the bottom of the pile struggling to shove each other down, lest Team Dragon Knights find firm enough footing to launch forward and get out of last place.


Team Impulse was on point this week thanks in large part to the play of Rush, who continues to be one of the few junglers in the region who routinely attempts to carry. His quadra kill on Nidalee, which would have been a penta without some intervention by XiaoWeiXiao, was the highlight of their week. And that’s saying a lot considering they followed up that romp of Enemy Esports by taking down Counter Logic Gaming despite Doublelift’s best efforts to carry.


The CLG goldenage has stumbled quite suddenly, now on a four game losing streak as they also fell to the surging Gravity. Speaking of, GV also managed to take down Team SoloMid as Keane’s bursty Jarvan mid kept blowing the team up.


It’s a good thing then that TSM toppled Team Dragon Knights’ hopes in one of the marquee matches of the week. The grueling hour long game continues to showcase TDK’s talent as the group looks to come together. There’s almost no way you’d know that this was a showdown between first and last place unless you were aware of the standings.


Fans of the team may have been a bit crushed when Enemy found victory over TDK in what  truly was a bloodbath.


Team Liquid also went undefeated while Cloud9 subbed Hai in for Meteos as a last ditch effort to try and improve things. Another 0-2 week left even the casters reeling, worried about what might be in the near future for C9.



Most Picked Champions





Champion Breakdown


Smite-Runeglaive Ezreal mid was the hottest pick this week as Riot decided not to hotfix the fact that the jungler item can proc other items like Luden's Echo. We saw lots of examples as to why this is getting nerfed including many champions getting half healthed from a single Trueshot Barrage.


Gragas, Sivir, and Alistar have basically had a chokehold over North America for quite some time now. Rek'Sai took a few steps back with Nidalee resurfacing and Kalista was pretty much banned every match. The same can be said of Ryze in the top lane as Shen stepped in to fill that role. Surprisingly Nautilus just narrowly missed on out on that honor, though he was picked or banned in all but one match (4 top, 2 support, 3 bans). 



Fantasy LCS Breakdown


It was not a good week to be a North American Fantasy LCS owner. Unless you had Piglet or Fenix, the only two players to score above 50 points, Europe was the better bet.


Even with Cloud9 giving up a ton of kills, which still remains startling as someone who's been around since their heyday, Liquid took down Team Dignitas in under 30 minutes which doesn't bode well for fantasy points.


Rush scored a quadra kill and narrowly missed out on the penta while Gravity beat both CLG and TSM in convincing fashion.


  • Top - TL Quas
  • Jungle - TL IWillDominate
  • Mid - TL Fenix
  • ADC - TL Piglet
  • Support - TL Xpecial
  • Flex - TIP Rush
  • 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)


Standings are tied 3-3.




  1. Gravity (9-3)
  2. Team SoloMid (9-3)
  3. Team Dignitas (8-4)
  4. Team Liquid (8-4)
  5. Counter Logic Gaming (7-5)
  6. Team Impulse (7-5)
  7. Enemy Esports (4-8)
  8. Team 8 (4-8)
  9. Cloud9 (3-9)
  10. Team Dragon Knights (1-11)


The first six teams are within three games of each other with six games left on each team's season. Gravity has the chance to claim sole possession of first place for the first time ever as Counter Logic Gaming continues to slip backwards.


Perhaps the biggest story is the fact that TDK fell to Enemy Esports, keeping them from nipping on their heels. When Team 8 beat Cloud9, they solidified C9 as TDK's first target. Though the 1-11 crew beat Dignitas and looked solid against TSM, it struggled against NME. For now the team simply looks to earn some wins to avoid autorelegation. Doing so however, at least for the time being, would mean that C9 wouldn't even have a chance to stay in the LCS. Regardless, the end of this split is going to be nail biting.

by Skiffington on July 4, 2015 0

Europe has basically been the Fnatic, Origen, and H2K Gaming show thus far. But now, six weeks into the 2015 Summer Split, it looks like the rest of the league is finally starting to come together.


Gambit Gaming seems strong as it took down the reformed Copenhagen Wolves and ROCCAT. The former of which is struggling to find traction as Airwaks stepped down for Soren, Unlimited for je suis kaas, and Youngbuck for Lenny. With three of their five players completely different than just three weeks ago, we wouldn’t just expect them to hit the ground running. 




As such, GMB retained momentum and handily beat ROCCAT who has been looking strong as of late. Nukeduck has just been absolutely spectacular and his Varus play proved to be the bane of SK Gaming.


Giants Gaming came oh so close to handing Fnatic its first loss of the split after a remake was issued 15 minutes into the first match. Apparently Werlyb didn’t actually want Nocturne top and wasn’t told they could have a remake until well after the game had started. As a result, the team charged back ready to take down the squad who appears to be undefeatable. Sadly, MVP Rekkles’ Kalista was too good of a cleanup for GIA to get away with some of their sloppiness and they ultimately ended up with a loss.


Origen had an unexpectedly poor showing against Unicorns of Love who just ran circles around them. They would however, rebound against Elements.



Most Picked Champions



Champion Breakdown


It was a refreshing week of competition as we saw a ton of variety in champion select. 


Shen managed to overtake the likes of Gnar, Maokai, and Rumble to claim sole possesion of the top lane in 50% of all matches. 


The Jungle is still a bit stagnant with Rek'Sai (7) and Gragas (7) making up the majority of the selections as Ekko (3), Lee Sin (2), and Vi (1) were the only others to make an appearence.


Mid is much healthier as Jayce and Varus were practically neck and neck with a ton of team compositions focused on poking the enemy down first.


As a result, we also saw a ton of Corki, though the intense number of bans placed on Sivir and Kalista, six and seven, respectively, certainly had something to do with that.


Old reliable Alistar continues his domination of the support role. While there are always others like Thresh, Janna, and Nautilus that see picks here and there, it's clear that Ali won't be going anywhere any time soon.




Fantasy LCS Breakdown


It's remarkable that members of SK Gaming keep making appearences on the all Europe Fantasy LCS team. With a 3-9 record, SK finds itself alone in 9th place, and yet the numbers keep piling up.


Giants final scoring is a direct result of almost taking down Fnatic and then having a verified bloodbath with SK Gaming. PePiiNeRO's Smite-Runeglaive Ezreal was the highlight of this week's competition, obliterating his enemies and bursting them down with his intense damage output. There's a reason they're fixing the procs on the jungler item and we'd like to think Ezreal is exactly it.


Origen and H2K continue to be consistent and as a result it's no surprise to see them here.


  • Top - GIA Werlyb
  • Jung - SK Svenskeren
  • Mid - GIA PePiiNeRO
  • ADC - SK CandyPanda
  • Support - FNC YellOwStaR
  • Flex - H2K Ryu
  • Team - Fnatic


Total: 370.53 points




Fnatic has continued to break records, now on a 12 game win streak. The rest of the league has seen solid improvement with much more competitive games. SK looks impressive but can't seem to seal the deal. ROCCAT continues to perform well when Nukeduck gets rolling and the addition of MrRalleZ seems to have helped. Gambit Gaming is probably the biggest mover, climbing from 8th to 5th with their 2-0 week. They now set their sights on Giants who remains just one game ahead of them.


  1. Fnatic (12-0)
  2. H2K Gaming (9-3)
  3. Origen (9-3)
  4. Giants Gaming (6-6)
  5. Gambit Gaming (5-7)
  6. ROCCAT (5-7)
  7. Unicorns of Love (5-7)
  8. Elements (4-8)
  9. SK Gaming (3-9)
  10. Copenhagen Wolves (2-10)
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