Brad runs you through all things happening in the League of Legends eSports scene this week.
Week 4 OPL
Choo Choo! The Legacy hype train is well and truly rolling. Or should I say ChuChuz? Because he plays for Legacy… you get it, it’s like a train! I’ll stop now. Anyway, Legacy eSports continues to dominate their opponents, cementing their place at the top of the OPL standings with a decisive clean sweep over Infernum.
Infernum started the series with a poor drafting phase, allowing big comfort picks onto both veterans ChuChuz and Carbon. ChuChuz carved it up on his signature Zed whilst Carbon again showed his immense map pressure when he’s allowed to play Rek’Sai. Legacy constantly forced Infernum to react to aggressive plays, abusing Jakattacks questionable play. Multiple times Jakattack crossed into dangerous territory, which Legacy gladly took advantage of, killing the Infernum toplaner repeatedly.
Jakattack, who usually plays tank champions, ended the game with a 0-7-0 score on Gangplank, failing to even gain a foot hold in the game – resulting in a 25-minute victory for Legacy. Despite valiant attempts in the early game on Syndra, game two exploded in Infernums face much like game one. Carbon continued to apply insane pressure and Infernum had no answer for Tally’s potent split pushing on Fiora.
In game one of the Trident versus Hellions Esport Club series, Hellions took an early lead and never gave it up. Bomb and Ryoo both rolled through Trident with a dominate laning phase that lead to victorious team fights late game. In a stark contrast to earlier Gangplank tops this week, Ryoo managed to overshadow his opponent, Pacman, and snowballed into a late game menace.
Game two, however, went to Trident after several team fights resulted in Hellions being vaporized by Tridents immense area of effect ultimates, especially Bma’s devastating Final Sparks on Lux.
As we entered game three, Trident drafted a team fight winning composition similar to their comp in game two, consisting of mass area of effect damage potential with Malphite, Lux and Corki. Unfortunately for them Ryoo had other ideas, denying Trident from ever getting the perfect engage and team fight by split pushing and forcing Trident to spread across the map. Hellions claimed the victory in game three, taking the series 2-1 after acing Trident at the baron pit, pushing for the final victory at 37 minutes.
The best thing that happened for Avant Garde in game one of their series against Chiefs Esports club was that Raydere failed to secure a penta. Chiefs shut out Avante Garde in the lanes and jungle and escalated their momentum into a commanding victory, ending the game with 18 more kills than Avant and a staggering 20k gold lead.
Game two was a different story, however. Surprising both viewers and analysts, Destiny and BlindTurkey managed to outplay and shut down Chiefs’ bot lane – the best duo in the oceanic region. Destiny and BlindTurkey displayed insane communication pulling off a picture-perfect engage in lane, combining Kalista’s Fates Call into Nautilus’s Depth Charge. Avant went on to win the volatile game at the 31-minute mark.
Chiefs eventually took the series, defeating Avant Gard in the third game. In the final fame of the week Dire Wolves dismantled Sin Gaming in two straight games that were filled with power picks for both teams. Again Sybol impressed with his incredible Zac play, engaging over terrain securing early kills. Dire Wolves even managed to score an ace 10 minutes into the first game.
North America LCS Week 4
What can I say here about Immortals that anyone else hasn’t already said? They’re good, damn good. They emerge from week 4 with 0 losses and 8 wins, easily defeating Counter Logic Gaming and Team Liquid – two teams that theoretically could have taken a game off them. Immortals seem to be standing up to their name quite well. Huni continues to show his hatred for picking tanks, instead selecting unconventional picks like Cho Gath and Ekko in the top lane. They might not be as effective for his team’s composition, but they’re damn fun to watch.
Similarly, Adrian’s Soraka pick was disgustingly impactful in the CLG game. CLG’s total damage was 55 thousand, Adrian’s total healing was 32.9 thousand. CLG luckily played against the substitute-riddled Team Impulse on Sunday and found themselves an easy win. Despite this loss Team Impulse have shown more guts than I’d given them, and sit well above the bottom of the ladder. It’s entirely possible once their roster is set and they reach a groove that they may become one of the better teams, though this groove will have to come fast as we are already half way through the split.
Week 4 was an emotional roller coaster for Team Liquid, they went from day one pulverizing Team Dignitas into dust and only dropping one death, to game two against Immortals, which as we know, didn’t go so well. Fenix and Piglet have both shown signs of significant progress and seem to be certainly on the rise. NRG looked shaky despite finishing the week 5-3, losing to Cloud 9 and struggling to defeat a handicapped Team Impulse. They attempted to play a style that they defeated TSM with against C9, but it didn’t play out how they thought.
NRG failed to create picks with Zilean or snowball their sidelines, instead Jensen showed off his true potential for the first time this split having a huge game on Orianna. C9 also crushed Renegades who, to put it bluntly, look absolutely awful after losing Remilia in the support position. The game was over in a mere 19 minutes and held very little fighting. Post-game stats reflected this, showing C9 top laner Balls dealt 539 damage to champions the whole game.
Despite going 2 and 0 week 4 Team Solomid haven’t looked worse this season. Day 1 of week 4 had TSM face against Echo Fox, Rick Fox’s struggling squad. TSM initially had a lead in the game, but repeatedly lost it due to foolish deaths by both Haunterz and Doublelift. It took TSM 38 minutes to close out a game against one of the two weakest teams in North America. TSM didn’t improve against the other bottom team in the region on day two. TSM battled back and forth with Renegades for another 38-minute win filled with mistakes. Freeze on Draven proved a nuisance for TSM and Flaresz Ryze got an early snowball from solo killing Hauntzer in lane. TSM now sit at 5-3 and desperately need to find better form before facing CLG and TIP in week 5.
As for Renegades and Echo Fox, they both had devastating weekends, losing both their games. At this point for these teams it’s a race against the clock to see who can snag that crucial win that sees the other being automatically relegated at the end of the split.
EU LCS Week 4
This week ended with very little surprises beyond the fact that G2 are way better than anyone had originally thought. Every lane for G2 dominated against both Origen and Splyce Gaming, leading them to their most impressive week yet. Hybrid showed his defensive skills on Braum, blocking out most of Origen’s heavy poke damage and even stole a dragon.
The true standout for G2, however, is their jungler Trick, who, at the end of the week, held the highest kills of all jungles in the region (23) and by far the most assists (63). Trick displayed his menacing kill potential on Graves in both the games against Origen and Splyce, finishing the week with a collective score of 9-1-11. Perkz also continued his excellent form, leading in creep scores consistently throughout the matches and made significant outplays on his impressive Viktor against Splyce.
Joining them at the top of the ladder is H2K, who played week 4 with Selfie subbing in for the normal mid-laner Ryu. Although H2K managed to pick up both wins in semi-commanding fashion, it’s evident that the team is weaker without Ryu. Jankos repeatedly ganked Selfie’s lane in the game against Elements, making sure he was able to maintain a position of power. Despite this, Selfie was killed by Eika’s Morgana in lane and the game still managed to fall into what the fans called a “Clownfiesta” and resulted in some very sloppy play from Europe’s top team. H2K are still very strong, finishing both their games with respectable leads, but sooner their Korean import can return the better.
Vitality started week 4 with an incredibly strange draft, picking a top lane Lucian. In their defense, though, it actually paid off. Vitality used Lucian in a 3-1 lane swap at the start of the game, pushing down a tower just 3 minutes and 20 seconds into the game. Cabochard even managed to one on one Steve’s Gangplank when he attempted to push out the top lane. Vitality unfortunately lost day two of week 4 against Unicorns of Love after a crucial late game team fight at baron pit. Regardless of the loss, Vitality may have found some momentum with smart pick and ban phases filled with surprise picks. Week 5 will tell what direction Vitality is heading in.
“Hi it’s Rudy,” was said by UOL’s substitute jungler Rudy before every…single…game. It annoys his opponents to death, nearly as much as his potent ganks. Unicorns of Love recently lost their main Jungler Diamond to a visa issue, so it was expected for the team to take a dive… well, the opposite happened. Rudy seemed to blend straight into UOL’s play style and applied amazing map pressure and secured important kills mid-game in both games. UOL, in, fact look even better now with Rudy than they did before. Perhaps a permanent roster change may be in the works? Steelback also continues to show he’s been an overlooked marksman for too long, improving his play week to week whilst racking up huge kill scores.
In the middle of Europe’s pack sits two of the most ‘stacked’ rostered teams in Europe. Both Fnatic and Origen have high standards to meet, especially after last year’s Wolds run. Sadly neither team seems to be meeting this benchmark. PowerofEvil doesn’t seem to be clicking with Origen, and Amazing seems to be somewhat clueless, building full AP Elise and then allowing himself to be evaporated by G2’s heavy damage on top of that. The veteran top laner and Frenchman Soaz also seem to be showing cracks in his play.
As for Fnatic, it’s hard to gauge how well they really played in week 4. Sure, they rolled Giants, only giving up a single kill but Giants haven’t won a game all split. Fnatic’s second game of the week was against the equally weak Team Roccat, which went for a ridiculous 47 minutes. Rekkles was repeatedly killed by Roccat and Fnatic were down in kills until the very end where Fnatic won a crucial team fight in their own base. It was a dire weak to say the least for the former European titans. At the bottom of the ladder sits Roccat with a singular win and Giants, who have failed to pick up a win as of yet.