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#20: 08-29-2014 @ 07:30:27 pm
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CLG/DIG set matches worth watching:  game 3.  Dead serious if you aren't paying attention, you'll miss the sudden ending of this game. Another example of why it you shouldn't count a team out, even if they are two inhibitors down.


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#21: 09-01-2014 @ 10:40:21 am
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Semifinals were an interesting set up.  1st seed Cloud9 took on 5th seed Curse after they 3-0'd CLG. This match however was not a good watch, unless you want to watch Cloud9 completely obliterate Voyboy, Xspecial, and crew.  Cloud9 still has yet to lose a playoff game in the North American scene, and they demonstrated this against Curse.

Meanwhile, 2nd seed LMQ took on 4th seed TSM after TSM beat Dignitas 3-1, in a series I already talked about with the Nasus run.  This series went long and was hard fought by both teams.  In the end TSM took out LMQ on game 5, showing very strong performances in games 4 and 5.  

Yesterday was the 3rd place match.  The winner of that set would secure the last available slot for worlds for NA.  It pit Curse, who spent most of the season in 6th place, with a chance to end their "Forever Fourth" reputation and go to worlds, representing North America.  LMQ saw this as their last chance to make their long journey from China to join the NA scene, fight their way through challenger, join the LCS, culminate into being worth the trip by going to worlds.  Curse came out strong in the series winning 2-0 and looking like they had it wrapped up, but LMQ didn't give up.  Curse's wins, though sound, were never dominant, and it by game 4 LMQ had turned the tables, and by game 5 Curse just looked pathetic.  With that LMQ secured themselves as the 3rd and final NA team going to worlds.

With 3rd place wrapped up, today at 3pm eastern, we get the battle for first place in NA between Team Solo Mid and Cloud 9, a battle these two teams have reprised at the end of every NA split since Cloud9 joined the LCS from challenger.  Both teams are going to worlds regardless, but the winner will get a group with no other 1st place teams from another region, getting the easier trip into the tournament.  TSM will want the win to finally get a leg up over Cloud9, but history and records are against them.  Last time they met in the playoffs Cloud9 3-0'd them to win a trip to worlds.  We'll have to see what TSM can do in the face of a recovered Hai, Meteos' jungle, and Sneaky's far more dominant bot lane performance over WildTurtle's.

I am going to attach LMQvTSM game 4 because though the series had swung in TSM's favor at this point, LMQ still puts on a show, especially with XiaoWeiXiao's sick pentakill close to the end.

I am also going to attach CursevLMQ game 4 as a counter-point that there are many ways you can build a team to counter that Yasou pick.

I will also attach the upcoming live stream so you don't have to find it yourself if you want to catch the NA finals.

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#22: 09-02-2014 @ 06:20:58 am
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This entire post is spoiler for the results so if you don't want thing spoiled, catch up first.

 

 

 

We have our results.  After a year of being gone, Team Solo Mid claims first place in North America after defeating Cloud9 in a long best of 5 series.  This brings the final results to summer split 2014.  The follow 3 teams will go to worlds and represent North America:

  1. Team Solo Mid (TSM)
  2. Cloud 9 (C9)
  3. LMQ

The following 2 teams are not going to worlds, but are guaranteed to come back in 2015 as North American LCS teams.

  1. Team Curse (CRS)
  2. Team Dignitas (DIG)

The following 3 teams have to defeat a team that has risen up from the NA Challenger Series in order to return in 2015.  In other words, their jobs are on the line.

  1. Counter Logic Gaming (CLG)
  2. Evil Geniuses (EG)
  3. Complexity (CoL)

In addition, in 2015, team sizes will expand to 10 teams per region, so there will be two more teams in the competition than last year. 

With the regionals closed up we just need to wait for China to finish their regions before we know exactly what groups and exactly what teams are going.  We know the following teams are heading to worlds at this time:

  • (Korea) Najin White Shield
  • (China) Edward Gaming
  • (EU) Alliance
  • (NA) Team Solo Mid
  • (South East Asia) Taipei Assassins (Season 2 World Champions)
  • (Korea) Samsung Blue
  • (China) To be determined
  • (EU) Fnatic (Season 1 World Champions)
  • (NA) Cloud 9
  • (South East Asia) AHQ E-sports
  • (Korea) Samsung White
  • (China) To be determined
  • (EU) SK Gaming
  • (NA) LMQ (<- Chinese pro players who fought through NA to get 3rd in our region)
  • (International Wild Card 1:  Turkey): Dark Passage
  • (International Wild Card 2: Brazil): KaBuM

It should be noted that the season 3 world champions, SK T1K from Korea will not be attending worlds this year.  They were unable to qualify (for the record, we are currently in what counts as "season four").

Worlds kicks off September 18th spread out across Singapore, Taipei,Taiwan, and then the grand finals will be in October in Seoul, South Korea. 


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#23: 09-10-2014 @ 05:39:08 pm
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As worlds heats up, the regions must also determine which teams get to come back next year.  With the 2015 season expanding two more teams, this is not as "do or die" as the relegation tournaments normally are, but it is still a pride matter to get in or stay in at this point.

Yesterday CLG, who lost out 0-3 against Curse and then 1-3 against Dignitas in the play offs, were in such a situation when they faced off against Curse Academy, their 2nd-tier team, lead by the legendary SaintVicious on Jungle.  Curse Academy took games 1 and 2 in a commanding fashion that had Scarra and XSpecial behind the desk wondering if we were seeing the last days of CLG.  Then CLG brought it back with a hard fought game 3 and a DOMINATING game 4.

That said I give you game 5.  Curse Academy playing for the right to enter LCS 2015, CLG fighting for their right to stay in.  In the heat of that pressure, Curse Academy pulls out their hail mary. If you need to know it I'll add in the spoiler tag, but if you're up for it, I recommend you check the game out and see it for yourself.

Mid. Hecarum. 

Result: Despite how well Keane's mid Hecarum goes, CLG still pulls out the win in the end with their multiple threat team.  Curse could no longer hope to just take out Doublelift to win - Seraph's Ryze was a threat as was Link's Ziggs, and Link and Aphromoo's zone and map control make it so despite Hecarum's flank threat, he can't capitalize. 

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#24: 09-11-2014 @ 12:54:51 pm
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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

Game 3 of Millenium vs Unicorns of Love.  UoL is down 2 games.  Winner of series joins the EU LCS.

UOL last picks Poppy toplane.  Live now.   Game is over, UOL won.  Poppy 100% win rate in the EU LCS.  6/0/6 - Trinity Force + BotLK + Hexdrinker  

(I will update post with just game 3 later when Riot splits it).

Post Updated with Game 3 only.  Full series also available below it.

This post was edited by machvergil on September 12, 2014, 8:08 am


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#25: 09-11-2014 @ 08:52:44 pm
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In response to that spoiler text (and without specifically un-spoiling it), I'm sorry Kitty, Morello's gonna take a +20 vorpal nerf bat to that champ now.


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#26: 09-12-2014 @ 06:47:28 am
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That post was over a year old, and the way Iron Stylus and Morello talked to Kitty during PAX East I imagine a rework is in production.  Who knows, maybe this match will encourage them to speed things up a bit ;)  Still though, the match and the commentary points out how Poppy is polarized pick - she is either VERY STRONG against some tops and COMPLETELY USELESS against others, so I can see how a buffed Poppy based on her current pick is unhealthy for the competative scene since it will make a counter-pick an automatic lane win instead of requiring it both be a good pick and require skill from the players involved.

Updated my post above with just game 3 if you guys missed the match.

As an aside, Game 5 of that series, UOL broke out mid-lane Cassiopeia for fans of her - on a patch that doesn't include her recent rework.  I'm happy to report the Unicorns of Love have joined the EU LCS by defeating Millennium in this series.

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#27: 09-12-2014 @ 07:22:52 am
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That post was over a year old, and the way Iron Stylus and Morello talked to Kitty during PAX East I imagine a rework is in production.  Who knows, maybe this match will encourage them to speed things up a bit ;)

I was kind of exaggerating =P but you also know that's how Riot works. It's happened with other popular picks in the past, they get hit with some sort of nerf after the pros find a secret awesome pick. Problem is even if that post is old Poppy has hardly been touched since that comment so the state of Poppy hasn't changed. Oh they've been wanting to rework her for a long time, the comments at PAX weren't anything new, but since Poppy is still essentially usable and still picked cause she can wreck late game she's lower on the pole compared to other champs that just don't work well at all or have even worse gameplay and/or counterplay (like Sion). A rework is coming but after this she's gonna get hit with some sort of nerf. It's probably not gonna be huge (as I said, exaggerating) and it can balance her out a bit but it's coming.

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#28: 09-18-2014 @ 06:53:37 am
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League of Legends Season 4 Worlds have begun.  Groups A & B are playing the next few days.  I'll be making posts of any special games that might be worth your attention. 

We are currently in the group stage.  Here are the groups:

Group A:

  • Edward Gaming (EDG) :: 1st place China
  • Samsung White (SSW) :: 2nd place Korea
  • AHQ eSports Club (AHQ) :: 2nd place South East Asia
  • Dark Passage (DP) :: International Wildcard (Turkey)

Group B:

  • Team Solo Mid (TSM) :: 1st place North America
  • SK Gaming (SK) :: 3rd place Europe
  • Taipei Assassins (TPA) :: 1st place South East Asia
  • Star Horn Royal Club (SHC) :: 3rd place China

Group C:

  • Samsung Blue (SSB) :: 1st place Korea
  • Fnatic (FNC) :: 2nd place Europe
  • OMG (OMG) :: 2nd place China
  • LMQ (LMQ):: 3rd place North America

Group D:

  • Alliance (ALL) :: 1st place Europe
  • Cloud9 (C9) :: 2nd place North America
  • Najin White Shield (NWS) :: 3rd place Korea
  • KaBuM eSports (KB) :: International Wildcard (Brazil)

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#29: 09-18-2014 @ 11:27:08 am
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Day 1 games of note

For the North American Fan

Team Solo Mid is the only NA team to play today.  They played two games in their group, one against SK Gaming (3rd place Europe) and Star Horn Royal Club (SHR, 3rd place China).  The game against SK is a brilliant game for TSM, showcasing their superior power in lanes, and also showcasing how much losing Svenskaren due to him being a racist prick and getting suspended hurt SK.  The game against Royal Club, however, shows coach Locodoco has A LOT of work to do if TSM is going to get far in this tournament.  SHR doesn't beat TSM, they crush them, and WildTurtle's pathetic performance bottom lane was a big part of the problem.

Fun games to watch

If you're just looking to good games to watch, I recommend the first game of the day, Edward Gaming (EDG, 1st place China) vs Samsung White (SSW, 2nd place Korea).  The commentators were calling this a potential match up for the championship and the two teams give each other a good fight.

The second one to watch is Taipei Assassins (TPA, 1st place SEA) vs SHR.  This game is a demonstration that even at this level of play, having a lead means nothing if you don't use it.  This one is a long one.

Overall though I felt a lot of the games today were intense contests with a lot of excitement.  Looking forward to more of worlds.

 


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