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#0: 09-27-2016 @ 03:35:28 pm
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This Thursday the sixth Riot Games' League of Legends World Championship (aka "Worlds") begins.  This year the event is being hosted in cities across North America and culminates in the finals at the Staples Center in LA.

Much like previous years the contest features sixteen teams spread out from many parts of the world.  The five major regions, South Korea (League Champions Korea - hereafter LCK), China (League Professional League - hereafter LPL), North America (North American League Championship Series - hereafter NA LCS), Europe (European League Championship Series - hereafter EU LCS), and Taiwan (League Masters Series - hereafter the LMS) send multiple teams:  3 each except for the LMS that sends 2.  The remaining two teams come from the "wild card" regions who fought it out in a qualifier tournament.  The winners of Brazil, Japan, South East Asia, Oceania, Turkey, the Commonwealth of Independent States,  Latin America North, and Latin America South engaged in a qualifier where the two winning teams earned the remaining spots at Worlds this year.

Your teams this year (ordered by placement results at the Mid Season Invitational this year, then by rank in region):

LCK

  1. ROX Tigers  
  2. SK T1 Telecom  
  3. Samsung Galaxy

NA LCS

  1. Team Solo Mid
  2. Counter Logic Gaming
  3. Cloud 9

LPL

  1. Edward Gaming
  2. Royal Never Give Up 
  3. Imay

LMS

  1. Flash Wolves
  2. AHQ e-sports club

EU LCS

  1. G2 Gaming
  2. H2K
  3. Splyce

Wildcard (IWC)

  1. INTZ  (Brazil)
  2. Albus NOX (Commonwealth of Independent States)

The format of the tournament is a Groups Stage of four groups of four.  Each group plays a two-game round robin at the end of which the two best teams from each group advances to the Knockout Stage.  The Knockout stage is single elimination best of 5.   The groups were randomly drawn but with some qualifications:

  • No group may include more than one team from each region (in this case the Wildcard counts as a region)
  • The 1st place team from the four regions that placed highest as the Mid Season Invitational will not have to face 1st place teams from the other 3 of those regions and are thus "Protected."  Those regions are LCK, NA LCS, LPL, and LMS.

 

Group A

  • ROX Tigers (LCK 1) - Protected
  • G2 (EU LCS 1)
  • CLG (NA LCS 2)
  • ALbus NOX (IWC)

Group B

  • Flash Wolves (LMS 1) - Protected
  • SKT1 (LCK 2)
  • I May (LPL 3)
  • Cloud9 (NA LCS 3)

Group C

  • Edward Gaming (LPL 1) - Protected
  • AHQ (LMS 2)
  • H2K (EU LCS 2)
  • INTZ (IWC)

Group D

  • Team Solo Mid (NA LCS 1) - Protected
  • Royal Never Give Up (LPL 2)
  • Samsung Galaxy (LCK 3)
  • Splyce (EU LCS 3)

The festivities begin 7pm (I think eastern) on both YouTube and Twitch.  You'll be able to keep up with the schedule here as the event continues. 

 

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#1: 10-01-2016 @ 10:53:30 am
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Games to watch from Worlds 2016 days 1 & 2

Counter Logic Gaming vs G2 E-Sports

The opening game of the tournament featured an NA vs EU showdown between NA 2nd seed CLG and EU 1st seed G2.  This game is a great watch for NA fans.

INTZ vs Edward Gaming

Do you like underdog stories?  How about international wildcard Brazil putting on a show against China's 1st seed, Edward Gaming?

Team Solo Mid vs Samsung Galaxy

TSM did not put on a good showing against China's Royal Never Give up on day 1.  So in Day 2 they face Korea's 3rd seed squad.  Can they manage a bounce back win that explains the respect they've gotten going into the tournament? Short answer: Yes.

Wanna watch live?

Every day this weekend @ 7pm eastern, Worlds action starts again.  The Twitch stream on my previous post is still a way to watch live, as well as rebroadcasts.

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#2: 10-03-2016 @ 06:40:30 am
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Week 1 of the Group Stages are now over and holy crap this is a crazy tournament.   Let me start by breaking down the score by group (at this point the first round-robin is complete).

Group A

  • Albus Nox Luna (IWC), Rox Tigers (LCK), and Counter Logic Gaming (NA LCS) are all tied at 2 wins, 1 loss.
  • G2 Esports (EU LCS) are in last with 0 - 3.

Group B

  • SKT1 (LCK) and Cloud9 (NA LCS) are tied at 2 -1
  • I May (LPL) and Flash Wolves (LMS) are tied at 1 - 2.

Group C

  • Edward Gaming (LPL) and AHQ (LMS) are tied at 2 - 1.
  • H2k (EU LCS) and INTZ (IWC) are tied at 1 - 2

Group D

  • Team Solo Mid (NA LCS), Samsung Galaxy (LCK), and Royal Never Give Up (LPL) are all tied at 2 - 1.
  • Splyce (EU LCS) are in last at 0 - 3.

This is the most wide open Groups have ever been at a Worlds I've watched.  After 1 week of play most teams still have a big chance to get out of groups, no one is undefeated, and for each big win a team has had they've suffered at least one loss they shouldn't have gotten (except the IWC teams which no one expected to do well and both of them are poised to get out of groups if they fight just a little harder).

By region you'll also note that this makes North America and Korea tied for the lead at 6 wins, 3 losses.   It's also worth noting that Europe is losing Worlds hard right now, which I couldn't be happier about because I'm a jerk.

Now several analysts and casters have pointed out Week 2 of Worlds tends to be when we start getting a more secure picture of how the tournament goes.  Week 1 sometimes are jet lagged, or nervous about the big stage, or grappling with the unqiue meta that Worlds creates.  Week 2 after everyone has played everyone once is the answer week, and the stronger teams will prepare better responses and should come out on top.  Should.  Even if week 2 goes to script from here on out this has still been one of the more interesting starts to Worlds possibly ever.

2016 Worlds Day 3 and 4 games to watch

Albus Nox Luna vs Counter Logic Gaming & Albus Nox Luna vs G2 ESports

The Russian/Ukanian team from CIS are winning over the crowd in LA for their upset wins and flashy play.  While I have to admit I would have preferred that CLG didn't drop a game to them,  Albus plays a flashy, aggressive style that is fun to watch.  Their support, Lekkrit, is actually known in his region for picking high damage picks like Brand, and often contributing a serious % of his team's damage. Stick around for the post game interviews - these players are kinda fun.

Team Solo Mid vs Splyce

This game was a bit close for comfort for North America.  Keep in mind while watching that mid-lanner Bjersen who is about half of TSM's shot calling, is sick with a cold so bad he cannot speak, and ADC DoubleLift is having to carry all the shot-calling duties.  This results in him making some inattentive plays that Splyce capitalize on.

Flash Wolves vs Cloud 9

If you like long games, this one is a doozy.  Here Cloud9 mount a marathon defense against an empowered Flash Wolves.  The game goes long enough that Flash Wolves break out the Zzrot Portals to try and make the difference.

Counter Logic Gaming vs ROX Tigers

This one is the motherload for an NA fan.  ROX Tigers, last year's KOO Tigers who came in 2nd at Worlds, are the favorite to win the Tournament after winning 1st place in Korea this summer.  So far at worlds they have given over early game leads to every time that faces them, but then spin them into solid victories starting in the midgame.  Here CLG get Huhi's Aureleon Sol and with it begin mounting a lead that not even the ROX Tigers can overcome.  A great game to watch, especially for fans of the star dragon, Huhi, CLG, or NA.

SK T1 vs Flash Wolves

As of this moment in the tournament, SKT remained the only undefeated team left, the last bastion of the idea that Korea had an unassailable dominance of the game.  Flash Wolves decided that needed to change.

Cloud 9 vs I May

I am mostly sharing this one because it's another solid win for NA, but also because C9 Impact puts on a clinic on how to kick ass with Rumble.  Former SKT Top Laner and Season 3 World Champion Impact joined North America years ago and played on now defunct teams that he couldn't make it to worlds on.  Now with Cloud 9 he's back on the World's stage and after a rough start is really starting to show up.  Plus he gives a charming broken english interview after the game.

This post was edited by machvergil on October 3, 2016, 9:41 am


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#3: 10-06-2016 @ 07:25:37 am
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This week's Team Fight Breakdown focused on one of my favorite fights from Week 1, when ROX Tiger's Smeb just deletes G2 eSports with his Kennen.  Check this one out - it's a fun breakdown of how this game played a very high level looks in detail.

Worlds Week 2 starts today @ 7PM eastern.  It's the second round of the robin so teams are playing each other again.  Tonight:

  • G2 vs ROX
  • Albus NOX Luna vs CLG
  • CLG vs G2
  • Albus NOX Luna vs ROX
  • G2 vs Albus Nox Luna
  • ROX vs CLG

At least according to the schedule.  I guess that means in Week 2 each Group is just getting resolved all at once?!

 


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#4: 10-07-2016 @ 07:11:59 am
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Group A is done.  Unfortunately Counter Logic Gaming did not qualify for the Quarter finals and have been eliminated from Worlds 2016.  One NA team down, two remain. 

The silver lining is that International Wildcard Team Albus Nox Luna stepped up big.  With their second win over CLG and their first win against ROX, Albus NoX actually tied Korea's ROX Tigers for first place in the group.   They actually had to play an extra tie breaker to figure out who won the group at the end of the night, which ROX won.    This is the first time an International Wildcard team has won more than 2 games at worlds, let alone advanced to the Quarterfinals.  Albus is becoming a fan favorite, and if NA cannot advance, I could see the American crowd at Worlds this year rallying behind these underdogs full of character.

The best news for NA is that CLG did crush G2 esports a second time, so while they did not advance, ending the group 3 - 3 still puts the 2nd seed NA team far ahead of the 1st seed EU team, so for the sake of the western world rivalry so far NA continues to show dominance.

As of time of posting they are still releasing the VODs for last night's games so I'll leave you a link to the schedule.  You can click on the matches themselves to see the VoDs once they are available.   If you want to watch the wildcard kicking ass you should watch most of their games last night.  CLG's win over G2 is pretty descisive as well.


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#5: 10-09-2016 @ 03:30:04 pm
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It is the last day of Worlds Groups today.  Let me try and get you caught up.

Group B played on Friday.   H2K went on a tear giving Europe their only team to advance to quarter finals by winning games against Edward Gaming, INTZ, and AHQ.  They ultimately not only advance, but as the first place from Group C, with Edward Gaming advancing in 2nd.

Group D played Saturday, and with it was the last ride of TSM.  With the 2-1 record last week it seemed likely that if they could get the same wins they did last week, or trade the Samsung win for a win against Royal, they could make it out.  Unfortunately TSM opened the day losing to Samsung, but thanks to Splyce taking a game off of Royal, all TSM had to do to advance was win the last game of the day against Royal.  Unfortunately they did not, and since they lost twice to Royal, RNG had the head-to-head for the tie-breaker, meaning Samsung got to leave the group in 1st and Royal in 2nd, sending NA's arguably strongest team out of the tournament.

Today is Group C's day. Cloud9 is now the last chance for North America to make it to Quarterfinals and make a statement that we're a top 8 region.  Cloud9 has to face off against SKT, China's I May, and Taiwan's Flash Wolves.  If they can keep winning against I May and Flash Wolves, they should be able to advance, but drop a game against either, and North America is out of this tournament.  I'm not happy that we're in this spot, but at least hope is not lost. 

The action is live now as of this post. 


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#6: 10-10-2016 @ 07:30:31 am
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Well, they did it.  Despite loosing to SKT and the Flash Wolves on Sunday, Cloud9 still managed to advance out of the Group stages as Group C 2nd place since they beat China's I MAY and and the Flash Wolves lost to SKT.  Even then, Cloud9's win over I May was messier than it should have been.

Now we are into the Knockout stage.   Quarterfinals start next week in Chicago.  The bracket actually has somehow managed to divide all of the tournament favorites from the unlikely so far that someone who probably won't deserve it has a pretty good shot of making it to the finals.

On the left side of the bracket we have:

  • SK T1 (Group B winners) vs Royal Never Give up (Group D 2nd place)
  • ROX Tigers (Group A winners) vs Edward Gaming (Group C 2nd place)

On the right side of the bracket we have:

  • Samsung Galaxy (Group D winners) vs Cloud9 (Group B 2nd place)
  • H2K (Group C winners) vs Albus Nox Luna (Group A 2nd place)

This means that our four remaining favorites to win the tournament, SKT1, RNG, ROX, and EDG, all have to wipe each other out to get to the finals, while C9, H2K, and ANX all could make it finals if they can each overcome SSG.   

If I was to bet on it I think SKT1 will end up winning worlds at this point.  RNG to me showed some weaknesses in Group D, given they almost missed their spot against TSM.  I don't think SKT1 will lose to them.  I think RNG has shown themselves stronger than EDG, which is why if the bracket was different I'd give RNG more of an edge, but I think SKT looks as strong as ever, and this RNG has shown holes.  Meanwhile I think EDG looks even weaker than RNG, and ROX has shown real weakness in the early game, but having only shown two losses despite this I don't think EDG will walk past them. 

Once SKT gets past RNG their hardest test will probably be ROX in the semis.  While this clearly could go either way, the analysts seem to think ROX has the upperhand, the story I keep focusing on is that ROX is the 1st seed Korean team because SKT got knocked out of playoffs by KT Rollster and then ROX beat KT.  But you see.. KT isn't here, and ROX has yet to beat SKT1 in any major playoff series.   I think SKT1 will come to play and while it would make for a great story for ROX to finally overcome their rival on the World Stage, I'm not convinced it will happen when I compare the play of the two.

As to whom SKT1 will face in the finals - of that I'm not as sure.  I want it to be Cloud9 so we can say North America made it to the finals.  To be fair to do so would require Cloud9 to become a better team than the look to overcome Samsung Galaxy and then either H2K or Albus NoX Luna. Samsung ended Group D 5 - 1 which looks convincing, but they showed weakness during Week 1, and to me not as much dominance in Week 2 as SKT.    I think Galaxy could go down to Cloud9, though it won't be easy.  As for H2K v Albus NoX, well, I think H2K has the edge there.  G2 eSports showed good control over Albus so H2K may be able to do the same, but I like the underdog story so I think Albus might be able to pull it out in the end (also the further Albus makes it the less rough CLG's losses to them look).  The last thing I want is for Samsung to dominate this side of the bracket, crushing Cloud9 and then the winner of Albus v H2k, to give us our 2nd All-Korean final in a row.  It'd be so boring if that happened, and sadly with all 3 Korean teams advancing, there's a high chance it could.

Worlds resumes this Thursday at 6pm eastern with Samsung Galaxy vs Cloud 9.  Friday pits SKT1 vs RNG, with ROX vs EDG on Saturday, and H2K vs Albus on Sunday.   


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#7: 10-13-2016 @ 06:55:55 am
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Today @ 5pm eastern Worlds returns with North America's last team facing off against Korea's 3rd seed, Samsung Galaxy.  If C9 can make it past this challenge they have the best possible road to finals as any North American team ever has, but getting past Samsung is not automatic.  TSM is a stronger looking team and they went 1-1 with Samsung before being eliminated n the group.

You can also watch the attached episode of PTL to get caught up, complete with a Chicago skyline behind them.

EDIT: Also worth watching is this team fight breakdown from C9 v SKT during week 2.  This shows a great example of how a squishy but disengage focused team can do against extreme agression.

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#8: 10-13-2016 @ 03:02:50 pm
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I saw an ad for the Quarterfinals matches on the side of a bus stop while downtown today.  How neat that they're doing it at the Chicago Theater.


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#9: 10-14-2016 @ 07:32:55 am
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Uggghh.......

I don't recommend you watch last night unless you want to watch Cloud9 once again getting ruined by a Korean team. 

Disappointing.  I'm glad I was too busy to watch it all last night, but what I did catch wasn't great.

Well at least with North America eliminated I can enjoy the rest of Worlds w/o bias and just appreciate good League of Legends.

Speaking of which tonight we have SK T1 vs Royal Never Give Up.  This one is a bit of a toss up.  Some folks (myself included) think SKT has shown in this tournament the team work, coordination, and strategic variety to just obliterate Royal.  Royal has some fantastic players, but their playbook focuses mostly around "protect Uzi (their ADC) and he'll win us the game!"  I think SKT is going to know how to exploit that one trick show and work around it. Some argue that Royal still has better players individually and if they can use that to get them solid leads in the lane phase, then SKT might struggle to come back.  Either way this easily could have been a Worlds Finals caliber match up so if you've got nothing better going on, it might be worth a watch.


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