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#0: 01-21-2017 @ 05:08:58 am
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And here goes another year of League of Legends League Championship Series posts for the 2017 (7th I think) season.

The League of Legends regular season for Spring 2017 kicked off across the world this week.  China and Korea have already begun with the EU kicking off this past Thursday and North America kicking off last night. 

The EU LCS went through some pretty drastic format changes this year, which are explained in the attached video.   The short of it is:

  1. There are now 2 groups (think leagues in the NFL sense within the greater EU LCS)
  2. The top 2 teams from last year, G2 Gaming and H2K, were placed at the top of their own group.  
  3. Each team then took turns drafting the remaining 8 teams into the other team's group.
  4. The resulting groups will then play through each other once, everyone in the other group once, then everyone in their group again.
  5. Playoffs this spring will send the top 3 teams from each group, with the 1st place team from each group getting a buy.  Only the 5th place team from each group will face relegation against 1 team from EU Challenger.
  6. All matches are now Bo3 instead of the 2-game-allow-ties thing they did last year.

As far as I understand NA LCS did not do anything to their format this year correction this article describes some small changes, reflected below.  That means they remain:

  • There are 10 teams.
  • Each team plays a Bo3 against every other team twice. 
  • 1st through 6th place go to playoffs, with 1st and 2nd getting a buy.
  • 9th and 10th place face Challenger teams to stay in the LCS.  8th place is no longer forced to fight to stay in.
  • Other major NA LCS changes relate to coach poaching, how deep your bench can be, and other behind the scenes stuff.  Check the article for more info.

These are still less substantial changes than EU did.  It sounds like EU is playing more games overall but I'm not 100% sure on that.  Point I want to make is that EU LCS feels more and more distant as a format this year than in past years - even their website looks different than NA's.  I'll be curious to see if formats change against come Summer.

As always Video on Demand (VoDs) are available for the games missed before this post on the site. 

I did not watch much of last night's matches, but I saw enough that Cloud9 beat TSM 2-0, an outcome that would have been unheard of during the 2016 season.  It would seem that with Cloud9 replacing Meteos with ContractZ and TSM loosing Doublelift for WildTurtle, the balance of power of the two teams has shifted dramatically. 

Here are some other neat things to look out for this split:

  • Pheonix1 was on a tear at the very end of Summer Split 2016.  They took down EchoFox 2-0 in their first series of the split, so it will be curious to see how far they can reach. 
  • The continuing march of traditional sports wanting into the NA LCS continues with the Resurrection of Team Dignitas.  See, DIG was relegated out of the LCS last year and then the org disbanded.  Then the Philadelphia 76ers bought the marginally successful Team Apex from summer split 2017 and the Team Dignitas brand, thus turning Team Apex into Team Dignitas.  So yeah - DIG is back, but not at all like they once were in terms of organization or players.  It will be interesting to see if Apex fairs better or worse under DIG's name. 
  • Team Immortals, one of the most dominant teams in the NA LCS who, despite that, could not make it to worlds last year lost the majority of their roster.  Huni was recruited to play in Korea for SKT T1 (Good for him by the way!) which caused Reignover to leave the team for Liquid and for WildTurtle to return to his old home when TSM Doublelift stepped down.  As a result it is now up to Pobelter and Adrian to push a new Immortals roster and see if they can rise to similar heights.
  • Speaking of Team Liquid, with Reignover as their new jungle and Piglet back at ADC it will be curious to see how they do this split.
  • Meanwhile CLG's Mis-Season-Invitational 2nd place roster remains unchanged.  Hopefully for them another year with the same crew will only make them play together even better and give them a leg up over the rest of the league. 
  • Also keep an eye out for the all new Team Flyquest, who where Cloud9's Challenger team and has a TON of old faces on it including Hai's return to the mid-lane. 

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#1: 01-24-2017 @ 12:51:32 pm
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The top 5 plays across professional LoL regions over the last week, there's The Penta.


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#2: 01-25-2017 @ 07:16:58 am
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I didn't make the time to watch many matches this week so I really appreciated this SportsCenter like break down of NA Spring Split Week 1.  I don't know if it is replacing the previous "Prime Time League" show or not - but I like it more.  PTL had a lot of filler which was interesting, but resulted in less talking about what actually happened over the course a given week. 

I hope PTL still happens though just so that it was how I kept tabs on other regions.


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#3: 01-26-2017 @ 08:57:52 am
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I loved the Teamfight Breakdowns that Riot Jatt started doing at the end of last year.  He's doing them again this year, but with a broader focus than on just teamfighting.  This week he talks about KT Rollster Deft's (ADC, Korea) Ezreal.


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#4: 01-28-2017 @ 08:14:13 am
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Two exciting matches with crazy finishes to share.

The first is from EU LCS, is Misfits vs Roccoat, where the bot-lane finds a way to end the game while their foes have their eyes on baron.

The second is from NA LCS is Game 1 of TSM vs Dignitas, where one way to break a siege is to go right for the enemy's nexus.  TSM fans will enjoy the other two games from this set so remember to check out the VODs page.  

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#5: 02-09-2017 @ 05:08:35 pm
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As we approach week 4 of the spring split in the NA LCS, there is only one undefeated team still standing, and that's Cloud9.  This Cloud9 contains 4/5ths of the roster who made it out of Groups @ worlds this year after struggling to even attend the international event.  The biggest, and most important difference is the replacement of long time C9 jungler Meteos with Contractz, a challenger player who has proven capable of filling in the biggest weakness on C9's roster from 2016.  With Impact in the top lane, Jensen getting stronger, and Sneaky and Smoothie in bot lane, Cloud 9 stands undefeated.

Curiously though, there are two teams tied for second - Team Solo Mid with WildTurtle back replacing Doublelift who is on hiatus - and FlyQuest.  FlyQuest is a "new" team in that the organization has never been in the NALCS before ... but their roster was 2015 summer's Cloud9 Academy.  Meaning the team is stacked with old Cloud9 members from the team's reign as the dominant team in North America.  Ballz in the top lane, Hai in mid, LemonNation at Support.  Rounding out their roster are Moon and Altec, two players who have been on failing NA LCS teams in the past who are performing much better with the leadership and support of FlyQuest behind them.  FlyQuest is not undefeated, but they only have 1 loss.

As a result an ongoing discussion has been who is the better Cloud 9?  The current team?  Or the old Cloud9 members on FlyQuest.  This week the teams meet for the first time this split.  This Sunday around 6pm eastern we'll find out.  I'm hoping to watch this one, and I hope it's a solid match.  


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#6: 02-11-2017 @ 10:24:25 am
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Of course can Cloud9 stay undefeated going into their match against FlyQuest?  Check out Game 1 of C9 vs Team Liquid, including some exciting action around baron and a tense ending! 

You can see the VODs for the rest of the matches at the usual place. 

This post was edited by machvergil on February 11, 2017, 1:24 pm


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#7: 02-13-2017 @ 09:22:40 am
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Following up on the weekend, C9 v FlyQuest was worth watching.  Not the outcome I wanted but it was a good series, and fun to watch "Cloud 9: Civil War" play out.    As always you can watch the VoDs for all NA LCS games here and here are links to the series in specfic:

FLY v C9 game 1

FLY v C9 Game 2

FLY v C9 Game 3 if needed

When you're done watching (or skipping it) I enjoyed FLY Hai's post-series interview comments.


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#8: 02-16-2017 @ 08:07:46 am
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This week, Jatt brings you the breakdown from Game 1 C9 vs FLY and C9's comeback.


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#9: 02-17-2017 @ 08:22:00 am
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So here's a strange crossover of celebrity. Dante Basco (who I only know as the guy who played Rufio in Hook, but I guess he was also Prince Zuko in Avatar) played League of Legends with CLG Support Aphromoo.  He's trying to coach him while playing.

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