LCS shoutcasters weigh in on upcoming Week 2
LCS shoutcasters weigh in on upcoming Week 2
Game to watch: Curse vs Team Dignitas
Curse had the most disappointing opening week of any team in North America. It was especially displeasing because it was the first fans got to see of their All-Star Support from Gambit BenQ, EDward. Dignitas had a similar letdown in Super Week, ending at 2-3 despite an impressive victory over TSM Snapdragon. Traditionally, Dignitas and Curse play each other very close, with a 2-2 record when they met up during the Spring Split. Both of these teams were once the No. 1 seed during last split, and both of them floundered late, yet to fully recover. Considering this is the last match before the LCS heads off to MLG Anaheim, either one of these teams could use it as a launching pad for future success.
There's also an added wrinkle in this matchup: the introduction of the 3.8 patch to the LCS. There's speculation that the patch, which has all jungle monsters spawning at 1:55 and an increased importance on Red and Blue buff, could heavily favor carry Junglers and 2v1 Mid Lanes for better jungle support. Two of the most prolific carry Junglers in North America will be in this game battling against one another on this new patch. Furthermore, Dignitas and Curse found most of their success last split while running 2v1 setups with their ADC and Support.
Player to watch: Meteos
Meteos took the league by storm and managed to win the weekly MVP with his 5-0 record and 27.5 KDA. However, Cloud 9 relies heavily on mimicry of the Korean scene and Meteos's jungle changes this week. With no Korean scene to mimic (their finals were held on June 15) and a new jungle to discover, we'll get to see whether Meteos and Cloud 9 can innovate as well as they copy.
Game to watch: Cloud 9 vs Counter Logic Gaming
The first game of this Week 2's NA LCS features two of the biggest stories from Super Week! Cloud 9 got off to a roaring 5-0 start with its fast-paced gameplay and focus on early objectives; Hai said that if they ever had a 60-minute game he would forfeit. Meanwhile, CLG had the longest games of Week 1, averaging over 50 minutes and demonstrating it'll take some time to get Nien, bigfatlp, and Chauster up to speed in their new roles. Cloud 9 are obviously favored to win this match but you can see the members of CLG improving in each game and they now have five Cloud 9 games to study.
Player to watch: Sneaky
A lot of people on the C9 hype train have been talking about Meteos' MVP Jungler but there has not been much mention of Sneaky. Not only does he hold the No. 8 top spot on the solo queue ladder and No. 3 highest KDA in NA LCS, his Support, LemonNation, said that he's the best ADC that Lemon has ever played with -- and Lemon played on teams with both Wildturtle and Nien! Sneaky's a versatile ADC that will play whatever the team needs; he's even used Jayce in the bot lane to great effect. I expect to see him flourish in the new 3.8 patch where double Golem spawns are delayed to 1:55 and lane matchups become more unpredictable.
Game to watch: Curse vs Team Dignitas
Up until the very end of the Spring Split, Curse vs. Dignitas was the battle for No. 1. Curse started out with an early lead in first place with zero losses. Dignitas was the team to stop that undefeated streak and overtake Curse for first. Dignitas held the longest winning streak in the North American LCS. Then suddenly at the end of the split, both teams started to falter. Curse finished the season at No. 2 but had a disappointing fourth place finish in the Spring Playoffs, while Dignitas had an even more disappointing drop into the Summer Promotion Tournament. Now these teams find themselves fighting at the bottom of the standings early in the Summer Split.
For Team Dignitas, their time to shine is now. They got off to a 2-3 start on the season, but one of those wins came from a devastating victory over Spring Split champions TSM. The Team Dignitas that took first place in the middle of the Spring Split is in there somewhere, they just need to find it again. What better place to find it than against long-time rivals Curse?
Curse, however, expected to start the season slowly. They knew coming in that their last-minute acquisition of EDward at Support would need some time to fully mesh with the team. In talking with EDward, he's confident that when all is settled, Curse will be the No. 1 team in the North American LCS. The question for them is, "How long will it take?" A 1-4 start to the season might not be surprising to this resilient team, but what does it mean if that record becomes 1-6?
Player to watch: Reginald
The Spring Split champions TSM still have some issues to work out, it seems. Reginald puts it upon himself to call the shots and carry the team, relying on his teammates to hold up in lanes and follow his orders. It was this setup that brought TSM such success just a few months ago when they became North American champions yet again. To reach anything less than No. 1 is a disappointment for the team captain, so look for him to continue his quest for greatness when he takes Velocity and long-time rivals CLG this week.
Game to watch: Cloud 9 vs CLG
So far the 2013 NA Summer Split has been hotter than ever, and the team to beat is Cloud 9 with their newly minted undefeated record of five and zero. Cloud 9 showed some of the quickest victories during the Summer Promotion tournament, and they are starting to set the trend again during the LCS Summer Split. Their first LCS match was a swift 29 minute victory over Dignitas, and their last match of super week against Velocity was just an additional four minutes and solidified their five and zero record.
Counter-Logic Gaming will meet Cloud 9 for the first time coming into Week 2. Contrary to Cloud 9 games, CLG has been the team to push others into 60 minute matches, testing both mental and physical prowess on the Rift. At the same time, CLG is still finding themselves as a team since Nien took over Top Lane, bigfatlp the Jungle, and Chauster back on Support. Recent scrims with viewer access have shown that their weaknesses are being worked on, with Nien now controlling the top lane better and Chauster feeling more at home on Support again.
With the clash of the two-time titans the first match of the day, this game will definitely set the pace of Week 2. This week also means that teams are finally settled in their new team houses, and have had a chance to smooth out a reasonable practice schedule. Let's see who took advantage of this crucial practice time.
Player to watch: Nien
While he had a rough start, Nien still kept his head high stating "I have the potential to be the best Top Lane." With nine weeks left in the season there is plenty enough time, and recent scrims against Curse have shown that Nien is quickly adapting to his new role with comfort on champions like Shen and Vladimir.
Game to watch: Alternate vs Gambit
I don't think anyone could have expected this matchup to be the one to watch coming into Week 2 of the Summer Split but after such a magical start for Team Alternate, it's clearly the biggest game of the weekend.
Alternate came out firing on all cylinders and produced some truly majestic teamfights that showed training and hard work pays off. When we first saw the formation of this team in the guise of "Eloblade," we knew that eventually with a lot of practice a collection of the highest Elo players in the world all in one team could be phenomenal. Having failed to qualify in Spring Promotion and then enduring hard fought battles during Summer Promotion, this team has cultivated a real hunger for victory.
However, the real battle for Alternate begins in Moscow. After a tremendous start, they'll be facing off against the home crowd favourites Gambit, who will show them no mercy if given the smallest advantage. With Gambit's roster change in Support seemingly working out, Darker found himself the creator of many of Gambit's fortunes in Week 1, setting up great plays that the team happily jumped on. With two defeats mirroring the start of Gambit's spring, they went on to win 21 games including a 10-game win streak. Gambit will also have the home field advantage for the first time in their history, meaning no long journey to Cologne for this week.
Player to watch: Creaton
With the help of his support Jree, Creaton had an incredible debut in the Summer Split clocking up an impressive 28.7 KDA over the first five matches, the highest in the LCS. With the help of his team's aggressive plays across the rift he clocked multiple Triple and Quadra Kills and showed he's not limited to just one champion, using Vayne, Ezreal and Varus. With some tough matches this week against Gambit, MYM and Fnatic he'll need to have perfect positioning to avoid the inevitable focus fire he'll attract.
Game to watch: Alternate vs Meet Your Makers
With three brand new European teams taking to the Rift for the first time, no one was ready for what was about to happen at the kick-off to the EU LCS at Dreamhack. As the strongest teams emerged, the old guard lay thoroughly felled by the fresh blood brought into the League. Team Alternate and Meet Your Makers dominated each and every opponent they faced, and both teams demonstrated diverse champion pools, well thought out compositions, and proved that they can execute their game plans with perfection.
MYM qualified for the LCS Summer Split in dramatic fashion. Losing their first two games to Dragonborns, and then bouncing back to win three games back to back to back. They continued their flair for the dramatic by squashing their opponents on Friday and Saturday to go 4 – 0 in the season. On their way to this impressive score, they destroyed SK Gaming, decimated Ninjas in Pyjamas and deconstructed Fnatic. Their final game of Super Week was against another team that went 4 – 0.
Alternate came out the gates swinging even harder than MYM. they took down Evil Geniuses and Ninja's in Pyjamas. The way in which they secured those wins, however, was the most impressive. Alternate showed that they have been working extremely hard on their team work, map awareness and ganking. They consistently set up plays to create picks and opportunities which lead to early objective leads and eventual game wins. Alternate continued this winning trend and earned their 4 – 0 in stunning style. The most anticipated game of the weekend happened on Sunday, where they faced off against MYM. One of these teams would have a perfect super week, and nobody was expecting either of these teams to do it.
The game however, was not as close as we were hoping. MYM were able to get kills on the board and apply some map pressure with their Twisted Fate, however that was all they had to offer. They found themselves losing skirmishes, being out positioned and ultimately losing the game. MYM will not be happy with their first loss to Alternate; they wanted to go 5 – 0, and with a full week to talk about what went wrong, you can expect the Polish Powerhouses to come back punching.
Player to watch: Czaru
Up until the fifth and final game for MYM in Week 1, Czaru found ways to make his opponents suffer. He could control maps, create picks and destroy objectives with tactical use of his Teleport. However when playing Twisted Fate in his last match of the week, he simply did not have the presence he had in previous matches. Playing Lissandra in the three games prior, and now, being forced to play against her, it was clear Czaru didn't know how to counter ForellenLord. Theorycrafting and planning can change that, and he will be looking to avenge his loss during Week 2 in Moscow.
Game to watch: Alternate vs Gambit
In the first week of the European LCS Summer Split, we had one team that came out undefeated. Alternate has already taken out some of the heavy hitters from last split including Evil Geniuses, SK Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas. With phenomenal play out of every member of Alternate, their unique strategies per opponent complemented some unique champion picks, and they secured a well-earned early lead in the Summer Split.
Over on Gambit's side, they finished out the first week with a record of 3-2, picking up wins against NiP, SK Gaming and Lemondogs. Though they seemed to get off to a rocky start with their new Support Darker, their cohesion as a team began to shine as the matches continued. Gambit will have home turf for the first time in the LCS, which has never happened before. With another full week of training, we might see Gambit back at the same level from the last split and give Alternate their first loss in the LCS.
Player to watch: Forellenlord
The ELO King has showed his talent last week with amazing Lissandra play. His mentality of changing from a solo queue player to a team player has really shown in terms of play style and the champions he has been using. Gambit might have to come up with a strategy to ban him out. But with Ahri, Orianna, and Twisted Fate all under his belt, it will be tough to make him play a champion he isn't comfortable with.