Last week we had the League of League of Legends 2018 NALCS Scouting grounds. This is an even where solo que players from around the North American server and show off their talent to professional teams. They also have a chance to be coached and gain some insight as too what the LCS is like.
There is a focus on team play as well as individual achievement. There are four teams named Infernal, Moutain, Cloud and Ocean after the drakes in the game. They scrimmage during the week and the then play in either the 3rd place or championship match.
I cought the finals match between Infernal and Moutain.
Game one was all mountain in the early going. Yet a couple of barons let to Infernal stealing a win. MistyStumpey led the way for Infernal with a 9/2/7 Viktor performance while jungler Fragas went 6/3/10 with Xin Zhao for Moutain.
Moutain would strike back taking game two in a game with 42 combined kills. Prismal had nine kills to pace Moutain in game two while Tactical had eight kills for the best mark on Infernal.
Game three was a clean win for Moutain with a Prismal once again leading the kill count with seven more, while Infernal saw a four kill performance from Tactical. Moutain became the winners of the event with the victory.
This year instead of a draft of players they announced the top five players as top prospects.
Strompest,Fragas,MistyStumpey, Tactical and Fakegod took home the top prospect awards for their performance.
Yet I think theres a chance that the top five prospects could find a home with an NA LCS team.
100 Thieves I think would benefit from looking at Strompest to play midlane for them, as would Echo Fox and Clutch gaming, Cloud nine ,or pretty much any of the NA teams with a vacancy in the middle which seems to be most of them.
The top laners Fake god and MisteyStumpey could look for maybe to be picked up by Flyquest or another lower tier team.
Fragas as the top jungler I think would fit best with TSM or maybe Echo Fox. He could fight Grig for a starter position.
Tactical was the best bottom lane prospect at the tournament. I could see him helping out an Echo Fox. Golden Guardians, or Optic look to sign him to add some strong home grown talent to a position I feel is lacking on these three teams.
Though it is a bit hard to really make an accurate call as to who signs any of the prospects because of the free agent period going on as of publication. Free agent signings may fil out the needs of many of these teams leaving the scouting grounds players without professional teams.
I hope they decide to sign some of the prospects and develope them, makes the event worth hosting.
Worth keeping an eye on the roster changes as they come in too, stay tuned for further updates.