Week 2 NA LCS Summer Split 2018 Recap.

S.Samek

Week two NALCS, let’s see what’s good.

Matchup one was TSM and Clutch. Clutch looked good, early but could not put it away thanks to TSM having better objective control. However eventually Clutch got some team fight wins and a couple barons and rolled to the win.

Optic gaming and Echo Fox fought next. It was a close one for 37 minutes. Then a team fight went in the way of Optic to steal the match away from Echo Fox.

100 Thieves took on Flyquest to see who would earn their first win of the summer split. 100 Thieves looked strong in this one winning easily, racking up 20 kills as a team.

CLG and Liquid dueled next. This was a close matchup as well, very back and forth. At least at first. Doublelift and company took over at 22 minutes with an ace into baron and it was all over after that as Liquid raises over CLG.

Cloud 9 and Golden Guardians closed out day one. Golden Guardians ran a funnel composition into c9’s standard composition. The match was even for a while, but Golden Guardians stood tall doubling c9 in kills and winning the match that went the longest of the summer spilt 2018.

Day 2 started with rivals Liquid and TSM. Ollah and his Morgana started off hot gaining a 3-0 led to Liquid. Then Grig came back with a pair of kills for TSM. However Grig was beaten on taking an infernal drake. Afterward an ace at just under 30 minutes took Liquid over the top as they complete a 2-0 weekend.

C9 and 100 Thieves were up next. Licorice played Fiora and looked to own the top lane. However 100 owned everywhere else on the rift. Cody Sun used a strong Kai’sa to lead the way in this victory with an 8/0/2 stat line.

Golden Guardians and Echo Fox hosted the next party. This was a fairly even match though out the early phases. Yet a late game surge gave this one over to Echo Fox thanks to multi kills by Dardoch and Altec that led to nexus and gg.

Clutch and CLG might have actually had the closest match of the season. While it wasn’t much to watch as it didn’t really have highlight plays, GLG takes the win.

 

Final match of the week was Optic and Flyquest. This was the wild match of the week. Optic was staring down the Flyquest base and victory. Yet a successful defense turned into a baron plus an elder drake to help power up Flyquest. They then stormed into Optic’s base and took all structures to claim their first victory of summer 2018.

Wow it’s very neck and neck to start the season. Should be awesome to watch what goes down in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EU LCS Recap Week 2 summer 2018.

S.Samek

After missing week one I caught up with week two of the EULCS. Let’s recap the matchups

First matchup was The Unicorns of Love and Giants. At team composition I though Giants had an advantage. Plus the fact that UOL went 0-2 last week after struggling during the end of the spring split that saw them miss playoff I wasn’t feeling too confident in my team.

Yet the Unicorns were able to keep it close, steal a baron at 25 minutes and an ace at 27 minutes to secure the victory, their first of the split.

Misfits and Spylce were next to play. This was a one-sided bloodbath. Misfits went on a killing spree racking up 22 kills against 7 deaths. It was just a dominating performance for the red and black in this one.

Vitality and Roccat were next to battle. This one was close. Yet a team fight and a baron swayed this one into Roccat’s favor for the win.

G2 and Schalke were the next combatants. Another close one, until a baron steal shifted the tide in favor of G2. The highlight play from the match had to be Perkz’s penta kill as part of a 12/1/2 stat line that helped preserve the victory.

The final match of day one was H2k and Fnatic. Note that star ADC for Fnatic Rekkles was out this week. It didn’t matter as Fnatic rolled to an easy win in this one, winning every lane and looking strong doing it.

Day two started with Roccat and Schalke. Roccat kept it close, up until 15 minutes in. An ace lead to a Schalke advantage and that was all they needed to take the game.

Giants tried to put a blemish on Misfits record. The Misfits had other plans. They scored a 12-4 kill and 9,000 gold lead at 22 minutes and rolled to the base to take the nexus. Moving them to 4-0 on the summer split.

G2 and H2K had a back and forth next match. Until Perkz did his thing as G2 won another game.

UOL tried to keep winning against Spylce.  The Unicorn’s played a strong contest highlighted by Samux on kai’Sa. The win evened up the Unicorn’s record for the summer split at 2-2.

Fnatic and Vitality closed out the week. This one was straight up nasty for Vitality. 10 kills in 10 minutes snowballed a led for Fnatic that just showed the dominance of this team. Bwipo led the way with a 9/0/10 line while Hylissang went 7/1/9 with Pike from the support role.

Lots of one –sided matches this week. Hoping play improves in week three.

NALCS Week One Recap

S.Samek

After a bit of a break after the spring split the LCS is back. Yes, it’s week one of the NA LCS’s summer split.

On day one TSM took on CLG in a close match. CG took an early lead, but couldn’t hold on to it. A team fight and baron at 25 minutes turned it around in TSM’s favor and gave them the win.
Match two was a rematch of the spring split finals. Just like in the spring it was Team Liquid over 100 Thieves. This match looked over early as a bottom lane first blood snowballed into seven straight kills for Liquid. They kept the food on the gas and took the victory.
Golden Guardians took on Optic next. This was a boring game despite the closeness of it. Optic’s midlaner PowerofEvil scored four kills and a pair of assists as Optic won 7-4 in kills and took the game.
Echo Fox took on Flyquest next. Flyquest had an early advantage, yet the match remain close for the most part. A baron power play at 21 turned the tide into Echo Fox’s favor and the rode the wave to an 18-13 win and the nexus.
Clutch gaming and Cloud 9 did battle to end out day one coverage. Cloud 9 was subbing out three fifths of their starting lineup in favor of academy players. The new members got a rude awaking as Clutch quickly went up 3-0 by kills. Cloud 9 did try and rally, yet it just wasn’t enough as Clutch took a 15-10 win and the game.

 

 

Clutch met up with Echo Fox on day two. This one went over to Echo Fox thanks to them working on a big lead,until the game went out and count be recovered. The win was then awarded to Fox in an ok what happened sort of way.
TSM and Flyquest went at it. This was a dominating performance by TSM led by Hauntzer, who scored a qudra kill with Dr. Mundo to help build momentum toward the victory.

 

 

Cloud 9 tested their mettle against Optic on day 2. The newbies redeemed themselves this time around thanks to some great split pushing.
CLG and 100 Thieves did battle on the rift. This game was all CLG as Darshan led the way from the island lane with great Ornn play. The game was also a milestone for the CLG top laner as he played his 400th LCS game.
Team Liquid looked to stay on top of the standings against Golden Guardians. Well it wasn’t happening. Strong play by Lourlo and Contractz, as well as Deftly put the spring split winners into the loss column.
So far it’s been a pretty even start to the split. Very even play and much to watch out for as the season progresses.

 

 

2018 College League of Legends Championship Recap.

S.Samek

Well we previewed it and now the tournaments over. Let’s take a look at how the League of Legends college championships went down.

In the first match it was the favorite and returning champ Maryville vs. Illinois.

This wins for most unexpected outcome of the day. The match went two to nothing, but it wasn’t the favorites moving on.

Illinois took game one in close fashion, then shut down an early Maryville lead in game to to role to a 14-4 win and moved on to the semi-finals.

 

The four vs. five seed match was UT-Dallas and Columbia College. Game one was a romp for Columbia 18-4 led by a Yasuo and Orianna both with qudra kills.

Game two was a little lighter on fighting and kill, managing just a 6-2 score, but Columbia played clean in other areas of the game to take the series in a two game sweep.

 

Maryland took on western Ontario in the next matchup. In game one it was all Western Ontario with a 21-6 win highlighted by a Graves and Caitlyn both with nine kills and perfect kda ratios.

Maryland then fought back in game two despite the interesting pick to go Nunu in the top lane.

The Terrapins then went with another weird top lane in Morgana in game three. It worked to some degree as the first blood went over to Morgana. The led was able to be held from some team fighting and a baron play. While Fiora, the top lane opponent tried hard to spit push, but ran out of time moving Maryland on in the tournament.

The final quarterfinal was between Ottawa and UC Irvine. The first game was super close, and not super entertaining, but it worked for UC Irvine.

Then they turned up the intensity in game two and rolled to an easy win dominating everywhere and making it look easy. This game also included a Penta kill by Lattman on Caitlyn for UC Irvine.

 

In the semi-finals Columbia College took on Illinois. In game one a close match was taken by Columbia College. Game two was all Columbia College with a Yasuo and Cassiopeia running the show.

 

In game three the name of the game was speed. It was a quick game and it was taken by Columbia College to earn them a trip to the finals.

UC Irvine took on Maryland in the other semifinal. Game one was close but taken by Irvine. Game two was so one sided that Maryland surrendered. In game three Maryland was able to win thanks to good team fighting to stay alive and force game four.

Yet that was the end of the road as UC Irvine took over the game starting with a successful level one invade that netted them a 2-0 lead and never looked back.

The finals series took the minimum three games.

Game one went fairly even in kills, but in gold it was another story. A 10,000 gold led gave Uc Irvine enough firepower to win.

Game two was another close one, and yet again taken by UC Irvine.

Game three left no doubt who the best team in the bracket was. UC Irvine snowballed an early led to a big win.

It was a wild ride of a tournament, but a solid team won it.

 

 

 

 

Pirates and Diamondbacks Bean balls 2018

S.Samek

 

It’s just funny begin a Pittsburgh Pirate’s fan.

Just when you think your team isn’t bad, they go on a slide and prove that thought wrong.

In the middle of this chaos was blowing a five run led to Arizona in humorous fashion.

Of course when the Pirates and Diamondbacks square off it included someone getting hit by a pitch. You all know of the Andrew McCutchen and Paul Goldschmidt beanings that started all this mess.

Now it escalated after Josh Harrison took a pitch and left the game. Joe Musgrove the Pirates starter then hit Chris Owings in retaliation, intentionally.

Yes protect your teammate, but then move on and focus on the game.

Yet it didn’t happen, Sean Rodriguez was hit in the ninth inning.

The umpires just let them play on all of these beanballs. Which is fine, handle it how you want it is the umpires game.

I just want to see an end to this. Its school yard crap. If you hit someone by accident ok, take first and move on. Don’t try to pitch way inside and hit someone so they get hurt.

If you must protect a teammate fine as well. Hit one batter and move on. It needs to go no further than that. Having these beanball wars that go on series after series is stupid.

These beanballs don’t accomplish much anyway. Why do people think giving up a free walk at the expense of honor helps? You get no separate stat for honor beanings, it’s one more hit by pitch for you and the hitter. The hitter makes out better than you do.

I just think the beanings need to stop for any reason. Hit the ball and score some runs that way if you want to be old school. Ban the DH and the save if you really want to go old school.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates Draft 2018

S.Samek

Tis the time of the year where each team tests their skills at predicting the future. By this I mean another draft is upon us. This time it’s the 2018 MLB draft.

I’m taking a look at my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Pirates and their 2018 draft.

In the first round the Pirates selected 10th. They used the pick on outfielder Travis Swaggerty out of Southern Alabama. The pick wasn’t a stretch as Swaggerty was rated as the 11th best draft prospect.

I didn’t like the pick initially. I figured the outfield was a position of strength for the Pirates. Yet it doesn’t hurt to have depth. Though I also think the Pirates have some outfield prospects in the top 10 such as Bryan Reynolds and Lolo Sanchez, yet it is good to see more depth.

I think this was a take the best player available pick and I hope it works.

They then added a couple of high school pitchers getting Gunnar Hoglund and Braxton Ashcroft at 36th and 51st picks. Ashcroft is a two-sport star so, this could be an athletic type player pick.

Hoglund had a dominate year during his senior season.

Hoglund had a dominate year during his senior season.

I think keeping lots of pitching talent in the system is important and these two picks help here.

In round three they went with shortstop Connor Kaiser. I hate this pick. Shortstop/second base is a tremendous log jam in the Pirates system. With Kaiser being a college bat he maybe closer to the majors than a high school pick.

Yet it just seems like a worthless pick with the likes of Kevin Newman and Cole Tucker fighting to replace Jordy Mercer sooner rather than later and Stephen Alemamais, Kevin Kramer and Oneil Cruz all on the top 30 prospects list.

Aaron Shortage, a right- handed pitcher was selected in round four.

In round five the selection was catcher Grant Koch out of Arkansas. Good to see the position of most need finally be addressed.

Michael Flynn is another pitcher added in round six.

In round seven they took leftfielder Brett Kinneman.

Rounds eight and nine they picked up a couple more pitchers.

Then in round 10 they selected Mike Gretler, Oregon States third baseman.

They then picked up 11 more pitchers, three more catchers, five more shortstops, seven more outfielders and a couple more infielders to round out the draft. I think this was good for restocking the farm as you can never have enough pitching, as the cliché goes.

Though I do think they went a little too shortstop heavy, taking six of them in total.

Overall, an ok draft and let’s see how it pans out years down the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

League of Legends College Championship 2018

S.Samek

Here we go it’s time for the League of Legends college championships. This is the first one I knew was a thing.

So let’s take a look at the eight teams entering and pick a predicted winner.

The first match is between Illinois and Maryville. Maryville is the defending champion of this tournament. Illinois is the runner up of the Big Ten. Should be close, but I’m not quite sure if they can pull off the upset.

The winner of that fight takes on the winner of the fourth seeded University of Texas at Dallas and fifth seeded Columbia College. This look to be a close match with anyone taking it.

In the two seed versus seven seed its UC Irvine against Ottawa. While Canada has taken a couple of championships, I don’t see it being this year. Irvine has been at the forefront of esports in college and should be able to use their talent to win the matchup and contend to win it all.

The final semi- final matchup is Western against Maryland in the three versus six seed matchup. You have another Canadian team against the champions of the Big Ten. I’d stick with the better seed to win this one as Western won the east and swept Ottawa to do so, giving them a power win. That may give them an advantage in the semifinals, should Ottawa pool off the upset.

I think UC Irvine takes on Maryville in the finals. Then I’m taking the anteaters to win it all.

Check on the tournament from June 7th to the 10th.