EULCS Week 4 Summer 2018 Recap

S.Samek

One week off is too many. Let’s jump right back into the action with week four of EULCS.

First matchup of the day was H2K and Vitality. H2K just can’t get into the win column this season. Vitality made sure of that as a balanced team killing attack put H2K down for the count. H2K has now lost seven in a row to start the split.

Giants and Schalke played next. It was close for a while, but then Schalke’s funnel strategy payed off. Nukeduck scored 12 kills as a funneled Kai’sa to lead the way to victory over the Giants.

Roccat and Unicorns of love hit the rift next. Roccat took an early lead on a level one trade and never looked back. Roccat racked up 20 kills to eight deaths and just made it look easy. Neon subbed in as ADC for UOL. He used Heimerdinger. He looked ok even scoring UoL’s first kill, but he didn’t make a huge impact on the game.

 

Fnatic and Splyce met up next. This one was another match that was over pretty quickly. Splyce just took it to Fnatic in this one. 23-6 was the kills’ advantage while it was a six thousand plus gold lead for Splyce. I think this match was a little bit of an upset, but shows how capable Splyce is to win against better teams.

 

Then we had the main event for the night/weekend. Undefeated G2 and undefeated Misfits. Both showing up in this match with 6-0 marks. This match was worth of the hype. It was close in kills and gold for a solid chunk of time. Then at the 30 minute mark, Misfits found a 4-0 team fight win. This then moved into them taking baron and amassing a big gold lead. Misfits then took down the towers, inhibitors and nexus in short order to score the victory and move to 7-0.

This should make for one heck of a rematch come playoff time. For the moment I believe Misfits are one of the better teams in EU and that their spring split was an off season. Yet I also don’t think this match is the end of dominance for G2. It’s merely a blemish on an overall good season.

It was just a case of the better team won.

Day two match one was UoL and H2K. This was fairly close and nothing special as far as action went. UoL played well enough to win and keep H2K winless.

Schalke and Splyce had the next match. Through six minutes the match was pretty even. Yet two minutes later Schalke was able to start a rampage of kills to extend the lead. This lead was never challenged as Schalke picked up the win and 2-0 weekend. Nukeduck finished a strong weekend with another five kills in the contest with AAtrox.

G2 played Giants next. This was a match you think G2 would run away with. However the unexpected happened as Giants took an early large lead. Then G2 fought back. Yet Giants were able to take the lead back and secure a 4-0 team fight win in the bottom lane that allowed them to push to victory. G2 went 0-2 for the first time this split, break a six game winning streak in the process.

Fnatic and Roccat was match four of the day. This was a back and forth battle and evenly match. The match ended with an ace to give Fnatic a win in 27 minutes.

Misfits then put their undefeated record up against Vitality to close out the week. Kills were even early in the game and up to the 21 minute mark. However Misfits was able to gain some separation thanks to a gold advantage. A 3-0 team fight at 35 minutes in the Vitality base went Misfits’ way to give them the power to finish off the nexus. The win puts Misfits at 8-0 and first place in EU though four weeks.

I think the completion is heating up. For sure I will have to keep watching as we get farther into the season and closer to the playoff race.

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 NA-EU Rift Rivals Recap

S.Samek

The EU and NA LCS both took the last week off. However three teams from EU took on three from NA in this year’s Rift Rivals.

The first match of day one was Echo Fox and Fnatic. Fnatic took an early led, yet Fox was able to start a comeback. The comeback didn’t amount to much as Fnatic shut it down and amped up the led on the way to victory to give EU a 1-0 led.

G2 took on 100 Thieves next. Perkz led the way with eight kills as G2 just piled up kills and gold on 100 for an easy win and an EU 2-0 led.

Team Liquid took on Splyce next. This game was a total beat down. Liquid crushed Splyce by 11 kills and 13,000 gold. 2-1 EU.

Echo Fox and Splyce concluded day one. Echo Fox won thanks to strong play from Dardoch, who had seven of his team’s 14 kills. This evened the overall score at two.

 

Team Liquid and Fnatic were first on day two. Team Liquid looked impressive, while stellar play from Doublelift to win the game.

G2 downed Echo Fox in a blowout to even the overall score at three next.

100 and Fnatic were next. Fnatic dominated to give EU a 4-3 advantage overall.

100 Thieves and Splyce did battle next. This was all 100, as they dominated a match that somehow went 41 minutes.

G2 and Liquid then concluded the round robin stage. G2 used a strong effort from Jankos and Perkz, who each had seven kills to take this one and give EU a 5-4 win for the round robin portion of the event.

The best of five finals started with G2 and Echo Fox. Echo Fox surprised a lot of people by coming out on top in this one. Dardoch had a highlight triple kills to help secure the win. This was G2’s first lost in games played in formal completion of the 2018 summer split, as they sit 6-0 though three weeks of matches.

Fnatic and 100 Thieves then played next. Despite a strong performance from Cody sun for 100 Thieves, this game was similar to the prior time these teams met. The win evened the finals at one.

Team Liquid and Splyce went next. This match was one no one expected. It was a bit one-sided, yet it was Splyce winning, not the favored Liquid. Nisqy had eight kills in the victory to star for Splyce.

Echo Fox battled Fnatic as NA’s last hope. Yet it would be Fnatic rolling out to an early lead. Fox charged back into it, thanks to a Dardoch solo kills. Yet at the 15 minute mark, Fnatic took control and snowballed a permanent led. The win gave EU the Rift Rival’s win.

It was a fun tournament. Refreshing to see how different regions matchup against each other. I enjoyed watching it, even if EU took

NALCS 2018 Week Three Summer Split Recap

S.Samek

WE move on to week three of the NALCS. Here’s the recaps of the action.

Cloud 9 and TSM led off the day one action. This is a rivalry match between two of NA’s mainstay franchises. Also of note Cloud 9 bought back Jensen and Smoothie from academy for this week’s matches.

The decision looked like it would pay off as C9 scored first blood. Yet A bit late TSM was able to get two kills back to tie it up. Both teams traded blows and it was tied 12-12 in kills at 30 minutes. Then 10 minutes later TSM found an ace that secured them an opportunity to take the c9 base and the win. Jensen and Smoothie both made impacts despite the loss, with Jensen having eight kills and Smoothie chipping in 10 assists. TSM’s Zven added eight kills of his own with Varus in the win.

Liquid and Echo Fox matched up next. This matchup was pretty much the Doublelift show. The adc/bot lanner used Xayah to rack up a game high 11 kills. Pobelter used an Irelia to rack up eight kills himself for Liquid. Both individual efforts were higher than Echo Fox’s seven kills as a team. The duo each picked up a triple kill as well during the course of the match, as Echo Fox just couldn’t overcome the dominance of Liquid.

100 Thieves and Clutch in a battle of red and black jerseys was up next. This one was a long game. It went 51 minutes. The score for this type of match seemed a bit one sided as well with 100 Thieves winning kills 22-11. This was thanks to a 3-0 team fight in the Clutch base that procured the win for 100. Yet as I said it was bit one sided for such a long game.

Golden Guardians and Flyquest were next on the rift. GG scored the opening kill, but Flyquest started a furious comeback after that. Flyquest held an 8-3 led at 15 minutes and snowballed it from there. Kenne played a great Galio going 6/0/6 and scoring a clutch triple kill that helped Flyquest take the base and win the game.

Optic and CLG ended day one’s action. This was a back and forth battle as 13 minutes in Optic held a 4-3 kill led, yet was down one thousand gold. At 24:30 the match took a turn in CLG’s favor as they scored a 4-1 team fight win. Hey then we able to work with the led and take the win about 37 minutes into the game. Huhi played Lissandra and finished with seven kills to pace CLG, while Stixxay chipped in four kills of his own in the victory.

Day two started with TSM and Golden Guardians. Golden Guardians struck first blood for the second match in a row. However the advantage wasn’t to last. Grig scored two kills for TSM and the rally was on. TSM rolled to easy victory in this one. Zven had six kills, including a big triple kill at 24 minutes, Bjergson had four kills with one death using Darius. The win caps off a 2-0 weekend for TSM. I would keep an eye on Grig, he seems to be making a name for himself with his strong play throughout the first three weeks of the split.

 

Team Liquid and Clutch were up next. It was a back and forth game for 12 minutes, then Clutch was able to start distancing themselves from Liquid. Team fights led to a gold led snowball, highlighted by a 4-0 team fight in front of baron leading to a massive Clutch advantage and ultimately the win. Apollo netted half of Clutches kills with six to carry the team.

100 Thieves and Optic played next. This was a one-sided game from the start. 100 Thieves just racked up kills and gold and won easily. Cody Sun was top player for 100 n this game with five kills and four assists.

Cloud 9 and Echo Fox had the next to last match for the week. This one lasted a while, but was full of action. Kills and gold trade hands consistently throughout the match. Each team also had a successful base defense to further escalate the action. Yet in the end Echo Fox pushed past C9. Also of note was a Penta kill by Altec on Lucian for Echo Fox that served as a turning point in the match.

CLG and Flyquest ended the week. CLG held the god lead while Flyquest was up in kills. Yet eventually Flyquest was able to gain a led they would never give up and take a victory. Santorin had a 10 kill game for Flyquest and Keane added five more to pace Flyquest.

 

Lots of excitement this week. Can’t wait to see what happens during week four, after a week off for Rift Rivals.

 

 

 

 

EULCS 2018 Week 3 Summer Split Recap

S.Samek

Coverage of week three of the EULCS coming your way.

Giants and Roccat started off the week. Roccat pretty much had this one won from the get go. They held a lead at 15 minutes and increased the lead in both kills and gold by 20 minutes.

Then an ace at the 35 minute mark led to an open base for Roccat to take the victory. Memento led the way for Roccat with 5/0/5 line with Camille. Steelback had a strong game with Xayah for Giants going 4/1/3.

Misfits and Schalke took the rift next. This match started out boring with no kills through 15 minutes plus.  It didn’t last much long than that as Misfits took first blood at 15:40.

That kills was then accompanied by 21 more over the rest of the match as Misfits really took it to Schalke to pick up their fifth win of the split. Alphari had a triple kill with Dr. Mundo as one of the highlight plays of the match. Hans Sama played a good Lucian going 4/0/1. While Mikyx chipped in 16 assists with Braum.

Splyce and H2K met in a matchup of 0-4 teams. This match was close for a while in both kills and gold. Yet Splyce was able to score an ace at 29 minutes that led into a baron to help set up the win. This gave Splyce their first win of summer 2018, while H2K remains winless.

Unicorns of Love and Vitality played next. This was a matchup of flex compositions. Vitality struck at will scoring kills left and right and building a 9-1 led at 14 minutes. Vitality ended up with 20 kills and won after taking a 2-0 fight in the Unicorn’s base.

The final matchup of the day was Fnatic and G2 in a rematch of the spring split championship. Fnatic came into the match 8-0 against G2 in the past eight meetings. Yet G2 would get some sort of revenge in this match. G2 just dumped on Fnatic with their gold funnel strategy. Perkz used a Xayah Jungle to roll to an 11 of G2’s 16 kills thanks to that tactic. G2 remained undefeated with the win.

Also remember Perkz name, he’s my pick for early MVP and first team honors.

Day two started with Misfits and H2K. H2K entered winless and it stayed that way. Misfits fired on all cylinders led by Maxlore in the jungle. Using Camille he put up a 6/0/6 line. Hans Sama also chipped in three kills using a Draven, one of this more well known for champions. The team totaled 15 kills, while H2K was able to score one to not get perfect gamed. However H2K is looking like the worst team in EU so far this split.

Vitality battled Schalke next. Vitality kept going with what worked the prior day and scored kills left and right. Throw in a couple barons and a gold led and it was all she wrote for Schalke.  Jiizuke rocked with Zoe scoring eight of his team kills, while Gilius added five kills himself.

Giants and Fnatic continued the trend of one-sided games. A level one kill set up Fnatic to jut run rampant. Fnatic racked up 16 kills with half of them going to Caps. Caps ran Zoe and delt up a game-high 23,000 damage.

Splyce fought Roccat next. This game was even for a while, until Splyce scored a few kills and snowballed a led. Yet it still somehow lasted 44 minutes, which was entirely too long for a match that wasn’t even close.

G2 and Unicorns of Love ended out the week. G2 came into the match looking to stay undefeated and tied with Misfits for first place. Despite what may have seemed like a slow game, it was very methodical. G2 wore down UOL overtime and scored kill after kill to really crush UOL. A 6-0 record with accompany G2 into Rift Rivals this week.

Lots of one-sided matches this week, hoping this trend ends soon. We should see in a couple weeks as Rift Rivals interrupts the split for a week.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.