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Libertine
Jun 21, 2004

When I die, I hope they say I made the eSports industry a better place than I made millions of dollars.


Welcome to the Professional League of Legends Thread for Season 6 (2016) Summer Split

If you are looking for the main League of Legends thread, please go here.

This thread is strictly for discussion of the competitive game and shifts to resemble a game-day thread from the Sports Argument Stadium when live competitions are underway.

If you don't know what League of Legends is at this point, I don't know what to tell you, but it is a MOBA and as of the start of 2016 the most popular PC Game in the world, with a market share equal to the next four most popular games combined. A game this popular attracts an enormous quantity of high quality players and the very best of them compete professionally for our entertainment.



Worlds 2016
Groups were drawn on September 10th:


Group play begins on September 29th.

* Join Our Pick'em Group and Make Your Picks



Helpful Resources to Follow Along (Bookmark All These!):
* Abios Gaming: Excellent hub site for schedule and broadcast information about when competitive League of Legends is going to be played, alongside information for other games as well.
* EsportsWikis: The very best wiki-style reference site for Competitive League information (recently replaced EsportsPedia with the staff from that site moving to EsportsWikis).
* Games of Legends: Champion Pick/Ban, Winrate, and associated performance statistics for all champions across all of the competitive scenes for Season 6.
* LoL Esports: Riot's main landing page for competitive League. Tends to be a platform for a lot of PR-type pieces, but also has stats, standings, VoDs, and everything else if for some reason you don't like using the other sites listed above.
* Reddit/r/LoLeventVods: Very best curated resource for watching matches that have already taken place without having the results spoiled. Especially useful if you want to watch games that happen at a time when you are sleeping (i.e. LCK and LPL if you are a Westerner).
* YouTube: Onivia Channel: Sportscenter-style highlight clips of every single major League of Legends competitive game. If you do not have time to catch a slate of games but want to blast through 5 or 6 matches in a half hour, this is absolutely the place to go.



The Teams and their Rosters as of the Beginning of the 2016 Summer Split:
(All players are listed in the positional order of TOP // JUNGLE // MID // AD CARRY // SUPPORT)



North America (NA LCS):

Apex Gaming
Ray & Cris // ShrimP & Diamondprox // Keane & Shiphtur // Apollo & Roar // Xpecial & KonKwon
Apex Gaming was the only Challenger Series team in either EU or NA LCS to qualify for Summer Split through the promotion tournament. This team is a broad spectrum of long experienced professional players, mixed with some new blood Korean talent, and all coached by Saintvicious. The questions around them will be how the two rosters get utilized, how they gel as a team, and if they can find consistent form. No one is quite sure how they will stack up with the more powerful NA LCS teams.


Cloud 9
Impact & Balls // Meteos & Rush // Jensen & Hai // Sneaky & Altec // Bunny FuFuu & Smoothie
One of the historically most successful NA LCS teams, Cloud 9 has struggled to find consistent success in the last several splits. They've made another set of bold roster gambits this split, also building a ten-man roster and trying to see what they have to work with going forward. The success of their reconfiguration of their import slots to shuffle Impact/Meteos for Balls/Rush will define their split.


Counter Logic Gaming
Darshan // Xmithie // HuHi // Stixxay & YoonA // Aphromoo
Now two-time defending NA LCS split champions, CLG has remained remarkably consistent in big games despite several lingering questions about many of their players abilities to adapt to adversity in crucial game scenarios. Stixxay was the only non-Chinese player to earn a 1st Team accolade at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational and the team has shown that they can hang with the top flight world-wide. They have to take a bigger step forward this split if they want to be a team that can beat that top flight though.


Echo Fox
kfo & Allorim // Hard & Grigne // Froggen & Damonte // Keith // Big
Echo Fox struggled in their inaugural split, plagued by the ability to get players legally into the NA region in the beginning of the split, and plagued by inconsistency in the latter part of the split, they finished with an underwhelming 33% win rate. Given how bad the bottom of the NA LCS was, that actually put them ahead of 3 teams. They will not be able to skate by on a performance like that in summer, and someone other than Froggen and Keith will have to show big potential to advance them forward.


Team Envy:
Seraph // Procxin // Ninja & Alex Ich // LOD & Nien // Hakuho
A last minute entry into the NA LCS, Envy purchased the slot of Renegades and acquired scattered pieces of Renegades, Impulse, and other CS players. They allegedly have a strong organization across other esports and have said the right things in terms of commitment to developing a League of Legends roster, but it's hard to imagine the squad made of players who struggled mightily in spring being able to push the top in the summer.


Immortals
Huni // Reignover // Pobelter // WildTurtle & Impactful & Jummychu // Adrian
This team stormed through the NA LCS Spring Split like a battering ram, going 17-1 and easily securing the top seed. Unfortunately they fell flat in the playoffs with some baffling drafts and insistence on playing really strange champions that weren't working for them repeatedly. They tend to be extremely stubborn in playing the exact same compositions repeatedly in whatever they think are the best configurations, and top teams who are adaptable and can pick them apart on the fly have had success against them. They will need to diversify their strategies in Summer to try and win their first title.


Liquid
Lourlo & Solo // Moon & Dardoch // Fenix & Goldenglue // Piglet & Fabbbyyy // Matt & Stunt
Coming into another split with jungler drama, Liquid has recently suspended one of the most promising rookies of Spring 2016 Dardoch. They've replaced him with Moon who spent most of spring split playing pretty badly on NRG. Liquid also got quality rookie performances out of Lourlo and Matt and will need them to step up in their sophomore splits to challenge. It seems unlikely that they will be able to place near top with the jungle problem they have right now though. And let's be real, no matter what kind of drama they have, what kind of inconsistency they have, if a meteor hits the Earth and destroys half of their competition, they will still finish in 4th place.


NRG Esports
Quas // Santorin // GBM // Ohq & Otter // Kiwikid & Qwerm
NRG finished with a playoff spot in their first split but went out with a whimper in the first round. They decided to clean house and field an entirely new roster. Picking up former Liquid top laner Quas, former TSM and EU jungler Santorin, former Najin ADC Ohq, and former Dignitas support Kiwikid. That's a lot of big names on one team, and a lot of question marks going into the split about how it will all work, what kind of form some of the veterans are in, and how they can stack up against top talent.


Phoenix1
Zig // Zentinel & Inori // Pirean & Slooshi // Mash // Gate
The team named by your twelve year old cousin, Phoenix1, was the final team to enter the NA LCS this split by acquiring the slot of Team Impulse and building a roster of the weaker castoff players from Impulse and a few other teams. This looks like a no brainer last place team in a fairly deep league, and I'm not entirely sure why anyone bought an LCS slot to field this lineup.


Team SoloMid
Hauntzer // Svenskeren // Bjergsen // Doublelift // Biofrost
After struggling uncharacteristically for large portions of the spring split, they crushed Immortals in the playoffs and came within one heartbreaking elimination game loss away from a return as NA LCS champions. Yellowstar, who had literally zero synergy with Doublelift or TSM's roster, decided to depart and return back to Fnatic. TSM brought in new unknown support Biofrost after strong performances in tryouts in Korean scrimmages. Doublelift has said that Biofrost's aggressive playmaking better compliments his style and that will remain to be seen over the course of the summer split. Team SoloMid will likely remain the most popular team in the world no matter who they field. The boys from the bay will be looking for the title they surely feel CLG stole from them last split.




Europe (EU LCS):


FC Schalke 04
Steve // Gilius & Dexter // Fox & Eika // MrRalleZ & Sola // sprattel
The former Elements roster has mostly floated along the last few splits, barely holding on to the 7th place slot in the table, taking some games, but losing most of them. Perhaps now is the time for them to realize their potential and take the next step. In major offseason news, the team was acquired by major German sports organization Fußballclub Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 who are best known for playing Bundesliga football, this will be their first foray as an organization into esports. Schalke's main addition was picking up Fox to replace the inconsistent Eika, and he should give them a lot more effective pressure in the mid lane for the summer split.


Fnatic
Gamsu & Werlyb // Spirit // Febiven // Rekkles // Yellowstar & Klaj
Two splits removed from their flawless European campaign, Fnatic fell short in Spring, taking 3rd place. They went back to the old guard and re-signed Yellowstar from TSM while benching rookie Klaj. They should return to their signature playstyle which is total chaos on the top half of the map with steady pressure in the bottom. It was clear to them that they needed Yellowstar back to provide the vision and shotcalling necessary to have success again.


G2 Esports
Kikis & Expect // Trick // Perkz // Zven & Relinquished // Mithy
An explosive debut split for G2 saw them all the way to the European title. Now to defend their championship, they completely scrapped their bot lane which they identified as an issue. They dismissed Emperor and Hybrid and poached Origen's star bot lane (Zven + Mithy). This created severe drama at the Mid-Season Invitational where G2 had an extremely disappointing performance due to this roster transfer being in flight in the middle of the competition going on. They received a ton of flak from European fans as well as from Origen's team who were left pretty screwed with the late transfer. Origen's loss is G2's gain though, the early return on the new lineup look solid, and they are definitely going to be one of the primary contenders of the EU LCS this split.


Giants
Smittyj // Maxlore // Night & Special // S0NSTAR & Samux // Hustlin
Giants cleaned house and got rid of pretty much everyone from their previous teams. Pepinero, the only cool guy worth watching on this team, is now gone. What's left is an underwhelming mix of CS-tier Europeans and random Korean imports. This team will likely struggle to place in the table.


H2K
Odoamne // Jankos & Hulberto // Ryu // Freeze & Knugen // Vander
H2K is a team that always falls just short in the big games when it matters. They lost 2-3 to Origen and 2-3 to Fnatic in the EU LCS Spring playoffs and they went into the offseason with many questions about how they could just push a little bit further to make that next step to contend for the title. Forgiven departed and Freeze was brought in. The rest of the roster remains intact which makes them one of the most stable and experienced lineups going forward. They need to apply the advantages of that experience to contend this split.


Origen
Soaz // Amazing & Cyanide // PowerOfEvil & xPeke // Forgiven // Hybrid
Two time runners-up in the last two EU LCS splits, it's hard to not think that this team has taken a big step backwards. Reported drama lead to the departure of Zven and Mithy right before the start of the summer split leading Origen to reach for free agents Forigven and Hybrid (formerly of H2K and G2 respectively). Lingering questions about mid-lane performance haunt this team as well, with PoE and xPeke both alternating and both showing unspectacular and inconsistent play. They are going to have to dig deep to get it together this split.


ROCCAT
Parang & fredy122 // Airwaks // Betsy // Steeelback // Raise & extinkt
ROCCAT had many roster issues in spring, with several key additions not working out and non-stop shuffling preventing them from any kind of rhythm. In the offseason they have added new Koreans Parang and Raise, as well as picking up Steeelback (formerly of UoL and Fnatic). This new roster looks like it has potential to compete, but might lack the experience to challenge for playoffs. A lot of pressure is on the new members to immediately step in and shore up the inconsistencies that plagued the previous lineup.


Splyce
Wunder // Trashy & Gripex // Sencux // Kobbe & Vizility // Milkyx
The previously all-Danish team added a new non-Danish support (Milkyx) after a disappointing split from Nisbeth. They have a little bit of experience under their belt now and have hopefully overcome some of the hurdles of spring split. Lot of pressure will be on Wunder and Milkyx to find consistent performances when Splyce suffered enormously in those roles last split.


Unicorns Of Love
Vizicsacsi // Move // Exileh // Veritas // Hylissang & Uby & AudreyLaSapa
Once again returning only two players from the previous split, Hyli' and 'Csacsi will lead a new herd of Unicorns through the summer split. Most people will remember Move from Gravity Gaming in NA LCS, where he had moderate success as a jungler. Veritas is a well known high challenger player who took #1 on ladder in three regions, but this is his first foray into top flight professional competition. Unicorns struck lightning in a bottle once, but that was long ago, and they've been trying to rekindle that glory with team after team ever since.


Vitality
Cabochard // Mightybear & Shook // Nukeduck // Police & Hjarnan // KaSing
A team with many stars who can't seem to close out the big games, Vitality made some changes between splits. Hjarnan is taking a break for health reasons, Shook is taking a break for consistency reasons, and in their place are two new Koreans in Mightybear and Police. Police comes from previous stints on ESC Ever and Apex Gaming and both teams seemed to have more success after he left. Not a good omen, but this team should still be exciting to watch as usual, and many of their players have big play potential.




Korea (LCK):


Afreeca Freecs
Ikssu // Lira & SeongHwan // Mickey & Lindarang // Sangyoon // SnowFlower
One of the newer teams in a veteran league, they return for their sophomore split with an unchanged roster. Mickey remains an exciting wild card player, and Sangyoon and SnowFlower always combine for big exciting plays out of the botlane. Ikssu is underrated and is quietly having one of the best early split performances among all Korean top laners. This team will continue to grow and probably try for a mid-table finish but they are much more exciting to watch than any average team in any other region.


CJ Entus
Untara & Shy // Haru & Bubbling // Bdd & Sky // Kramer & Ghost // MadLife
Still trying to cultivate a team of new talent around veteran MadLife, it seems like the ceiling for this iteration of CJ Entus is really low. Aside from MadLife there are very few bright spots on this team and they are being fairly routinely outplayed by most of the LCK.


ESC Ever
Crazy // Bless & Ares // Tempt // Loken // Key & Totoro
An exciting young team in their first split, they are perhaps best known for defeating world champion SK Telecom T1 in the 2015 Kespa Cup while still a challenger team and then winning IEM X Cologne. They have been very inconsistent in their first LCK split, struggling to put together victories against more consistent teams. That said, they have the potential to go off in any game they play and are absolutely worth watching, their 2015 tournament wins prove that they have the top end level to beat world class teams, but a young team that is this inexperienced has work to do. They lost their midlaner Athena to EDG at the end 2015 and replaced him with Tempt and my initial impression is that it hasn't been a good swap so far, and they might struggle to repeat their 2015 success with Athena.


Jin Air Green Wings
TrAce & SoHwan // Winged // Kuzan & Blanc // Pilot // Chei & Sweet
They've convincingly showed themselves to be playoff-caliber team for the last several splits, the question on everyone's mind each time around though is when can they make they leap. Their roster revamp from last year is just now starting to mature and they have convincingly beaten many quality teams, but they are prone to frequent signature Jin Air "Sad Plane" blunders.


KT Rolster
Ssumday // Score // Fly // Arrow // Hachani
After some roster controversies last split, KT looks to have locked down exactly one team of five players (which is rare in 2016 for a competitive team), they are going all-in with this lineup to try and make it back to worlds. It is a good lineup to go all-in with, all five of their players are playing high caliber games right now and they've split a lot of Game MVP awards with top laner Ssumday leading the way.


Longzhu Gaming
Expession // Chaser & Crash // CoCo // Fury & Emperor // Pure
The gatekeepers of LCK, this team remains fairly uninspiring this split and seem to always linger around the middle-bottom of the table just above the absolute worst. Support player Pure has looked good this split, and Longzhu picked up G2 Esports ADC Emperor for their summer lineup to split time with former 2015 Samsung player Fury. Their current lineup is just a huge mashup of castoff players for other teams and it doesn't real seem like what they have can contend, the best they can do is try and steal some games off of better teams.


MVP
ADD // Beyond // Ian // Maha // Max
MVP is a very famous esports organization in Korea and this is their first team in the top flight Korean league in many years. That said, there's not a lot of remarkable things to say about this team, they are brand new out of the Korean CS and are going to likely struggle in their inaugural split against the top LCK teams. They should be looking to hold their place in the league and get some more experience against stronger lineups while they try to grow into a more competitive team in later splits.


ROX Tigers
Smeb // Peanut // KurO & Cry // PraY // GorillA
For the past year, they have been the clear #2 Korean team after SKT. They lost Worlds to SKT, they lost LCK spring to SKT, and they must be very hungry to try and get over the hump. Unfortunately, Tigers have come into the summer split with some real inconsistency. They appear to be a coin toss in any game to win or crash out spectacularly. They have been rubber-banding back and forth between Cry and KurO in many games and both have turned in some strangely (for them) bad performances. Their bot lane which had previously dominated many matchups have also looked very underwhelming this split. It remains to be seen if they can put it all together and get back to their top flight status or even think about challenging SKT for #1.


Samsung Galaxy
CuVee & Helper // Ambition // Crown // Ruler & Stitch // Wraith & CoreJJ
The biggest surprise of summer split so far winning every matchup in the first several weeks except for SKT. Samsung as a team has floated around the mid/low side of the table since refreshing their roster at the beginning of Season 5. In the summer they look like they have come out on fire and ready to contend. All five of their positional players have turned in exceptional performances and rookie ADC Ruler (aka Bung -- hence the joke in the OP Title) has shined especially bright. Samsung must be thinking worlds and if they can stay hot all summer they might be able to pull it off despite a spring shutout.


SK Telecom T1
Duke // Blank & Bengi // Faker // Bang // Wolf
The only two-time World Champions, and defending Spring Split champion, SKT is indisputably the best team in the world (until someone comes and takes it from them). All five of their players are putting in world class performances this summer split and as of this writing, the team hasn't lost a single game in domestic play. Not much needs to be said, but on the positive front, it looks like Duke has finally hit his stride and is firmly on the same page with his teammates this split after some inconsistency last split, Duke has been dominant. Their main weakness remains jungle, and SKT still situationally substitutes Bengi and Blank with both players having fairly distinct advantages (Bengi on vision/utility-tank junglers, Blank on carry-oriented junglers) and some weaknesses in the opposite role. That said, that is not a considerable weakness, and this team psychologically abuses opponents to the point that teams often take insane risks to try and beat them and only play into their hand more. SKT appears poised to remain the best team in the world and everyone in both Korea and the world will have to elevate their game to the next level to challenge them.



China (LPL):

Group A:


Edward Gaming
Koro1 & Sundae // Clearlove // Scout & PawN // Deft // Meiko & Mouse
(Writeup TBD)


Game Talents
GimGoon & Miss // Wushuang & Crisis // Republic // PentaQ // Savoki & City
(Writeup TBD)


Invictus Gaming
Zz1tai // Kid // Rookie // Rain // Tabe & Kitties
(Writeup TBD)


Newbee
V // Swift // Dade & Mortred & SoftRR // HappyY // MorZB
(Writeup TBD)


Saint Gaming
Acorn // March & Chimin & Cpt // Otto & Snoopy // XQ & Styz // X1u
(Writeup TBD)


Snake Esports
Flandre // ZZR & JUGO3 // U & TANK & Unstoppable // Martin & Krystal // Ella & JieZou & Jia & Jianine
(Writeup TBD)



Group B:


I MAY
AmazingJ // Baybay & Mitty // BaeMe & Athena // Jinjiao // Road
(Writeup TBD)


LGD Gaming
Marin & Jinoo // Eimy // We1less & Punished & Yiw // Imp // Yu
(Writeup TBD)


OMG
Xiyang & Memory // FishBall & JueJue & World6 // Cool & Icon // S1mLz & Bei // 5 & Luo
(Writeup TBD)


Royal Never Give Up
Looper // Mlxg // Xiaohu & Sask // Uzi & Wuxx // Mata
(Writeup TBD)


Vici Gaming
Loong & Feng // DanDy // Easyhoon & Peng // Endless & XuanXuanPI & Cheng // Caveman
(Writeup TBD)


World Elite
957 & Aluka // Condi // Xiye // Mystic // Zero & Conan
(Writeup TBD)



Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao (LMS)
Huge thanks to Wol for the write-up on this entire region.


ahq e-Sports Club
Ziv // Mountain // Westdoor & Chawy // AN & RD // Albis
If ahq's spring split could be summed up in one word, it would be "comfort". They managed a dominating 11-3-0 record throughout the regular season by relying on their practiced, superior teamfighting. They fielded two mid-laners - expert assassin Westdoor and control mage specialist Chawy - with even time on the Rift, letting each play entirely within their own comfort champion pool. As victories piled up, they were not forced to change much in terms of strategy. When playoffs came around, they naturally played the same comfortable game they'd played all split, and were swiftly and summarily executed for it by the Flash Wolves in a 3-0 series. Back with an unchanged roster for the Summer, ahq will surely look to avoid meeting a similar fate. They may have to do something about their mid-laner situation, however, as both Westdoor and Chawy faltered even within their comfort zones toward the end of spring.


eXtreme Gamers
Mist & Nexus & Exciting // Yo // SuwaKo // LBB // Suki
One of the spring split's new teams, XG made their entrance with a splash, taking a very unexpected 2-0 victory over the Flash Wolves in their second week. That was the last of the good news for XG, though, as they parachuted through the standings to an eventual 7th place. Strong performances from jungler Yo were not enough to save the rest of the team from constant defeat as they often simply failed to measure up. They even managed to give the abominable COUGAR E-Sport their only game victory. Ultimately, XG at least managed to successfully defend their LMS spot in the summer promotion tournament. Despite that, there's not much reason to believe this roster will perform any better than last split. If anything, they might even be in danger of falling to dead last, since COUGAR is no longer around to stand in their way.


Flash Wolves
MMD // Karsa // Maple // NL // SwordArt
Throughout the spring split, Flash Wolves boasted the fastest average victory time, overwhelming opponents from the early minutes of the game with Karsa and Maple's fearsome synergy and SwordArt's roaming prowess. Returning as the champions after a first place that looked all too easy and a decent showing at the Mid-Season Invitational, the Wolves will surely be playing this split with an eye on Worlds. Nonetheless, they aren't without their own problems. Team fighting has been an issue for the Wolves in the past, with NL's teamfight positioning standing out as an obvious point of weakness. For the Flash Wolves, a successful split will be one where they iron out these issues while retaining the skillful aggression that's brought them this far in the first place.


Hong Kong Esports
MapleSnow // DinTer // MarS // Raison // Olleh
In the spring, Hong Kong Esports took the dubious honour of being the LMS's most inconsistent team, often living or dying by whether or not top-laner MapleSnow decided to feed or get fed. On the one hand, they dealt ahq their first game loss. On the other, they could rarely win a series and dropped at least one game to every team short of the bottom-dwelling COUGAR. After losing a tiebreaker to Machi and barely missing out on the spring playoffs, HKE greets the summer with a theoretically improved roster and a lot to prove. Star AD Carry Raison is finally back from a year-long suspension, but his return doesn't come without a cost. Due to the limit of two foreign players per lineup (Raison and Olleh are both Korean), they've had to dismiss a solid mid laner in Rokenia. In keeping with their legacy from the spring, HKE looks to be a significant wild card coming into the summer split.


J Team
Morning // REFRA1N // FoFo // BeBe // Jay
J Team is last split's Taipei Assassins, now under the ownership of Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou. No, the support player Jay is not Jay Chou. Sadly. In the spring, this lineup found themselves in a solid third place for most of the split, consistently better than most teams below them but just as consistently unable to break into the top two. They're known as the LMS's premier lane-swapping team, taking significant advantages in the early game off of clever strategic play and REFRA1N's ruthless aggression. However, the team has historically struggled in converting these early advantages to actual wins. Morning's focus on lane dominance, REFRA1N's focus on carry junglers and Jay's overall abuseability tend to leave the team without any reliable way to initiate team fights and press their advantage in the mid- and late-game. The question for TPA is whether their largely veteran roster has already peaked or whether they'll be able to grow along with emergent rookie superstar FoFo to reach new heights this summer.


Machi E-Sports
BoBo // Taizan // Apex // Dee // Dreamer
Machi is a team that's almost there. At the start of the year, sporting a largely inexperienced roster, they were a team that was almost cohesive. Could almost execute a game plan. By the end of the spring, they were a team that was almost as good as the Flash Wolves and ahq. BoBo and Taizan have done a lot of growing since their introduction to pro-level play at the start of the spring split, and the team as a whole has done a great deal to improve their cohesion as well. They still have some things to work on, but their kill-heavy early game demands to be taken seriously, and four of their five players bring undeniable individual skill to the Rift. If they keep improving at the same rate, and somehow convince Dee to stop making Woolite-level late-game positioning errors, they might even be a contender for the title by the end of the summer.


Midnight Sun
Ninuo // Wulala // M1ssion // CorGi & Payne // Kaiwing & Skull
At the end of last year, Midnight Sun's entire roster (minus AD Carry Stitch) got poached by some random challenger team, then got summarily banned for it. Then Stitch went to play for Samsung Galaxy. Forced to field an entirely new roster this spring, Midnight Sun has had some growing pains to say the least. Midnight Sun lived near the bottom of the standings for the entirety of the spring split, but not without moments of brilliance that saw them take a game each off playoff teams Taipei Assassins and Machi E-Sports. Kaiwing, in particular, can be pointed to as a significant influence in the team's victories. Even so, Midnight Sun has a long way to go if they want to be reliably competitive with other LMS teams.


Team Mist
Rins // Benny // K & Zor // Breeze // Rain
In the spring, the Flash Wolves' farm team, Flash Husky, toiled through a fairly competitive Taiwanese challenger season. They were rewarded with perhaps the easiest promotion series in history, taking an effortless 3-0 against erstwhile LMS punching bags COUGAR E-Sport. Under the new ownership of Team Mist, Zor, Rain, Breeze and coach Cyo have been brought over from the Flash Husky roster, along with Rins from the Flash Wolves proper. Rounding out the roster are K from challenger semifinalists GashBears and Benny from the mysterious mists of who-knows-where. Breeze is considered the next up-and-coming star AD Carry, and it's definitely a point in Team Mist's favour that he'll be coming in with the synergy between him and his support intact. Other than that, it's hard to be unreservedly excited about this team - Rins did a serviceable but not outstanding job in the games he played for Flash Wolves in the spring, and the rest of the lineup are relative unknowns.




Other Regions:
* Brazil (CBLOL)
* Commonwealth of Independent States (LCL)
* Japan (LJL)
* Latin America North (LAN)
* Latin America South (LAS)
* Oceania (OPL)
* Turkey (TCL)

I won't be doing overviews of these regions because they tend to not get a lot of traction in this thread or in most discussion spaces when compared to the primary leagues. These wild card leagues are much less popular and competitive than the primary leagues, but occasionally have really exciting matches and will field at least two teams total for the world championships.

Libertine fucked around with this message at Sep 10, 2016 around 19:00

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Kashuno
Oct 9, 2012

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Grimey Drawer

Pros need to stop playing Fizz.

e; looking at the stats it looks like that's only in the LCK because he has more than a 0% winrate in other regions

Libertine
Jun 21, 2004

When I die, I hope they say I made the eSports industry a better place than I made millions of dollars.

I'm out of time for right now to do Korea and Chinese write-ups but I got all the rosters listed with new logos and stuff. I'll try to put Korean/Chinese team write-ups together in the next day or two. If anyone wants to do a brief paragraph on any of those teams either just post it or PM it to me and I'll pop it in the OP.

Endorph
Jul 22, 2009



Kashuno posted:

Pros need to stop playing Fizz.

e; looking at the stats it looks like that's only in the LCK because he has more than a 0% winrate in other regions
korea's trying to run him toplane like eu and china do but i don't think top fizz really fits into the korean meta that well

if you look the one win he has in korea is mid

Kashuno
Oct 9, 2012

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Grimey Drawer

I'll see if I can put something together for the LCK teams since that's all I watch if no one beats me to the punch

Kashuno
Oct 9, 2012

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Grimey Drawer

Endorph posted:

korea's trying to run him toplane like eu and china do but i don't think top fizz really fits into the korean meta that well

if you look the one win he has in korea is mid

The top lane fizz used to be an answer for maokai but since maokai got changed this season and now has MR scaling, it's really not a solid answer anymore and offers pretty much nothing against Ekko so I don't see why they try it.

Work Friend Keven
Oct 24, 2015

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Top lane fitz is good now.

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Oct 24, 2015

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(To the tune of Duran Durans girls on film) Top Lane Fizz

Libertine
Jun 21, 2004

When I die, I hope they say I made the eSports industry a better place than I made millions of dollars.

On 6.11 I think Fizz will be the #1 top laner. I think all the Leagues are still on 6.10 until next week though.

How Rude
Aug 13, 2012


FUCK THIS SHIT


Looking forward to seeing Phoenix1 lose to mid-tier teams but inexplicably take games off the top two teams for their few wins in LCS as per NA LCS tradition.


Also Stixxay really impressed me in the MSI this year so I hope to see good things from CLG this split.

Luna Was Here
Mar 21, 2013

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Lipstick Apathy

FIRST
PAGE
MEMES

Schnorkles
Apr 29, 2015


GET WELL LOWTAX

ground floor to say that c9 suck and I hope they get relegated for putting Rush in challenger

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011

Kid's gonna have to ask you to clarify.

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Competitive League of Legends.... is good

Ghetto SuperCzar
Feb 19, 2005

See, we keeps it real, and we always gon' keep it real.
You can't knock what's real, you know what im sayin?

NA LCS is the most competitive league in the world and we are in for a show today

Ghetto SuperCzar
Feb 19, 2005

See, we keeps it real, and we always gon' keep it real.
You can't knock what's real, you know what im sayin?

also i don't normally complain about these things but holy poo poo riot maybe NA Caster #12 doesn't need to be another white male

curiousCat
Sep 23, 2012

She is style
She is grace
She's probably eaten way
too much candy today


Is anyone realistically watching Fox/P1 over C9/IMT?

Asema
Oct 2, 2013


curiousCat posted:

Is anyone realistically watching Fox/P1 over C9/IMT?

i'm watching both while I work come at me

Vanilla Mint Ice
Jul 17, 2007

A raccoon is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.


Zwingley
Sep 20, 2011

"My dear Seth, you look absolutely dashing!"



Bleak Gremlin

Ground floor and I barely watch LoL anymore.

I need to watch LPL highlights this split, though. I've basically ignored China except at MSI and Worlds the past few years.

Calax
Oct 5, 2011



Meteos cut his hair!

Koskinator
Nov 4, 2009

MOURNFUL: ALAS,
POOR YORICK


Last night's WE vs LGD match is really good, recommend watching highlights of the series.

Ghetto SuperCzar
Feb 19, 2005

See, we keeps it real, and we always gon' keep it real.
You can't knock what's real, you know what im sayin?

uh, huni?

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011

Kid's gonna have to ask you to clarify.

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Really, really bad trade from IMT. I wouldn't trade Turret for Infernal or Mountain, and the fact that C9 grabbed mid on the side is just... what?

Ghetto SuperCzar
Feb 19, 2005

See, we keeps it real, and we always gon' keep it real.
You can't knock what's real, you know what im sayin?

au revoir superfriends

Ghetto SuperCzar
Feb 19, 2005

See, we keeps it real, and we always gon' keep it real.
You can't knock what's real, you know what im sayin?

au revoir superfriends

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011

Kid's gonna have to ask you to clarify.

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Holy gently caress what a dive.

Schnorkles
Apr 29, 2015


GET WELL LOWTAX

lmao

Flappy Bert
Dec 11, 2011

I have seen the light, and it is a string

wow

Calax
Oct 5, 2011



Painful dive but C9 managed to at least get Huni back.

Gotta say, Meteos actually ganking lanes seems effective.

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011

Kid's gonna have to ask you to clarify.

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Calax posted:

Gotta say, Meteos actually ganking lanes seems effective.

When Lee Sin was the hottest poo poo in the jungle Meteos was actually pretty gank-heavy, particularly in toplane. Granted that was like. S3-S4 Meteos.

That said this game is moving a mile a minute.

Ghetto SuperCzar
Feb 19, 2005

See, we keeps it real, and we always gon' keep it real.
You can't knock what's real, you know what im sayin?

5v4 baron attempt smh

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011

Kid's gonna have to ask you to clarify.

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This game is really sloppy but it sure is fun

Asema
Oct 2, 2013


Reapered is probably looking at this game and asking what he got himself involved with

Calax
Oct 5, 2011



Seems like Impact is doing a LOT despite the fact that the casters don't pay as much attention to him.

Ghetto SuperCzar
Feb 19, 2005

See, we keeps it real, and we always gon' keep it real.
You can't knock what's real, you know what im sayin?

Monathin posted:

This game is really sloppy but it sure is fun

Every single fight seems to be immortals smashing and taking something and then over diving instead of playing around objectives.

Calax
Oct 5, 2011



Ghetto SuperCzar posted:

Every single fight seems to be immortals smashing and taking something and then over diving instead of playing around objectives.

That fight and the Baron were saved by Impact knowing where to toss his ultimate barrel.

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011

Kid's gonna have to ask you to clarify.

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Ghetto SuperCzar posted:

Every single fight seems to be immortals smashing and taking something and then over diving instead of playing around objectives.

yeah

Smol
Jun 1, 2011

Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!


lol wut

Aumanor
Nov 9, 2012


Lol, that Baron steal.

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Tales of Woe
Dec 17, 2004



Monathin posted:

This game is really sloppy but it sure is fun

last night's games felt like this too, if this is what the split's gonna be like i am down

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