From the continued dominance of the top teams to the reversal of Alliance’s fortunes, from the rise of Dignitas to the continued fall of XDG, Week Two of the 2014 LCS season continued last week’s trend of upsets, surprise champions, and great games. In case you missed all the action, here are the games you have to see from Week Two.
#4–Alliance vs Copenhagen Wolves
The Copenhagen Wolves dominated Alliance in Week One, but Alliance got another chance to respond in Week Two. If Alliance continues to play like they did in this game, they could be a very dangerous team this season
#3–Millenium vs SK Gaming
The Millenium that began Week Two was not the same Millenium that came into their last match against SK Gaming. This Millenium brought out a strong, cohesive team composition that completely caught SK off guard, and gave fans a chance to see just how strong Kerp can be.
#2–ROCCAT vs Supa Hot Crew
There is one reason to watch this game–Mordekaiser. Overpow seems to have a bottomless champion pool and knows exactly what needs to be done to help his team win no matter what he plays. Pay close attention when Mordekaiser is wandering around baron. If you blink, you might miss it.
#1–ROCCAT vs Gambit Gaming
This is shaping up to be a major rivalry moving forward. ROCCAT are playing like they have something to prove, and whatever it is, they are certainly proving it playing like they did against Gambit.
#4–TSM vs CLG
While the laning phase is mostly about individual skill and matchups, League of Legends is a team game. When one team sets a goal and executes on it, they will usually be the team to come out on top. TSM decided early on to make HotshotGG irrelevant in this game, and they succeeded.
#3–Cloud 9 vs Curse
Coming into the 2014 season, there were a number of questions surrounding Cloud 9’s top laner, Balls. Most of his success in 2013 came on Rumble, a champion considered by pros and analysts alike to be much weaker on the season four patch. Against Curse, Balls would go back to his old favorite and remind everyone that its not about the champion, its all about the player.
#2–XDG vs Evil Geniuses
While this game began as a battle for last place, Evil Geniuses changed all that when they locked in Urgot and Soraka. Krepo and Yellowpete went back in time to when they were one of the most dangerous duo lanes in the world, and gave XDG a history lesson they won’t soon forget.
#1–Dignitas vs Counter Logic Gaming
Whether this trend will continue, or whether Dignitas will return to the mediocre we all know and love remains to be seen. For now, while they ride this momentum, Dignitas are the team that no one wants to face. CLG tried valiantly to put HotshotGG on something he was comfortable playing, but Dignitas quickly reminded the old veteran that just because something works in solo queue does not mean you should bring it to the LCS.
Catch all the action in Week Three starting Thursday, January 30 at lolesports.com