LCS EU Week 8 Recap

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LCS EU Week 8 Recap

 

 

DAY 1

 

 

Gambit Gaming
Gambit Gaming

VS.

Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses

…..

    Starting the action this week were Gambit Gaming and Evil Geniuses. Gambit needed to solidify their top 3 placing and EG to fight their way out of the bottom standings. EG took the edge early game and never dropped the command. Aside from Alex Ich doing what he does best – outfarm everyone, Gambit didn`t accomplish anything solid finishing the match 20-4 ( final kill score ) in EG`s favor.

…..

  Picks and bans:

38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit bans:                                                 38px-Eglogo_stdEG bans:

  • Malphite                                                                         Shen
  • Thresh                                                                             Sona
  • Ahri                                                                                   Zed

 

38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit picks:                                                38px-Eglogo_stdEG picks:

  • Elise                                                                                   Zac
  • Jarvan IV                                                                        Nasus
  • Orianna                                                                            Kassadin
  • Twitch                                                                              Vayne
  • Lulu                                                                                    Nami

 

Outcome: EG wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

SK Gaming
SK Gaming

VS.

Team Alternate
Team Alternate

 ….

     Moving on with the day, SK Gaming took on Alternate. After playing with a substitute these past weeks Alternate finally got their man ADC back. Creaton hasn`t fully recovered, but that goes to show the determination to help his team in the important last weeks. Alternate showed versatility putting Kerp on Karma top, and Araneae on his comfort pick – Vi. Over the course of the whole game they were methodically building up an advantage and didn`t drop their lead, resulting in a win over SK.

….

  Picks and bans:

38px-Sklogo_stdSK bans:                                                        38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate bans:

  • Lissandra                                                                      Vayne
  • Ahri                                                                                 Elise
  • Twisted Fate                                                                Shen

 

38px-Sklogo_stdSK picks:                                                      38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate picks:

  • Rumble                                                                          Karma
  • Jarvan IV                                                                      Vi
  • Zed                                                                                   Orianna
  • Twitch                                                                            Ezreal
  • Thresh                                                                            Nami

 

Outcome: Alternate wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

LemonDogs
LemonDogs

VS.

Meet Your Makers
Meet Your Makers

 ….

     For the third match-up LemonDogs faced MYM. The polish team had to secure wins to stay in the race, keep themselves in range of the top teams for the deciding super week. On the other hand LD were on a mission to get their first spot secured. MYM left open 2 of the strongest picks in general and specifically for LD`s players – Twisted Fate( nukeduck has had solid performances on it ) and Kennen( Zorozero`s other strong pick aside from Ryze ). Noticeable was also the fact Tabbz branched out of his almost exclusive Caitlynn/Vayne pool and went for the less picked these days Kog`Maw. MYM bet on comfort picks as well – Mokatte`s Nautilus( huge success on it in the first couple of weeks ) and Czaru`s Karhus ( preferred pick throughout his whole career ). The pick strategy worked out better for LemonDogs, they got the victory and came one step closer to a sure top placing.

….

  Picks and bans:

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD bans:                                                     38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM bans:

  • Ahri                                                                             Zed
  • Vayne                                                                         Lissandra
  • Shen                                                                            Elise

 

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD picks:                                                    38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM picks:

  • Kennen                                                                       Ryze
  • Jarvan IV                                                                  Nautilus
  • Twisted Fate                                                            Karthus
  • Kog`Maw                                                                  Caitlyn
  • Thresh                                                                        Nami

 

Outcome: LD wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

Fnatic
Fnatic

VS.

Ninjas In Pyjamas
Ninjas In Pyjamas

 …..

     In the fourth mach of the day Fnatic squared off against NiP. Fnatic`s goal was to break the tie for the 2nd place between them and Alternate, while NiP had to continue their march to the top, climbing out of the middle grounds and into the top 4. Their mid laner Bjergsen has always been considered incredibly skilled mechanicaly as he gave xPeke some serious trouble in the early game. Nevertheless xPeke went on to a dominating Ahri performance in the teamfighting stage, reflected in his impressive 13/3/8 score at the end.

,….

Picks and bans:

38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic bans:                                                38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP bans:

  • Ryze                                                                                 Elise
  • Twisted Fate                                                                 Kassadin
  • Fiddlesticks                                                                   Shen

 

38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic picks:                                               38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP picks:

  • Kennen                                                                           Zac
  • Lee Sin                                                                            Jarvan IV
  • Ahri                                                                                 Zed
  • Vayne                                                                             Varus
  • Thresh                                                                            Nami

 

Outcome: Fnatic wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

Team Alternate
Team Alternate

VS.

Meet Your Makers
Meet Your Makers

 ….

     Coming closer to the end of day 1 Alternate faced MYM. Araneae picked his Lee Sin( praised once as the “spanish InSec” ) and Kerp chose to use Zed in the top lane. Over on MYM`s side Mokatte went for another comfort pick of his own – Nocturne.  Even thought they had a kill lead early on, the global gold between the 2 teams was pretty much equal and after a clean ace for Alternate the game swung harder their way as they triumphed over MYM.

…….

Picks and bans:

38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate bans:                                              38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM bans:

  • Nautilus                                                                          Lissandra
  • Twisted Fate                                                                 Shen
  • Elise                                                                                  Thresh

 

38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate picks:                                             38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM picks:

  • Zed                                                                                    Zac
  • Lee Sin                                                                             Nocturne
  • Orianna                                                                           Ahri
  • Ezreal                                                                               Vayne
  • Nami                                                                                 Zyra

 

Outcome: Alternate wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

LemonDogs
LemonDogs

VS.

SK Gaming
SK Gaming

 …

    As the final match of Day 1 we got to watch LemonDogs and SK Gaming. The big surprise in this game is SK`s decision to bring a new comp in play – ocelote on Fizz( with teleport ), hyrqBot on Xin Zhao and Candy Panda on Ashe being the more unusual picks. Even though the current top team put up a good fight SK were in the driving seat pretty much the whole match and more importantly managed to close it out which is a big step up for them.

……

Picks and bans:

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD bans:                                                        38px-Sklogo_stdSK bans:

  • Vayne                                                                             Fiddlesticks
  • Thresh                                                                           Elise
  • Shen                                                                                Jarvan IV

 

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD picks:                                                       38px-Sklogo_stdSK picks:

  • Kennen                                                                          Ryze
  • Lee Sin                                                                           Xin Zhao
  • Zed                                                                                  Fizz
  • Caitlyn                                                                           Ashe
  • Lulu                                                                                 Zyra

 

Outcome: SK wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

 

DAY 2

 

 

Fnatic
Fnatic

VS.

Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses

 …

     First match of Day 2 was easily one of the most intense and spectacular game of the week. Bot Fnatic and EG had some new strategies to show. Fnatic chose to run Nunu support with a Smite to possibly counter jungle/help secure buffs/dragons/barons and EG employed a “protect the Vayne” comp with Yorick. On top of that Yellowpete got a GA, so his Vayne was nearly unkillable. It has to be mentioned that Wickd used his Omen of Death, really smart every time. At one point he even used it to revive Krepo`s Thresh in order to get The Box off.

  Picks and bans:

38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic bans:                                                  38px-Eglogo_std EG bans:

  • Malphite                                                                        Elise
  • Kassadin                                                                        Jarvan IV
  • Zac                                                                                   Kennen

38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic picks:                                                  38px-Eglogo_stdEG picks:

  • Jayce                                                                              Yorick
  • Lee Sin                                                                           Nasus
  • Lissandra                                                                      Twisted Fate
  • Caitlyn                                                                           Vayne
  • Nunu                                                                              Thresh

 

Outcome: EG wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

Gambit Gaming
Gambit Gaming

VS.

Ninjas In Pyjamas
Ninjas In Pyjamas

 …

     Continuing the show were Gambit Gaming and NiP. Darien trusted his Aatrox performance enough to pick it again, even though he`s inconsistent on it. Alex Ich and Diamondprox deviated from their routine picks into Ahri and Udyr respectively. As for NiP, Week 8 seemed like Bjergsen`s time to showcase his individual skills. He picked Fizz and played it to a great effect, finishing 12-2-5.

….

  Picks and bans:

38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit bans:                                                38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP bans:

  • Ryze                                                                                Elise
  • Twisted Fate                                                                Shen
  • Evelynn                                                                         Kassadin

 

38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit picks:                                               38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP picks:

  • Aatrox                                                                            Zac
  • Udyr                                                                               Jarvan IV
  • Ahri                                                                                 Fizz
  • Varus                                                                              Caitlyn
  • Thresh                                                                           Nami

 

Outcome: NiP wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

Fnatic
Fnatic

VS.

Team Alternate
Team Alternate

 ….

     For Fnatic`s final game of Week 8 they had to play against Alternate. Areneae picked Nunu for the jungle, but it didn`t work out as Fnatic has a very aggressive composition with strong solo lanes. Most of the games in LCS Elise is banned and sOAZ showed exactly why by hitting nearly every Cocoon and along with Puszu on Varus led the offensive with 11 kills(12 for Puszu).  Fnatic finish the week 2-1 falling only to EG.

….

  Picks and bans:

38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic bans:                                                  38px-Atnlogo_std Alternate bans:

  • Ezreal                                                                            Kassadin
  • Vi                                                                                    Kennen
  • Vayne                                                                           Twisted Fate

 

38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic picks:                                                38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate picks:

  • Elise                                                                                Shen
  • Lee Sin                                                                           Nunu
  • Lissandra                                                                      Ahri
  • Varus                                                                              Twitch
  • Leona                                                                             Thresh

 

Outcome: Fnatic wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

LemonDogs
LemonDogs

VS.

Gambit Gaming
Gambit Gaming

 …

     After LemonDogs`s defeat in Day 1 they had to play Gambit Gaming. Week 8 just wasn`t Gambit`s week as even with Alex Ich having a pretty good Zed game, they drop the game, finishing 0-3 overall and going down the rankings to 5th place. Things that factored in the defeat were Elise being left open, both Zorozero and Tabzz getting preferred picks and Darien`s unusual behavior of literally giving up at some point.

…..

Picks and bans:

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD bans:                                                       38px-GambitLogo_std Gambit bans:

  • Sona                                                                              Fiddlesticks
  • Shen                                                                              Twisted Fate
  • Aatrox                                                                          Fizz

 

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD picks:                                                      38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit picks:

  • Kennen                                                                         Vladimir
  • Elise                                                                               Jarvan IV
  • Karhus                                                                          Zed
  • Vayne                                                                            Varus
  • Lulu                                                                                Thresh

 

Outcome: LD wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

Ninjas In Pyjamas
Ninjas In Pyjamas

VS.

Meet Your Makers
Meet Your Makers

 …

     NiP, led by Bjersen`s momentum, come out of this week with the win over MYM. Czaru and co join Gambit in the disastrous 0-3 record, but considering they were already at the bottom they pretty much have to go perfect 5-0 in super week if they want a top 4 placing. Even though it`s just sad to say that for an LCS game this one was one-sided with only Bjergsen`s performance that really stood out.

  Picks and bans:

38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP bans:                                                      38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM bans:

  • Elise                                                                             Evelynn
  • Kennen                                                                       Lissandra
  • Vayne                                                                          Fizz

 

38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP picks:                                                     38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM picks:

  • Shen                                                                              Karthus
  • Zac                                                                                 Jarvan IV
  • Zed                                                                                 Twisted Fate
  • Caitlyn                                                                          Kog`Maw
  • Nami                                                                              Thresh

 

Outcome: NiP wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

 

Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses

VS.

SK Gaming
SK Gaming

……

     Putting Week 8 to an end we had a EG vs SK Gaming match-up. After being successful in 2 games with Snoopeh, EG brought Shacker in for the game. SK had a slight gold advantage early game and EG had a slight kill advantage. Once the teamfights broke out SK prevailed and at the 35 minute mark they took EG down, achieving one of their best scores 2-1 (  Week 8 score ).

….

  Picks and bans:

38px-Eglogo_stdEG bans:                                                      38px-Sklogo_stdSK bans:

  • Kassadin                                                                    Thresh
  • Fizz                                                                               Twisted Fate
  • Vayne                                                                          Elise

 

38px-Eglogo_stdEG picks:                                                      38px-Sklogo_stdSK picks:

  • Zac                                                                                 Shen
  • Jarvan IV                                                                    Lee Sin
  • Jayce                                                                             Zed
  • Varus                                                                            Ashe
  • Fiddlesticks                                                                Zyra

 

Outcome: SK wins

VOD: Twitch YouTube

Aydin

Aydin has been following competetive League of Legends since before Season 1. He loves playing support, and longs for the day when Heimerdinger will make his LCS debut.

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