Week of 6/28/2013 in E-Sports!
Hello all, RyjinX here. This preview post is here to get everyone caught up on what match-ups we’ll be looking forward to over the weekend across the world.
We’ll begin with the North American LCS which will be taking place at MLG Anaheim this weekend, so expect a large crowd setting similar to what you would watch during EU LCS.
The matches begin at 5:30PM pst (8:30PM est) with:
TSM Snapdragon vs.
This is sure to be a good match, although during this split both teams have shown a slight rust from the Spring split of the LCS. TSM is currently tied for 2nd place, whereas Dignitas is ranked 6th. So not a good start of the split after the first Super Week and the 2nd week of the split. TSM’s performance is typically more consistent at big LAN events, so my prediction for this match will be TSM winning.
Velocity eSports vs.
Both teams entering this match need the win significantly, Curse has been underperforming in the first 2 weeks of the split due to roster changes. Edward and Cop’s botlane synergy is not at a stellar performance level yet, so hopefully for this match we can see what they are capable of. Velocity has something to prove because this will be their first big LAN event match as a team since qualifying for the LCS, so we will have to see if the jitters are shaken out. Although, my edge will still go towards Curse as their veteran members are used to that kind of setting.
Team CLG vs.
CLG has been doing better at the start of this split compared to the Spring split, but the same thing can be said for Vulcun. Coast, TSM, Vulcun, and CLG are ALL tied for 2nd place, all with a record of 4W/3L. If either team wins, it will allow them to gain 2nd place in the standings before the matches set for Saturday. CLG’s roster changes have been working well, Nientonsoh is transitioning to top lane well, with some good performances with Jayce and Malphite. Bigfatlp has been performing well in the jungle with good map awareness. Vulcun as a team has improved a great deal since the Spring split. Bloodwater and Zuna have been performing excellently and should prove formidable against the “Best Botlane in the World” of Doublelift and Chauster. I give this match to Vulcun, as they seem like the hungrier team at the moment.
Team Coast vs.
Team Coast has been extremely impressive, they qualified very decidedly in the LCS Challenger Series, and that momentum has continued into the Summer split, they are currently 6W/1L and look to continue their dominant lead intact. Team Coast has been performing well as their tie for 2nd place indicates that. ZionSpartan has shown a dominant Riven performance, Shiptur has been very versatile with picks such as Ahri, Lissandra, and even Zed mid. Their synergy and teamfight performance just needs to match Cloud9’s. I give this match to Cloud9.
A short day for LCS matches beginning at 3:30 PST(6:30EST)
Vulcun TechBargains vs.
Depending on their performance for Friday, I can see Dignitas getting together and making it a possible 2-0 week for themselves, as they need to get themselves up in the rankings. Unfortunately, as I’ve stated before, Vulcun is a younger and hungrier team, they want every win they can get. My pick is Vulcun.
Rematch from week 2 when CLG handed Cloud9 their only loss of the split so far. I would like to hope that Cloud9 learned their lesson and don’t go with something too out of place such as Master Yi jungle and Lissandra support once again, two good champions, but most likely the reason for their loss. As the counter jungling of Meteos didn’t allow a dunkmaster snowball to happen. If they learned from their mistakes, I give this one to Cloud9.
Final day of MLG Anaheim, and also the last matches of the week beginning at 12AM (I BELIEVE this is a mistype on the LoLEsports website, so I am assuming 9AM PST(12PM EST), but I am not the authority, the matches may well be beginning at midnight EST Saturday evening.)
Another classic rivalry match, I give this match to TSM, due to the recent roster changes of CLG, we’ll have to see how well the team does on Friday and Saturday.
Team Coast vs.
Depending if Velocity wants to get out of last place this week, I want to predict that they will win this match, but I give this match to Coast.
Cloud9 takes this if they keep their momentum going.
Matches begin 9AM PST/12PM EST/6PM CEST/1AM KST
Ninjas in Pajamas vs.
Meet your Makers
Things have not been well for Ninjas in Pajamas for the first 2 weeks of the EULCS, they find themselves in 7th place currently and hope to bring themselves back up the rankings. Bjergsen is looking to perform better this split after his former team Copenhagen Wolves was unfortunately knocked out of the EU series. Meet your Makers though is a long standing team with more experience, currently there are in 4th place and look to improve that Win/Loss ratio this week. Win goes to Meet Your Makers, unless Ninjas in Pajamas can really pull out all the stops.
Lemondogs is a fresh team with some pretty good synergy shown thus far, but they haven’t been able to use that against the veteran powerhouse teams of the EU LCS such as Gambit, Evil Geniuses, and Team Alternate. Fnatic is looking to regain first place, they currently have 0.5 record for W/L and look to push ahead to catch up to Gambit and Team Alternate. Fnatic should win in a dominant force unless Lemondogs has a few tricks up their sleeves.
Team Alternate Attax vs.
Team Alternate like Cloud9 in the NA has been taking this summer split by storm. They are currently 7W/1L in a very dominant show of force. ForellenLord is an extremely dominant mid player, and Araneae is showing he can jungle with the best of them. SK Gaming unfortunately seem to be a shadow of their former selves and are not adapting to the newest changes to the Rift as the other EU teams have been. Team Alternate should be winning this one.
Evil Geniuses Raidcall vs.
Gambit Gaming BenQ
A tale as old as time in the EU scene, two powerhouses clashing once again although Gambit has adapted new strategies faster than EG Raidcall who have been sticking to the Wait-For-Lategame strategy, which works well, but in this new meta of forcing objectives such as towers as fast as possible, it does not lean in their favor. Gambit Gaming is my prediction.
Matches begin 12PM/3PM/9PM/2AM (PST/EST/CEST/KST respectively)
SK Gaming vs.
Depending on SK’s attitude going into this week’s matches, I can forsee an upset happening. I give this match to SK Gaming.
Gambit Gaming BenQ vs.
Ninjas in Pajamas
If Gambit maintains their playstyle and teamfight ability, Gambit takes this match easily. Ninjas in Pajamas have good players, they just need to find their strategies against these veteran teams.
Evil Geniuses Raidcall vs.
Team Alternate Attax
I believe Alternate will continue their dominant playstyle in this game, but Evil Geniuses can take this one easily.
Meet your Makers vs.
I would hope Lemondogs would want to pull themselves out of the bottom of the standings and show what they can do, let us hope that is this game. I must go with Meet your Makers in this matchup.
Garena Premier League
Matches begin 4AM/7AM/1PM/7PM (est/pst/cest/kest)
Kuala Lumpur Hunters vs.
It is hard to determine these matches as ahq is not involved, but all jokes aside. Both of these teams are formidable and is it an even match in terms of team ability and synergy. As it stands KLH has are 5W/7L at the moment with a 2 win advantage over MLE. KLH’s shotcaller, Goldenz is the primary dangerous member of the team with his Kha’zix and Zed mid performances. KLH’S top player, TaintedOnes, cannot be banned out as he has shown in the twelve matches played thus far that he has an extensive champion pool that he can play well including Jayce, Nasus, and even Vi. MLE’s ad carry VYY has shown that he must be shut down, which unfortunately has happened in the majority of their games played. I give this match to Kuala Lumpur Hunters.
Bangkok Titans vs.
Kuala Lumpur Hunters
BKT is another team tied for 6th/7th place in the GPL, they’ve shown good mechanics and player ability, but the veteran Southeast Asian teams have shown to be more aggressive and more dominant. I give this match to KLH.
Manilla Eagles vs.
Currently the season 2 world champions, TPA, are sitting in 3rd place, but have shown they have great synergy and have adapted to the season 3 changes well. They did have a roster change earlier in the year with Lilballz being moved to their substitute spot with Sarsky taking his place. It is hard to say if that is why they’re not as dominant as they were in the Season 2 Championships, as they are still staying high in the standings. As it stands, if you do not shut down Toyz or Stanley of TPA, you’re going to have a bad game. I give this game to Taipei Assassins.
Matches follow the same schedule in GPL throughout the weekend days.
ahq eSports vs.
I haven’t seen a team as dominant as ahq since Fnatic in Season 1 of League of Legends. Their aggression, their teamwork and communication, and their compositions work so well together. Their new roster since changing in March has been of the utmost success. Westdoor’s mid play would probably have rewarded him with the best KDA out of the GPL, but a 25/13 record with Karthus will skew that slightly. SGS is placed #2 currently in the GPL, with Chawy’s excellent AD carry play and his team to protect him, maybe they will hand ahq their first loss of the series. Unfortunately, ahq’s synergy has been PERFECT, which is hard to attain in any League of Legends scene. I give this to ahq eSports.
Manilla Eagles vs.
Let’s see if BKT can pull themselves out of their funk and climb the ladder. I predict Bangkok Titans.
Kuala Lumpur Hunters vs.
Saigon Fantastic 5
SF5 is unfortunately the last place team in the GPL, their teamwork and mechanics have not been as onpoint as their other teams in the series. They have not gotten to show what they can truly do as a team due to more skilled, and more seasoned teams they must go against. KLH takes this game.
Kuala Lumpur Hunters vs.
Unless there is a drastic upset this weekend, ahq eSports takes this game.
Saigon Fantastic 5 vs.
Taipei Assassins should win, bar subpar gameplay from Stanley and Toyz.
Taipei Assassins vs.
Another TPA victory should be secure in this match, but never count any team out of a League of Legends match.
So there you have it, that is this weekend in League of Legends e-sports, there are many matches to look forward to and hopefully you all have time to catch some of the action.
For EU & NA LCS head over to: http://www.twitch.tv/riotgames to watch.
For Garena Premier League head over: http://www.twitch.tv/garenaphesports to watch.