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Free Agent
Time with Empire at an end
July 9, 2018
In a statement on its website, Team Empire announced that fn would be parting ways with the organization.
ANALYSIS
Fn joined Empire in January of 2017, playing with the team during their impressive run at The International 7 that secured 7th/8th place. Since then, the team has been through a series of roster changes and poor results. No replacement for fn was named by Empire.
Free Agent
Released from Team Empire
July 3, 2018
Ghostik has been released from Team Empire, the organization confirmed Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Citing a disappointing run in The International Qualifiers, Team Empire has opted to move from Ghostik, who played for the organization for the past year. It's unclear who Team Empire will start in his stead.
Comes through in the end
June 24, 2018
Arteezy finished with a 7/4/14 KDA on Phantom Lancer in a win over Immortals in The International 8 North American qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
Apart from a few careless deaths in the early stages of the game, Arteezy played about as well as should be expected against an opponent like Immortals. His positioning in fights was good, letting him overwhelm the enemy with illusions as the game went later.
Shows some glimpses of his former self
June 24, 2018
SumaiL played a decent Storm Spirit, finishing with a 10/6/17 KDA in a win vs Immortals in The International 8 North American qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
Although he did play well overall, SumaiL gave up a worrying amount of deaths in the mid and late-game when it really matters most. Fortunately for him, his team was able to help pick up the slack and make sure that Immortals couldn't get too much from his deaths.
Delivers from the offlane
June 24, 2018
s4 finished with a 3/3/21 KDA on Magnus in a win over Immortals at The International 8 North American qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
This was an impressive game from s4, who managed to finish with the fewest deaths in the game despite having to initiate in fights for EG. His positioning was very good all game, managing to hide himself before fights and make Immortals make very nervous plays.
High kill support game
June 24, 2018
Cr1t finished with a 10/8/12 KDA in a win vs Immortals in The International 8 North American qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
Although he did end up giving away a lot of deaths, Cr1t managed to deal a huge amount of damage and finish off tons of kills for EG. His constant barrage of magic damage was just one more problem that Immortals didn't have a great answer for, letting Cr1t rake in the kills.
Excellent positioning on Phoenix
June 24, 2018
Fly played a good game vs Immortals in The International 8 North American qualifiers, finishing with a 4/4/20 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Fly was constantly in position to use his spells well before moving into place for a good Supernova. Immortals were rarely able to destroy his egg, giving EG a huge advantage and momentum in fights. He managed to get all this done largely without items, not completing his first major item until 28 minutes.
Shut down by Evil Geniuses
June 24, 2018
Ryoya finished a rough Spectre game vs Evil Geniuses in The International 8 North American qualifiers with a 3/8/10 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Ryoya was heavily pressured from the moment that the game started. He did a decent job farming under pressure but just couldn't handle the aggression of EG in fights. He finished a Radiance and Blademail by 33 minutes, but by then the game was far out of reach for Immortals.
Does his best to give Immortals a chance
June 24, 2018
MP made a noble effort on Ember Spirit vs Evil Geniuses in The International 8 North American qualifiers. He finished with an 8/5/10 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Despite managing to find some nice kills, MP couldn't do enough on his own to stop EG. He was very elusive, especially once he got his Eul's Scepter, but there was just too much for him to worry about in fights. Getting disabled was a death sentence as well since there was no shortage of easy follow-up from EG.
Awkward game ends in a rough loss
June 24, 2018
Velo finished with a 5/7/12 KDA on Venomancer in a loss to Evil Geniuses in The International 8 North American qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
This was a hard game for Velo. He struggled to do more in fights besides use his ultimate and die since there was no hero for him to kite, and EG had no problem itemizing against his magic damage. As soon as s4's Magnus finished a Pipe of Insight at 17 minutes, Velo's game was pretty much over.
Gets his wings clipped by EG
June 24, 2018
DuBu finished with a 5/7/13 KDA on Night Stalker in a loss to Evil Geniuses in The International 8 North American qualifiers.
ANALYSIS
DuBu had a rough time trying to make plays and open up the map against EG. It was extremely difficult for him to just run in and start fights and both EG's cores were very elusive if he couldn't land his initial silence.
Painful game for the hard support
June 24, 2018
Febby had a very tough time on Bane in a loss to Evil Geniuses in The International 8 North American qualifiers. He finished with a 4/9/9 KDA.
ANALYSIS
It's almost always difficult to play the position five support in a losing game and this was no exception. Febby was forced to try and make plays that almost always ended in his death, and often never even panned out into kills for Immortals.
Falls flat in the final game of the series
June 10, 2018
xNova finished a very close 2-1 loss to Virtus.pro at the China Supermajor with an overall KDA of 9/23/44.
ANALYSIS
xNova played very well on Vengeful Spirit in Game 1. He managed to pull off the difficult feat of saving his team and setting up for fights but also staying alive. He finished with a 3/2/20 KDA. He played well again in Game 2, on Bane this time, but was defeated in a grueling hour-long game. xNova did a great job even in the ultra-late game when supports generally fall off, but as long games often do it came down to a single fight in the end. He finished with a 6/9/16 KDA. xNova went back to Vengeful Spirit in Game 3 but it didn't go nearly as well as it did in Game 1. This time he was playing the hero from behind and was left to die whenever he used swap. He finished with a 0/12/8 KDA.
Rough time in a close loss to Virtus.pro
June 10, 2018
fy finished with a 19/24/33 overall KDA in a 2-1 loss to Virtus.pro at the China Supermajor.
ANALYSIS
fy played an excellent Clockwerk in Game 1. He did a great job moving around the map early on, making sure that PSG.LGD ended up winning two lanes. fy transitioned well into the mid-game as well, helping to close out a quick win. He finished with an 8/4/13 KDA. In Game 2 fy played Elder Titan. This was a much more difficult affair because VP were extremely intent on bringing him down at the start of fights. He finished with a 4/12/26 KDA. In Game 3 fy played support Windranger. He made some flashy plays despite being far behind almost all game, but it wasn't enough to turn the tides. He finished with a 7/8/4 KDA, getting the most kills on his team.
Ends the series on a harsh low note
June 10, 2018
Chalice started out strong but struggled in the final two games of a close 2-1 loss to Virtus.pro at the China Supermajor. He finished with a 13/26/37 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
Chalice played a good Beastmaster in Game 1. In teamfights he was usually able to survive through most of it, getting his spells off and making sure his teammates got to fight with his attack speed aura. He finished with a 6/5/11 KDA. In Game 2 Chalice played Doom. He did a great job in the mid-game using Doom to shut down VP's teamfight by denying a key ability from one of the cores. He finished with a 6/6/18 KDA in a rough hour-long loss. In Game 3 Chalice had a miserable time on Beastmaster. He got destroyed by VP, leading the server in deaths with a whopping 15. He finished with a 1/15/8 KDA.