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Lags behind in loss
December 17, 2017
Temp struggled to get anything going in the sweep loss to Luminosity Gaming on the final day of the Northern Arena Showdown. The loss saw Team EnVyUs fall into the Losers Bracket of the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Temp struggled from the get-go in this match. Even when things were going well in Round 1 Hardpoint, and Team EnVyUs were leading in the round. He did a good job of recognizing his struggles in the slaying department by focusing his attention on the objective. In the end, a Luminosity comeback squandered their chance at an early lead. He continued his slaying struggles in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as did everyone on EnVyUs save for Classic. They had no answers for JKap or Octane in the round. Temp put in a substandard slaying performance in the defense-heavy Round 3 Capture the Flag, as Team EnVyUs limped into the Losers Bracket.
Strong end to loss
December 17, 2017
SlasheR did not do much in the first two rounds, but he played well in round three. Despite that, Team EnVyUs were swept into the Northern Arena Showdown's Losers Bracket on the last day of the tournament.
ANALYSIS
SlasheR and company had a rough go of it in this match, and it started with a frustrating Round 1 Hardpoint loss. They were leading for a good chunk of it, until a late push by Luminosity Gaming took the lead and the momentum. SlasheR had struggles slaying with Luminosity, but he did a good job of prioritizing the objective in the round. He, alongside his teammates (except for Classic) struggled to do much of anything against two exceptional performances from Octane and JKap in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He was the strongest slayer on Team EnVyUs in Round 3 Capture the Flag, being the only member to hit the 20 kill plateau. However, strong defense and good slaying ability by Luminosity stifled the Team EnVyUs offense.
Signs with 100 Thieves
December 17, 2017
Cody Sun has been signed by 100 Thieves, the team announced Saturday.
ANALYSIS
One of the last pieces from the former Immortals squad has finally found a home. While his contract was initially acquired by Team Liquid following the dissolution of the Immortals roster, the team ended up going with Doublelift, which opened the window for Cody Sun to play elsewhere. He now joins Ssumday, Meteos, Ryu, and aphromoo in what could be a strong roster going into 2018. Being paired with one of the best supports in North America can only help Cody Sun continue to grow and rise in the ranks of carries in the NA region.
Strong start lost in loss
December 17, 2017
Huke had a nice first round, but struggled through the rest of the sweep loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 2 of the Northern Arena Showdown. The loss put Team EnVyUs into the Losers Bracket.
ANALYSIS
Huke got off to an excellent slaying start in Round 1 Hardpoint, notching a lobby high 34 kills. He was excellent, but that did not stop Luminosity Gaming from mounting a comeback and winning the round 250-220. However,Huke got worse with each round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him notch just one kill, and Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him be nearly invisible, save for a few runs with the flag that went nowhere. After a hot round one, he faltered into anonymity -- he will need to find that round one form for the rest of the tournament.
Mostly invisible in loss
December 17, 2017
Classic saw pelnty of struggles as Team EnVyUs were swept by Luminosity Gaming on Championship Sunday at the Northern Arena Showdown. The loss relegated Team EnVyUs into the tournament's Losers Bracket.
ANALYSIS
Classic did some good things in the match, most notably in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He was the only member of his team to have a positive KD ratio, and he was a thorn in Luminosity Gaming's side throughout the match. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him put in a mostly average performance as they blew an early lead to lose 250-220, and Round 3 Capture the Flag was a really struggle for him, as he limped to a 9/18 KD ratio. He'll need to improve his respawn play in the Losers Bracket of the tournament.
Lagged behind in win
December 17, 2017
Slacked did not have an overwhelming performance in the sweep win over Team EnVyUs on the final day of the Northern Arena Showdown. The win secured Luminosity Gaming a top three finish in the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Slacked did not shine in this one, but favored a more support-based approach. Round 1 Hardpoint took a team effort, though, as they got off to a slow start in the round. They ended up waking up and turning it into 250-220 victory. Round 2 Hardpoint saw Slacked lag behind Octane, and JKap. He did not struggle as much as John did, but he put up a rather middling performance in the round. He continued that into Round 3 Capture the Flag, as John and Jkap led the line for Luminosity Gaming in this round.
Excellent in win
December 17, 2017
Octane was great in the sweep win over Team EnVyUs on Day 2 of the Northern Area Showdown. The win secured Luminosity Gaming a top three placing in the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Octane was a key piece of the Round 1 Hardpoint comeback win. Luminosity started slowly, which allowed Team EnVyUs to run out to a quick lead. However, a strong team effort -- Octane included -- helped pull off the 250-220 win. Octane and his sniper rifle were key in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He was a constant nuisance, picking off Team EnVyUs members left and right. He was only killed one time in the entire round, as well. He was as consistent as he was deadly. Octane toned down the killing in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he balanced it out with a nose for the flag. He was rather uninvolved in the round, but his team picked up the slack in the win.
Better Respawn in Win
December 17, 2017
John struggled in Search & Destroy, but fared better elsewhere in the sweep win over Team EnVyUs to open Championship Sunday at the Northern Arena Showdown. The win put Luminosity Gaming into the top three of the tournament.
ANALYSIS
John and his teammates had an excellent comeback in Round 1 Hardpoint -- they trailed Team EnVyUs early on, and had to claw their way to a 250-220 win. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw them fare a bit better from the get-go, but John trailed behind his teammates. He went 0/4 through the first four games, and kept up that below-average showing despite Luminosity winning the round. He was key to the Round 3 Capture the Flag win, however. He was a slaying machine from start to finish,and was key in owning mid-map and being a nuisance in Team EnVyUs' base. He played excellent defense in the second half, as well, including some key kills to secure the sweep.
Summit 8 road ends in a quick loss
December 17, 2017
kacor had a tough time in a 0-2 loss to Virtus.pro at the Summit 8. He finished with an Average KDA of 2/7/11.5.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 kacor played Tusk, but really struggled to have much impact. Tusk looks a lot less powerful when playing from behind like kacor and Kinguin were. Snowball saves turn into deaths, and Tusk's burst and lockdown is simply not enough against a team with a sizable lead. He finished with a 1/5/7 KDA. Game 2 was a similar struggle for kacor, who was on Bounty Hunter this time. He found a couple of good kills, but other than that is was an uphill battle for kacor to get anything done. He finished with a 3/9/16 KDA.
Nice Game 2 score does little to salvage the series
December 17, 2017
eL LisasH finished with an average KDA of 5.5/4.5/9.5 in a tough 0-2 loss to Virtus.pro at the Summit 8.
ANALYSIS
eL LisasH played Shadow Shaman in Game 1, but struggled have much impact in fights. He died a lot, often without getting to cast his spells. He finished with a 1/7/10 KDA. In Game 2 eL LisasH played Ancient Apparition. Despite finishing the game with a 10/2/9 KDA, this impressive statline did little to actually help Kinguin win the game. The extra gold on eL LisasH didn't do as much as it would have on a core, and Kinguin eventually lost.
Brutal loss for the Kinguin offlane
December 17, 2017
Patos had a very tough time in a 0-2 loss to Virtus.pro at the Summit 8. He finished with an average KDA of 1.5/7.5/5.5.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Patos played Omniknight, but couldn't keep his team alive through the onslaught that Virtus pro was throwing at them. There was more than enough damage and mobility on Virtus pro for them to kite out Patos' Guardian Angel, leaving Kinguin very weak in straight up fights. Patos finished with a 1/5/4 KDA. Game 2 was even worse for Patos. This time he was on Tidehunter, and struggled all game to land a single impactful Ravage. He was very underleveled all game, and gave up a lot of deaths. He finished with a 2/10/7 KDA.
Decent Game 1 not nearly enough to pull Kinguin through
December 17, 2017
Nisha finished with an average KDA of 3.5/6.5/5 in a rough 0-2 loss to Virtus.pro at the Summit 8.
ANALYSIS
Nisha played Weaver in Game 1, but didn't have a very good time. Despite all his mobility, Virtus pro were still able to pin him down in fights and kill him. When Nisha was actually allowed to weave around fights he did good damage, but he was usually limited to nothing more than a support kill or two. He finished with a 6/2/7 KDA. In Game 2 Nisha played Puck. This was no improvement on Game 1 unfortunately. Nisha was bullied around for most of the game, and found himself unable to get much done even with all his mobility. The Virtus.pro lineup was just too durable and far ahead. Nisha finished with a 4/7/12 KDA.
Outclassed by Virtus.pro
December 17, 2017
Exotic_Deer had a rough series in a 0-2 loss to Virtus.pro at the Summit 8. He finished with an average KDA of 3.5/6.5/5.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Exotic_Deer had a miserable time on Lycan. He wasn't able to get anything done against the many excellent counters to his hero on Virtus pro's team. There wasn't anyone that Exotic_Deer could man up on and fight, and he also couldn't split push very well, leaving Kinguin without many options. He finished with a 4/5/5 KDA. Exotic_Deer had another horrible experience in Game 2, this time as Lifestealer. He was essentially the only carry on Kinguin, up against a Razor. Even in an even game, this would have been a hopeless case for Exotic_Deer. He finished with a 3/8/5 KDA.
Shows off his moves against Kinguin
December 17, 2017
Lil played an excellent series in Virtus.pro's 2-0 win against Kinguin at the Summit 8. He finished with an average KDA of 4.5/5/15.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Lil played Ogre Magi, a bit of an unusual hero for him. Despite usually getting the more action-oriented position four heroes, Lil still managed to make Ogre work in that position. He was super active in the early game, before transitioning into the classic Bloodlust bot we all know and love in the later stages of the game. He finished with a 4/5/15 KDA. In Game 2 Lil played Clockwerk. Back on a hero more his style, this was a much better example of what Lil typically plays like. He was ruthless in his early movements, and transitioned very smoothly into a strong initiator and teamfight disruptor. He finished with a 5/5/16 KDA.
Initiates his way to a clean Virtus.pro win
December 17, 2017
9pasha finished with an average KDA of 4.5/3.5/11.5 in a commanding win over Kinguin at the Summit 8.
ANALYSIS
9pasha played Batrider in Game 1. He was an extremely effective initiator for Virtus.pro all game, grabbing important targets and bringing them back to his teammates. He finished with a 3/2/12 KDA. In Game 2 9pasha played Morphling in the offlane. Although not usually where Morphling is played, this is something 9pasha has done in the past to equally as much success. He built utility items like Eul's Scepter and Solar Crest, and used his stun and waveform to create chaos in fights and make space for his teammates. He finished with a 6/5/11 KDA.