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Standout performance in crucial victory over H2k
July 24, 2017
Expect earned a 9/4/15 KDA during G2 Esports' victory over H2k-Gaming.
ANALYSIS
It's been quite some time since Expect has outright dominated a game, but he did just that against H2k, and he couldn't have chosen a better time. After two relatively standard Jarvan IV games in which Expect performed about as well as expected -- that is to say, not phenomenally -- G2 opted to give him Renekton in Game 3, and the results were fantastic. He didn't just beat Odoamne's Shen, he crushed him entirely. So great was Expect's lead that he was fearlessly proxy farming before ten minutes, well aware that he could kill both Odoamne and Jankos if H2k were foolish enough to gank him. Unsurprisingly, G2 Esports was easily able to translate Expect's enormous lead into a victory, one that secured the series for the once-dominant European side.
Hot game, but cold series
July 24, 2017
Jankos earned a 8/7/22 KDA during H2k-Gaming's defeat to G2 Esports.
ANALYSIS
Jankos was all over the thermostat during his brawl with G2 Esports, and he was at times both H2k's best and worst player. Unfortunately, the latter could not have come at worse times, as Jankos completely choked at the end of the series, where his team needed him most. On the other hand, his team's victory in Game 2 was largely attributable to his outstanding Cho'Gath play, as he punished G2's bottom side of the map harshly enough with repeated ganks that he snowballed them to an early victory. Still, the lack of consistency is certainly a worrisome sign from a team that's long been known for choking once the season comes to an end. If H2k want to finally make the EU LCS title theirs, he's going to need many more games like Game 2, and far fewer like Game 3.
May be removed from Liquid's starting lineup
July 24, 2017
Piglet may be removed from Team Liquid's starting lineup as a result of the team signing Mickey, ESPN's Jacob Wolf reports.
ANALYSIS
Due to Liquid's prolonged struggles, the team has opted to bring on Mickey to hopefully revitalize the team and bring them up in the LCS standings. Unfortunately for Piglet, this may mean that his starting roster spot is in jeopardy. Due to Riot's import policy, the team can only field two non-American's in a given game. This means that the team will have to choose between Piglet and Reignover if they wish to start Mickey. As a result of Piglet's recent poor showings, it is a distinct possibility that the team will opt to start Youngbin in favor of fielding Reignover in combination with Mickey. It is unclear whether Piglet will remain on the starting roster or if he will share time in a rotating roster system. Team Liquid stated that "the team will evaluate the roster situation when Mickey moves to the U.S."
Could hit the bench after roster move
July 24, 2017
Reignover may not start following Liquid's decision to sign Mickey, ESPN's Jacob Wolf reports.
ANALYSIS
Although Reignover is often one of the strongest performing players on Liquid's ever-struggling roster, he may be facing the bench as a result of Riot's import policy. Due to Mickey joining the team, Liquid will have to choose between starting either Reignover or Piglet in addition to the new player. With Inori on the team's lineup, Reignover may remain on the roster in a rotating system, or will be completely removed in favor of keeping Piglet. Despite the chances, his recent strong showings indicate he will likely remain on the team, whether it be a starting position or sharing time with Inori.
Signing on with Team Liquid
July 24, 2017
Former ROX Tigers mid laner Mickey has signed with Team Liquid, ESPN's Jacob Wolf reported on Monday.
ANALYSIS
With Team Liquid's recent poor showing, sitting near the bottom of the LCS standings for the second split in a row, the organization has opted to bring on a new player. Pin-pointing problems in the mid lane, the team has opted to sign former ROX mid laner Mickey in an attempt to bring the team back to it's previous form. Mickey has had a large impact on numerous teams, including Afreeca Freecs as well as the ROX roster prior to the mid-season roster shuffle. With his strong performances on both LCK teams, he seems to be a strong addition to the team's struggling roster. As a result of his signing, either Reignover or Piglet will be unable to remain on the starting roster due to Riot's import policy. It is unclear whether Mickey will be able to bring an upswing to the team's standings, but if his previous performance is any indication, he should be able to save the sinking ship that is Team Liquid.
Mediocre series against H2k
July 24, 2017
Trick earned a 2/12/22 KDA during G2 Esports' victory over H2k-Gaming
ANALYSIS
There's no way around it. G2 Esports won against H2k despite Trick, and not because of him. For the first two games of the series, Trick might as well have been cosplaying the scuttle crab for all the pressure he exerted around the map, and his team suffered for it. Fortunately, in Game 1 his worst was still good enough, as his team carried him over the finish line despite his best efforts. In Game 2, however, his lack of pressure resulted in a team-wide meltdown that gave H2k a victory that could only be described as "one-sided". The back-to-back underperformances didn't crush Trick, however, as he came back in Game 3 and put on one of the most clinical performances that we've seen this split from the G2 Esports jungler. His Gragas took over the game from the beginning, as his unceasing pressure around the mid lane ensured that Perkz's risky Cassiopeia pick paid off. From there it was easy to take the game, as G2 had the superior teamfighting by far, and were in a position to utilize it to break the game open.
Exceptional series from the young mid laner
July 24, 2017
Fenfen posted a 9/1/8 KDA in Suning Gaming's 2-0 series victory over EDward Gaming on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Fenfen played a game of Kassadin and a game of Lucian. Both of his games were dominant, with him essentially hard-carrying Game 1. There isn't much info on fenfen since he's young and he was a backup, but expect more information to come out on him soon. He laned against one of the best mid laners in China, and he made it look easy. Fantastic, aggressive play throughout the game paved the way for Suning to wrest control from a complacent EDG in Game 1, and absolutely dominate in Game 2. There isn't much else to say about fenfen's play other than that he played fantastically, easily making a case for the series MVP.
Commanded respect despite lack of professional experience
July 24, 2017
H4cker posted a 4/2/11 KDA in Suning Gaming's 2-0 series victory over EDward Gaming on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
H4cker played a game of Rek'Sai and a game of Elise. His Rek'Sai game saw him opt for a support/tank build to aid the team, rather than lead the way. This worked out well for Suning because of superior late game macro play and mid lane control. Through strong vision control and proactive play, H4cker was able to maneuver the map and create the comeback opportunity that Suning utilized to win Game 1. Game 2 was a standard Elise game -- full of Flash-Cocoons and high-early damage. H4cker played the pick well and set up Suning's early game advantages, essentially allowing the team to snowball early and take home the 30-minute victory.
Strong splitpush play throughout the series
July 24, 2017
XiaoAL posted a 3/5/10 KDA in Suning Gaming's 2-0 series victory over EDward Gaming on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
XiaoAL played two games of Jax. His Jax play was centered around being an annoying splitpusher, and he did that very well. In both games, XiaoAL opened up the map for his team and demanded a attention from EDG. XiaoAL had top three farm numbers in both games, further showing how often he stayed in side lanes. There were some points when he did seem to have tunnel vision, costing his life and some map pressure. That didn't hurt his team too much, considering that Suning walked away with a sweep, despite the lack of veteran presence on the squad.
Closed out reverse sweep with solid Shen performance
July 24, 2017
Seraph posted a 5/7/26 KDA in Team EnVyUs' reverse sweep of FlyQuest on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Seraph got a small early lead on Renekton but couldn't transition it to more in the mid game. EnVy started to drop teamfights in the second half and quickly lost objectives. In Game 2 Seraph got to be a good split pushing threat on Gnar while the rest of EnVy took objectives on the other side of the Rift. Seraph had decent plays on Mega Gnar in teamfights as he earned a 1/2/8 KDA. In Game 3 Seraph's Shen did his best to contain Camillie. He died a few times early but started to make successful plays with Stand United in the mid game. EnVy stumbled late but quickly recovered, acing FLY before pushing to finish the series. Seraph scored the majority of his kills and assists in Game 3 as he finished with a 3/3/15 KDA.
Solid Gragas play to close out series
July 24, 2017
LirA scored a 3/4/25 KDA in Team EnVyUs' reverser sweep of FlyQuest on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
LirA had a poor start to the series on Gragas as he scored a 0/3/2 KDA. He struggled to find good engages with Explosive Cask throughout the second half as EnVy got torn apart in teamfights. In game 2 LirA switch to RekSai and redeemed himself with a 1/0/10 KDA performance. LirA's first gank set up first blood for Nisqy and started EnVY's gold lead that slowly grew the rest of Game 2. EnVy methodically pushed its way to victory and tied up the series after acing FLY. in Game 3 LirA returned to Gragas and put together a solid 2/1/13 KDA. He had much better engages as EnVy found picks and won skirmishes, running away with a gold lead on its way to a just over 42-minute victory.
Improved Syndra play after Game 1 loss
July 24, 2017
Nisqy earned a 19/5/11 KDA in Team EnVyUs' reverse sweep FlyQuest on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Nisqy got Syndra throughout the series and his performance got much better after a scoring a lowly 3/2/1 KDA in Game 1. While dealt out plenty of damage he struggled to get to the good targets, often wasting abilities trying to fight through the front line. In Game 2 Nisqy was roaming early and got rewarded with first blood. Nisqy ran away with his early lead, leading EnVy in damage dealt to champions on his way to an 8/0/3 KDA. In Game 3 Nisqy's early roam got him a kill but also cost him his life. However the early kill was enough to become a good damage threat in the mid game as EnVy won fights and ran up a gold lead. Nisqy made a few mistakes late but finished with a solid 8/3/7 KDA.
Solid Caitlyn performance to close out reverse sweep
July 24, 2017
Apollo finished with a 15/6/13 KDA in Team EnVyUs' reverse sweep of FlyQuest on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Apollo put together a lowly 1/3/1 KDA performance on Caitlyn. He had an easy laning phase but failed to get more than a CS advantage. In the second half teamfights Apollo could barely get through the frontline as EnVy lost engages. In Game 2 Apollo got more aggressive on Varus on the laning phase, picking and winning a 2-vs-2 skirmish in the bottom lane and running away with a gold lead. Apollo had plenty of good protection in teamfights throughout the second half as he finished with a 4/0/4 KDA. In Game 3 Apollo returned to Caitlyn again ran away with a lead after an early gank got him kill participation on first blood. Apollo was crucial for EnVy in teamfights throughout the mid and late game as he led in damage dealt to champions on his way to finishing with a 10/3/8 KDA.
Bounced back nicely after poof Game 1 performance
July 24, 2017
Hakuho scored a 3/4/25 KDA in Team EnVyUs' reverse sweep of FlyQuest on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho didn't have a great start to the series as he put together a lowly 0/3/2 KDA performance on Karma in Game 1. EnVy had an early lead but started to fall apart in the mid game teamfights, struggling to get through FLY's massive front line. In Game 2 Hakuho was able to provide better engages for EnVy on Zyra. Hakuho hit a nice Grasping roots that won an early 2-vs-2 skirmish and got the bottom lane duo a gold lead. EnVy dominated the trades throughout the rest of the game as Hakuho finished with a 1/0/6 KDA. In Game 3 Hakuho's Morgana secured first blood with some gank assistance. After the laning phase Hakuho rotated the map, racking up assists on his way to a 2/1/17 KDA.
Punished for passivity in defeat to G2 Esports
July 24, 2017
Febiven earned an 11/5/15 KDA during H2k-Gamings defeat at the hands of G2 Esports.
ANALYSIS
There's few things more important than pushing your advantages from the mid lane, and that was where Febiven, unfortunately, failed during his match against G2 Esports. In Game 1 he not only held a CS lead over Perkz, but a scaling advantage as well, yet he and his team never found a way to leverage either. It's almost difficult to end the game as an incredibly farmed Kassadin with a low KDA, yet Febiven managed just that, as he scored a mere 2/0/3 KDA despite his absurd 371 CS. Game 3 was a similar story, though the fact that he was on a passive control mage, Viktor, rather than an aggressive assassin made it somewhat more forgivable. Game 2 was another story entirely, however, as Febiven's Syndra ripped the game apart in tandem with Chei's Thresh, and really demonstrated what the duo was capable of. Unfortunately, winning a single game isn't the same as winning a series, and if H2k wish to finally break into the finals of the EU LCS -- and make no mistake, this split is the best opportunity to manage that they've ever had -- then they will soon need to learn the difference.