Hakuho
Nickolas Surgent 
United States
Team EnVyUs
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.
Good Tahm Kench/Ashe synergy in Game 2
July 17, 2017
Hakuho finished Team EnVyUs' 2-1 series victory against Echo Fox on Sunday with a 0/3/17 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho had a rough start to the series as he scored a 0/2/2 KDA in Game 1 on Thresh. EnVy got picked off as Echo Fox ran away with a lead in objectives. There was little he could do against EF's second Baron power play that destroyed EnVy's base. In Game 2 Hakuho put together a impressive 0/0/11 KDA on Tahm Kench. He synergized Abyssal Voyage well with Ashe's Enchanted Crystal Arrow, shooting from the fog of war and teleporting to the target to finish. EnVy was the team to dominate the engages in Game 2 as it finished with 19 kills and two deaths. In Game 3 Hakuho return to Thresh and had a redeeming 0/1/4 KDA performance. The low action Game 3 didn't see first blood until 16 minutes in as both teams tried to passively farm. EnVy managed to secure a lead in objectives and ran away with a lead after a Baron power play at the 30-minute mark.
Solid performance on Morgana in loss
July 1, 2017
Hakuho finished Team EnVyUs' series loss to Phoenix1 on Friday with a 1/5/17 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho wasn't able to get much done in Thresh in Game 1 as EnVy got torn apart in teamfights. He made some nice saves with Thresh's lantern in the first half, but it wasn't enough late as he finished with a lowly 0/2/2 KDA. Hakuho picked up his play the rest of the series on Morgana and had a 1/3/10 KDA performance in Game 2. His bindings were on point and set up plenty of kills on his way to a 73 percent kill participation. In Game 3 Hakuho's Morgana continued to perform well, protecting his carries with Black Shield and safely kiting out fights. Hakuho's kiting skills helped him escape death in Game 3 as he finished with a 0/0/5 KDA, but he couldn't save the rest of his team as EnVy dropped the series.
Mediocre throughout defeat
June 6, 2017
Hakuho finished Team EnVyUs' loss to Team Dignitas Saturday with a 3/4/16 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho failed to make much of an impact at all against DIG this series. He paired his Rakan with the Xayah of Apollo for Game 1, but the duo lane failed to accomplish much of anything, getting two assists on the first two kills of the game and gaining nothing for its remainder. He had a solid 2/0/6 KDA on Karma in Game 2, but this was largely due to the safety of his pick and his team's enormous advantage in the win. For Game 3 he picked a third unique champion in Thresh, and failed to get anything done on the pick. He got almost no assists early on in the game as Dignitas took a lead, and while he got a decent handful of them as EnVyUs attempted a comeback, none of the kills were set up by him, and often he simply tossed in an unnecessary lantern for credit.
Excels on high-damage supports in series win
April 3, 2017
Hakuho made his mark in Team EnVyUs' 3-2 series victory over Gold Coin United on Sunday, posting a 7/4/20 KDA.
ANALYSIS
If there is one thing Hakuho excels at, it's playing AP supports like Zyra, Karma and Lulu (which he did not play in this series). He dishes out damage well in lane to deny farm and make it simple for Apollo to farm. His roaming to help against counter-jungling is good, and he teamfights well regardless of whether he is a squishy (Zyra) or damage utility (Karma/Lulu). His main issues stem from his lack of playing tank supports. Since Seraph, LirA and Hakuho don't opt to play tank often, EnVyUs is often subject to being a high-damage and item-reliant team. Other than that, Hakuho is good enough at his position and continued his good play to make his ADC's life easy; however, he doesn't get high stats in lane because Apollo doesn't play aggressively in lane.
Respectable in loss
March 4, 2017
Hakuho ended Team EnVyUs' defeat against FlyQuest with a KDA of 2/4/20.
ANALYSIS
Starting out on his favored Malzahar pick, Hakuho got an early kill and assist as NV's bottom lane took out FlyQuest's in the 2-vs-2. From there on in, Hakuho's ultimates were extremely impactful in most of Team EnVyUs' positive plays in the mid game. Unfortunately, NV lost Game 1 as their lethality-stacking comp failed to stack up in late-game teamfights. Hakuho stuck with Malzahar in Game 2, and was solid once again. He started by picking up first blood as LirA ganked the bottom lane, and then picked up a plethora of incidental assists in skirmishes. As NV looked to push their lead, however, Hakuho's assists were earned more and more through his own playmaking, which was instrumental in EnVyUs' victory. In Game 3, EnVyUs as a whole looked out of steam, which made it difficult to do much of anything as a support Karma. Hakuho finished with a 0/0/1 KDA as FlyQuest took a nearly perfect Game 3 and the series.
Little he can do in series loss
February 18, 2017
Hakuho finished with a KDA of 1/6/10 in Team EnVyUs' 0-2 loss to Phoenix1 on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho took Zyra into Game 1 where he found decent personal success, but couldn't turn it into an NV win. Hakuho left the laning phase with a gold lead thanks to Adrian's poor positioning, which he used to shadow LirA to find picks in P1's jungle. NV seemed poised to take an early win, but indecision and a lack of viable hard engage stalled them just outside of P1's base. Hakuho dealt a game-high 45,500 damage to enemy champions while earning only 16,300 gold, but his damage output couldn't make up for P1's ability to initiate fights from multiple angles. Posting a 1/3/7 KDA for 73 percent kill participation, Hakuho suffered alongside his team in the 56-minute loss. Attempting to rebound with a Malzahar pick in Game 2, Hakuho got stuffed by Adrian's Lulu in laning phase, getting dove under his tower early on and never truly recovering. P1 moved across the map as a unit while NV looked for all the world like chickens with their heads cut off, unable to mount any meaningful defense as NV took Game 2 in 29 minutes.
Ineffective against TSM
February 11, 2017
Hakuho finished with a 1/7/4 KDA as NV were swept by TSM Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Starting off with a Malzahar pick in Game 1, Hakuho's lane advantage over the melee Taric of Biofrost lent Apollo a CS lead early on. He also landed a solid ultimate onto WildTurtle to help pick him off under turret. Aside from that, though, he didn't contribute all that much, with his other two assists in the game coming from incidental damage in teamfights. TSM took Game 1 in 24 minutes. Game 2 saw Hakuho on Zyra. Up against the counter-pick of Miss Fortune this time, Hakuho could not secure a CS lead for his ADC. He did grab first blood onto Biofrost with help from LirA and Apollo, but otherwise did almost nothing all game, only grabbing one more assist in the next 30 minutes of gameplay as TSM completed the sweep.
Overaggression costs team
February 4, 2017
Hakuho ended EnVy's 0-2 loss to Cloud9 with a KDA of 1/9/5.
ANALYSIS
Playing Malzahar in Game 1, Hakuho was one of EnVy's three casualties that resulted from a river fight at three minutes, dying to his overly forward positioning. This would not be the last time Hakuho was caught out, as indeed, the first teamfight of the game started with Cloud9 trying to pick him off in the mid lane. While Hakuho walked out of this engagement alive, the same cannot be said for his top laner and jungler who tried to save him. His Zyra in Game 2 had similar problems, as although he started out solidly 0/0/2, he and Apollo were far too pushed up when Contractz showed up to gank them at 16 minutes. This resulted in the death of Hakuho, Apollo, and the bot-lane turret for EnVy. In both games, Hakuho's poor positioning granted Cloud9 advantages that helped them to take over the series and end it in a sweep.
Punished for overextending in series loss
January 30, 2017
Hakuho earned a 6/10/15 KDA when Team EnVyUs lost to Immortals on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho's best performance of the series came in Game 1 on Zyra as he finished with a 5/2/7 KDA. Team EnVyUs rotated well as they slowly built a lead to victory. Hakuho struggled the rest of the series. He and Apollo were caught out late in Games 2 and 3, which led to lost objectives for EnVyUs. It was another rough week for Hakuho and Team EnVyUs and will look for their first win of the split against Team Liquid on Friday.
Unable to secure a victory against CLG
January 25, 2017
Hakuho played two games of Zyra to earn a series KDA of 4/10/30.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho started off the series against CLG relatively quietly. During an uneventful lane phase, he was able to maintain his carry's ability to farm, but unable to force any kills. Shortly after the lane phase ended, teamfights and skirmishes erupted. Thanks to his high-damage champion, he was able to help his team secure an early lead in these fights. This wouldn't last long, however, as the team lacked cohesion, using Ninja as their jungler due to visa issues with LirA. Being unable to form a plan to push their advantage, the team lost their advantage quickly to the synergy of the Counter Logic Gaming squad. After losing in a drawn out 40-minute game, Hakuho and EnVyUs set their sights on Game 2. This final game in the series proved to be all too familiar for the team as, Hakuho and the rest of the squad found an extremely early lead but were once again unable to do absolutely anything with it. As the game progressed and fights went back and forth, Hakuho found himself and his team falling behind once again. Once the damage was done, the team seemed completely unsure of how to proceed, resulting in another defeat, allowing CLG to close out the series 2-0.
Puts up a wall for his carries and takes NV to the playoffs
August 1, 2016
Hakuho played a pair of great Braum games, going 1/3/26 in the series win over Echo Fox.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho played extremely well for NV in this series, keeping LoD's Sivir well protected and able to tear apart Echo Fox. In Game 1, Hakuho and LoD started the game by hiding in a top lane brush, allowing them to surprise kfo's Irelia and get a big lead for Seraph very early on. Seraph snowballed that lead into complete dominance of kfo, and Hakuho had no trouble keeping LoD alive for the rest of the game with Echo Fox's biggest diving threat neutralized. In Game 2, Hakuho and LoD took a 2-vs-2 lane against Keith's Ashe and Big's Soraka, which went worse for the NV duo thanks to some jungle pressure from Hard. Still, Hakuho and LoD played steadily in spite of the early deficit, and were able to use their defensive abilities to ignore Keith's threat in the late game.
Directionless against Phoenix1
July 30, 2016
Hakuho finished Envy's series loss on Friday with a 2/9/29 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho was not incredibly impressive on Friday. He picked Morgana for both Games 1 and 3 as part of the protect the Kog'Maw composition NV was running, but his major contribution was his Black Shield keeping Gate's Bard ultimate from landing on LoD. His bindings were poorly aimed and his ultimate often overlapped with Ninja's tether, showing poor communication within the team. His Black Shield doubtlessly saved LoD's life multiple times, but it was not an impressive mechanical showcase for Hakuho to stand next to his AD Carry and point and click. In Game 2, there was the beginnings of coordination coming out of Hakuho's Braum, who chained his ultimate very neatly with Seraph's to take down Pirean, but before that could become anything, Inori took over the game and NV had very little room to maneuver after that.
Roughed up in series loss
July 24, 2016
Hakuho ended Team Envy's series loss to Cloud9 on Saturday with a 0/8/4 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho tried his hand at Sona in Game 1, but didn't have a great match. He wasn't able to combo Crescendo with the rest of his teammates crowd control during teamfights very well. In the late game fights, he was more cannon fodder than support and was taken down quickly. The cannon fodder trend continued into Game 2 as Hakuho went 0/3/0 on Tahm Kench. Team Envy struggled to put up much of an offense, netting only one kill in Game 2. Hakuho was caught by an Explosive Cask with LoD in his belly which led to both of them dying and Cloud9 getting a Baron buff uncontested late. It was a tough series, but things will only get more difficult as they are set to face Team SoloMid on Sunday.
Supports his team in victory
July 18, 2016
Hakuho finished Envy's 2-1 win over Apex with a KDA of 3/4/31.
ANALYSIS
Hakuho started off the series on Braum in Game 1 and did all that he could to try and push his team to a victory in this game. He was always there to tank damage with his Braum, but it just wasn't enough. Envy did not have the overall cohesion that Apex had in this game, which is mainly what led to their demise. He used his Glacial Fissures to great affect, giving him an 89 percent kill participation. Hakuho switched to Trundle for Game 2 as Envy tried to force a decisive Game 3. He was a major force in this game, as he wasn't just a support, but actually managed to do a bit of carrying while picking up a couple kills over the course of the game. He was all over the place in this game to help his team secure the win that forced a third game. Sticking with Trundle for the final game, Hakuho once again was a driving force for his team in this game. He and LoD went with an early lane swap, which allowed Envy to take a big lead. They also grabbed the Rift Herald just seven minutes in, and then went on to take the series with this 27-minute win.