Hauntzer
Kevin Yarnell 
United States
Team SoloMid
Falls short yet again
October 14, 2017
Hauntzer barely managed a 0/4/2 KDA in TSM's loss to Misfits in the tiebreaker of Group D on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer once again was the goat in this game against Misfits, as he had zero impact on what ended as a pretty rough loss for the North Americans. He chose Jayce and was immediately picked apart by Alphari in lane. He gave up first blood yet again and then died a second time very soon after. He ended up with two more deaths and didn't tally an assist until TSM finally got on board in the waning moments of the match with two inconsequential kills. This day will surely be one that lives on in infamy in TSM history and will force them to watch the rest of Worlds from the sideline.
Feeds in lopsided loss
October 14, 2017
Hauntzer put up a 2/5/0 KDA in TSM's loss to Flash Wolves on Saturday at the 2017 World Championship.
ANALYSIS
This was surely a game that Hauntzer will want to take back. At no point did he seem comfortable in his role or in his lane, as FW made a point to control this lane from the start. Hauntzer was first taken down for first blood three minutes in, again a few minutes later in a failed gank attempt by Svenskeren and then once again at the hands of a turret. It was just an all-around poor showing from the top laner who seems to have fallen from grace over the last few games in this group.
Put North America on his back
October 12, 2017
Hauntzer went 1/0/4 in TSM's Friday win over Flash Wolves to kick off Group D play.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer was given the counter pick of Gnar into MMD's Cho'Gath for this game, and used the champion to its full potential. It took him a bit initially to start accruing a CS lead, but once he did it only grew throughout the game. More importantly, Hauntzer consistently came through in the clutch for TSM, winning a 1-vs-2 fight at 21 minutes and landing a five-man GNAR!!! later on. Hauntzer was the only deathless member of TSM, and his impressive play made the difference in a game won by inches.
Puts Immortals in the dirt
September 3, 2017
Hauntzer went 20/10/20 in TSM's 3-1 Sunday win over Immortals.
ANALYSIS
Coming into the matchup with heaps of confidence, Hauntzer proved he has what it takes to hang even with legends like Flame in a best-of-five. His Game 1 on Gnar was immaculate, as he managed to be a nuisance both in the split-push and in the frontline of teamfights, all while not dying a single time and accruing a large CS advantage. His Game 2 on Renekton looked solid as well, despite a lot of jungle focus and a few missteps, as he came out with the most kill participation on his team, albeit with the most deaths as well. In Game 3, Hauntzer's Cho'Gath was a huge reason why TSM was able to beat out Immortals in the late game, as he simply had more bulk and damage than the enemy tanks. Finally, he returned to Gnar in Game 4 and had another fantastic game, using his chasing abilities to help route IMT from the TSM base multiple times for a comeback victory.
Strong series overall
August 29, 2017
Hauntzer posted a 14/8/35 KDA in Team SoloMid's 3-1 series victory over Team Dignitas on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer kept his champion pool diverse in the series, playing one game each on Shen, Jarvan IV, Maokai, and Cho'Gath. He was a key player for the team's victory throughout each game and through all phases. He posted high KDA's in each game, even in TSM's sole loss. Hauntzer's Shen and J4 are among the best in North America at the moment, as this series demonstrated. Overall, Hauntzer did a lot of things right, which is fantastic after he had some iffy showings during the regular season following his fantastic Spring Split.
Tanks TSM to victory
August 7, 2017
Hauntzer posted a 4/5/18 KDA in TSM's sweep over CLG on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer picked two tanks in this series and gave CLG fits from start to finish. He started off on Gnar and, in addition to just being a bulky tank, he managed to constantly roam well to get his teammates ahead. Once teamfights broke out, he was simply too much for CLG to handle at anytime. They always spent far too much time trying to take him down, which gave TSM a huge advantage in fights as it allowed the rest of TSM to shred through CLG. His Maokai in Game 2 was even more of a bother as TSM seemingly waltzed to a 2-0 victory. They'll now wait for the first week of playoffs to finish up to find their opponent.
Strong showing nets series sweep over Phoenix 1
August 7, 2017
Hauntzer earned a series KDA of 10/6/15 in his team's 2-0 sweep over Phoenix 1.
ANALYSIS
Playing extremely well in lane, Hauntzer made Gnar work in Game 1 against Phoenix 1, picking up an early lead and running with it. Despite being focused and giving up a kill, he bounced back and build up a sizable lead for himself. Using this lead in teamfights, he quickly joined his team to win convincing skirmishes, claiming a sub 30-minute Game 1 victory. Game 2 didn't go quite as smoothly as Hauntzer found himself on Cho'Gath, falling behind early due to P1's aggression. Thankfully, this wasn't the end of the world as he was still on one of the strongest picks of the patch. Holding out until the mid game, he bounced back with his team and won a series of fights to propel TSM into the lead. After dealing huge damage with his ultimate in fights, he moved with them to secure the victory in 34 minutes, closing out the series 2-0.
Solid Camille performance to close out series
July 24, 2017
Hauntzer scored a 13/8/23 KDA in Team SoloMid's 2-1 series victory against Echo Fox on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Hauntzer's Jarvan IV started to dominate the 1-vs-1 side lane matchup. Hauntzer got plenty done while applying pressure in the side lanes during the mid game before joining up to win teamfights. He finished with a 4/1/8 KDA in Game 2, but couldn't repeat his solid performance on Jarvan IV in Game 2. The early laning phase stayed close, but couldn't handle Camille's strong late game power. Game 2 was decided by Camille's split push effort with only Hauntzer left to oppose. In Game 3, Hauntzer picked the Camille away and finished the laning phase with a lead in CS and experience. There was little that could stop him late as he grouped to help bulldoze EF in teamfights. Hauntzer finished with a solid 6/2/11 KDA and a 77 percent kill participation.
Muddled top lane performance
July 23, 2017
Hauntzer put up a 3/5/8 KDA in TSM's poor sweep at the hands of Dignitas on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer played two pretty different games in this series, and neither were particularly good. He was on the more utility-based Jarvan IV in Game 1, and died more than anything. He never really got a hold of his lane at any point, and just looked pretty hapless. His play here was summed up by an ill-advised Teleport in the final fight that simply led to him getting picked off unceremoniously. He then switched over to the tanky Jax in Game 2, threatening to make a difference. He had better TP usage here, and was truly tanky, but that didn't too much matter in the face of all five Dignitas members.
Only improves throughout series
July 9, 2017
Hauntzer went an overall 10/5/25 as TSM defeated UoL 3-0 Saturday in the finals of Rift Rivals.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer's Game 1 on Gnar was fairly underwhelming. TSM found the same early leads they've been finding all series, but Hauntzer was neither the cause nor the beneficiary, as he even died in the split-push to Vizicsacsi's Gragas. He still managed to eventually carve out a CS lead, but still had the most deaths and least kill participation on the team. His subsequent games on Gragas looked better. In Game 2, his early Teleport to the bot lane secured him the first two kills of the game just four minutes in. He continued to rack up kills and assists from there, ending 5/1/6. Hauntzer didn't have the same early game in Game 3, but he was arguably even more crucial to his team's victory. This was by far the closest game of the series, and UoL had the lead for a stretch in the mid game. However, Hauntzer's brilliant five-man Explosive Cask got TSM right back into the game. This allowed TSM to complete the sweep, and Hauntzer to end what was a lackluster tournament for him personally on a high note.
Menace from the top lane
July 5, 2017
Hauntzer finished Wednesday's win over G2 with a 4/3/12 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer picked up first blood during an early 2-vs-2 fight in the top lane, helping him get out to a lead he never relinquished. He was involved in all but two of TSM's kills in the game and his 12 assists were second most in the game behind Biofrost. Hauntzer did an excellent job of locking down Zven, allowing Bjergsen to use his ultimate to crowd-control chain the G2 marksman in teamfights.
Solid Kled engages in Game 1
July 2, 2017
Hauntzer scored a 4/7/21 KDA in Team SoloMid's 2-0 series sweep of Immortals on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer's Kled got focused early in Game 1, but he bounced back in the second half to finish with a 4/2/11 KDA. He had initiated plenty of picks and teamfights with Chaaaaaaaarge!!! as TSM rotated around the map. After a late Baron power play, TSM pushed to take a lead in the series. In Game 2, Hauntzer's Gnar struggled to do much early as he got blown up in teamfights. While his deaths often came with assists, he failed to secure any kills to finish with a 0/5/10 KDA. TSM broke open its lead after scoring a delayed ace that ruined any hopes IMT had of coming back.
Unable to gain traction in top lane
July 1, 2017
Hauntzer stumbled his way to a 10/10/12 KDA in TSM's 1-2 loss to Cloud9 on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer had a tough time in this series from the start. Whether it was against Impact or Ray, Hauntzer was never able to be his normal self up in the top lane. While his Kled in Games 1 and 2 was suspect with poor initiations throughout, his Jarvan IV in Game 3 was a downright travesty. Despite being paired with the Orianna of Bjergsen, Hauntzer was unable to use this pairing to TSM's advantage at any point. Even worse, his Cataclysms never locked down enough members of C9 to make a difference. Accordingly, C9 easily dominated teamfights and locked up the reverse sweep over TSM.
Overcame early game ganks in sweep
June 26, 2017
Hauntzer scored a 2/4/12 KDA in Team SoloMid's series sweep of Echo Fox on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer died early in Game 1 on Gragas, but bounced back to finish with a 2/2/5 KDA. He made plenty of nice plays with Body Slam and Explosive Cask as TSM dominated the mid and late game. For Game 2 Hauntzer was on the split pushing Renekton and drew lots of attention early. He died early due to multiple ganks in the first half, but again had a solid second half. TSM dominated the teamfights in Game 2 but Hauntzer only walked away with assists as he finished with a 0/2/7 KDA.
Excels in tank and carry roles
June 25, 2017
Hauntzer went an overall 8/5/17 as TSM crushed FlyQuest 2-0 Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hauntzer started out this series on Shen up against Balls on Rumble. He was able to go even in CS early on, which is all that can really be asked in the matchup, and he was crucial to TSM's success once the mid game rolled around. His Stand United ultimates were consistently impactful, whether assisting with Svenskeren's engages on Lee Sin or coming to the rescue of one of his carries. He finished 2/1/11 in the sub-30-minute victory. In Game 2 Hauntzer switched to a carry role with Kled. This time it was Bjergsen on Zilean supporting his engages, as the extra speed made him absolutely inescapable on top of his own Let's Charge ultimate. He had a few more deaths this time around, as he was shut down early and TSM fooled around a bit towards the end, but he never looked to be in any danger of losing in another sub-30-minute win to take the sweep.