David and Goliath: Fnatic Rip Apart Kingzone DragonX

Did that really just happen?

In a story straight out of a fairytale, Fnatic pulled a complete 180 to take down Korean juggernauts Kingzone DragonX. After going 0-2 on the first day of the group stage, many were already writing off Fnatic. To be honest, who can blame them, Fnatic made mistake after mistake, with the only hope for the team being mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther. However, today it seems that Fnatic has patched over the cracks in their foundation and are here to contend.

 

Early Game

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Right off the bat from level 1, Fnatic decided to go on the offensive, setting up their famed brush of death in bot side river. Unfortunately for Kingzone, Kim “PraY” Jong-in decided to face check the brush and paid for it with his life. Right off the back of this Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen and the rest of Fnatic began to invade KZ’s jungle, forcing Han “Peanut” Wang-ho out, and securing red buff and raptors.

This already set up KZ at a massive disadvantage, as they make all their plays through Peanut. Peanut is the one snowballing lanes, Peanut is the one opening up the map. However, with him neutralized and top laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong getting shoved under his tower, KZ had no foothold in the early game.

 

Fool me once, Shame on you. Fool me Twice, Shame on Peanut

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Fnatic didn’t stop at the early game. They continued to put constant pressure on Peanut’s red buff. Every time they would do this peanut would try and contest and every time he would fail. Although the blame wasn’t just on peanut for trying to contest, it also fell on Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, who made terrible teleport calls and awkward dives into the entire Fnatic squad.

With the constant mistakes coming out of the two biggest playmakers on KZ, all hope was lost, they lost team fight after team fight. When the time came for baron they had such little map pressure and vision that they couldn’t even make a dent. As soon as they even got close to the baron pit, Fnatic would turn around and chase them off, denying Peanut the 50/50 smite. Therefore, cementing the fate of the match.

 

Final Nail in the Coffin

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Kingzone put up a valiant fight whilst Fnatic was sieging their base, but it was only a matter of time till Fnatic took the nexus. With every subsequent attempt at cracking KZ’s base, they whittled away at their defences. They took inhibitors whilst keeping KZ busy with team fights, and whilst KZ won the fights, they lost the war. Their base laid in tatters as a result of constant waves of super minions, KZ put up one last fight before Fnatic did the impossible and defeated the tournament favourites. Will Kingzone be able to bounce back? Will Fnatic continue this stellar performance? Only time will tell.

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Flash Wolves

Flash Wolves wipe the floor with the competition on the first day of MSI

After putting up poor performances on the international stage in the past years, Flash Wolves have come into the 2018 Mid Season Invitational with a point to prove. That point being that they are indeed a top tier team. If the first day of the group stage is anything to go by, that point is very much valid.

Today Flash Wolves faced off against fellow play-in stage survivors, EVOS, and the Kings of the EU LCS, Fnatic to start their run. Flash Wolves triumphed over both of these teams by employing their aggressive, calculated playstyle.

 

Maple is Godly

Much of today’s wins came down to the phenomenal performance coming out of mid laner Huang “Maple” Yi-Tan. Posting an impressive combined scoreline of 19/0/9, Maple came out and showed the world just what he is made of. In their first game against EVOS, Maple was able to roam to his side lanes consistently. Almost every time he did this he would pick up a kill, allowing him to snowball incredibly hard.

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In the second game, Maple was a force to be reckoned with on Vladimir. He would constantly dive onto Fnatic’s back line of Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Rasmus “Caps” Winther and quickly kill or chunk them out to make sure they had no impact in a team fight. This allowed his team to win team fights consistently by dealing with the remaining players.

 

EVOS Can’t Clear Raptors

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Whilst there is no doubt that Flash Wolves ‘looked’ very dominant today, it is still to be seen whether or not they can hang with the big dogs. Both the teams they faced today were much weaker than them, especially EVOS. In fact the win against EVOS was cemented from the very first kill on jungler Nguyễn “YiJin” Lê Hải Đăng. YiJin was caught dying to raptors by Kim “Moojin” Moo-jinand. This converted into a 4 man roam down bot and a further two kills. If EVOS can’t even clear a raptor camp, can it really be said that Flash Wolves’ win was at all impressive?

 

The Coming Storm

Flash Wolves move on to face the tournament favourites Royal Never Give Up and Kingzone DragonX in the next two days. Kingzone continued their reign of terror today going 2-0, showing the competition that they are not to be trifled with.

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RNG also had an impressive showing posting a 1-1 scoreline. RNG destroyed Fnatic earlier in the day, however they fell to none other than Kingzone themselves later on. With this, RNG will be looking to make up for this loss. Unfortunately for Flash Wolves, they will be taking the full brunt of RNG’s vengeance.

If Flash Wolves want to stand a chance against these powerhouses, they will have to look to continue what they started today. Thus, requiring their carries in Maple and Betty to stay on top form if they hope to even go even with these teams.

 

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fnatic

RNG Defeat Fnatic in First Match of the MSI Group Stage

The first day of the 2018 Mid Season Invitational group stage is finally upon us. With it comes the top teams from every region competing to show that they are the best international team.

Today’s first match of Fnatic VS RNG, saw Fnatic’s pride on the line with a worlds rematch. However, once again Fnatic fell to the ever-dominant Chinese team.

Champ Select

Jumping into champ select, we see a lot of target bans coming out from both teams. Both teams used their first phase bans to triple ban a role. Fnatic banning out Morgana, Karma and Rakan to pinch RNG’s support (ming), Morgana and karma being flex pick bans out on mid laner Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao as well. RNG, on the other hand, decide to ban out Gangplank, Swain and Sion in an effort to target ban top laner Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, whilst also banning out a mid lane flex pick in Swain.

Moving onto first phase picks, with Kai’sa being left on the table for the first time during the tournament, Fnatic quickly snapped it up as their first pick. RNG responded with another scaling ADC in the form of Kog’Maw, a great pick for the absolute monster that is Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, and snowballing jungler Olaf. Fnatic rounded out their first phase picks with the jungle trundle and support Braum. Braum is a very good pick here for Fnatic as it means that bot lane becomes very hard to gank, thus allowing Martin “Rekkles” Larsson to scale up and play Kai’sa to her full potential. To round out the first phase RNG’s final pick came in the form of the ever-popular Ryze for Xiahou.

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Moving onto second phase bans. RNG came out with a Zoe and Ornn ban, both of which historically are picked whenever they get through the ban phase. Fnatic responded with a Shen and Lulu ban, with the Shen being a very good top laner with his ability to quickly respond to threats around the map with his ult and the teleport summoner spell.

Onto the final pick phase of the match. RNG finally pick up a support in Tahm Kench, a good aggressive playmaker that can also quickly get his carry out of danger. Fnatic responded with the Yassuo and Vladimir, setting themselves up for a high risk/high reward game, where if they can keep themselves safe early and not fall behind, whilst also making a pick or two they will be able to create side lane dominance. RNG rounded out their comp with the Cho’gath response coming out to counter the Vlad and keep him pushed under the tower.

The match

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RNG took command of the early game, placing multiple deep wards to neutralize any gank attempts from Fnatic jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, keeping the game in RNG’s favour as Fnatic had no tempo in any lane whatsoever. The game began to turn around for Fnatic when Rasmus “Caps” Winther got a solo kill off on Xiahou in the bottom lane, allowing for Fnatic to also pick up a tower and close the gold gap.

Later in the game, Fnatic begin trying to take baron resulting in a 1 for 1 trade and one of RNG’s towers going down, putting the match in favour of Fnatic. However, with Caps dead, there was no one to put enough pressure down to stop RNG taking baron. RNG immediately began to set up for a 5 man gank onto the members of Fnatic in the mid lane, but a nice sidestep of the Olaf engage allowed for Fnatic to turn the tables and pick up 2 kills and even an inhibitor.

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With the match looking all but won for Fnatic, they decided to go for a 5 man bush to put the final nail in RNG’s coffin. However, it failed and RNG wiped the floor with them, leaving only 1 man up for Fnatic to defend the nexus against 5. Thus, allowing RNG to close out the game moments later.

The 2018 MSI Group stage is now underway.

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international

Locations revealed for LoL’s 2018 international tournaments

The locations for the international League of Legends tournaments for the year have been revealed.

Last year saw the game go to locations across the world. The first Rift Rivals tournaments were held in Germany, Chile, China, Russia and Taiwan. For MSI, we visited Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil. Worlds took place in China and went across the country at huge venues in Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.

This year’s events will be just as spread out across the world, giving people the chance to see the best every region has to offer on an international level.

 

MSI

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  • Play-ins and Groups at the LCS Studio in Berlin, Germany – May 03-06 | 08-09 | 11-15
  • Knockout stage at Zenith Paris La Villette in Paris, France – May 18-20.

 

RIFT RIVALS

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  • North America vs. Europe hosted in North America.
  • China vs. Korea vs. LMS hosted in China.
  • Brazil vs. LATAM North vs. LATAM South hosted in Brazil.
  • Oceania vs. Southeast Asia vs. Japan hosted in Australia.
  • Vietnam vs. Russia vs. Turkey hosted in Vietnam.
  • The events will take place during the week of July 2-8
  • Venues will be revealed in the coming months.

 

WORLDS

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  • The 2018 League of Legends World Championship will be held in South Korea.
  • Dates and venues will be revealed in the coming months.

 

ALL STARS

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  • This year’s All-Star event will be hosted in North America.
  • The event will take place from December 3-9.
  • Venue to be revealed in the coming months.

 

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KINGZONE

Bbq Olivers end KINGZONE DragonX’s 14 game win streak

KINGZONE DragonX’s 14 game win streak has ended after a surprise defeat to bbq Olivers, ending the first half of the LCK Spring Split.

This was set to be an easy match for KINGZONE. They were considered to be the best team in Korea, if not the world, boasting an impressive 14 game win streak. Meanwhile, bbq sat at the bottom of the standings, having previously lost to MVP. MVP being the worst team in Korea according to many analysts.

 

game 1

After a week off from play for the Korean Lunar New Year, bbq came back ready to take on whatever challenge faced them. KINGZONE, on the other hand, seemed to look down on bbq and let them draft incredibly strong snowball picks. Handing over power picks such as Zoe and the recently popular Skarner. KINGZONE were quick to regret their decision.

Bbq began to snowball the game as quickly as possible. Sending mid-laner Kang “Tempt” Myung-gu along with jungler Kim “Trick” Gang-yun to bot. They repeatedly did this, snowballing their bot lane very quickly. KINGZONE was unprepared for bbq’s uncharacteristically relentless aggression and ended up handing over many kills. KINGZONE, having drafted a late game team fight composition, found themselves unable to recover, giving over game 1.

 

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game 2

Game 2 saw KINGZONE come back into their own, after a top lane substitution of Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee for Kim “Khan” Dong-ha. Bbq tried to play a very unusual pick in Kassadin Top and was punished heavily for the pick. KINGZONE used bbq’s own tactics against them, putting the Kassadin severely behind in gold after multiple top lane ganks. They then extended their side lane lead to the rest of the map, gaining full control and taking the game. With KINGZONE back on form, with a tied up series, it seemed like there was no hope for bbq.

 

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game 3

However, game 3 saw KINGZONE revert to their strategies from game 1. An early pickup of Orianna in the first round pick phase caused a lot of controversy. Orianna is a champion that is normally picked in the second round pick phase due to its versatility as a safe counter. KINGZONE’s pick felt very much out of place, in-game and in the draft.

KINGZONE mid-laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong’s performance on the champ was one of the most unimpressive showings in a long time. Bdd repeatedly failed to miss ult after ult during team fights, and was constantly out of position, making himself a massive target. One particular example of this was during the Baron team fight at around 26 minutes. Bdd was so far away from his team and was getting caught out, forcing out the ult from KINGZONE’s Support, Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon on Tahm Kench just to get him out. This resulted in GorillA dying and KINGZONE losing the fight. The mistakes kept adding up, eventually leading to KINGZONE’s untimely demise.

KINGZONE are set to face the Afreeca Freecs next. Will KINGZONE be able to fully address their issues and once again show that they are a top-tier team that is to be feared, or will they end up flopping?

 

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Echo Fox

King of the Hill: Echo Fox VS Cloud 9

With Week 4 of the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split over, it’s time to take a look at who is dominating the standings. At the top, we have Echo Fox and Cloud 9 tied for first at 7-1.

Both of these teams are coming off the back of a 2-0 weekend. Cloud 9 having taken down the other contender for first in Team Liquid and also the newly revitalised Flyquest. Echo Fox having defeated The Golden Guardians, who have finally made it on the scoreboard, and Team Liquid whose place in the middle of the pack has been cemented.

Let’s take a look at the key games for each of these teams that put them in the position they are in.

 

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Cloud 9 VS Liquid

Cloud 9’s superstar bot lane duo of Andy “Smoothie” Ta and Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi continued to prove they are the best duo in NA. Even up against Team Liquid’s Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, who is currently the best ADC in the league stat-wise, they dominated. This gave Smoothie the ability to roam frequently and snowball his other lanes on Alistar. However, the real story here is about rookie top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie being able to trade blows with the best.

With the assistance of an early roam from Smoothie, Licorice was able to completely crush the opposition. This was no easy feat as Team Liquid’s top laner, and former Cloud 9 member, Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong is highly seasoned. Even in a hyper carry vs hyper carry situation, Licorice just continued to outshine Impact, eventually leading to Cloud 9’s win.

 

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Echo Fox VS Liquid

Echo Fox. What is there to say about this team that hasn’t already been said before. They are an absolute powerhouse who have defied all expectations. Last night’s match against Team Liquid was no exception. Liquid had messed up right from the draft stage by giving over Zac to Fox’s Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett.

Dardoch has shown many times throughout the split just how proficient he is on this champion. Never thinking twice about his slingshots and picks, he dives headlong into the action and gets picks for his team. This is especially true when up against immobile champions who have no way of getting out of harm’s way when such a dive occurs.

It just so happened that in last night’s match, Double was on one of these aforementioned immobile picks. Not just any immobile champion mind you, but the epitome of immobility, Kog’Maw. Even though Double gave over no kills in these situations, he had to constantly use his summoners to avoid them. This left him at a disadvantage during team fights as he would have to stay far away to avoid being caught out. Therefore, making him less relevant.

Eventually Double began to scale up on Kog’Maw to the point where he could delete enemy squishies. However, it was pointless as by the time it came to a team fight, Liquid was always a man down due to Dardoch’s continuous picks. Thus, allowing Echo Fox to steamroll the match and win.

 

Next week we will finally see the stalemate broken as on day 2 Echo Fox will face off against Cloud 9. Finally, the best team in the NA LCS will be decided. Who will come out on top?

 

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Kingzone

Kingzone DragonX beat KT Rolster to claim LCK Supremacy

Yesterday Kingzone DragonX (Formerly Longzhu) defeated KT Rolster and claimed the top spot in the LCK standings.

It was an important match for both teams. The winner would claim the top spot in the standings after KSV’s loss to Rox Tigers. Finally, the LCK would have its sole leader after constant contention for the first place spot.

Match 1

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After a slow start to match 1, with the only advantage being a small CS lead held by Kingzone, KT attempted a gank in mid. It was a short-lived attempt, with Kingzone’s mid-laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong instantly realizing the gank was incoming. He immediately used a combo onto unsuspecting KT mid-laner Heo “PawN” Won-seok. This gave enough time for Kingzone’s jungler, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho to get to the fight and turn the tables.

The play resulted in a double kill over to the side of Kingzone giving them the tempo they needed to steamroll the rest of the match. They used this advantage to gain vision control of KT’s Jungle, meaning all gank attempts by KT were immediately identified and avoided.

Kingzone began to show time and time again just how heavily they outclassed KT, by setting up baits and plays all over the map. This was consistently successful as KT were in no position to fight for vision control. Kingzone closed out the match off the back of a second Baron kill by Kingzone, giving them the final push they needed to close out Match 1.

Match 2

Match 2 was a completely different story than the first. Instead of being a sluggish start to the match, Peanut power farmed up to level 4 on Zac and immediately looked for a gank opportunity in top lane.

 

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The gank proved successful and scored Kingzone first blood. KT was caught completely by surprise as Zac isn’t normally a champion that hits level 4 so quickly due to his slower early clear. However, thanks to a slightly unorthodox jungle pathing, Peanut was able to pull it off.

 

KT looked incredibly strong in the early game, with far superior objective control than Kingzone. But when it came to later in the match where team fighting was the most important, Kingzone stole the show. They won out almost every team fight, taking control of the match and dictating its pace. Throughout all of the team fights it seemed as if KT had dozed off, they became sloppy in their execution, handing over kill after kill to Kingzone.

After a Baron kill at 35 minutes into the match, Kingzone marched up bot lane with their newly acquired Baron buff and sieged KT’s base. They were met with very little contention as they seized an easy 4 kills and proceeded to close out the match at 36:58 and cementing their victory.

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Locodoco

Golden Guardians Fire Locodoco After Innapropriate Comment

On Friday, the Golden Guardians fired their Head Coach, Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-Seop after only two weeks of play. Following on from this, ESPN has reported today that his early termination came about after he made an inappropriate remark directed at a female member of Riot’s Esports staff.

According to ESPN’s report, Locodoco took part in an interview with Riot that was to be broadcast during an NA LCS live stream. Before the interview, he made a comment off camera which, both Riot and The Golden Guardians deemed unacceptable. This was in violation of The Golden Guardians parent company, The Golden State Warriors, strict zero-tolerance policy. The Warriors went onto fire Locodoco on Friday.

In his stead, the Guardians have promoted assistant coach Tyler Perron to Interim head coach. They are now actively looking for a replacement head coach. When found, Perron will return to his original position as assistant coach.

Golden Guardians are currently sitting at the bottom of the NA LCS standings at 0-5. They are the only team that has yet to win a game. The question now is will a change of coach help the Guardians position, or will they continue on their downward spiral.

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NA LCS

The Champs of the NA LCS Week 2

With Week 2 of the NA LCS behind us, Riot has released an infographic detailing the stats for the week. The Infographic contains all sorts of information, ranging from the match results to the best players of the week. However, one thing that specifically jumps out are the champion presence and win rate stats. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Champion Presence

Over the last week of play, there were many champions who were either picked or banned for almost every match. However, in the case of three champions, they had presence for all 10 matches. The most prolific of these champions being Zoe, the aspect of Twilight. Zoe has an incredibly strong kit, ranging from CC to insane burst damage. To make matters that much worse, she has the ability to do half your health at level 1. With that in mind,  you can start to see why she was banned 9 times out of 10, slipping through the ban phase only once.

That time was during the Echo Fox vs TSM game, as soon as Zoe was on the table Echo Fox snapped it up for their mid-laner Kim “Fenix” Jae-hun. TSM choose not to ban it thinking they could counter it should the pick come out, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. Fenix proceeded to absolutely demolish, going 8/1/13 in an almost hour-long match.

 

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On the other side of the spectrum, we have Ezreal. Ezreal was picked in 9 of the 10 NA LCS matches, being banned only a single time. Ezreal is a very popular pick, not only in the NA LCS but also in solo queue. According to Champion.gg, he is the 3rd most picked ADC with an 11.82% play rate, being surpassed only by Vayne and Tristana, both of which are late game powerhouses.

Ezreal rose to the top of the meta with the release of the reforged runes system, being one of the best abusers of the Kleptomancy keystone. Kleptomancy for those who don’t know grants gold for landing an auto attack after using an ability. It also gives the chance at a random consumable when this auto attack lands. You may now be asking why Ezreal is able to use the rune to greater effect than many other champions. The answer, his Q. Ezreal’s Q applies on-hit effects, meaning in the case of Klepto, his Q counts as both the spell and the auto attack. Combine this with his Q’s low cooldown time and you have a recipe for klepto spam.

Champion Winrate

Moving onto champion win rate, the infographic only included champions that had been played in more than 3 games. The infographic shows late game powerhouses such as Tristana and Azir, who if left to their own devices will completely demolish their enemies. However, what is interesting here is that the only 2 champions with a 100% win rate are champions who come online earlier in the game. Gangplank comes online mid game, and Taric is good during the lane phase.

The question here is why they exhibit higher win rates compared to the late game carries who are essentially a guaranteed win should the match last long enough. There are two reasons for this, average match length and champion kit. Let’s start with match length, the average match length during week 2of the NA LCS was around 42 minutes. At an average of 42 minutes champions like Tristana who aren’t as good early game don’t fully come online. This is especially true vs early game damage dealers who can continuously poke them out of lane and deny CS.

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Secondly, we need to take a look at champion kit. First up is Mr. Fabulous himself, Taric. Taric is a great laner, this is due to his stuns and passive armour increases. He is able to set up kills an keep his team safe with relative ease, making him a very well rounded pick. Not to mention the fact that he has one of the best ultimates in the game, potentially making his entire team invulnerable.

Gangplank, on the other hand, is rather weak during the early lane phase in terms of skirmishing potential. However, this remedied by the combination of his Q and Kleptomancy. That’s right Kleptomancy is back for a second round. Similarly to Ezreal’s Q, Gangplank’s Q applies on-hit effects, but to make it that much sweeter, his Q grants bonus gold if it kills a unit. This allows Gangplank to be ahead of the enemy laner by an entire item at about 20 mins. This happens even if they go even in lane.

To take a look at the rest of the infographic, which includes lots of interesting information about the week, click here.

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Echo Fox

Echo Fox remains undefeated

At the end of Week Two of the 2018 NA LCS, Echo Fox, a team that was placed in the middle of the pack on most pre-week one power rankings, is the only team to remain undefeated.

After failing to meet expectations in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Echo Fox had to show that they were a team worthy of being in the LCS and if the start of the 2018 season is anything to go by, then they have definitely proved they are worthy.

Echo Fox have shown how amazingly dominant they can be. They have continuously shown how they can snowball games early and proceed to stomp on their opposition. They begin to bleed their enemies of XP and gold, building the advantages up over time. These advantages eventually convert into entire item leads that allow for Echo Fox to completely take over the map with relatively little opposition.

 

Echo Fox

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Even in matches where Echo Fox has been severely behind, they have shown just how good they are. They have shown they can win team fights even when the enemy team has the advantage. At no time was this better shown than in the game against Team SoloMid on Saturday in which they were behind by 10k gold. With Fox on the ropes, TSM moved in to secure the win, Michael “MikeYeung” Yeung dove the bottom Inhib turret with the rest of his team on his heels ready to respond. The play was very much unnecessary due to the huge amount of pressure they had on Echo Fox’s base, yet nonetheless, they went for it. Echo Fox was able to capitalize on the dive by immediately locking TSM between a Gangplank ultimate and the turret, allowing Echo Fox to turn the tide of the game and eventually win the match.

Echo Fox

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Ultimately, the reason why Echo Fox is proving to be so dominant is due to their opportunistic and aggressive playstyle. They are a team that is never too afraid to pick a fight and are able to commit to a play within seconds. This gives them a distinct advantage over other teams that aren’t as quick on the trigger. Whilst some may say that committing to plays so quickly could be a recipe for disaster, Echo Fox continues to do so. They understand that sometimes in order to be the best, you have to take risks. With the way Echo Fox has been performing, they could quite possibly become the best team in the region, and perhaps even bring NA to the world’s finals, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

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Featured Image: LoL Esports Flickr

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