2019 hasn’t been the year of the ADC in North American League of Legends, but some players are making the case. Apollo Price of Echo Fox had an incredibly consistent Spring Split, and led his team to the Spring Playoffs. His play in the bot lane outshone the rest of his squad and he’ll be looking to improve for the upcoming Summer Split.
Shooting for the Moon
Echo Fox didn’t have the best Spring Split, but they were able to notch a spot in the Spring Playoffs. Among their players, Apollo was the biggest standout. His craft became substantially more polished as the split went along and he’ll undoubtedly keep trending upwards as the season progresses.
Apollo didn’t put up the biggest numbers during the Spring Split, however he still had a huge impact on his team. His kill participation percentage of 69.6% is a clear result of how much he stresses team play. More often than not, Apollo deals loads of damage from the back line, but doesn’t get rewarded with headline stats. He typically does the dirty work for his team rather than playing the typical ‘diva’ ADC role.
Though he prefers team-oriented picks, Apollo isn’t one to pass up on lethal champions like Kai’Sa. Over the course of the Spring Split, he played three matches on the champion. His record of 1-2 doesn’t do him justice, considering his amazing K/D/A of 10.5 when using her. In fact, Apollo is 2nd in the LCS to Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng in that regard. Nonetheless, Apollo can certainly take over when needed.
Against tougher opponents, Apollo usually steps his game up. This was seen against their upset victory over Team Liquid in week nine, where he dominated the bot lane. His scoreline of 2/1/1 and 393 CS was very efficient, helping his team take down the #1 team in North America.
The Spring Playoffs didn’t suit Apollo well and as a result, his team was knocked out in the first round. To their defense, Echo Fox had to play the eventual runner-up in Team SoloMid, who were clearly on a different level. However, Apollo put up respectable performances against one of the top teams in all of League of Legends.
The blame can’t be entirely put on the ADC, considering how team-oriented the game is. Overall, Echo Fox lacked aggression and communication, which led to losing efforts. This can all be very difficult on an ADC and it certainly showed.
There’s no doubting Apollo’s potential after such a solid start to the season, despite the mediocre performance of his team. As long as he remains the focal point of their game plan, Apollo will thrive and become a top force in the LCS. His mechanics and mentality are comparable to some of the other top professionals, which only puts his ceiling even higher.
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