Welcome back, chaos style: Joe’s LCS blog

Chaos style” was a buzzword used in on the Internet when trying to name the style of play that revolves around small fights and seemingly no real pre-planned strategy around objectives. If that sounds terrible and just like solo queue, that’s because it is. It’s really just a term used when teams make mistake after mistake. In today’s European League of Legends Championship Series matches, the games were extremely sloppy, yet exciting, which is sad. It’s sad that the game is in such a state that when teams continuously make mistakes, it becomes exciting to watch. Games with zero kills in them aren’t fun to watch, but neither are games that have constant bad play. It’s frustrating to see top players struggle. Today, the top teams just had a bad day, and the bad teams were, well, just bad.

Just when Fnatic looked to be regrouping…

Thursday was a decisive victory against Giants, but Fnatic’s week was overall troublesome. If Fnatic wants to be a top tier team, wins should not be that close against the bottom of the league, as was the case today against Team ROCCAT. Fnatic’s early game looked good, though, and it seemed to be improving. Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten’s roaming really helped Fnatic stay in the game while its bot lane was being terrorized by the enemy jungler, but communication with Gamsu seemed to be a major problem. Fnatic’s team fighting was vastly superior, and the team did come back to earn a win today, but this Fnatic just isn’t the powerhouse of years past. This split should be seen as a rebuilding phase.

Cats, Giants, and Unicorns

Giants Gaming's Isaac “xPePii” Flores during a Week 3 match. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

Giants Gaming’s Isaac “xPePii” Flores during a Week 3 match. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

The players on ROCCAT are not bad individual players. They just don’t seem to be coming together. Karim “Aïrwaks” Benghalia has been more impressive each week, but sadly he cannot carry the rest of the team. Nevertheless, this team does not seem to be deservingly of its current record, as it shows glimmers of brilliance with good calls, but just falter in the execution. Their bot lane got a upgrade with Erik “Tabzz” van Helvert at AD carry, but a downgrade with Vytautas “Extinkt” Mėlinauskas in support. Extinkt is hurting ROCCAT and he is simply not a LCS-caliber support.

All the teams the that have been affected by visa issues, besides Unicorns of Love, are hurting. Despite today’s win, H2K had a bad day with Marcin “SELFIE” Wolski. Rudy “Rudy” Beltran, on the other hand, is fitting in with UOL quite well. He has been talked about on the analyst desk as a solo queue star, and it is pretty great to see that the pressure of the LCS stage not having any negative effects on him so far.

Last but not least, Giants! Actually, they are the least. There really is not much to say, but they make mistake after mistake every game. They seemingly have no game plan and play reactionary the entire game. Small advantages aren’t being taken and mechanical outplays are common. For example, Isaac “Xpepii” Flores got solo killed by Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage when two other members of Giants were in the mid lane. Mistakes all around are making Giants not only worst team in the European LCS, but an easy contender of being the worst professional League of Legends team in the world