After essentially four exhibition weeks of the North American League of Legends Championship Series, visa issues have been worked out and starting rosters are coming together. The NA team most affected was Echo Fox, which finally this week saw its expected preseason roster play a game.
With Henrik “Froggen” Hansen in the mid lane on Corki, and some crazy ultimates by Park “kfo” Jeong-hun, Fox was able to take a win today from NRG, one of the upper echelon teams in the region. After the first week, Froggen said that he expected to finish in the middle of the pack, but after beating NRG, Echo Fox’s ceiling might be higher.
Next week, Fox should be able to pick up at least one win against Team Impulse, and a win against Team Liquid might change the conversation about Fox’s place among the rest of the region.
TSM comes together
TSM is full of all-stars and finally came together to pick up a win against Counter Logic Gaming, one of the best teams in the region. The story has been the same all season for TSM: It has extremely high talent, but communication and bad macro plays have been disastrous at times. TSM has constantly had CS advantages in almost every game, every lane, but has fallen victim to other problems.
Today, however, TSM capitalized on superior mechanics and came together to dominate the game in small skirmishes. CLG, on the other hand, had a very questionable plan going into the game, prioritizing the Ryze pick, but giving up way too much in the other lanes. Giving up the Alistar/ Kalista bot lane along with the Graves pick was not a good move, especially picking a low tier AD carry in Ashe.
Even though it didn’t draft the high power picks, CLG still had some good synergy. Even with the lower tier champion, the biggest problem was the execution. CLG played standard lanes, and didn’t lane swap, something at which it has excelled all season — and something TSM has struggled with.
Immortals keeps the winning streak alive
Cloud9 had a great draft, target banning out Adrian “Adrian” Ma’s champion pool and punishing Heo “Huni” Seung Hoon with the blind pick Quinn. But Immortals has Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin, and though Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae is hailed as the best carry jungler, Reignover not only was constantly counter jungling, but was always at the right place at the right time.
Huni was shut down by An “BalIs” Van Le, but because of Reignover’s insane pressure and the early Level 1 kill that Jason “WildTurtle” Tran had on bot lane, all the rest of the lanes were kept in check. Credit to Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, though, as though he gave up the first kill to the enemy ADC, his Jihn alongside Hai “Hai” Du Lam’s Alistar was able to hold their own and put pressure in the bot lane. In the end, though, whenever Cloud9 took an objective or was about to gain some sort of advantage, Immortals took another objective on the other side of the map.
Immortals has been able to do this the entire season, always coming out with the upper hand in trades. The game was ultimately won in the team fights, as they all were very close, but thanks to the constant gold lead due to Reignover’s control over the entire jungle, Immortals came out of every team fight successfully.