It’s funny lolesports dubbed this “Coaches Week” for the League of Legends Championship Series because Origen’s main problem looks like it could easily be remedied by coaching.
Origen, which has gone through a handful of coaches in less than two years in the LCS and recently hired a new head analyst, has great game plans going into the drafts but has trouble focusing on pushing its advantage. It also keeps getting caught on predictable kills. Both could be remedied with good coaching.
Paul “sOAZ” Boyer said G2 Esports’ play was predictable after today’s loss, and he’s right. You could even side with Soaz that some of Perkz’s kills were predictable, and these ganks were even identified by Origin in game.
But being slow to react haunted Origen and resulted in sOAZ dying multiple times. It’s been a standard trend; once sOAZ dies, he keeps dying. Going on tilt is a real thing, and though it’s hard to tell if his deaths are a result of tilting or other factors, it’s clear that these need to be addressed. Preferably by a coach.
It’s the wrong mentality to think a professional team doesn’t need a coach, and Origen can greatly benefit from one, even if the players are right now resistant to it.
What to make of H2K?
How did possibly the best team in Europe almost lose to possibly the region’s worst team? It started when Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski made a bad move at Level 1, deciding not to take the enemy Red Buff. It caused Joachim “betongJocke” Rasmussen to gain a significant lead on Nidalee.
The entire early game was dominated by betongJocke, keeping Jankos far behind. H2K won the other lanes, though, which helped it maintain a gold lead up until the 26-minute mark, when H2K tried to go for a play on Baron. Giants caught H2K in a bad spot and picked up kills.
Giants then showed why it’s one of the worst teams in the league, though, by hardly taking anything with the Baron Buff, trying to force a push mid while its side lanes were getting pushed in. Eventually, H2k would win a team fight with a good flank by Jankos.
This week has been a bad week for H2K. The sad news came yesterday that Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziouis might be forced to leave the European LCS to serve in the Greek Army. WIth FORG1VEN gone, H2K will continue to be a top team, but it will miss its star AD Carry.
Another question is its recent play. While still being near the top of the standings, H2K doesn’t look like the powerhouse it did to start the split. Missing Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook for three works hurt, and now FORG1VEN might be gone, too. It’ll be interesting to see how H2K recovers.
Fnatic’s roller coaster ride continued today. This week was good in spite of the loss to H2K yesterday, as Fnatic looks much better coordinated.
It was an important upgrade coming out of Fnatic’s top laner Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh when he picked Graves today. Gamsu has been only on tank champions, and branching out to a different style is important going forward. The metagame seems to be shifting toward tanks in top lane, so this might be a good sign for Fnatic.
Next week, Fnatic will compete in IEM Katowice, and, getting the experience against teams from other regions is only going to be a huge benefit. Although Fnatic is in the middle of the pack, expect much better things coming out of this team in the near future.