The EU LCS struggled during Rift Rivals

Not one EU LCS: Three different challenges faced by three different teams after Rift Rivals

Although it was called NA vs EU Rift Rivals, last week’s tournament wasn’t about Europe or North America as a single entity.

July 13, 2017
Rift Rivals struggled exposed problems Samsung Galaxy had for years.

Rift Rivals struggles revealed Samsung Galaxy’s increasingly visible flaws

Korean teams weren’t expected to lose at Rift Rivals, but the manners in which the region’s teams individually lost to their Chinese League of Legends Pro League counterparts weren’t surprising.

July 12, 2017
Vizicsacsi says all of Europe needs a wakeup call after Rift Rivals.

Vizicsacsi on Rift Rivals: “I think this tournament has to be a wakeup call for all of the European teams.”

Following a difficult best-of-five series against Team SoloMid ending in an 3-0 loss for Unicorns of Love, Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás spoke to Slingshot’s Kelsey Moser.

July 12, 2017
Mithy says the time is now for G2 Esports to improve.

Mithy: “We need to get things working again or we will not make it.”

Over the course of Rift Rivals, G2 Esports, three-time European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS) champion, managed to win only a single game on the first day of group stage.

July 12, 2017
Loulex talked about his new role on Cloud9

Loulex on jungling at Rift Rivals: “If every lane is pushing, then usually the game is pretty doomed.”

After a brief break from competing, ex-H2K and Schalke 04 jungler Jean-Victor “loulex” Burgevin recently joined Cloud9 as a positional coach

July 11, 2017
Ryu compared the differences between Europe and North America in League of Legends.

Ryu: “When I was in Europe last year, I felt their macro was (better). But it’s worse now.”

Phoenix1 narrowly failed to qualify for the Rift Rivals final. At the close of group stage, mid laner Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook talked to Slingshot’s Kelsey Moser (through an interpreter) about Phoenix1 finding a groove and a few differences between his time on H2K and his new NA team.

July 11, 2017
sOAZ says Fnatic's changing play style stems from a realization they couldn't rely on getting kills against the top teams.

sOAZ: “It’s just harder against top teams to rely on getting kills, so it’s the main issue behind playing this Fnatic style.”

Although Fnatic didn’t appear in the final of Rift Rivals, it still took two wins against Phoenix1. Following Fnatic’s second victory, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer talked to Slingshot’s Kelsey Moser about some of the gaps in the team’s play, new head coach Dylan Falco, and Blitzcrank.

July 11, 2017
Rift Rivals saw North America finally come out on top in a League of Legends event.

LCK falters, TSM sets up for worlds disappointment and other Rift Rivals observations

A new format, a new tournament, and a brand new way for professional players to feel like their schedules are too tight: Rift Rivals has come to a close.

July 10, 2017
MikeYeung says playing without fear is vital to his improvement as a League of Legends player.

MikeYeung on his Rift Rivals transformation: “I’ve learned that the best way to play is to play without the fear of making a mistake.”

Phoenix1 jungler Mike “MikeYeung” Yeung’s impressive showing at Rift Rivals earned him the title of Group Stage MVP.

July 10, 2017