Going into the season, there were some doubts that Immortals’ Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin would be able to copy his success from last season on Fnatic. The talent in the North American League of Legends Championship Series has increased, especially in the jungle, with players such as Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae and recently Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett.
The doubts can now be hushed, though, as Immortals has dominated every game through four weeks in the jungle. In today’s win against Team Liquid, Reignover faced Dardoch and controlled the early game. If not for Immortals’ bottom lane having trouble, it would have had even more map control than it already did. Reignover’s champion pool is deep, and he is able to adapt to what the team needs.
Team fighting and small outplays are ubiquitous in NA
All this week’s games were extremely action packed, which is opposite of most of the other regions. Most of the macro plays are being mirrored, and the gold pretty much stays the same until some sort of outplay happens. The Renegades/TSM game today was all about team fighting. Immortals vs. Team Liquid was all about small outplays and team fights. Most of Immortals’ wins come from just superior mechanics. The same can be said of Counter Logic Gaming’s win against Team Impulse, as multiple kills were awarded to CLG’s members, namely Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes, who had an amazing game today. The importance of individual mechanical skill was on display this week.
The No. 2 spot is wide open
Before the season, Cloud 9 was gaining a lot of hype after signing Rush, though some were skeptical because the rest of Cloud 9’s roster seemed only OK. After understanding the importance of having Hai “Hai” Du Lam in the starting roster, though, Cloud 9 has taken off. Today’s win against NRG unsettled the status quo, as NRg appeared to be settling in under Immortals atop the standings. But couple Cloud 9’s win and Team Liquid’s recent performances, the No. 2 spot in the North American LCS is wide open.
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