We’ve finally reached the end of the European League Championship Series’ experiment with the best-of-two format, which was received like a DC Comics superhero movie: people either loved it or really hated it.
Something always feels uneasy about the calm before the storm. It’s that feeling of everything being “too quiet” that keeps one wondering what is going to go disastrously wrong.
With just two week left until the “hopefully” merciful end of the best-of-two experiment, the European League Championship Series has slogged its way into the home stretch.
While their European brethren panicked in a desperate attempt to change their fate before worlds qualification or inevitable relegation set in, North American League of Legends teams boldly chose to not make any moves at all.
As someone who primarily follows American sports, there’s an immediate association between “transfer deadline” and “nothing of any interest happening.”
It would only make sense that on the eve of America’s day of independence, that like majestic fireworks Phoenix1 would finally rise from the ashes AND KILL OUR GODDAMN THREE TEAM TEASER.
Last week, the North American League Championship Series saw something that was absolutely shocking: zero upsets. Every single favorite managed to pull off the victory, and most of the series weren’t particularly close.
Last Thursday’s matchups will go down as the most “European” day we’ll have this split, as every single one ended in a tie. On the one hand, this kind of parity demonstrated that some teams are likely better than we think.
It may have taken three weeks, but the North American League Championship Series has finally returned to its typical status quo. There are two veteran teams that stand head and shoulders above the rest at the top of the standings.