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.
It’s only the halfway point, but the spring split of the League of Legends Championship Series can’t end fast enough. It’s the last split until changes come through, and right now it’s still hard to gauge who’s the best teams in Europe, even in Week 5.
Welcome back to the 2016 Slingshot “Hypothetical Battle of the Atlantic.” The competition heats up as North America hold a strong 3-2 lead going into its second weekend. If you haven’t read Part 1, shame on you, but the rules and history of the tournament are all there.
As the halfway point of the League of Legends Championship Series spring split approaches, it’s an appropriate time to ponder our preseason predictions. How did Elements and Team Impulse win a game? (Editor’s note: Walter has spent plenty of hours and rambling emails trying to answer that question).
One of the biggest surprises of the League of Legends Championship Series through four weeks came when European club Unicorns of Love lost legendary jungler, Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov because of visa issues for likely the remainder of the spring split — if not further. UOL looked like a top team, and having a new jungler was going to a be a huge change.
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.
“Chaos style” was a buzzword used in on the Internet when trying to name the style of play that revolves around small fights and seemingly no real pre-planned strategy around objectives. If that sounds terrible and just like solo queue, that’s because it is. It’s really just a term used when teams make mistake after mistake.
Being in the fourth week, we can begin to start making general statements about the state of the League of Legends Championship Series.
In this weekly feature, Slingshot counts down the Top 5 Plays from League Champions Korea. The criteria for a top five play focuses on team wide efforts in the clutch, while impressive or clever individual performances grace the lower ends of the list.
The volatile nature of the rise and fall of teams was fully exposed in the third week of League of Legends Champions Korea. Only a few short months have passed since SK Telecom dominated the 2015 League of Legends World Championship.