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