Review of the 8th week of LCS EU Spring 2014 part 1

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Good afternoon, our dear friends! In this blog I will tell you about the ended games of the 8th week of European LCS.

Good afternoon, our dear friends! In this blog I will tell you about the ended games of the 8th week of European LCS. This Super Week had 16 games, and I don’t want to emphasize just some of them, that’s why I will tell you about all of them one by one.

 

COPENHAGEN WOLVES VS FNATIC

Copenhagen Wolves

Fnatic

Gold

Turrets

Kills

Gold

Turrets

Kills

79.7k

9

13

70.5k

5

8

Lineup

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Top

YoungBuck

Renekton

2/2/6

Top

sOAZ

Dr. Mundo

1/3/2

Jungle

Amazing

Evelynn

4/2/5

Jungle

Cyanide

Wukong

1/4/3

Mid

cowTard

Lulu

5/2/6

Mid

xPeke

Gragas

3/3/2

ADC

FORG1VEN

Lucian

1/1/6

ADC

Rekkles

Caitlyn

1/1/4

Support

Unlimited

Annie

1/1/6

Support

YellOwStaR

Thresh

2/2/4

Bans

Leblanc

Nidalee

Elise

Kassadin

Lee Sin

Trundle

 

"Wolves" approached this game with winning streak in 4 matches. And Fnatic managed to stop their series of 8 losses and were going to return their previous positions.

"Wolves" started well, Amazing made ​​a great gang having killed Mundo. Then xPeke could quite easily kill Lulu, performed by cowTard. Amazing showed himself much better than his counterpart, and the first dragon was taken by "wolves" without any problems. Fnatic tried to equalize the game, but their opponents continued to hold a significant advantage in gold.

After Copenhagen guys started movements in Baron’s direction, Fnatic started to move to their base. Two towers were destroyed, but this attack was not only repulsed, but also turned into their own benefit. "Wolves" took Baron with almost no resistance, but let’s also note a very timely stun performed by Unlimited (you can see it on the screenshot), which prevented the possible consequences. Fnatic immediately began to reduce the difference in gold, having taken the dragon.

For a long time both teams stood in anticipation of some actions. After that Fnatic started moving to the dragon. None of champions died during a shootout, and the dragon was killed by a smite of Cyanide. And it was a mistake. "Wolves" began to move towards Baron very quickly and managed to take him before opponents approached them. In the final battle of the game, despite the great ultimate, performed by xPeke, the high mobility of Lucian and Lulu did their job. As a result, "wolves" scored an ace, Lulu helped to tank towers with her shield, and Lucian with Annie helped to destroy them. Fnaticlosesagain.

Great game of Unlimited, Fnatic made ​​a mistake by taking the dragon at the end of the game. "Wolves" are gaining a good shape, and the next games will show how long they can keep it. And it’s better for Fnatic to think again about their game.

 

ROCCAT VS GAMBIT GAMING

Roccat

Gambit Gaming

Gold

Turrets

Kills

Gold

Turrets

Kills

94.1k

9

18

92.8k

7

14

Lineup

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Top

Xaxus

Renekton

5/2/7

Top

Darien

Shen

1/4/11

Jungle

Jankos

Elise

2/4/7

Jungle

Diamond

Vi

3/4/8

Mid

Overpow

Gragas

5/3/8

Mid

Alex Ich

Kha'Zix

4/4/6

ADC

Celaver

Caitlyn

6/2/8

ADC

Genja

Jinx

6/1/5

Support

VandeR

Thresh

0/3/11

Support

Edward

Morgana

0/5/9

Bans

LeBlanc

Evelynn

Lee Sin

Kassadin

Pantheon

Lulu

 

Gambit Gaming, this time with their ordinary line-up, confronted Roccat. At that time, it was a battle for the obvious first place, that’s why this battle was extremely interesting.

Roccat started well, having made a gang at Darien on the 7th minute. Jungler was trying to help him, but failed, and Renekton received his earned 400 coins. Roccat continued to increase their advantage by taking the dragon, making a couple of kills and destroying a couple of towers.

Roccat managed to take the second dragon in the game, but Darien took the first tower on his lane. Gambit tried to resist and implement Shen in their team, but upon the next attempt of split push, Shen was unable to come with the help of ultimate. Roccat, having killed two, went in Baron’s direction, took him and came back quickly to protect their base, because Darien was ready to destroy the tower near inhibitor.

Roccat excellently controlled the facilities, having taken 5 of 5 till the 31st minute, which allowed them to have a handicap in 7000. Gambit fought well, even very well, if to consider how much they were behind at that moment.

“What the hell just happened?” - British commentators said after the next battle. Edward initiated the opponents with his ultimate to attack him. As a result Renekton was separated from the team, Alex Ich with the help of his well-known jumps began to destroy the targets one after another. And when Roccat began to pay their attention to him, Genja stepped in and finished the job. Gambit performed an amazing team fight, having scored ace and lost only two players. And the following after this Baron and dragon reduced the gap in gold to 2 thousand.

Gambit took the lead in gold (by 3000) after a relatively successful exchange 2 to 1 near Baron. After all revived, the team returned to take Baron and did it successfully. But Roccat, being at a disadvantage, managed not only to repulse successfully, but also to commit two kills and destroy the inhibitor. But Gambit restored gap in gold to 4000 by taking a dragon. Teams showed a real "swing". It was not a late game, it was a super late game, if we may say so, where one mistake can cost you the whole game.

This game was the longest on EU LCS. And in the last Gambit’s battle for Baron it’s better to start from the good. Gambit received Baron, but they paid a very high price. Roccat completed battle with 3 to 1, while Gambit had no strength to defend. It was a great game, in which that team became a winner which made fewer mistakes.

As a result, Roccat took an intermediate first place, having ended a series of 3 defeats. And Gambit almost made ​​a comeback. We can discuss for a long time what they lacked, but they know better. And we'd better look at the other results.


SK GAMING VS MILLENIUM

SK Gaming

Millenium

Gold

Turrets

Kills

Gold

Turrets

Kills

89.3k

10

23

76.0k

3

12

Lineup

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Top

Fredy122

Renekton

2/1/11

Top

kev1n

Shyvana

1/3/1

Jungle

Svenskeren

Pantheon

2/2/10

Jungle

Araenae

Evelynn

1/7/4

Mid

Jesiz

Lulu

8/2/7

Mid

Kerp

Ziggs

3/2/5

ADC

CandyPanda

Jinx

4/3/13

ADC

Creaton

Tristana

5/4/6

Support

nRated

Annie

6/4/12

Support

Jree

Thresh

2/6/6

Bans

Trundle

LeBlanc

Elise

Vayne

Nidalee

Kassadin

 

After the marathon, as the last game was, there was a match with an obvious favorite - SK Gaming. They had 3 winnings in a row, and their opponents were at the last place in the grid.

For SK it was not the best start. nRated was caught and tried to escape. The chase lasted about 15 seconds, and as a result Araneae made the first kill in a game. Millenum continued to play his game, having made 2 more kills on the bottom lane and having taken a dragon.

Millenium saw a great opportunity to make 2 more kills on the same bottom lane, but everything turned into a double kill for nRated, that was a great gift for a support. Millenium received an additional advantage during the battle near a dragon, when SK managed take a dragon, but paid with 4 deaths for it.

At some moment the game calmed down, and only another dragon, which was taken by Millenium, broke this silence. SK started to "unfold", Lulu began to show herself and her ability to push quickly and destroy the towers did its job thanks to Lich Bane. Soon Pantheon’s ultimate brought 2 kills to SK, but it didn’t help to receive Baron because of Ziggs’ ultimate which left the whole team below the half health.

Millenium approached the late game with an advantage of 2000 coins, that meant nothing at that time. At this point, SK gathered themselves up and went to a fight, in which opponents couldn’t resist them. After a strong push and an obvious advantage, SK celebrated the victory in one more long game. They looked tired, but happy.

SUPA HOT CREW VS ALLIANCE

Supa Hot Crew

Alliance

Gold

Turrets

Kills

Gold

Turrets

Kills

63.0k

5

6

78.8k

10

19

Lineup

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Top

Mimer

Renekton

0/3/2

Top

Wickd

Trundle

1/0/13

Jungle

Impaler

Pantheon

2/5/3

Jungle

Shook

Lee Sin

2/2/11

Mid

Moopz

Ziggs

3/3/1

Mid

Froggen

LeBlanc

8/2/7

ADC

MrRalleZ

Jinx

0/3/4

ADC

Tabzz

Caitlyn

7/1/7

Support

Migxa

Leona

1/5/5

Support

Nyph

Thresh

1/1/13

Bans

Kassadin

Karthus

Elise

Gragas

Lucian

Lulu

 

Supa Hot Crew’s series of victories ended the last week. However, Alliance is also unstable now.

Both teams were aimed at waves cleansing, but Alliance seemed preferable because of availability of large amount of instant damage which could quickly destroy Renektona and Pantheon of SHC.

The first blood was shed only on the 18th minute, and there were no deaths anymore till the mid-game. Alliance was better in the minions cleansing. However, the team was also good in towers destroying, although the gap was only in a single unit.

Gradually, by killing dragons and destroying towers, Alliance started to lead. Closer to the late game the gap in gold reached 10,000. SHC could not resist it and lost. They have to analyze their game, because the team of such level should not be beaten by teams from the bottom of the grid. However, let’s also mention Alliance, which has all the chances to rectify the situation this week.


ROCCAT VS MILLENIUM

Roccat

Millenium

Gold

Turrets

Kills

Gold

Turrets

Kills

67.7k

5

9

83.1k

9

13

Lineup

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Top

Xaxus

Dr. Mundo

0/2/5

Top

kev1n

Aatrox

2/1/7

Jungle

Jankos

Elise

1/3/4

Jungle

Araenae

Lee Sin

4/1/8

Mid

Overpow

Mordekaiser

6/3/2

Mid

Kerp

Ziggs

5/2/5

ADC

Celaver

Caitlyn

2/2/4

ADC

Creaton

Lucian

2/1/10

Support

VandeR

Annie

0/3/7

Support

Jree

Blitzcrank

0/4/8

Bans

LeBlanc

Evelynn

Trundle

Lulu

Kassadin

Renekton

 

Before this game Roccat was on first place and its rivals for this match were on the last one. No one doubted about Roccat’s success. But, let’s talk about this game in stages.

With a help of flash and cocoon of Elise, Caitlyn managed to make the first kill in the game, but she died almost immediately after that. But she leaded in about a hundred of coins. First dragons were taken by Roccat, but on the 18th minute there was a battle near a dragon, in which Millenium managed to score an ace and changed the situation.

Roccat tried to do something desperately and to show themselves in this game. But Kerp and Araenae approved themselves most of all. Certainly, a great contribution to the result was also made by ​​ Blitzcrank who pulled everyone he wanted to everywhere he wanted, he successfully zoned out the opponents, which allowed Millenium to take 6 of 7 objects, including Baron (twice).

Roccat did not look like a team. Perhaps they were tired of the first match of the day. But what kind of leaders are they, if they are tired of one match and lost to the last team in the grid? They should prepare better for such games and to be more careful with all kind of opponents.

 

Day 2.

GAMBIT GAMING VS SK GAMING

Gambit Gaming (W)

SK Gaming (L)

Kills

Turrets

Gold

Kills

Turrets

Gold

21

8

65.8k

10

3

51.8k

Lineup

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Top

Darien

Aatrox

2/2/13

Top

fredy122

Renekton

0/4/2

Jungle

Diamond

Lee Sin

5/0/10

Jungle

Svenskeren

Evelynn

3/6/2

Mid

Alex Ich

LeBlanc

9/3/5

Mid

Jesiz

Zed

3/5/2

AD Carry

Genja

Lucian

3/0/8

AD Carry

CandyPanda

Vayne

1/3/2

Support

EDward

Thresh

2/5/8

Support

nRated

Annie

3/3/3

Bans

Nidalee

Ziggs

Pantheon

Kassadin

Lulu

Elise

 

In the first match of the day two teams sharing the second place with each other clashed in a battle. The first place was at a distance of one victory, that’s why this match was very important.

SK managed to take a little advantage at the beginning. Jesiz made the first kill, and Svenskeren with his Evelynn kept everyone in suspense. In this situation Gambit showed themselves from the best side by not permitting the opponents to go far away. A meaningful case happened on the top lane when Renekton with Evelynn decided to kill Aatrox under the tower, but passive capability of Aatrox did its job, and Diamond who appeared exactly in time finished this situation with a double kill.

At the mid-lane Jesiz tried to put pressure on Alex Ich, although both their champions inherit life after the 6th level, as we can say. It should be noted that usually Jesiz prefers poking and puts farming into a priority. As the game showed us, he didn’t always cope with performing killers, and his ultimate often put him not in the best situation.

In the middle of the game Gambit gathered up and began to control and collect all the objects, without leaving any hope to the rivals. After Baron, Gambit passed the mid-lane having taken the tower at inhibitor, then made a good dive and destroyed the inhibitor itself. After this the game was almost over and Gambit showed us that they learned from their mistakes and are able to recoup. Although we knew it even before.

 

COPENHAGEN WOLVES VS ALLIANCE

Copenhagen Wolves (L)

Alliance (W)

Kills

Turrets

Gold

Kills

Turrets

Gold

2

3

53.1k

11

11

73.7k

Lineup

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Top

YoungBuck

Trundle

0/1/1

Top

Wickd

Irelia

1/0/3

Jungle

Amazing

Lee Sin

0/2/2

Jungle

Shook

Elise

4/0/5

Mid

cowTard

Gragas

0/2/1

Mid

Froggen

Nidalee

4/0/4

AD Carry

Forg1ven

Jinx

2/2/0

AD Carry

Tabzz

Caitlyn

2/1/7

Support

Unlimited

Annie

0/4/1

Support

Nyph

Thresh

0/1/10

Bans

Karthus

LeBlanc

Wukong

Kassadin

Lucian

Lulu

 

"Wolves" came to this game with a series of five victories. And they tried to play smarter this time, without risk, avoiding battles where it was possible. Alliance needed time to adjust itself to such a game.

Alliance strategy was simple, but effective. Knowing that "wolves" are not looking for battles, they decided to play aggressively. On the top lane Wickd surprised YoungBuck with his pressure, Froggen wasn’t losing to Gragas in farming, who farms very well, and Tabzz along with Nyph won their lane without much resistance.

Alliance used their Irelia by sending her to split push until the rest of the team was on the other lane. When time for battles came, Wickd had to join his team. In doing so, the victory came to Alliance without much difficulty. Plan of "wolves" on this game was destroyed and Alliance managed to adjust themselves to it better than the rivals managed to realize it. LCS, you amaze more and more.

FNATIC VS SUPA HOT CREW

Fnatic (W)

Supa Hot Crew (L)

Kills

Turrets

Gold

Kills

Turrets

Gold

24

11

82.1k

6

2

59.3k

Lineup

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Position

Player

Champion

K/D/A

Top

sOAZ

Malphite

5/0/14

Top

Mimer

Jax

4/3/1

Jungle

Cyanide

Evelynn

4/2/12

Jungle

Impaler

Elise

0/5/3

Mid

xPeke

LeBlanc

8/3/9

Mid

Moopz

Karthus

1/7/4

AD Carry

Rekkles

Caitlyn

5/1/10

AD Carry

MrRalleZ

Lucian

1/0/3

Support

YellOwStaR

Morgana

2/0/17

Support

Migxa

Thresh

0/9/3

Bans

Pantheon

Gragas

Kayle

Kassadin

Renekton

Lulu

 

This long week is was good opportunity to improve the positions strongly and in a short time. Fnatic decided to do exactly this, but they had Supa Hot Crew on their way.

 

Fnatic started perfectly, sOAZ with his Malphite gave no chances to the enemy’s Jax. It was an absolute domination on the lane, as, however, in the whole game. On the mid-lane two principles faced each other: "irrupt and kill" from LeBlanc and "farm and kill" from Karthus. LeBlanc could kill after 6th level, but Karthus needed to farm ... what he did not very well. Of course, Karthus is dangerous even after his death, but only if he is strong. But in this game it was not destined for him to become strong.

SHC had a good combination of champions for the late game, but, unfortunately, it didn’t come. Fnatic again reminded of themselves, and they did it well. In fact, the game was won in the beginning. SHC tried to hold on, but could do nothing. However, if it fails in this game, it can happen in the next one. And it will be interesting.

 

 

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