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2014 NA LCS Spring Split - Promotion Tournament Recap

Featured Game: Game 4 of TWZ vs CST

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I wanted to start off by highlighting one game that is most worth watching out of all of these matches, and its Game 4 of The Walking Zedlogo std.pngThe Walking Zed vs. Team Coastlogo std.pngTeam Coast. This was an action packed game and it can go either way, in a tense moment as one team’s life is on the line. Including some interesting picks like LeBlancSquare.png LeBlanc and top lane Kha'ZixSquare.png Kha'Zix.


Signature Picks

Eglogo std.pngEvil Geniuses:

LeonaSquare.png Leona
ZiggsSquare.png Ziggs
OlafSquare.png Olaf

Determined Gaminglogo std.pngDetermined Gaming:

Kha'ZixSquare.png Kha'Zix
AkaliSquare.png Akali
ViSquare.png Vi

Match Overview

Result: 3-0 In favor of EG. This matchup was dominated by EG, with especially good showings from their new solo laners Pobelter and Innox. After suffering defeat in the first game to EG, Determined Gaming really went on tilt, looking worse and worse each game. While Brokenshard had a strong impact in the first game, executing several ganks and stealing Baron NashorSquare.png Baron Nashor, his performance drained quickly making mistakes such as dying to Lizard ElderSquare.png Red Buff. The experience brought by the EU members carried EG to a solid and confident victory by executing patience, vision control, and the raw talent of the solo laners.

MVP - Pobelter

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Pobelter really shined in this match. He played ZiggsSquare.png Ziggs all three games, but DTG never had an answer, with Pobelter often scoring early game solo kills against Arthelon and getting off to a significant CS advantage in each game as well. His Ziggs was monstrous - something we should expect being banned often in the upcoming LCS. An honorable mention to Krepo and his LeonaSquare.png Leona though.

Signature Picks

Team Coastlogo std.pngTeam Coast:

OlafSquare.png Olaf
AhriSquare.png Ahri
ThreshSquare.png Thresh

The Walking Zedlogo std.pngThe Walking Zed:

NasusSquare.png Nasus
ShyvanaSquare.png Shyvana
OlafSquare.png Olaf

Match Overview

Results: 3-2 in favor of Team Coast. This matchup was unusual. The Walking Zed seemed to be the strongest challenger team of the weekend, but they were also matched up against the strongest re-qualifying team in Coast. This match went back and forth, but the games Coast won would be stomps, while TWZ would win close fought matches. This match was a clash of styles: Coast ran a pick-off style, securing single kills and taking objectives while split pushing, while TWZ ran a teamfight style, grouping up and forcing sieges. In the end, Coast’s ability to run with a lead gave them the victory, as in game 5 they took an early 2k gold lead at 8 minutes, turned it into a 6k gold lead by 14 minutes, and a 10k gold lead by 21 minutes.

MVP - Daydreamin

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Coast’s success really came from being able to pick off people and capitalize on the power play, and many of these pickoffs came from the EXCELLENT hooks from ThreshSquare.png Daydreamin’s Thresh, which was picked by him in 4 straight matches. Also, the Coast bot lane would consistently win against TWZ’s bot lane, giving them that early game pressure to free up Zionspartan and Shiphtur.


Match Overview

Results: 3-1 in favor of Curse. If this match could be summed up in one word it would be SLOW. Many times by 20-30 minutes there would be only 1-3 kills on the board. Both teams seemed nervous, especially Curse in the first game, but it ended up just being an extremely slow series with VERY low kill counts. Curse would often get a small lead and very slowly inch at objectives until they got so far ahead they could easily win, then after 10 more minutes of farming they would crush the opponents base. They took a very calculated approach and it paid off for them. The exception being their game 4 lineup, including WukongSquare.png Wukong, KatarinaSquare.png Katarina, and AnnieSquare.png Annie where they pulled off crazy AoE teamfights and took out the series against Cog.

MVP - Quas

While these matches were very slow and not many “plays” were made, if anyone made strong plays it was Quas. Quas participated in almost every first blood, and he even once killed the duo lane in a 1v2 situation alone on ShyvanaSquare.png Shyvana. He was looking extremely strong and was only kept down in one game, the 4th of the series, by constant camping on his RenektonSquare.png Hydra-rush Renekton.

Written by Spellsy - @SpellsyLoL
Edited by Jordan Spence - @SanctifiedLoL
Banners by Eric Womack - @VescaViolette
Wiki Format Help by Chris H-S - @mr_no_no

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