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Taking the Pulse of the LCS (Week 9)

I am Adel Chouadria, aka: Hype Algerian - a passionate Frenchman who is on a mission. My passion is for anything connected with League of Legends: the game, the tournament scene, the gossip... you name it. My mission, and I choose to accept it, is to elevate the heart rates of my fellow LoL fans by dishing out the skinny, the dirt, and the hype on last week’s fait accompli and this week’s fates in the balance of the European and Northern American LCS.

Could people on Reddit and Facebook stop holding pitchforks in EG’s faces?

When SK ocelote initially released his statement that Reddit was starting to dispense negative vibes, I raised an eyebrow. I was aware of the phenomenon but treated it as a one-time occurrence. However, I now know that I should not have raised a quizzical eyebrow.
While Evil Geniuses have been sitting at a solid fourth place at the European LCS, some of their fans (or dissidents) have been bashing their team quite often. I would like to think that this was a result of the All-Star Game votes in its early stages (Wickd, Snoopeh and yellowpete were all in the roster), but it went way out of bounds. Snoopeh, in particular, has not been spared on Reddit, Twitter, or Facebook.
Let us hope that Wickd’s Facebook post can summon more positive energy.

Teams of the Week:

  • compLexity Gaming (2W-1L): With the recent addition of PR0LLY, things are looking much better for Lautemortis and consorts. The question that now deserves to be asked is: Can they snag that sixth place and secure their spot for the next season?


  • Gambit Gaming (3W-0L): I list them on a regular basis here. This week will not be an exception. With their recent powerful displays, they look to clinch the number one spot that Fnatic is holding on to. Is there a better way to close in on first place than by beating the team currently occupying the spot? The answer is, quite frankly, no.


  • against All authority (2W-1L): Their season starts now. With the acquisition of Dioud, the future looks much brighter. The dissonance in the bottom lane is finally gone.



Casualties of the Week:

  • Team Vulcun (1W-2L): Simply put, the reason that they are listed here is the fact that, in the space of two weeks, they slid from a legitimate fourth place contender to an endangered sixth place holder. This does not bode well for them.


  • DragonBorns and GIANTS! Gaming (0W-3L both): Despite their best efforts, there are dark shadows looming over them. Respectively eighth and seventh, DB and GIANTS! face the prospect of being relegated to the non-LCS circuit. However, they are acquiring invaluable experience from their EU LCS encounters.



I’m Feeling:

  • GG Alex Ich cruised over Evil Geniuses with a hippity hoppity Pentakill. His attitude during the post-game interviews was remarkable (and funny).




I’m Not Feeling:

  • Karalius is not in against All authority anymore. He cites chemistry issues with Nono as the reason that led him to leave. I wish him the best in the future. This article sums it up nicely.




Comedy Gold:

  • TSM Dyrus, I am not sure whether your tweet means that you are convinced that NA will not win the All-Star Game or anything else, but it was extremely funny.



  • Phreak’s arrival at the EU LCS meant that the audience and viewership would be served tons of puns.


  • GG Alex Ich’s post-game interview with Sjokz, contained interesting declarations on Snoopeh’s surprising pick (jungle MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar) and some self-promotion for the All-Star Game.



Teams to Watch:

  • Fnatic (16W-4L) and Gambit Gaming (15W-4L): If both teams win all of their games, we would see two teams share the first place with 18W-4L. However, their biggest threats this week (Evil Geniuses and SK Gaming respectively) may spice up the ordeal quite a bit if either of them win one of those marquee games.


  • Team SoloMid (15W-7L): TSM may only have one game this week, but it may be the most significant game of the week for both teams involved; they do not want to lose this one. If Reginald’s team wins, he and his teammates will take a big step closer to that first or second place that would guarantee them a bye in the first round in the Spring Playoffs. Otherwise, TSM will have to go through the first round which exposes them to the risk of getting knocked out before reaching the Spring Playoff semifinals.



All-Star Voting:

Your voice will count big time, no matter who you are. Please take some of your time to vote on the European roster and/or the Northern American roster. The selected All-Star teams will play at the All-Star event in China. At stake: A third seed in the World Championship. One additional team will represent one of the following regions: Europe, America, South-East Asia, Korea, or China -- depending on which region’s All-Star team is victorious. Choose wisely!

Written by Adel Chouadria.
Edited by Marissa Moody Kuo.


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