LoL 5 Things We Learned From NA LCS Quarter Final Weekend
This past weekend the stage was set for the NA LCS semi finals as Cloud9 sent Teamn Envy Packing, meanwhile Counter Logic Gaming defeated Team Liquid to reach their fourth straight LCS semi finals. Both teams won their respective match ups with a final score of 3-1. The first semi final match up will feature long time rivals CLG and TSM facing off once more; and on the other side of the bracket Cloud9 will take on Immortals for a right to compete for the championship in Toronto. As we look forward to next weekend lets recap the 5 biggest takeaways from the quarter final weekend.
1. Jensen sets LCS single game kill record with LeBlanc.
In a close out game for Cloud9, mid laner Jensen shattered the previous LCS playoff record for kills in a single game with 20. The previous record was 14. Jensen utilized his mage assassin to capitalize on early laning mistakes by Team Envy and bolstered himself to legendary status. At this point Cloud9 gained complete control of the game and the entire team began to feed him kill after kill. Jensen would not be satisfied with the playoff record as he would use his fed Leblanc to go after the regular season record as well. Jensen ended the game with 20 kills, surpassing the regular season record of 19 kills held by Scarra back in 2013 when AP Master Yi was at its max strength. Just goes to show that the playoffs is set up for great moments.
2. Fabbbyyy benched for struggling in first 2 games. Jynthe steps in for next 2.
Counter Logic Gaming dominated Team Liquid in their first two games as there were struggles across the board, but none more evident than ADC Fabbyyy as he accumulated only 2 kills and 7 deaths on 2 different champions in the first 2 games. Subsequently, Liquid’s coach Locodoco made the decision to bench him for the rest of the series and insert Jynthe into the line up. Jynthe saw immediate success as his Ashe was able to carry Liquid to their first win. Unfortunately this was all it was able to do as the following game would secure the series for Cloud9. Regardless, it was a successful debut in the LCS for Jynthe. The pair of ADC’s prove that some disappear in the big moments and some step up to the challenge.
3. The meta remains consistent…for now.
As we all know League of Legends is a dynamic game with constant patching that features various nerfs, buffs, and reworks. So every several weeks the balance of champion strength will shift, but before each new patch the same set of champions will dominate. In fact, this past weekend a single game did not go by that did not feature both Gragas in the jungle and Gnar in the top lane. All 4 teams utilized these champions on a consistent basis. Likewise Shen, Taliyah, and Vlad were banned every single game. Tier lists exist for a reason and often provide the base for success in champion select.
4. Unconventional picks will not work…most of the time.
Working in tandem with my previous point, stick to the meta. Team Envy saw their demise at the hands of some poor out-of-meta picks in champion select. The mid laner, Ninga, for the now eliminated team took Jayce and Pantheon to the rift in the final two games respectively. They each saw abysmal KDA ratios totaling to 3/11/2 over the two games. On the flip side, CLG’s mid laner Huhi saw success in their final game by taking Aurelion Sol. Granted his statistics weren’t amazing, and it could’ve just been due to the fact that the entire team was outperforming Team Liquid, he still got a win on an unconventional champ. In summary, unconventional champs won’t see much success in the LCS; there may be a few anomalies here and there but a wild card champion is just that, a wild card.
5. Experience wins matches
If there is anything at all that we can take away from this weekend’s quarter final match ups, it’s that experience is what wins playoff matches. TSM, CLG, and Cloud9 are the only teams to win an NA LCS title. They are all in the playoffs and the later two have already secured their first win of these playoffs. Meanwhile Team Envy and Team Liquid only have minimal LCS playoff appearances. The other 3 teams are juggernauts of the league and are always legitimate contenders for the title each split.
Take all of this information and push into the following weekend and see how we will be gifted by the LCS semi finals. It is sure to be an eventful weekend and it’ll set the final stage for the championship to be held in Toronto. Stick close to RealSport for the latest coverage of the LCS playoffs.