Turkey’s Supermassive eSports qualified for MSI, as winners of the International Wildcard tournament. In a close 3-1 series vs favourites Hard Random, Supermassive earned victory and through that, the Wildcard seed in the Mid-Season Invitational. Supermassive actually attended MSI last year under the name Besiktas eSports and have two returning players from that roster, toplaner Thaldren, and support Dumbledoge. Despite not picking up a single game last year, they left a definite impression on the international scene with heavy, often reckless, aggression, and a chaotic playstyle that was both hard to predict and fun to watch. An example of this, would be their 4 man tank on SKT’s Faker. Three minutes into game 1 of the tournament, securing First Blood and resulting in the legendary caster call of “Ten points to Dumbledoge!”. Under new ownership of Supermassive eSports and sporting a shiny new roster, the team are coming into the tournament on the upswing which they will need if they are to go toe to toe with the other international competition.
Supermassive’s toplaner is Thaldrin, who remains on the squad from BJK and is still the rock in the toplane which he was last year. He is mainly a tank player who likes champions such as Poppy, Maokai and Nautilus. Thaldrin had a monstrous series against Hard Random in the finals of the Wildcard tournemant with a 13.0 KDA, going unkilled in Supermassive’s 3 winning games. He will need to channel some of this gameplay if he is to stand up against the stacked toplane lineup, including Duke, Darshan and former World Champion, Looper.
Although he is an inexperienced player internationally, Supermassive’s jungler, Stormaged, has come a long way this split. Joining the team a little over 5 months ago, he has transitioned himself from a tank only player and adjusted to the current meta to become a versatile, all around jungler. His gameplay has no glaring weaknesses, but no huge strengths either. He has shown that he still prefers to play tanks in the jungle, with a very solid Gragas under his belt but is also comfortable with marksman jungler like the ever popular Graves and Kindred.
Naru is the most experienced member of the Supermassive lineup being somewhat of a national hero in Turkish League of Legends. In 2014 he attended the World Championships with Dark Passage and has had many appearances in International Wildcard Events too. Coming out of a group that contained China’s EDG, Taiwan’s AHQ eSports and Korea’s Samsung White with zero wins is hardly something to be ashamed of as it gave Naru the chance to play onstage against some of the best midlaners in the world, such as Pawn and Westdoor. He is a flexible player, who can play whatever is strong in the meta and is always quick to pick up new power picks. In the finals of the Wildcard Tournament, he played mostly a utility role for the team, opting for Lulu and Lissandra, but can also be counted on to step up and carry with champions like Azir which is frequently banned against him.
In the AD carry position, there is the only non-Turkish player in the team, the Danish Achuu. Carrying on the tradition of Danish players being very good at the game (Players like Froggen, Bjergsen, Neils all hail from Denmark), Achuu provides a late game damage threat for Supermassive and can always put on a star performance given the right tools. He has been criticised for his champion pool, and is only really confident on Ezreal and Lucian, a fact that his competition will be aware of. He will have to adapt to this if he is to stand up against the competition but if he is given his Ezreal or Lucian, he is a force to be reckoned with.
Rounding out the Supermassive lineup is fan favourite support, Dumbledoge. Dumbledoge is the heart and soul of Supermassive, his aggressive plays and surprising roams are signatures of his playstyle. He is known as an excellent Bard player, a champion who fits this playstyle perfectly but can also play other aggressive picks such as Poppy and Thresh to a high level. He is also the team’s main shotcaller, and responsible for orchestrating their rotations and roams, including the one which Faker fell to during the last MSI. Hopefully, we will see more of this sort of play from Dumbledoge as it is a large part of what makes his team such a thrill to watch. Wildcards Supermassive are undeniable underdogs in the tournament, who will be happy to pick up a single game. However, Wildcard teams are just that; unpredictable and volatile. We all remember Kabum’s victory over Alliance in the 2014 World Championship which showed the world that you can never take away the Wildcard regions’ ability to surprise. Supermassive play their first game against SKT on Wednesday the 4th of May at 9AM GMT, a fact that will no doubt have Dumbledoge smiling.