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Swapped into bottom lane
June 17, 2018
Huni posted a 6/3/8 KDA on Yasuo in Echo Fox's win against FlyQuest on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Echo Fox decided to swap Huni's lane assignment with Altec, putting him in the bottom lane with Adrian on Shen. Huni and Adrian had plenty of chemistry during the laning phase, almost constantly picking fights together and winning a few along the way. Echo Fox kept the tempo sped up as it aced FlyQuest and secured a Baron kill 21 minutes in. The Baron was all Echo Fox needed to push and finish off the Nexus. Huni finished tied for the highest kill participation and leading in damage dealt to champions.
Helped funnel resources into Huni
June 17, 2018
Dardoch finished with a 3/3/10 KDA on Trundle in Echo Fox's victory against FlyQuest on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The early focus for Dardoch was on the top side but once he gave Altec enough help he was able to switch to the bottom lane. The shift to the bottom half of the map meant a lot of skirmishes breaking out. Dardoch supplied some good Pillars of Ice to pick up assists in those skirmishes but they came at the cost of his life sometimes. The bloody back and forth started to just go in Echo Fox's way after it secured an ace and a Baron buff around the 21 minute mark. Dardoch and crew easily pushed down mid lane to victory during the power play, claiming its first victory of the Summer Split.
Performed well on tank in the top lane
June 17, 2018
Altec scored a 4/1/5 KDA on Dr. Mundo in Echo Fox's win against FlyQuest on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Altec got moved into the top lane for the first game of the Summer Split. He seemed well prepared for the move as he invaded early and laid down plenty of poke damage during the laning phase. When it came to the late game teamfights, Altec did just fine as he picked up about an equal number of kills and assists. It didn't take long for Echo Fox to close its under 24 minute victory. With the success of this draft strategy for Echo Fox opens up some extra situations to prepare for when going up against it.
Underwhelming performance on Xin Zhao
June 17, 2018
Santorin scored a 1/5/9 KDA on Xin Zhao in FlyQuest's loss to Echo Fox on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Santorin was the first to play Xin Zhao in the LCS since Summer Split of 2015. While the champion has changed a bit since then, he still didn't have too good of a showing. Santorin didn't have any effective early ganks, with his best attempt trading his life for a kill, and struggled to do much in the late game fights. He tried to steal Baron but failed and it cost him his life. The Baron power play absolutely destroyed FlyQuest's base, toppling the NExus over in under 24 minutes.
Solid performance in loss
June 17, 2018
Keane earned a 5/2/4 KDA on Lulu in FlyQuest's loss to Echo Fox on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The laning phase went pretty smoothly for Keane's Lulu as it had the range advantage against Fenix's Irelia. Keane built up a solid gold lead throughout the laning phase and mid game. However it wouldn't be enough to carry in the key fights as Keane and company got squashed late. Keane did what he could but it wasn't nearly enough to deal with all of Echo Fox as it ran through its base with ease.
Damage carries on mage in loss
June 17, 2018
WildTurtle posted a 3/4/6 KDA on Swain in FlyQuest's loss to Echo Fox Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Another AD carry that embraced the new meta was WildTurtle as he drafted Swain for his first game of the Summer Split. The change from Marksman to Mage went well for WildTurtle early game as he picked up kills and assists. The late game didn't go as well as he struggled to deal out enough damage to get through the bruiser lineup that Echo Fox drafted. WildTurtle's efforts earned him the most damage dealt to champions for FlyQuest.
Damage carries out of the jungle
June 17, 2018
LirA earned a 3/0/10 KDA on Graves in Clutch Gaming's victory against Cloud9 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The early game went well for LirA after he picked up an assist from a level one first blood. The early lead allowed him to dominate the jungle matchup and control the neutral objectives. Clutch Gaming got a little greedy, overstaying a late game push, but it didn't harm it much as it came back from respawn timers to with the final teamfight 4-for-0 before knocking down the Nexus. LirA was a beast in those final fights as he lead CG in kill participation and damaged deal to champions.
Dark Bindings on point in win
June 17, 2018
Hakuho's Morgana finished with a 2/4/10 KDA in Clutch Gaming's victory over Cloud9 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
It didn't take long for Hakuho to start locking down targets with Morgana's Dark Bindings, picking first blood during a level one skirmish in the river. While Hakuho wasn't to get much done during the mid game, he began to come alive in the late game teamfights. Hakuho landed some clutch Dark Bindings while enabling LirA to pop off on Graves thanks to Black Shield. The final teamfight was easily won by CG as it traded 4-for-0 before marching into C9's base and securing its first victory of the split.
New meta, new champions added to the pool
June 17, 2018
Apollo posted a 7/3/4 KDA on Vladimir in Clutch Gaming's Victory against Cloud9 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Apollo had a little advantage early as he picked up assists off of the two level one kills that Clutch Gaming secured. The early lead lead to a relatively smooth laning phase where Apollo got to scale nicely into his late game power spikes. When Apollo joined up for teamfights he picked up plenty of kills enroute to dealing the second most damage dealt to champions. Despite being on a non Marksman AD carry Apollo still found a way to be a good damage threat, opening up the possibility for more diversity in Clutch Gaming's bottom lane champion pool.
Fell behind early in loss
June 17, 2018
Svenskeren posted a 1/5/6 KDA on Nocturne in Cloud9's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Svenskeren had a rough start on Nocturne, dying early and giving up any sort of hope to win a 1-vs-1 jungler skirmish. However he made up for some of it as his first gank in the bottom lane produced a kill and assist. It wasn't nearly enough as Cloud9 was behind in gold for nearly the entire match and started to get run over in the late game teamfights. After losing a few teamfights and giving up a Baron kill, there was little that Cloud9's AP heavy team composition could do to stop Clutch Gaming from knocking down the Nexus.
Solid performance in return to LCS
June 17, 2018
Goldenglue finished with a 2/2/4 KDA on Zoe in CLoud9's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Of the players the Cloud9 brought up from the Academy team there was only one that had a good performance and that was Goldenglue. He managed to pick up a solo kill during the laning phase on his way to building a pretty big CS lead. Goldenglue did his best in teamfights to carry as he lead C9 in damage dealt to champions. However Goldenglue's effort wasn't enough to win key teamfights and after Cloud9 lost an inhibitor it never recovered.
Roughed up in debut
June 17, 2018
Zeyzal scored a 1/4/6 KDA on Nautilus in Cloud9's loss to Clutch Gaming on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Zeyzal had a rough start in his LCS debut as he got taken down in a level one skirmish that took place before the first minions waves crashed. The setback meant that he was also just bullied in the laning phase, only ever engaging when gank assistance arrived. When it was time for the late game teamfights, Zeyzal's Nautilus was almost completely shut down by Hakuho's Morgana protecting any targets from harm with Black Shield. Cloud9's final stand was well out of base as it was nearly aced trying to protect a tier two turret.
Looks practiced on Pyke
June 16, 2018
Norskeren ended ROCCAT's Saturday win over H2k with a KDA of 3/0/8.
ANALYSIS
Pulling out the game's latest champion, Norskeren and the rest of ROCCAT already seemed to have a firm grasp on how to play Pyke and play around him. Norskeren roamed early and often, securing numerous kills for ROCCAT all while remaining deathless on the squishy melee champion. With his AD carry on Ziggs, there was little penalty for leaving lane, and ROCCAT thrived off of the picks he helped to create.
Gets the ball rolling over Smittyj
June 16, 2018
4/0/9 was Profit's KDA after ROCCAT took down H2k on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
ROCCAT's repeated multi-man focus of Smittyj was a key component in their success on Saturday, but Profit's Vladimir got it started all on his own. Just as his teammates were about to claim the first kill of the game in the river, Profit took first blood all for himself near the six-minute mark, after Smittyj's Cho'Gath stepped up too far. From there, Profit remained deathless while achieving the highest kill participation total in the game. On top of the solo kill, he had a highlight play where he Flashed over the Baron wall to delete two members of H2k, helping to secure the buff.
ROCCAT's only feeder
June 16, 2018
Memento went 6/2/6 in ROCCAT's Saturday victory over H2k.
ANALYSIS
Despite accounting for both of his team's deaths in this game (only one of which was really due to a mistake) Memento played a large part in his team's success in this game. ROCCAT absolutely dominated the early game, leading to the kind of one-sided match that's so characteristic of the current patch. Memento was probably the biggest contributor to this early dominance, maintaining the highest kill participation throughout the early stages of the game.