We are just barely into week 4 of the NA LCS Summer Split of 2015 which will be played on the 5.11 patch, but already we can see the teams’ fighting capabilities. We find Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) performing extremely well as it ties for first place with Team Liquid (TL), each with 5 wins and 1 loss, in an effort to redeem its reputation as the original League of Legends Powerhouse. After a series of clean victories against competition during the early infancy of LoL esports, CLG embarked on a series of defeats and average performances, which previously put them behind Team SoloMid (TSM) and Cloud 9.
LCS matches in Summer Split Week 4:
Europe (LCS EU):
06/18 – 06/19: Week 4 – LCS EU Summer Split 2015
North America (LCS NA):
06/20 – 06/21: Week 4 – LCS NA Summer Split 2015
WILL CLG BOUNCE BACK?
Now it seems like CLG is out to make good its original reputation as the League of Legends Champion among champions, as they inch ahead of TSM, Gravity and Dignitas, who are following closely just a point behind with 4 wins and 2 losses each. Founded in April 2010 by George “HotshotGG” George Georgallidis, this North American esports team is the oldest participating League of Legends team still active today.
Their original power team parted ways due to various reasons, but the present CLG top 5 roster composed of Top Lane “ZionSpartan “ (USA), AD Carry “Doublelift” (USA), Support “Aphromoo:” (USA), Mid laner “Pobelter” Park (USA), Mid laner “HuHi” (South Korea) and Jungler “Xmithie” (Iloilo City Philippines), whose contracts are expiring by November 2015, are determined to make their mark in the LoL esports arena.
Prior to the start of the 2015 Summer Split, the team management announced that they would employ a strategy that would use two mid laners who would both start in games. At the end of this LCS Summer Split 2015, will CLG be able to hang on and garner the much coveted first place, or will it fall back to old patterns and fail to maintain their winning streak? The answer will be clear after both TL and CLG have seen the end of 10 matches, and if TL will be able to overcome their handicap which points to lack of early game pressure.
OTHER TEAMS’ PERFORMANCES
Here we find Team Impulse (TI) right at the center with 3 wins and 3 losses, followed by Enemy Esports and Cloud9 with 2 wins and 4 losses each; trailing far behind is Team 8 with one win and 5 losses. Meanwhile, Team Dragon Knights is still reeling from the effects of immigration and visa issues of Ninja, Emperor and Smoothie, who were unable to play during the earlier games, resulting in 0 wins and 6 losses. TDK has announced a victory in part in the approval of the players’ visas; the players are required to return to their home country for interview. They will be playing against veteran CLG, which will prove be a formidable enemy unless TDK can play with their full roster.
IN OTHER NEWS
Considered as an underdog during the previous season, Team Dignitas (TD) surprised fans by defeating Team SoloMid for their fourth win this season, kudos to a smart play by Gamsu, coupled with slowed reaction time on the part of TS, which enabled TD to turn the tables around, converting into an active contender for this season. Similar to SoloMid, TI had a hair’s breadth opportunity to win against TL, being advanced in kill count, but TL staged a rally through an effective game strategy which pushed them ahead in the game.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE EU FRONT
At the top of the ladder we find Fnatic, undefeated with 6 wins and 0 losses. Origen, who suffered its first loss to Fnatic on this 4th week of the LCS EU Summer Split for 2015, ties with H2K with 5 wins and 1 loss, followed by Giants Gaming with 4 wins and 2 losses. Right at the center we find Unicorns of Love, with 3 wins and 3 losses. ROCCAT, Copenhagen Wolves and Gambit Gaming follow with 2 wins and 4 losses each. Almost scraping bottom is Elements, with 1 win and 5 losses, while SK gaming has yet to win a single game, with no wins and 6 losses, hopeful for victory against ROCCAT and Unicorns of Love, against whom they will be playing this week.
OTHER PLAYER MOVEMENTS
- Cloud 9’s David “Yusui” Bloomquist is suspended from all Riot-affiliated accounts for 4 competitive weeks for violating the Summoner’s Code-9.2.7 governing Player Behavior
- Team 8 (T8) announces the leave of absence of Mid-laner Andrew “Slooshi” Pham from week 4 onwards; he is replaced by Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer.
- Kévin “Shaunz” Ghanbarzadeh assumes the post as head coach of Gambit Gaming (GG)
- Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm is the AD Carry for Team ROCCAT (ROC), replacing Pawel “Woolite”
- Jordan “Leviathan” Thwaites replaces ElderPeko as head coach of Team Winterfox (formerl y Evil Geniuses).
- Brazilian esports organization KaBuM! Orange announces the following changes:
- Daniel “dans” Dias moves from coach to AD Carry, replacing “Minerva”
- Gustavo “Minerva” Alves moves from AD Carry to Jungler
- “BruNo” is now a sub.
This ends our News Feed for Week 4, as the games and excitement continue. Watch for it.
About the Author: Amna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.