The midpoint of the split has finally arrived. The past is past: glory and disappointments from international play, rivalries formed across a split founded on redemption. One goal now in sight: a spot at the 2016 World Championships in the U.S.
As we begin to approach the midpoint of the season, and with it Mid Lane week, we’ve amassed a plentiful amount of data on all aspects of the EU LCS summer split. We’ve got your KDAs, your DPMs, your GPMs… and a whole lot more, which is where this article comes in. What are some of the most interesting stats that help make up our LCS data, particularly focused on our exceptional EU mids? Well, I’m glad you asked!
While each role in League of Legends has a nearly limitless skill ceiling, that’s most apparent in the mid lane. Being a mid laner means understanding that you have the ability to impact every lane. Some players may choose to look for stylish 1v1 duels and settle on crushing their lane opponent, while others may look to roam and support their team with smart use of lane pressure, collapsing on the opposition right when they least expect it. No matter how you prefer to play, it’s important to learn how to control the mid lane - and in turn, control the game.
Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez seemed his usual happy self after taking a game off Vitality last Thursday, his team’s first Victory screen this split. Origen had just drawn with Vitality in its first match with xPeke playing as AD carry, following the exit of Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou after Origen’s 0-2 first week.
We’re approaching the third week of the EU LCS summer split, and the hierarchy of team dominance has started to form. In last week’s Match of the Week, H2K looked unstoppable against a Fnatic team many would favour going into the clash. After a poor showing in week 1, H2K’s AD carry Aleš "Freeze" Kněžínek showed up in a big way in week 2, particularly versus Fnatic. Back on his signature Draven, Freeze’s performances on the Glorious Executioner were, well… glorious.
Week 1 of the LCS and 6.10’s last hurrah is now behind us, and we’re moving to the shiny new 6.11 patch for week 2! With League’s fast-moving nature and rapid patch cycles, it’s easy to lose track of what’s good and what has fallen to the wayside every couple of weeks. The aim of this article is to highlight some of the more interesting and unique picks that you would not have expected in the past and how you can play them yourselves!
Week 1 kicked off in spectacular fashion with G2 taking down Origen 2-0, and week 2 sees our second grudge match of the Summer Split: fan-favourites Fnatic take on underachievers H2K in our Match of the Week. Fnatic, led by captain fantastic Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim will look to defeat a H2K team using its third AD carry in as many splits, Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek.
With members of the Spring split exodus, including fan-favourite YellOwStaR, returning to Europe for the summer split, along with an influx of Korean imports, Europe is in a solid position to replicate its success from the back-half of 2015. However, in Week 1 of the EU LCS Summer Split 2016, the focus is on a grudge match that goes beyond bragging rights; a match between the determined upstart and the wounded animal: Ocelote’s G2 Esports versus xPeke’s Origen.
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