It’s a fact of life that you don’t value things properly until you lose them. That’s what was the overwhelming sentiment this week after getting spoiled with high level CS:GO events following the ELEAGUE Major Boston.
Yes, there were matches but not on the same level as we got used to, where the best teams in the world fought for meaningful prize pools in tournaments like cs_summit 2, StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 and IEM Katowice 2018.
League of Legends
In League of Legends, on the other hand, it was business as usual. All over the world, teams fought through the closing stages of their respective regional leagues, aiming to make it to the Playoffs.
In North America, Week 8 of the Spring Split is over, there is only one more week to go. There were several noteworthy matches last week. Some were expected, others—not so much.
Echo Fox, the surprising leader of the NA LCS throughout the split, had a significant dip after losing to Clutch Gaming and Counter Logic Gaming in Week 8. This allowed Cloud9 to catch up to them in the standings and the two teams are now sharing first place with 11-5 records.
The other biggest story in the league was the week Team SoloMid had. Normally, TSM doesn’t leave people indifferent. You can love the team or hate it but their games are always a big deal. That comes with being the historically best team in the NA LCS.
In Week 8, Team SoloMid had a big set of matches, facing their rivals Team Liquid and Cloud9. The matches would have been hypitty hype hyped no matter what, but with two former TSM stars, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen on Liquid and C9 respectively, the matches were sure to be a big deal.
The matchups did not disappoint, TSM lost to Liquid but kept some of their dignity intact by managing to win against the higher placed Cloud9.
With top 6 teams in the league advancing to the Playoffs after Week 9 and both Team SoloMid and Team Liquid teetering on the verge of dropping down to seventh in case of massive fails next week, the stakes couldn’t be higher. One thing is for sure, NA LCS Playoffs without TSM would be… wrong somehow.
In Europe, the LCS standings continue to be quite clumped together, similar to what they’ve been for the whole split. There is only one small difference now. The team at the top is no longer Vitality and there is more differentiation at the top of the standings.
Securely in the #1 spot is Fnatic with a 12-4 record. Trailing behind with 10-6, we have Splyce, followed by 9-7 G2 Esports and Vitality. That’s where certainty ends, however.
There are four teams with 7-9 records, Giants, FC Schalke 04, Misfits and ROCCAT, followed by the losers of the Spring Split, H2k-Gaming and Unicorns of Love, which share 6-10 records. At least they aren’t like Origen towards the end of their EU LCS stint.
Fnatic will stay at the top, however, the fate of the rest of the teams is up in the air to say the least, especially towards the back of the pack where Giants, Schalke 04, Misfits and ROCCAT are trailing behind the top four teams. The matches next week will be extremely interesting.
In the Mecca of League of Legends, South Korea, the situation remains similar to what we’ve seen over the whole LCK Spring Split. KING-ZONE DragonX is still on top having only lost two matches over the whole split.
Next up Afreeca Freecs and kT Rolster are in contention for second place with 10-4 records which are significantly better than what their closest rivals, former Samsung Galaxy roster, KSV, can boast.
The bottom tier of the teams that can still make it to the LCK Playoffs, we have ROX Tigers, Jin Air Green Wings and SK Telecom T1. Currently, the three-time World Champions sharing sixth place with Jin Air but with two weeks left to play, they may be able to claw their way up. In fact, a lot of things might still change in Korea.
In Dota 2, the Valve-sponsored Bucharest Major ended on Sunday and Virtus.pro continued their victorious march through the Dota 2 scene, making up for the embarrassing struggles of their CS:GO counterparts.
In the Playoffs of the Bucharest Major, Virtus.pro was not the highest ranked team to make it there. That honor belonged to Evil Geniuses and VGJ.Thunder. Still, they qualified for the Playoffs in the fourth round of the Swiss group stage and took it from there, winning the Quarterfinals against OpTic Gaming 2-0, taking down Team Liquid in the Semis 2-1 and finally 3-0ing VGJ in the Grand Finals.
After three weeks of Stage 2 play in the Overwatch League, Seoul Dynasty is currently on top with six straight wins. New York Excelsior the winner of the regular Stage 1 “split” is trailing behind them with 5-1. Three teams, Los Angeles Gladiators, London Spitfire and Los Angeles Valiant, share the third place and Shanghai Dragons are at the bottom of the standings with 0-6.
Despite making history by signing a female Korean pro Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon, the Chinese org doesn’t seem to be willing to actually let her play despite sucking quite badly. Hopefully, we will get to see the girl trying to beat on the boys sometime soon!
That’s all, folks!