As the esports week progresses, we usually get a fair idea about what the headline of this recap article is going to be next Monday. It was supposed to be the Virtus.pro vs FaZe Clan match as the main story. All of that was thrown up into the air this week with the conclusion of the NA LCS Quarterfinals. Due to that, for the first time in this series’ history, we’re going to talk about League of Legends first.
League of Legends
The interesting match of the NA LCS Quarterfinals was supposed to be the one where Team Liquid faced off against Cloud9. It turned out not to be so. Team Liquid convincingly won the series 3-0 and advanced to the Semifinals, where they will face Echo Fox.
No, the headline-grabbing match turned out to be the one between Team SoloMid and Clutch Gaming. Before the match, everyone but the most diehard TSM haters expected Clutch to lose the series despite their name. After all, despite the struggles the SoloMid lineup has been experiencing throughout the split, their roster is extremely strong player-by-player.
The series started with a win for Team SoloMid, it looked like we were destined to get what we expected—TSM in the Finals once again. But then, things took a turn for the unexpected and Clutch started winning. Game after game, they put TSM in a corner and were ahead in the series, 2-1. Then, Team SoloMid drafted a pretty nice comp and were doing well in the early game with their Caitlyn/Morgana bot lane.
Everything went wrong after a massive skirmish near the blue side chickens. TSM smelled blood and went ham for kills, only to have the fight turned around against them. They lost a huge deal in that fight and couldn’t recover for the rest of the game. Despite their best efforts, Team SoloMid lost 1-3 and failed to make it to the Semifinals.
This is the first time in the history of the NA LCS that Team SoloMid will not fight for the title of split champion.
In the EU LCS, the Quarterfinals were also played. Splyce easily won against ROCCAT, while H2k-Gaming tried hard and failed to bring down Splyce, a team that was higher than them in the standings for the whole split, more or less.
With the results of these two matches, we have the Semifinals pairings of Splyce vs. Fnatic and Vitality vs. G2 Esports. While the two underdog teams played very well in the split and did a great job overcoming their mediocre past, this is where we expect their journey to end, barring any Clutch-like upsets.
G2 Esports are the historically strongest teams in the EU LCS. They have been playing in the Split Finals for a long time. Despite their initial struggles in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split, both teams eventually found their feet and clawed their way to the top of the standings in the regular season.
Also, a match between G2 Esports and Fnatic for the title would make for a 10x more hyped Finals than if Splyce played G2, Vitality played Fnatic or, even, Splyce played Vitality. It may sound rough, but it IS the truth.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
V4 Future Sports Festival
In CS:GO, the tournament of the week was the V4 Future Sports Festival, the first ever international CS:GO LAN event with a respectable €500,000 prize pool.
The four best teams to play in the tournament were FaZe Clan, Virtus.pro, mousesports and HellRaisers. Predictably, all four made it to the Quarterfinals, where FaZe was matched against Virtus.pro and mousesports had to take down HellRaisers.
That is where the biggest upset of the tournament happened. FaZe’s lack of tournament wins despite fielding one of the most star-studded rosters in the game has been steadily becoming a meme for a while. Unfortunately, the team did nothing to stop it at V4, losing to the notoriously struggling VP team, which, admittedly, has played very well against them. To make it worse, FaZe didn’t even win a map.
On the other side of the Quarterfinals, mousesports had a couple of hard maps against HellRaisers but their experience and individually superior skill won out, leading mouz to advance to the Finals, where Virtus.pro were eyeing them with a great deal of hunger.
In the Finals, mouz did what FaZe Clan could not and actually defeated Virtus.pro in a best of 3. It was not easy, however. VP brought the match to the third map after winning Cobblestone and forcing a tie in the match score.
In the end, however, mousesports proved their superiority on Train 16-14 and brought home €247,161.40. Congrats to mouz!
ESL Pro League Season 7
There were also a bunch of matches played both in NA and EU over at the ESL Pro League Season 7.
After the dust settled, NRG and Team Liquid are at the top of the standings with 11-1, followed by the 8-6 Luminosity, 8-4 OpTic, 7-9 Rogue, 6-4 Renegades, 5-7 Cloud9 and compLexity Gaming, 4-8 Ghost Gaming, 4-10 Splyce, 3-7 SK Gaming and 0-8 Team Dignitas.
In Europe, the situation is a bit more interesting, mostly due to the fact that there are more top teams on the old continent. Currently, Natus Vincere is at the top with 11-3, followed by Space Soldiers, Astralis, NiP, mouz, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, Heroic, North, HellRaisers, Fnatic, Team LDLC, AGO Esports and Team EnVyUs bringing up the rear with a 1-7 record.
The second stage of the Overwatch League Inaugural Season is over, with New York Excelsior at the top, following their Stage Grand Finals win over Philadelphia Fusion, 3-2. In the overall standings, however, Philadelphia Fusion was in third place, behind London Spitfire, which had to play Excelsior in the Stage Semifinals and lost 2-3.
Looking down the line, we also have the 7-3 Seoul Dynasty in fourth place, followed by Los Angeles Gladiators, Boston Uprising, Houston Outlaws, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Florida Mayhem, Dallas Fuel and, once again, Shanghai Dragons, which STILL hasn’t won a single Overwatch League match, which would be some kind of a record even if this wasn’t the first season of the league.
Aaand… That’s all, folks!