LoL 2018-04-09

Last Week in Esports: Liquid Always Fourth in the Best Way Possible

Unless you’re a hardcore CS:GO fan, the last week in esports was kinda busy. The Finals in the EU and NA LCS Spring Splits, two best of 5s in the LCK Playoffs, Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 and the beginning of the Stage 3 of Overwatch League’s Inaugural Season. All of that happened throughout the last week.

League of Legends

North America

The match between Team Liquid and 100 Thieves was not the one we expected before the Split began but it was still an exciting matchup where Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black and his new thievin’ team faced the majority of his old CLG teammates, including Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, and Eugene “Pobelter” Park.

The LCS analysts weren’t too optimistic about 100 Thieves’ chance against the new and improved Team Liquid before the game and their doubts proved to be well-founded in the Summoner’s Rift. Team Liquid convincingly won the series 3-0 and became the fourth team to win the NA LCS after Team SoloMid, Cloud9 and CLG.

Now that’s the version of the “Liquid always fourth” meme the org could embrace freely.

With this victory, we will see Team Liquid in the Mid-Season Invitational tournament.

Europe

In the European LCS Finals, two of the most successful teams in the region, Fnatic and G2 Esports, met to determine which is going to take the initiative going into the 2018 season.

After the franchising of the NA LCS, G2 Esports lost the majority of their roster, including their ace botlane duo of Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez. Despite that, G2 managed to reach the Finals once again—a significant testament to the team’s longevity.

The Finals is where it ended for G2 in the Spring Split, however. The current roster of Fnatic convincingly proved their superiority by winning the Finals 3-0. The MVP of the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson proved that he was deserving of the award, finishing the series with perfect 36 KDA throughout the series with 10/0/5 on Tristana, 6/0/3 on Sivir and 4/0/5 on Tristana once again.

South Korea

The first thing you should know about the South Korean Playoffs is that the format is… peculiar. The best team from the regular season, Kingzone DragonX in this case, goes straight to the FInals while the rest have to play through a gauntlet.

As the worst qualifying teams, SK Telecom T1 and KSV eSports played each other in Round 1. SK won and advance to Round 2 where their longtime rival, kT Rolster, was waiting for them. That’s where Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s journey in the LCK Playoffs ended, SKT lost 1-3.

After that, kT Rolster advanced to Round 3, where they had to face Afreeca Freecs but lost 1-3. With that win, AF moved to the Finals, where Kingzone DragonX is waiting for them. The Finals match is going to be played on Apr. 14, 17:00 Korean Standard Time.

Dota 2

Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018

While The International is the king of Dota 2 tournaments, the Dota 2 Asian Championships are the princeling that wishes to sit upon the throne but knows that it’s never going to happen.

Seriously, though, one more Valve Major rumbled through the Dota 2 scene. Some of the best teams in the entire Dota 2 world, including Virtus.pro, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Mineski, Vici Gaming, TNC Pro Team, OG and many others came to Shanghai to fight for the $1,000,000 prize pool.

Sixteen teams fought for days and in the end, Mineski was the last one standing after getting through OpTic Gaming, Vici Gaming and LGD Gaming Twice. Finally, Virtus.pro’s dominating romp through the pro scene has been ended by Team Liquid which dropped VP from the Upper Bracket and LGD Gaming, which won against them in the Lower Bracket Finals 2-1.

Overwatch

Overwatch League

The third stage of the Inaugural Overwatch League season started this week and three teams, New York Excelsior, Los Angeles Valiant and Boston Uprising, are at the top currently with 2-0 scores. The middle of the pack is taken up by Philadelphia Fusion, Los Angeles Gladiators, Dallas Fuel, Seoul Dynasty, San Francisco Shock and Houston Outlaws, while the weakest teams at the moment are London Spitfire, Florida Mayhem and Shanghai Dragons. To be fair, however, London had a close match against Houston and barely lost 2-3, while also facing the dominating squad of the last stage, New York Excelsior.

That’s all, folks!

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