League of Legends Summer Split 2016: LCK Summer Split

It seems like just yesterday the sun had set on the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. Yet, the summer season has already started to dawn. With every new season comes a new set of expectations. Here are the three things you need to know before the split kicks off. South Korea is not just SK Telecom T1 SK Telecom T1 has finally claimed the MSI title to add to its already impressive collection of trophies. Despite a surprising start in the group stages, where the world was reminded South Korean teams are not always infallible, the team rallied to cinch six wins and one loss in the bracket stage with a 3-0 sweep over North America's Counter Logic Gaming in the finals. As South Korea's representative, the kings were able to reign once more. A reiterative point, maybe, but it certainly seems SK Telecom T1 has been the dominant force, taking not ...


League of Legends Summer Split 2016: EU LCS breakdown

If the European League Championship Series were a kingdom, it would be split into four. After one of the region's most successful years in 2015, with both Fnatic and Origen making the Riot World Championship semi-finals, the league was flourishing. The consensus was that the EU LCS was the second best region behind the all-powerful Summoner's Cup South Koreans. There were stars aplenty; and even with a few players leaving for higher wages over the waters in North America, it didn't deter the confidence of the top teams in Europe. Spring was a tenuous season for the Europeans. In the end, it was not one of the established clubs that won the championship and ticket to the Mid-Season Invitational, but a rookie organization in G2 Esports. The up-tempo (and sometimes heedless) offense of G2 led it to a regular season title and then a postseason crown. It went on to ...


League of Legends Summer Split 2016: Five players to follow

There are as many reasons to watch a traditional sport as there are personalities within it. The same is true for e-sports, especially League of Legends, a game with a worldwide appeal that hosts a yearly World Championship. Sometimes, it's about the underdog. Other times, it's the superstar's overlooked, yet essential, sidekick. But one factor unites them all: the Summoner's Cup. In League of Legends' case, there are five major regions, and therefore as many as five major reasons to watch the game. LCK: Kang "Blank" Sun-gu - SK Telecom T1 – Jungle Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok is an obvious pick for the "Player to Watch" mention until he retires from League of Legends (or perhaps even beyond), however, Faker's success rests on team play as well as his individual play; this includes perfect coordination between him and his jungler. In previous years, that role was Bae "bengi" Seong-woong's, but the ...


Unseen Heroes: League of Legends Coaches

On a cool October day in 2013, a group of wiry South Korean boys stand on the Los Angeles Staples Center stage. Clad in matching black sweatpants and red polos, their foreheads are beaded with sweat. They are only moments away from hoisting up a large silver trophy skyward and starting their empire atop the world's largest e-sport. The tournament's host nation has long since been eliminated from consideration. But this year, for the first time since 2013, North America will host the League of Legends World Championship Series. The region will finally have its chance at redemption on home soil. Strategizing at the helm of the continent's hopes and dreams are the coaches, a group of men tasked with keeping their teams focused through defeat, scandal, and roster changes. Unlike traditional sports, e-sports teams live together in one house, an environment ideal for an 18 year old learning to ...


League of Gods: Faker vs. LeBron, Messi, Vettel and others

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok has no equal in the world of League of Legends. Crowned king of his profession as a rookie, the 20-year-old megastar has done nothing but to grow his legacy since his debut just over three years ago in February of 2013. In his first eight domestic leagues, Korea's Champions, he won five titles. Internationally, he's been even better, winning a plethora of tournaments, including two of three Summoner's Cups available to him as a pro gamer. 237 wins. 84 losses. Faker holds a 74 percent win rate in his first three years of competition, and he has only gotten better in the past year and a half. Since SK Telecom T1 fused its sister teams, SKT T1 K and SKT T1 S, Faker has won 76 percent of his matches and dropped only one tournament, the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2015. Overall, it took Faker just over three ...

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