This isn’t the EU LCS we expected. It’s important to note that some teams: Gambit and Fnatic in particular, are known for performance when it matters: in the playoffs. This has affected my power rankings somewhat.
ROCCAT is undeniably strong, and really feels like the Cloud 9 of EU. Like Cloud 9 of the 2013 season, they run Thresh almost every game, but when they don’t, they have their own pioneered support (Morgana instead of Zyra). Like Cloud 9, their jungler knows how to farm (his jungle Gragas vs Fnatic). Like Cloud 9, their mid prefers single-target assassins. And like Cloud 9, they’ve come out of nowhere to dominate. They were my favorite new team, and have definitely been my top choice since Week 3, when I bet on them to beat Fnatic. While I was wrong then, they took their second game vs Fnatic, and hove been dominant since. I can’t wait to see how they match up against Cloud 9.
They have to pull out of their tailspin, but I still expect a quality playoffs performance out of them if they can.
They’ve had their struggles, but they’re still only a game under ROCCAT, and survived their week of subs. Hopefully they can come out strong with their main roster.
Beating the previous top 3 teams (Roccat/Gambit/Fnatic) back-to-back is no small accomplishment. CandyPanda looks on point right now.
Another new team lighting up the boards. Supa Hot Crew took time to get their momentum, but their aggressive style has taken EU by storm recently.
Alliance is starting to find their synergy. Unfortunately, so too have the new teams (ROCCAT/SHC) and some old teams (SK Gaming). I see them sticking around next season, and maybe competing with SHC and Fnatic (if they can’t right themselves).
I guess we now see how much Bjergsen mattered to the Copenhagen Wolves…
They just don’t feel like they have anything consistent or unique about them.
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