Saturday, March 26, 2016

NA LCS relegation's

The Death of a LCS team


Current record: 5-13
The bottom three NA LCS teams have had significant roster changes, but none were as remarkable as Renegades’ Week 8 with the grab of top laner Shin “Seraph” Woo-yeong and mid laner Noh “Ninja” Geon-woo from Team Dragon Knights in exchange for struggling top laner Oleksii “RF Legendary”Kuziuta, top laner Cuong "Flaresz" Ta, and mid laner Alexey “Alex Ich”Ichetovkin. This was well after the team had gone without starting AD carry Aleš "Freeze" Kněžínek for three games in Weeks 2 and 3, along with the resignation of starting support Maria “Remi” Creveling between Weeks 3 and 4. With all of these changes, the Renegades have started 11 members in the 17 games they've played this split — the most of any North American team. Naturally, this has made it difficult for them to find any kind of stride or synergy, although their fortunes have looked brighter since Ninja and Seraph became starters. The new line up has been able to find some dire wins on TIP and TSM puting them in a firm 8th place.

Team Impulse

Current record: 5-13

Prior to the season’s start, Team Impulse’s chances at anything but tenth place were widely disregarded due to their seemingly slapped-together roster. Top laner Wang “Feng” Xiaofeng and Korean solo queue mid laner Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik were unknown entities, while jungler Kim “Procxin”Se-young had most recently left Japanese team DetonatioN FocusMe after only two games. Support Austin “Gate” Yu was known for stepping into TIP's mid lane when Yu “XiaoWeiXiao” Xian was banned last summer, while AD carry Brandon “Mash” Phan had bounced around the North American scene since 2011.
This roster didn’t play together until Week 4, although both Pirean and Procxin appeared late in Week 2 for a surprising victory with Gate the support filling in for Top. Even with their subsequent 5-13 record, TiP remain one of the bloodier teams in North America with 0.71 combined kills per minute thanks to their insistence on choosing fights and skirmishes often to their detriment. Going into relegation's they will face the winner of DIG vs TDK. I think they will make it back into the LCS along side APEX and REN.

Team Dignitas

Current record: 4-14
The last place team in the NA lcs Dig would have to win 2 best of 5's in a row in order to re-qualify for the NA LCS. Thats a hard goal to reach and its doubtful they can reach it. Dignitas has the longest average game time of any North American team being tied for first at 37.7 minutes with Echo Fox.Even with Aspect of the Dragon, multiple Zz’rot Portals, and Baron, Dignitas finds it hard just to sit back and win a game instead they throw throw and throw some more. Dignitas has the most difficult road of all three bottom teams to avoid the dreaded Challenger series. Will DiG a long standing LCS team finally be relegated or will they rise from the ashes of shame? Only time will tell.

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