Diabolus: An early surprise in the EU Masters.

 

Tuning into the EU Masters for the first day of the Play Ins  2019 I wasn’t sure what to expect from Diabolus. Despite being the regular season champions of the UKLC, they had been clean swept by FNC Rising in the Play Off’s. Continue reading “Diabolus: An early surprise in the EU Masters.”

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My take on Vaevictis Esports in the LCL:

Esports has a representation problem, it is and has been since its inception a male dominated scene. While there isn’t a singular issue causing this and it is far too nuanced a topic for binary declarations, I want to explore the approach taken by one organisation in particular. Vaevictis Esports in the LCL. If you haven’t heard already they recently pieced together an all female side to take part in the LCL. For those of you who remember the fate of Team Siren,  notorious for falling flat on its face, I’m sorry to say that Vaevictis looks set to meet the same fate. Continue reading “My take on Vaevictis Esports in the LCL:”

The UKLC Tower System:

 

The UKLC has adopted an interesting format for the games of it’s regular season, every week functioning as a mini play offs, with the winner challenging last weeks Tower champions. Continue reading “The UKLC Tower System:”

Will franchising be good for the level of competition in the LEC in the short term?

With the start of the LEC and the injection of new teams, players and management, there has been a tonne of hype. Dramatic off-season changes, new ‘super teams’ and the return of fan favourites Origen have given us all questions: Will the old guard remain dominant? Which super team will come out on top? Who will step up and who, will fall down? It is expected that coming off the best European Worlds run in years, hopes for the LEC would be high. In this article I seek to examine the validity of the hype and temper rampant excitement. Continue reading “Will franchising be good for the level of competition in the LEC in the short term?”

Why I’m not sold on C9 making a deep run at worlds.

C9 made it out of group B today in dramatic fashion, fending off Vitality in a close race for a quarterfinals spot. It was a fantastic game of edge of your seats drama, hype, excitement and heartbreak. With C9 surging to take the second seed. Continue reading “Why I’m not sold on C9 making a deep run at worlds.”

Detonation Focusme: A Dark Horse?

Today saw the League of Legends World Championship kick off in Korea, with the world wondering whether an emergent region would challenge the pre-tournament favourites. With G-Rex showing up and smashing through Kaos Latin Gamers and Gambit Esports; Cloud 9 destroying Kabum in the opening game of the day. It seemed that the ‘Script’ would be followed to the letter, with both the NA and LMS teams dominating the emerging regions. However the day was made more interesting when DetonatioN Focusme took the stage against Kabum. Continue reading “Detonation Focusme: A Dark Horse?”