Welcome to The Weekend Review here at OkGamer. What The Weekend Review will be is three quick observations/thoughts over what happened in the past weekend of LCS/LEC games, as well as picking an MVP for the weekend.
Wukong Makes An Appearance… Finally
C9 top-laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie locked in Wukong against Immortals, the first time the champ has been locked in for any team in the LCS. It took long enough. In China, Wukong has been picked in 42 games with a 50% win-rate. Looking further, In Korea the champ has been played 13 games with a 53.8% win-rate. It’s clearly a strong pick, something that North America was late to pick up on.
Licorice continued to dominate as Wukong against Immortal’s top-laner Kieran “Allorim” Logue, who picked Aatrox. Allorim went 0/7/0, while Licorice went 3/0/10. To his credit, Licorice’s lane was heavily influenced by roams from Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer, who was on Twisted Fate in the mid lane.
Wukong looked extremely strong in his North American debut, and should be a pick to stay for quite some time.
Immortals “Academy” Roster Should’ve Started From Week 1
The reason academy is in quotes is because that roster isn’t an academy-level roster. Jake “Xmithie” Puchero, Apollo “Apollo” Price, and Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent are all proven LCS level players. After controversially benching Xmithie to start the split, Immortals revealed that they would be completely overhauling their roster for this past weekend of play.
The new roster looked solid, with a win against Golden Guardians while, unsurprisingly, losing to C9. Focusing on the win against Golden Guardians, jungler Xmithie and mid-laner David “Insanity” Challe were able to shut down the duo of Can “Closer” Çelik and Tanner “Damonte” Damonte. Insanity, for a rookie, looks like he could be a permanent replacement for struggling starting mid-laner Jérémy “Eika” Valdenaire.
Now looking at the C9 game, they got absolutely ran over, but to no one’s surprise. Immortals needs to start winning games though. Being a third of the way through the split, sitting at 1-5 gives you limited time to turn things around.
A major road block for this roster will be their string of upcoming games. The team faces Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas, and TSM over the next two weeks. While Dignitas are 0-6 and the only team below them in the standings, the other three teams listed will be extremely tough outings for the revamped Immortals roster.
A Discussion on 100 Thieves and Meteos
It’s impossible to not talk about the drama that happened late last night that happened between 100 Thieves and Meteos. First, let’s discuss what caused the drama.
100 Thieves sits at 1-5 and it’s no surprise that they’d be looking to substitute two of their weaker players stat-wise, jungler William “Meteos” Hartman and support William “Stunt” Chen. Looking purely at stats, Meteos’ play-style has never been kind to his own stats. His style is to setup other players to carry, most notably either Kim “Ssumday” Chan-Ho or Cody “Cody Sun” Li-Yu. Meteos’ KDA sits only above two other players at 1.5. The replacement will be Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia, coming in from 100T Academy. He’s been lighting up the league with a solid 6 KDA and being 17.3% of his team’s damage. The last time we saw Contractz in the LCS was when he struggled with Golden Guardians after having a successful stint on C9.
Stunt has been the second member the League community has harped on for the past 3 weeks. It’s not like the criticism in unjustifiable, he ranks second to last with a 1.5 KDA and consistently gets caught out, as seen in the C9 and TSM games. Rookie support Philippe “Poome” Lavoie-Giguere will take Stunt’s place in the line-up. Poome’s only been playing professionally since early June, joining 100T Academy from 100 Next, their amateur team. While Poome’s stats don’t flash out to you, he is young and a North American talent, which warrants excitement.
Now for the Meteos drama: Late on Sunday, after 100 Thieves dropped a game against TSM in which they were ahead for a a majority of the game, he put out a string of tweets that he quickly deleted.
It’s obvious that it’s unprofessional what Meteos did, but he wears his heart on his sleeve, as seen the last time he was benched by 100T. Coincidentally, the last time he got benched was also after week 3 in the Summer Split last year. This could be a death blow to Meteos’ career. For eSports, he’s 27 years old, which is about the time that pro players start looking for opportunities elsewhere. However, one of North America’s greatest junglers of all time has a contract that runs through the end of 2021. It will be interesting to see what happens with Meteos, as he’s had previous run ins with 100T management.
MVP of the Week: Bjergsen (TSM)
VS Evil Geniuses: 5/1/7 on LeBlanc
VS 100 Thieves: 7/2/10 on Orianna
TSM found it’s first 2-0 week with wins over both Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg was pivotal in the wins, dominating EG mid-laner Daniele “Jizuke” di Mauro who was on Karma.
The game against 100T was surprisingly close, as opposing mid-laner Tommy “Ryoma” Le went 9/3/9 on Azir and nearly carried his entire team to a win. Bjergsen hit a number of clutch Orianna ultimates that would catch out Cody Sun, eventually earning the team a victory.
Bjergsen has been one of the most consistent players North America has ever seen, however his teams haven’t always been up to par. With this new revamped roster though, TSM could go far this split.
Honorable Mentions: Blaber (Cloud9), Vulcan (Cloud9), Insanity (Immortals), Broken Blade (TSM), PowerOfEvil (FlyQuest), Stixxay (CLG)
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