“Yo Jensen Body these fools” “Fight fight fight fight, Im Healing Rush, Keep Kiting BACK !KOG’MAW KOG’MAW KOG’MAW!! Kite back Kite back We got this! GO GO GO GO GO GO Im Healing Rush,Im Healing Sneaky, Careful Careful! KOG’MAW KOG’MAW KOG’MAW!!! GET HIM GET HIM!! WE WIN WE WIN WE WIN!!! I GOTCHU I GOTCHU!!!” Judging by this we can already speculate how explosive and surprising the NALCS has been this year. With new teams rising to power and older teams crumbling down we’ll take a look at what has come to the NALCS as of now.
This was probably the most impressive performance this season SO FAR. They currently only have 1 LOSS out of 14 games. Star players for this team are none other than Reignover (Jungler) Huni (Top Laner) and Wildturtle( ADC), this triple threat has been the leading cause to their great season so far. As a new team this is also impressive since they don’t have as much synergy compared to other teams. Theybwere seen as a huge threat when their Second game of the season they made a record breaking win for a FAST 18:00m Minute game. This has never been done in LCS History. All in all Immortals has been the Emperor of NALCS.
Here we can see although a close match IMT pulls in a game winning team fight
CLG has seen an over all clean season so far, many changes have occurred such as Stixxay (ADC) Filling in Doublelift’s big shoes, as well as Darshan, formely known as ZionSpartan, has gone through a massive evolution as a player. Although with an adjusted roster CLG retains its synergy that leads them to placing 2nd in NA. Furthermore the current meta (strategy for people newer to the Esports scene) Favors Darshan’s playstyle such as Jax Fiora ect. CLG is seen as a huge threat since it was the only team to end Immortals chance of having a perfect season being the only team to conquer Immortals. Overall CLG might have reached its peak this split and this may be the split where they take it all.
Video Portrays CLG’s Shut down on Immortals Undefeated record
C9 has yet again brought back Hai (was suppposed to retire a year ago) , but as seen they need Hai’s GODLIKE shotcalling in ordwer for them to remain in the top 3 NA Teams. C9 has been a strong team with the addition of Rush (a Highly skilled korean solo q player), Rush has been what seems to be C9’s Ace in the hole due to his god like mechanics. With the retirement of Lemonation C9 needed someone to take his Support role, who would it be ?well none other than Hai seeing as to how he is determined no matter what position he plays. Hai is one of the first players to play 3 roles professionally that being (Mid lane, jungle, and Support). Another main reason for C9 keeping up with the other teams is the fact that Jensen has also evolved as a player, he has improved greatly in skill and can now compete with the other professional midlaners. This leads to the fact that C9 is a top 3 team in NA and has what it takes to compete with other teams
Here we have Rush’s incredible outplay
TSM has hit a rough spot this season since having their whole roster reworked( except bjergsen) the team has lately been lacking synergy. This shows through their performance on stage and most of their wins have been sloppy. TSM have been leaning on bjerg for carrying them to victory with the exception of some games where Hauntzer or DoubleLift end up carrying. TSM have talented players but they just lack the synergy and trust in each others calls. While this has crippled them they still remain in 4th place and are fighting to get back onto the top.
Example of TSM’s rather sloppy style of pulling in wins (hurts as a TSM fan)
NRG is what I call a Wild card, you never know whether it will destroy its opponents or get stomped by its opponents. Key Players for NRG is probably Impact(Season 3 World Champion toplaner) and Ganked By Mom or GBM (Midlaner) these two is what I like to think of as the bread and butter of Team NRG. Impact has provided a carry potential for NRG and has been there when needed most. GBM on the other hand is what I like to call the Messiah for team NRG, This guy is CRAZY good, I’ve seen some good flashy plays from him that keep NRG tied for 5th right now. As NALCS continues I feel as if NRG will soon grow to power and rise towards the top.
Here we have a video of GBM stepping up when Impact would not perform on first day of NALCS
A force to be reckoned with TL has returned and is attmepting to make it to the top again. This time however they bring in some rookies to the table after the retirement of IWillDominate a talented jungler for TL and Matt the new support/shot caller for TL. But some wonder who would replace Dom? Well that would be Dardoch his second in command, this left TL under the supervision of Fenix and Piglet who were the veteran players for the team. With a score of 7-7 I say TL has potential to make it to the spot and conquer the NA scene.
Here we have Liquid showing off their potential by sweeping TSM
Echo Fox has had its ups and downs and continues to spiral down, Fox has only one veteran which would be Froggen who was an EU legend and was known for being able to farm/CS efficiently. That being said this team run by Rick Fox is built out of Rookies and decently new pros. This includes Keith, Big, and KFO. That being said Echo Fox has a slim chance of not being relegated but must work jard in order to survive since they are tied for 7th.
Here we have one of Echo Fox’s Glorious moments at 57 seconds , (watch out for Big’s squeaky voice :P)
Once Big fish of the NALCS in 2015 have now crumbled in 2016 due to the fact that 4 of its former players have left to join the following teams (TSM, NRG, C9, and DIG).This has left Gate to form a new team and attempt to keep themselves in the NALCS. In order to do this they moved Gate to the support role and filled in the other roles with new players from Korea. That being said this choice doesnt seem rto be as wise as they had thought since TIP also face the risk of possible relegation and not being able to perform in the NALCS next year. If they want to stay alive against this cruel drawn out split they need to step it up and need to build synergy. That being said they have finally began to develop some form of synergy shown below
Ah the slow spiral of once a strong and respective team has been foreseen, Team Dignitas is what some might call washed up. Through out the split they have made bad calls and are known to throw the game with a hasty baron pick which usually ends up with them being aced (when all 5 players of one team being dead at the same time). Dignitas can only rely on their only hope which is KiwiKid and Shiphtur.Both are seasoned veterans and have played the game since around beta.
this Video Portray’s DIG’s few successful games
Once seen as the power pick in the Challenger Series since they had old legends Crumbz,Freeze, and Alex Ich. That being said they haven’t been performing up to their expectations and have been on a bad losing streak and will most likely face relegation. Renegades does however have there moments where they expose their enemies mistakes and go for the win. But as the Season Continues the more pressure is added towards Renegades being last place.
Rare Footage of Renegade’s success
As Play-Offs draw near the tension between each of the team’s increases it all goes down in the play offs and anything can happen. Which of these 10 teams will manage to win the spring split? which of these teams will be relegated? Comment before and be sure to give feedback 🙂 Anything helps. Have a Nice Day :^)