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ALL – CW: Split push, but shared joy!

On the blue side, ALL ban Youngbuck’s Heimerdinger, Ziggs, Lulu and pick Irelia, Kha’zix, Zed, Caitlyn and Thresh. Over on the purple side, CW ban Nidalee, Evelynn, LeBlanc and pick Gragas, Lee Sin, Ryze, Lucian and Karma.

Surprisingly for the current patch, the game starts with the classic 2v2 bot lane face-off. The only stray from the normal course is the late invade and red buff steal from CW. 5 minutes in, the squishy Ryze gets caught in the mid lane by Kha’zix and Zed, manages to escape in the enemy jungle, but eventually dies by the hands of  Froggen, giving First Blood to ALL. The first turret of the game falls 9 minutes in, as CW pressure the bottom-lane and secure that objective.  A couple of minutes later, CW catch off Thresh near drake, kill him and secure the global objective for themselves since Zed had already recalled. In the aftermath, CW make an aggressive engage in the bot lane and manage to get another kill on Thresh, but with Irelia teleporting in, ALL get a retribution kill on Ryze.

16 minutes in and with drake about to re-spawn, Zed goes for a gank top. Together with Irelia, he manages to kill Gragas and down the outer top turret. Meanwhile, CW move into position and secure the second dragon, putting themselves 2k gold ahead. At the 19 minute mark, a spectacular ward TP with homeguard boots from Irelia enables ALL a kill on Ryze with the help of Zed down in the bot lane. The outer turret falls, however CW answer with the mid outer tower. In the minutes that followed, it became clear that ALL would go for the 1-3-1 split push strategy, sending Zed and Irelia to the side lanes. This went on until minute 23, when the teams converged at the dragon pit. Zed managed to steal the dragon, but Thresh and the bug had to pay for it with their lives. Having a 2 man advantage, CW decide to rush to baron and start it. ALL manage to buy enough time for their 2 members to come back to life, and although Zed and Irelia fall, ALL turn it around, take 4 kills and the baron for themselves to extend their gold lead to 4k. 29 minutes in and with baron buff on, the 4 man ALL group siege the top lane, down the inner turret and rotate bot, in search of the last inner tower. They find Gragas out of position in the jungle though, which easily secures them the objective. At this point, ALL overextend, lose Irelia and the drake while CW reduces the gold deficit to only 2k. Later on, Nyph gets killed in the mid lane, giving up the mid inner turret to the Wolves while on ALL side the pace is set by Zed and Irelia, who continue their split-push unphased.

39 minutes in, more action is about to unfold. Near the baron pit, Kha’zix catches off Lucian, but overextends and gets killed by Lee Sin. The rest of ALL, however, quickly close in and get the revenge kill on Lee Sin. They start the baron and safely secure it, taking the drake right after in order to get a solid 6k gold lead on the Copenhagen Wolves. ALL now feel confident pushing with 5 man down the mid lane, but can not take the inner turret down being constantly poked by the CW. Right when it seemed like ALL had no chance but to back off, Ryze got caught and killed setting out a doomsday scenario for the Wolves. They must concede the mid inner turret, but ALL are pushing for more and following a triple kill from Zed, Froggen and crew are going all the way, downing the inhibitor turret, the inhibitor and finally the Nexus, thus disrupting the tie-breaking tradition in the EU LCS. Ironically enough, they get to play the Wolves once again in the first round of the play-offs. What a great rematch that will be!

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EU LCS Final Standings & Play-off Bracket

The EU LCS Spring Split has come to an end and despite many 6 or 7 way ties conspiracy theories, the rumors are true and Europe has managed to dodge all dooms-day scenarios and achieved the unthinkable: there will be no ties in Europe, as clearly shown in the picture below, courtesy of @Zerglinator.

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The tie-free standings show SK Gaming and Fnatic in 1st and 2nd, who are guaranteed a first round bye in the play-offs and thus secured their spots in the Summer Split of the EU LCS. With their win against CW in the last game, we find ALL in 3rd, just ahead of ROC, who finished 4th with 15 wins and 13 losses. One game behind the Poles, we find GMB, with 14 wins and 14 losses, representing the ultimate equilibrium. In 6th spot, clenching the final play-off spot, are the Wolves from Denmark, who end the split with 13 wins and 15 losses, while SHC and MIL are eliminated from the race and will take part in the Summer Promotion Tournament. Too illustrate how close the competition was in Europe, you can see that only one win separates the first team from the second, the second from the third and so on. What a great competition it has been…

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…and what magnificent battles still await us in the play-offs, kicking off on Tuesday, 15th of April with ALL vs CW and ROC vs GMB. The winner of the play-offs will be crowned Spring Champion and will get the honor to represent Europe at the All-Star Invitational in Paris, to face off against the champions from the other 4 regions.

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FNC – ROC: Monster farm for 2nd place

On the blue side, FNC ban Evelynn, Ryze, Nidalee and pick Lee Sin, Kha’zix, Ziggs, Vayne and Karma to face off against ROC, who ban LeBlanc, Lulu, Gragas and pick Renekton, Elise, Talon, Lucian and Leona. If FNC secures the win, they will snatch the 2nd place and the bye in the first round of the play-off.

FNC picking Vayne, are the ones who initiate the lane swap and the two teams exchange their red buffs. Elise gets the first gank off in the 5th minute as he secures FB on Ziggs. The two teams continue to push with their duo lanes even after downing the first tower, but that was just to starve the 2 top-laners, the inner towers did not fall on any side. ROC used their positional advantage to take an early dragon 9 minutes in, with the help of Elise’s tanky spiderlings. The CS count at the 10 minute mark showed FNC dominating all lanes, 30-20 in the top-lane, 88-61 in the mid-lane and 98-91 in the bottom-lane. 11 minutes in, the two low inner turrets finally go down for both teams, but FNC groups in the mid-lane to destroy the outer turret there as well.

The next 2 dragons would go uncontested to FNC as Ziggs’ and Karma’s poking and zoning out abilities work like a charm. 23 minutes in, Vayne and Lee Sin take down Elise in a 2v2 skirmish up in the top-lane, but overstay their welcome and ROC grabs the revenge kill on Rekkles. The action moves in the mid-lane as ROC over-commits too many resources to get a kill on Karma and the rest of FNC collapse on them to win the trade 3-1 and rush the baron. With the Nashor buff on, FNC are not grouped up and ROC see an opportunity to kill Lee Sin in the top-lane, send 3 people after him, get the kill, but FNC also find a kill of their own in the mid-lane, down the mid inner turret and get the dragon before rotating bot and taking down that inner turret as well. By now, FNC had a 10k gold advantage and was just sitting around in the bot-lane, trying to siege the bot inhibitor tower, while their minions were taking down the top inner turret. ROC finally get an engage on them, but FNC kite back very well and manage to get themselves 2 kills while only losing 1 member. 2 minutes later, baron would re-spawn and ROC were not in a position to contest it, having no vision whatsoever in or around the baron pit.

With the baron buff on, FNC proceed to systematically take down all 3 inhibitor towers and inhibitors from ROC and end the game in a very clean and convincing manner to secure themselves that all important 2nd spot in the standings and the first play-off round bye that goes with it. The game was not too spectacular, did not have many kills, with both Ziggs and Vayne farming their way up and becoming two unstoppable monsters by the end of it, with Cyanide on Kha’zix to back them off, but the strategy payed off for FNC as they got the all important W.

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ALL – GMB: Double bubble, just means more trouble.

On the blue side, ALL ban Evelynn, Lulu, LeBlanc and pick Shyvana, Kha’zix, Zed, Lucian and Nami to face off against the Russian Overlords on the purple side, who only ban Nidalee, because they were denied a ban following an unauthorized pause during their last game and they just decided to not use their 3rd ban. GMB chose Renekton, Lee Sin, Ziggs, Caitlyn and Thresh to end the season on a high note.

GMB initiate the lane swap and steal the blue buff as well, as Kha’zix repays the favor on the other side of the map, standard 1v2 lanes from both teams, getting a tower down and rotating to their “usual” lanes. FB comes after 9 minutes for ALL, as Zed and Kha’zix bait Ziggs into an engage he can not possibly win. The CS count at the 11 minute mark, shows winning lanes for GMB, 56-77 in the top-lane, 78-94 in the mid-lane and 75-89 in the bot-lane and just as I was counting the CS, GMB secure themselves the first dragon of the game. Three minutes later in a 3v3 in the mid-lane between the junglers, supports and the mid-laners, the two teams trade even, as Zed and Lee Sin go down, but GMB secures the bot outer turret thanks to Genja’s remarkable split pushing abilities. The second dragon of the game would also go in favor of the Russians as ALL was no where near it.

The mid-game kicks off with Darien being chased by various members of ALL, at first Froggen tries to kill him, but presumably miss-plays and returns to his shadow before getting the kill. One minute later, the same fight would go down again as this time the two junglers get involved, but no blood is shed. GMB groups in the mid-lane, down the outer turret and start siegeing the inner turret, but ALL does a good job to fend off their attacks. The next dragon goes to GMB again as ALL want to trade it for the inner turret in the top-lane, but are too slow to get it down and only get rewarded with a kill on Thresh, as the “Prince” gets caught out. 29 minutes in, ALL take GMB by surprise as they spike their aggression level and get a very good initiation on the Russians. Froggen and crew, win the skirmish 2-1, but since GMB are so low, they are forced to concede 2 turrets and the dragon. Diamond thought he could steal it, but ended up paying with his life, as ALL get another 2 kills when they contest the blue buff, after they are done with dragon. Game-changing fight for ALL who were down 1k gold and are now up 3k.

Three minutes later, Froggen manages to pull 4 people in the top-lane, dies in the end but his team manages to find a revenge kill on Alex in the mid-lane and down both the middle inhibitor tower and the inner tower in the bot-lane. GMB pay the price for their increasing number of positional mistakes 36 minutes in, as Renekton gets caught off and instantly killed around the baron pit. The rest of his team are unable to respond to the onslaught of ALL and get ACED without finding one single kill. With 50 second death timers, this game is over, as ALL tank the turrets and end the game. Breath-taking performance from Froggen and crew of the back of a very poor showing from GMB as they lose their last game of the split and await the other results to find out where they position themselves. ALL had a perfect game, with 3 of their 5 members being unkillable and Nami pulling off the perfect supp score 0/0/11.

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CW – SHC: 128 deaths!

On the blue side, CW ban Yasuo, Nidalee, Kha’zix and pick Herimerdinger, Evelynn, Ziggs, Varus and Morgana. On the purple side, with 7 place secured, SHC ban Lee Sin, Caitlyn, Lulu and pick Renekton, Elise, LeBlanc, Lucian and Thresh.

CW are the ones who initiate the lane switch, sending their duo-bot in the top-lane and letting Heimerdinger to fend for himself against Lucian and Thresh. FB goes to SHC, as Elise helps Renekton in the top-lane get a kill on Morgana. Two minutes later, Elise shows up again, this time in the bottom-lane, nailing another kill for her team, this time on Heimerdinger. SHC take down the bot outer turret, but overstay their welcome trying to get another tower down and end up giving away two free kills, as CW collapse on them with Ziggs’ and Heimer’s ultimate. Two minutes later, CW have very good vision around dragon and take down the beast uncontested. SHC decide to focus the mid-lane and Elise does her best to try and get Selfie going, by assisting in 2 consecutive kills against Ziggs in the 10th and 12th minute. The CS count around the 13 minute mark showed winning lanes for CW in the mid, 109-87 and bot-lane 125-106, while Renekton was able to farm better in the 1v2 scenario, 63-79.

15 minutes in, CW take down the last outer turret, the one in the mid-lane and thanks to the high zoning potential from Ziggs and Heimerdinger, they secure the 2nd dragon of the game. One minute later, in the top-lane, SHC try to bait Heimer into a 1v2 engage, but YoungBuck smelled it from a mile away and called his team for back-up, turning the fight around as CW come out ahead, 1-0. The two teams find each other in the mid-lane, a 5v5 breaks out, but ends swiftly with only one casualty on each side. SHC then decides to split-push with Renekton in the top-lane and LeBlanc in the bot-lane and while they each get a turret down, CW get 2 turrets for themselves, the inner mid and top towers and secure the dragon one minute later, to increase their gold lead to 5k. The action moves to or around the baron pit and with superior vision control in the enemy jungle, the Wolves get a pick on LeBlanc following a beautiful snipe from Varus and start bashing on Nashor. SHC decide to contest it nevertheless, lose the smite war and another 2 members in the process. With the baron buff on, CW rush to siege the mid inhibitor, but following a very good defense form SHC and a great flanking maneuver from LeBlanc, they manage to ace the Wolves in a 5-3 bloodbath, but they do lose their mid inhibitor.

Around the 28 minute mark, Elise gets caught out  and the Wolves destroy the bot inner tower and take another 2 kills for themselves. Migxa is trying to put himself in difficult situations so he can keep dying and get the record for most deaths in the LCS. He finally manages to get it, as he gets caught out of position around the baron pit and CW down another baron and get ready to close out the game. They finally manage to do so 35 minutes in, after storming down the top-lane, getting a 4-1 win in the last team-fight and granting Migxa his 128th death of the split. Great win for CW, who are looking to push a three way tie if they win their next game against ALL and GMB also get a win over Froggen and crew.

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GMB – FNC: No ties were given

On the blue side, Gambit ban Caitlyn, Gragas, LeBlanc and pick up Ryze, Lee sin, Ziggs, Sivir and Leona. On the purple side, FNC ban Evelynn, Kha’zix, Lulu and pick Yorick, Elise, Nidalee, Lucian and Morgana. Huge game between the 2 power-houses and if FNC win this one, they will be 3-1 against GMB this season and there will be no ties in the EU LCS standings at the end of the day.

The bottom lane would be the biggest point of interest for both teams and judging by Eddie’s very aggressive start at level 1, it should be very eventful. The 2 junglers also get involved in the action, but surprisingly enough nothing happens and FB is still up for grabs. Two minutes later, Elise ganks mid and Lee Sin is right behind her with the counter-gank, but the two junglers manage to only burn the flashes of their opponents. 9 minutes in, FNC take advantage of the fact that Genja recalled and quickly secure drake as GMB do not want to risk a dragon-fight. The CS at the 10 minute mark shows very uneven lanes. Yorick is quite ahead in the top-lane 66-89, as is Ziggs in the mid-lane, 103-87 and Lucian in the bot-lane, 55-89.

12 minutes later, as FNC finally downs the bot outer turret and gets ready to fight their counter-parts, Lee Sin comes in for the gank to save the day and GMB win the trade 2-1. FNC are running a very objective focused game and 3 minutes later, push in the mid-lane with 4 people and get that outer turret down as well. The next drake would also be picked up by Cyanide and crew uncontested and following a good rotation from FNC, they manage to get some alone-time with the enemy mid inner turret. As GMB finally engage on them, the two teams trade 1-1 and FNC retreat. When they come back, Elise ganks Ryze in the top-lane and together with Yorick and Lucian destroy the last outer turret and another kill on Ryze as he was just returning to lane. The next drake would also go to FNC, uncontested to increase their lead to 7k gold.

Around the 25 minute mark, FNC kept split-pushing with xPeke in the bottom-lane threatening the inner turret and the rest of GMB are forced to defend it, leaving Rekkles free to take down the mid inner turret. As a result of their map dominance and their superior vision control, FNC start the baron 27 minutes in and manage to secure it uncontested because GMB had 0 vision in that area. With the baron buff on, FNC proceeded to systematically lower GMB’s defenses as they took down another uncontested dragon, the top inner turret, the top inhibitor turret and the respective inhibitor following a 2-0 win, as GMB tried to engage and make something happen. At this point, FNC were 14k ahead and their opponents needed a miracle to turn this game around. xPeke and crew continue their siege in the mid-lane, get the inhibitor tower down, before rotating bot and taking down the last inner turret. On their way back, FNC made sure to also kill dragon to not give GMB any breathing space. FNC would not need the next baron in order to close the game, but they decide to do it anyway and as it usually happens in this situation, Eddie manages a great steal with his ultimate and the help of  AlexIch’s ultimate. As exciting as the move was, it was too little, too late as GMB could barely push the FNC onslaught away. The team-fights were pretty close, due to Ryze’s insane late-game burst, but FNC was simply too far ahead and in the 42nd minute, the final fight took place in the bot-lane. A great initiation from GMB as they find a kill on Morgana and thanks to a great ultimate another kill on Lucian, but Sivir is too in front and finds a swift death at the claws of Nidalee. FNC would turn the fight, get a 3-2 win and finish off the game. Very solid performance from FNC as they defeat their long-time rivals the 3rd time this season and ensure that for the first time in as long as we can remember, there is no tie in the European LCS. However, the week is not over, 5 more games are in store for us tomorrow, before the spring split comes to an end.

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SK – CW: New spring champions!

On the blue side, SK ban Gragas, Ryze, Ziggs and pick Shyvana, Evelynn, Kayle, Lucian and Leona to face against the CW, who ban Nidalee, Lulu, Renekton and pick Jax, Kha’zix, Xerath, Jinx and Karma. If SK Gaming manage to win this game, they are guaranteed to finish the spring split in first place and not take part in any potential tie.

Both teams rotate their duo in the top-lane and having stolen the CW blue-buff, Evelynn comes to assist her duo and finds FB on Jinx. 3 minutes later, Xerath gets a kill back for his team as he levels up to 6 before his counter-part and blasts him with his ultimate. Amazing also finds a kill for himself on Evelynn, as she was planning to invade his red buff. The action would revolve around the top-lane as  Leona’s aggressive lock-down, 10 minutes in, nets her team another kill on Jinx and 2 minutes later, the two junglers get involved in the duo lane and the Wolves lose the fight, 2-0. The CS count around the 11 minute mark shows even lanes in the top 100-109 and bottom lane 91-93 and a big lead for Xerath in mid 79-104.

SK realize their biggest threat comes from the mid-lane and they decide to set up a blue buff invade, 14 minutes in, get a kill on Xerath and take the dragon right after. At the same time, in the top-lane, NRated and CandyPanda get the outer turret down, before getting a kill on both Karma and Jinx. Jax comes a bit late to the party, but finds himself a kill on Lucian. CW look to take something back as they get both the top and the middle outer turrets down, but Lucian and Leona have rotated in the bot-lane and killed both turrets on that lane. The two reunite with their team-mates and following a brilliant tower-dive in the mid-lane, they give Kayle a double-kill. SK finally down the mid outer turret in the 19th minute, following a 2-1 won skirmish and increase their gold lead to 5k.

SK look in control of the game and after securing the dragon in the 21st minute, they rotate mid and then top, to get both inner towers as CW could only reply with a bottom outer turret going down to Jax’ attempt to split-push. Confident in their lead and their vision control, SK start off baron and due to a great ultimate from Leona, who stuns Kha’zix right as he was about to jump in the pit for the steal, they secure the baron and turn their attention towards the enemy team and get 2 kills as Jax continued to split-push in the bot-lane and got the inner turret down. CW also take down the dragon 1 minute later to help them stay in the game, but it was too little too late, as SK pushed down the middle, found 2 kills and ended the game in a little under 30 minutes. Dominating performance once again from CandyPanda and crew to end the Spring split in 1st place. Congratulations!

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