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EU LCS Week 3 Info-graphic

The EU LCS Week 3 action is already in our match history and it is time to take a look at some early statistics. The info-graphic of this week tells the story of the eight action packed games in a few doughnut shaped graphics, representing the percentage of games won after taking the respective objective first. (click on the picture to enlarge!)

EU LCS Week 3 Info-graph

EU LCS Standings after Week 3

EU LCS Week 3 MVPStandings and MVP of the Week courtesy of Riot Games

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EU LCS W3D1 Recap

Day 1 of the European LCS kicked off with the game between first and last place, which in Europe doesn’t necessarily mean anything because of the unpredictable nature of things. However, this time, Froggen and crew were able to out-rotate ROC in the mid-game, knew how to choose their battles and bested their opponents in under 33 minutes. The highlight of the game was obviously Froggen playing on his signature champion, Anivia. The second game of the day was a pretty one-sided affair, as SK were given Kassadin and they just ran away with the game, never looking back. The highlight of the day was without a doubt the match bewtween SHC and FNC, who battled it out for 63 minutes and after 9 dragons, 3 barons and 17 towers down on both sides of the map, SHC finally caught a break, killed two members of FNC and finished the game. This was the longest game in the 2014 European LCS and was tough to follow by CW and GMB, who both put on a good show in game number four, but in the end, due to another flawless dragon control, it was the Russians who came out ahead and scored the first victory of the day for the Red side.

Alliance vs Roccat 1-0

ALL vs ROC Item builds

SK Gaming vs Millenium 1-0

SK vs MIL Item builds

Supa Hot Crew vs Fnatic 1-0

SHC vs FNC Item builds

Copenhagen Wolves vs Gambit Gaming 0-1

CW vs GMB Item build

Standings

EU LCS Standings W3D1

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EU LCS Week 2: Info-graphic

The EU LCS Week 2 action is already in our match history and it is time to take a look at some early statistics. The info-graphic of this week tells the story of the eight action packed games in a few doughnut shaped graphics, representing the percentage of games won after taking the respective objective first. (click on the picture to enlarge!)

EU LCS Info-graphic Week 2Be sure to check back tomorrow for some more interesting statistics regarding the 2nd week of the EU LCS.

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EU LCS W2D1: Recap and Standings

Fnatic vs Gambit Gaming

FNC vs GMB champion selectFnatic played the map very well and at the 28th minute mark they were up seven turrets to one. Huge map pressure from Xpeke and crew, but Gambit did a good job maneuvering around it and negating most of the gold difference by taking four consecutive dragons. As the game approached it’s later stages, the Russians managed to keep themselves in it and were never more than 2k gold behind.

32 minutes in, FNC spot Edward recalling and Genja in the bot-lane and decide to start off Baron Nashor. It took them more than expected to down the objective though and GMB collapsed on them with five people, killed two of them and turned their attention towards Nashor. With the baron buff on, GMB simply pushed down the mid-lane and got themselves two towers before recalling. This was the beginning of the end for Fnatic, because Gambit had successfully stalled out the game long enough for their champions to hit their respective power-spikes and there was nothing stopping them from winning this game. It took another 10 minutes, two downed inhibitors and one baron kill for Genja and crew to finally be able to down the enemy Nexus, but they did it and it was a grandiose win for them. While GMB received a huge morale boost with this victory, FNC looked pretty much crushed at the end of the encounter. They did not expect this defeat, especially after how well the early game went for them.

FNC vs GMB item builds


 

Copenhagen Wolves vs Supa Hot Crew

CW vs SHC champion select

SHC are the ones who get the early advantage by punishing CW when they overstay in the enemy jungle 10 minutes in and get themselves three easy kills without losing any member. In the aftermath of that skirmish, SHC take the dragon down and get themselves an early 2k gold lead.

Even though CW managed to slowly get themselves back in the game, SHC was always one step ahead of them and kept finding picks on Cowtard and Airwaks and taking objective after objective. At the 35 minute mark, SHC make a risky call to go for Baron and they finish it off fairly quick, right in time to turn on the enemy team, getting themselves three kills and ending the game shortly after. Well deserved win for Selfie and crew, who manage to get their first victory of the week. On the other side, the CW hope to regroup and have a better showing in tomorrow’s game versus Roccat.

CW vs SHC item builds

 

Millenium vs Alliance

MIL vs ALL champion select

Alliance dominate the early game, building up a very quick 5k gold lead by 12 minutes and  by the 20 minute mark, ALL were up six towers to one, two dragons to zero and three kills to zero boosting their gold lead to 9k.

Millenium did not have an answer to Alliance’s almost flawless game and after killing the baron as well, Froggen and crew systematically took down the enemy base. It was a very one sided game and Millenium should not read too much into it and try to forget this game as soon as possible. On the other side, Alliance looked very strong and they are hoping to show the same devastating objective control in tomorrow’s game vs SK Gaming as well.

MIL vs ALL item builds

 

Roccat vs SK Gaming

ROC vs SK Champion select

SK Gaming, despite being known for struggling in the early laning phase, have managed to do a very good job this time around. They did give away the First Blood on an ill-timed level 6 tower dive in the top-lane and lost the first tower as well, but thanks to their good rotations and an on-point dragon control (three dragons killed in the first 18 minutes), they managed to secure a humongous 6k gold lead before the mid-game.

33 minutes in, SK Gaming down the baron and look for their first inhibitor in the mid-lane. While they do get it eventually, they lose Lee Sin and decide to back off. Nidalee’s spears make CandyPanda and crew’s life a living nightmare, but they do manage to get down one objective after another and barely escaping with their health bars blinking at the end of each siege. Eventually, they manage to win a team-fight in the enemy base convincingly and end the game. Great win for SK, who are now tied with Alliance in first place with 4 wins and 1 loss as the two teams will face-off tomorrow in the first game of the day. On the other side, Roccat did not get a chance to see their late game team composition in action, as they were constantly behind a huge amount of gold and could not trade successfully with SK Gaming.

ROC vs SK Item builds

 

Standings after Day 1 of Week 2

Here is how the standings look like, after 4/4 wins for the red side. Four ties in Europe? Shocking, right?

EU LCS Standings W2D1

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EU LCS Week 1 Info-graphic and Standings

Here is a short info-graphic of the first EU LCS First super-week. 16 action packed games in a few pictures, representing the percentage of games won after taking the respective objective first (click to enlarge).

EU LCS Week 1 Infographic

After you have finished feasting your eyes on those very colorful statistics, be sure to take a look at this week’s standings. In first place, it’s a three way tie between Alliance, Millenium and SK Gaming with three wins and one loss. In fourth place, we have a two way tie between Fnatic and SHC with two wins and two losses and finally in sixth place another three way tie between CW, Gambit and Roccat with one win and three losses.

EU LCS Standings Week 1

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FNC – CW: Stomp-atic performance

On the blue side, FNC are looking to redeem themselves and avoid a 0-4 super-week performance. They ban out Evelynn, Yasuo, Lulu and pick Shyvana, Elise, LeBlanc, Twitch and Morgana. On the purple side, CW ban Kassadin, Jax, Nidalee and pick Vladimir, Lee Sin, Ziggs, Graves and Leona.

FNC vs CW Champion select

2′ – Fnatic invade the Wolves’ jungle two times and almost walk away with as many kills. The first time, Cowtard needed his ADC to use his summoner Heal to stay alive but the second time, Lee Sin wasn’t that lucky

4′ – Leona dove to deep in his lane and the Wolves wanted to capitalize on it, but following a counter-gank from Cyanide’s Elise, Fnatic find themselves three kills without dying, two of them on Rekkles’ Twitch, making that bot-lane a nightmare for Leona and Graves.

10′ – The CS count shows a massive lead in the top-lane for YoungBuck, 66-96, a smaller one for xPeke in the mid-lane, 75-65 and for Rekkles in the bot-lane, 75-64.

13′ – Fnatic pick themselves up a few kills in the mid and bot-lane and afterwards kill the dragon as well to boost their gold lead to 6k at 14 minutes. That is huge and it will be very hard, if not impossible for the Wolves to come back in this game. It will require a number of mistakes from Fnatic to make that happen.

20′ – The second dragon also goes in favor of Fnatic and afterwards they rotate bot and destroy he inner tower there as well to increase their gold lead even further, it is now at 12k.

FNC vs CW important moment

24′ – Due to better vision in the enemy jungle, Fnatic get a great catch on one of the Wolves and manage to ACE them without losing a single member and take down their mid inhibitor.

26′ – Two minutes later, Twitch finds a pick on Ziggs and simply deletes him from the map in mere seconds and that was the signal that Fnatic needed to take the baron. With the Nashor buff on, they simply pushed down the mid-lane and ended the game after getting a few more kills. Very impressive performance from Fnatic, but it all came from the errors the Wolves did in champion select, at level one and in the beginning of the game. To their credit though, Fnatic did not lose the ability to snow-ball a lead once they were presented with the opportunity to do so. On the other side, the Wolves have some thinking to do after going 1-3 in the super-week. Yes they have two new members, but their mistakes were not really impacted by the two new guys on the block.

FNC vs CW item buildsIf you missed the first game of the day, GMB vs ALL, you can check out our short review here.

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GMB – ALL: Unofficial Penta

First game of Day 3 of the Eurpean LCS is the thriller between Gambit and Alliance. Froggen and crew are up 3-1 on the Russians and are looking to keep it that way, while Eddie and crew want to show they are a real contender for the first three spots in Europe. On the blue side, GMB ban Thresh, Leona, Irelia and pick Jax, Evelynn, Yasuo, Lucian and Gragas to face off against ALL, on the purple side, who ban Kayle, Kassadin, Elise and pick Shyvana, Lee Sin, Lulu, Twitch and Morgana.

GMB vs ALL champion select

2′ – ALL go for the lane swap and send their duo in the top-lane in order to delay Jax’ power-spike as much as possible.

3′ – Darien gives away FB to Shook’s Lee Sin as he missteps in the river

10′ – CS count shows even lanes in the top, 38-44 and bottom-lane, 94-92 and a slight advantage for niQ in the mid-lane, 89-76

12′ – Gambit secure themselves the first dragon of the game because Alliance were no where near the pit, despite having full vision of it.

16′ – The two teams have their first brawl in the mid-lane and Alliance barely win that one, 2-1 as both teams retreat to the fountain.

18′ – As the dragon re-spawned, the two teams went to check the pit at the same time and it is Gambit who barely come out ahead this time, 2-1

20′ – Blue buff invade from GMB and they follow that up with a dragon kill as Shyvana was stuck in the top-lane without teleport.

24′ – Alliance organize a death-trap in the baron-bush and while Jax falls for it and dies, he manages to kite them long enough for his team to destroy the mid inner turret. Advantage Gambit.

26′ – After a prolonged fight around the dragon pit and the mid-lane, Alliance find themselves 4 kills, but Gambit secure the dragon. The gold difference between the two teams is below 1k, and there is a ticking time bomb on Alliance’s composition with both Yasuo and Jax scaling immensely.

31′ – After a one minute tango around the mid-lane, the two teams finally square off and due to Shyvana’s tankiness, Alliance manage to come out ahead, 4-1, but their hp bars are so low that they can not continue taking an objective.

GMB vs ALL Important moment

37′ – At the end of a 4 minute baron dance, a skirmish finally breaks out and ALL barely wins it, 2-1 and finally secures the baron and a 4k gold lead, as the rest of Gambit flee to their base.

39′ – As Alliance prepare to siege the top-lane, Gambit are looking to pull of a cheeky maneuver and go for the opposing mid inhibitor turret. They do take it down, but Alliance react very well to it and engage on them with their beefy half-dragon protected by a Lulu shield and a Lulu ultimate. At the end of the skirmish, Wickd and crew come out ahead, 3-1 and take down the enemy mid inhibitor. One minute later, GMB decide to challenge the dragon call of Alliance, but get caught out, chased a bit around for a Quadra Kill on Froggen and an unofficial Penta by the end of the chase. Meanwhile, the super-minions were doing ALL’s bidding and were taking down the Gambit base. Froggen and crew are very happy with this win as they end the week 3-1, while Gambit is now at 1-2 with one more game left to play.

GMB vs ALL item builds

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