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NA LCS Week 3 Info-graphic

The NA 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!)

NA LCS Week 3 Info-graph

NA LCS Week 3 Standings

NA LCS Week 3 MVP

Standings and MVP of the Week courtesy of Riot Games

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NA LCS W2D2 Recap & Standings

Day 2 of the North American LCS had another two brilliant match-ups in store for the fans, LMQ vs C9 and DIG vs TSM. Both matches delivered, as they were very close affairs 40+ minutes into the game and in that all important late-game it only took one single team-fight to decide the winner. In the end, it was C9 who managed a come from behind win against LMQ and a very mobile DIG line-up, who secured the win against TSM after successfully kiting back an all-in engage from Amazing and crew at the baron pit. The other two games of the day were much shorter than the highlighted ones, both CRS and CLG making quick work of their opponents, as EG and coL still have a lot of areas where they need to improve in order to avoid relegation. Below you can have a sneak peak at the score sheet and the item builds (as always, click on the image to enlarge it!)

LMQ vs Cloud 9 0-1

LMQ vs C9 Item builds

Team Curse vs Evil Geniuses 1-0

CRS vs EG Item builds

CompLexity vs Counter Logic Gaming 0-1

Col vs CLG Item builds

Team Dignitas vs Team SoloMid 1-0

DIG vs TSM Item builds

Aftermath and standings

Following their victory against TSM, DIG are now in sole possession of first place with 5 wins and 1 loss. In second place, we have a three way tie between C9, CLG and LMQ with 4 wins and 2 losses. All the way down in 5th place, TSM really showed their limitations as they finished 0-2 this week and 3-3 overall in the standings. One game behind them in sixth place, CRS with 2 wins and 4 losses and in seventh place we have another tie between coL and EG with 1 win and 5 losses.

NA LCS Week 2 Standings

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NA LCS Week 2 Info-graphic

The NA 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!)

NA LCS Info-graphic W2

If you can not get enough of statistics or you just want to compare these numbers with the European ones, be sure to check out the EU LCS Week 2 Info-graphic as well!

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NA LCS W2D1 Recap

Day 1 of the second week of the NA LCS featured some great match-ups, who left the audience wanting for more. Both CLG and DIG made quick work of their opponents, TSM and LMQ in two very one-sided games. Cloud 9 had an impressive showing against Voyboy and Team Curse and ended the game in 28 minutes and 28 seconds, while Krepo and the rest of EG scored their first win of the season when they faced off against Complexity, with ManCloud subbing in for pr0lly.

CLG vs TSM 1-0

CLG vs TSM Item builds

COL vs EG 0-1

COL vs EG Item builds

LMQ vs DIG 0-1

COL vs EG Item builds

C9 vs CRS 1-0

C9 vs CRS Item builds

The aftermath

At the end of the day, Dignitas is tied with LMQ for first place with a 4/1 record, while C9, TSM and CLG share the 3rd spot with 3 wins and 2 losses. In 6th place, we have another three-way tie between CRS, EG and coL with 1 win and 4 losses. Another four spectacular games await us tomorrow evening / afternoon when LMQ faces Cloud 9, Team Curse takes on Evil Geniuses, Compelxity battles it out against Counter Logic Gaming  and in the last game of the day, Team Dignitas will go against Team SoloMid.

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NA LCS Day 3: Recap and Standings

LMQ vs Team Curse

LMQ vs CRS Champion select

During the laning phase, XWX finds two kills on his LeBlanc and with LMQ’s great vision control in the enemy jungle, he becomes a big threat for Voyboy and crew in the mid-game. Curse do their best and try to come back in this game, like they did in the previous two matches of the week and succeed up to a point, winning two consecutive team-fights with 2-1. Around the 30 minute mark though, LMQ would make the decision to rush baron down and with the map around the Nashor pit being dark for CRS, the Chinese team has no trouble in securing the objective and upping their gold lead to 6k.

With the baron buff on, LMQ played patiently, did not force any engages, but made sure to down objectives and by the time the buff had ran out, all three enemy inner turrets were down. When the baron re-spawned, Curse were looking to challenge it, but following a bad team-fight they end up losing two members and the baron. Curse manages to down the enemy mid inhibitor though, while LMQ was busy taking Nashor down, so they end up stalling the game a bit longer, but except for a very bad team-fight from LMQ, this game could only have one outcome. XWX and crew played the end-game perfectly and after getting a clean ACE on their opponents the new Chinese Overlords finish the game and end the week in first place with a perfect score: 4-0.

LMQ vs CRS Item builds


 

Cloud 9 vs Complexity

C9 vs COL Champion select

Complexity surprise everyone and get a huge confidence boost after scoring a triple kill in the very early game, following a bad gank attempt from Meteos. coL also took down the first dragon and the first turret of the game, but Meteos and crew always found a way to come back in the game and even out the gold lead. Following a very good team-fight in the mid-lane at the 23 minute mark, C9 get themselves 3 kills for 0 and immediately down all three mid-lane turrets of Complexity.

When Prolly and crew got the first baron and the first inhibitor down, everybody realized this game could turn out to be one of the biggest upsets of the season, but C9 kept their cool and relied on Soraka’s godlike team-fighting prowess. For every objective that CoL would take, C9 would answer back and the whole game would turn into a very exciting back and forth movement. At one point, Col took down one Nexus turret and then had to run all the way back to defend their own Nexus turrets, which Cloud 9 ended up destroying. The whole game came down to one team-fight in the mid-lane, that CoL played perfectly and after killing Cloud 9’s front line and not losing any members they strolled down the mid-lane and ended the game. Cloud 9 looked stunned by this very unlikely defeat, but need to get it back together before their game against CLG later on to avoid a third loss in a row.

C9 vs COL Item builds


 

Evil Geniuses vs Team SoloMid

EG vs TSM Champion select

TSM gets the early lead picking up first blood and the first three outer towers, but EG take the dragon and keep themselves in the game. One mistake from Turtle gets him killed and EG wrestle back the control of the game, by managing to down a couple of turrets while they had an extra man on the Rift.

Bjergsen and crew kept securing the vision control around the baron pit, spending a lot of time and resources to set it up, but every time they were close to starting the baron, one of their members got caught out and killed and they had to repeat the whole process all over again. At the 45 minute mark, thanks to a max range Bjergsen stun into a Gleeb hook, Team SoloMid finally find a good initiation and kill the enemy jungler. With both teams being low, the fight resets, but  Snoopeh’s death timer was huge and TSM secured the baron and ended the game within minutes of Nashor going down. Bjergsen and crew did a good job of avoiding the second biggest upset of the day, but they still have a lot of work to do in order to become one of the best teams in NA.

EG vs TSM Item builds


 

Team Curse vs Team Dignitas

CRS vs DIG Champion select

Curse picked an early team-composition and were looking to make their mark on the early-game. Being strong early comes at a price though and if Dignitas could trade even during the early and the mid-game, their comp would be unstoppable in the late-game with the likes of Dr.Mundo, Elise or Twitch all out-scaling their opponents and adding in the Nidalee spears, just makes Dignitas look unstoppable after the 35-40 minute mark.  Curse do a good job of securing the first kill, takeing the first tower and the first dragon down, but DIG kept finding a way to answer their early aggression and keeping the gold equal for most of the game.

A crazy base race at the 20 minute mark ends with top inhibitor down for Curse and bot inhibitor plus one Nexus turret down for Team Dignitas. The game goes back and forth for the next couple of minutes, until Curse decides to make a big play in the 30th minute and start off the baron, knowing that Twitch had to recall. Voyboy’s LeBlanc finds a pick on Zyra and one-shots her and Curse start the baron. Dignitas still look to contest it, even though they only had three members around the baron pit and it turns out to be the wrong call as they lose the smite-battle and their lives without getting any kill in return. With an exposed inhibitor and only one Nexus turret, Dignitas could not hold on and lose their first game of the week. On the other side, Curse are very happy about their first win of the week, after losing so many close games.

CRS vs DIG Item builds


 

Counter Logic Gaming vs Cloud 9

CLG vs C9 Champion select

Cloud 9 get the early 4k gold lead as they manage to get 4 kills, 2 turrets and 2 dragons compared to CLG’s 1 kill and 1 turret. Two skirmishes around the 20 minute mark also go in C9’s favor and after taking the third dragon in a row and two inner turrets, they boost their gold lead to 8k, making a come-back from CLG very unlikely.

The two teams taunt each-other in the mid-lane and C9 somehow manage to cut off the retreat of CLG putting themselves between them and their base and forcing them to fight. The initial trade is even 1 for 1, but CLG lose their mid-laner, while only taking down the support of C9 and Hai and crew push their advantage further and destroy the middle inhibitor. CLG are still looking for a fight, but they calculate the engage poorly, lose another two members and Cloud 9 are able to take the baron before returning to base. With the Nashor buff on, C9 push down the bot-lane, lose Hai in an early engage, but are able to finish off the rest of CLG 4 v 5 and end the game in 34 minutes. Great win for the reigning champions who land on their feet after the heavy loss they suffered earlier against Complexity.

CLG vs C9 Item builds


 

At the end of a crazy super-week with many close games and a lot of upsets, it is time to take a look at the standings. In sole possession of  first place, we have the undefeated Chinese powerhouse LMQ with 4 victories. In second place, Dignitas and TSM share the spoils with 3 wins and 1 loss, while Cloud 9 and CLG are tied for 4th place with 2 wins and 2 losses followed by Curse and Complexity in 6th with 1 win and 3 losses. Bringing up the rear we have EG with no wins and 4 losses.

NA LCS Standings Week 1

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NA LCS Week 1 Info-graphic

The NA LCS Week 1 action is over and it is time to look at some statistics. First off, the info-graphic of this super-week tells the story of the 16 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!)

NA LCS Week 1 Info-graphicIf you can not get enough of statistics or you just want to compare these numbers with the European ones, be sure to check out the EU LCS Week 1 Info-graphic as well!

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DIG – C9: Precise ganks place Dignitas on Cloud 9

On the blue side, DIG ban Soraka, Elise, Evelynn and pick Shyvana, Lee Sin, Lulu, Lucian and Zyra to square off against the reigning NA champions, Cloud 9 on the purple side, who ban LeBlanc, Jax, Kassadin and pick Trundle, Kha’zix, Twisted Faith, Twitch and Morgana.

DIG vs C9 Champion select

2′ – Both teams sent their duo-bot in the top-lane and that means we will have standard 1v1 and 2v2 side-lanes.

8′ – Crumbzz and Shiphtur work together to secure the FB on Hai as he was walking towards his blue buff.

9′ – The lane dominance of Lucian and Zyra turned into the first turret of the game for Team Dignitas as Sneaky and Lemonnation can not do anything about it.

10′ – The CS count shows a decent lead for C9 in the top. 78-88 and mid-lane and a good advantage for Twitch in the bot-lane 80-65

11′ – Dignitas secure the first dragon of the game, after finding another kill in the enemy jungle, this time on Lemonnation’s Morgana

12′ – Cloud 9 finally put themselves on the board when they find a kill on Lucian in the bottom lane thanks to a great ultimate from Twisted Faith

13′ – Crumbzz decides to pull one back for his bot-lane and plays an instrumental role in taking down Morgana, while Twitch barely got away. As a result of that gank, DIG destroy the bot outer turret and C9 respond with the top outer turret.

16′ – DIG focus their attention on the mid-lane and also get a kill on Hai before downing the outer turret. That was the last outer turret left standing for C9 and DIG’s early game looks pretty impressive.

18′ – As the dragon re-spawns, Cloud 9 are desperately looking to have some vision around the pit, but DIG do a very good job to deny that vision, secure the objective and get out scar-free.

20′ – Following a small positional blunder from DIG, Crumbzz finds himself alone in the river with three people from C9. He keeps them interested long enough and allows his team to collapse on them from all sides and at the end of a very one sided skirmish, DIG comes out ahead 3-0. Meanwhile, in the top-lane Balls manages to down the inner tower, but Dignitas immediately answer with the mid inner turret. At the end of all this, DIG increase their gold lead to 3,5k.

DIG vs C9 Important moment

23′ – Sneaky is alone in the bot-lane, trying to push the wave and down the inner turret. Noticing that, Dignitas decide to go for the grand prize, baron Nashor. Historically that has never been a good idea for them, but this time, even though C9 were looking to contest the call, a great Zyra ultimate interrupts the jump from Kha’zix and allows his team to kill Nashor. Risky play from Dignitas, but it certainly pays off and with the baron buff on, they are able to siege the mid inhibitor turret, before rotating bot and killing the dragon to boost their gold lead to 6.5k.

27′ – With under a minute left on the baron buff, DIG make a push for the exposed inhibitor in the mid-lane and after getting it down, Cloud 9 feel like they can take DIG on 4v4 (both top-laners were in the bot-lane) and start the fight. They are heavily mistaking and DIG win the fight 3-1. With their ADC still at full hp and being already a couple of steps inside Cloud 9’s base, DIG decide to end the game and they do so in a convincing fashion. Incredible early game from Crumbzz and crew and Cloud 9 looks stunned after this severe defeat, 11-2 in kills and 10k gold behind at 28 minutes. C9 are rarely in a position of being dominated like that and will have to analyze that game thoroughly to figure out what exactly went wrong. On the other side, DIG are ecstatic with their win and are looking forward to ending the super-week undefeated.

DIG vs C9 Item builds

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