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Team Coast announces new line-up

Having promoted from the Round of 8 in the NA Challenger Series, Team Coast have their eyes set on winning the whole thing and getting back into the LCS and announced their revamped line-up, that will now be permanent. We wish them the best of luck in achieving their goals this season!

Team Coast Logo

Keenan “Rhux” Santos – Top Lane

Lucas “Santorin” Larsen – Jungle

Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer – Mid Lane

Brandon “DontMashMe” Phan – ADC

Jaime “Sheep” Gallagher – Support

Shan “Chaox” Huang – Coach

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NiP Nukeduck and Mithy banned for the rest of 2014

According to Riot aBhorsen, NiP’s support Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez and mid-laner Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm were banned from the rest of the 2014 competitive play for excessive toxicity in solo-queue.

Mithy and Nukeduck

You can read the detailed ruling here and then hop over on Reddit and share your thoughts on the matter. It is still uncertain what will the other three members of the team do, whether AlexIch will return to the mid-lane and if so who will be the new support and top-lane for the Challenger team.

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Evil Geniuses and Complexity Black in the NA LCS!

In the first series of the day, EG were able to defend their LCS spot against the challenger team, Cloud 9 Tempest. In the first three games of the series, victory was awarded to the blue side with EG leading 2-1 and needing one more game to secure their spot in the Summer split. In the forth and final game, EG showed they wanted this win more than their opponents and as a result of a very one-sided game, EG were up 19k gold towards the end of the game, they take home the spoils, defeating C9T with 3-1. Innox, Snoopeh, Pobelter, YellowPete and Krepo breathe a sigh of relief as they all secured their job for the next split and hope to have a bigger impact on the NA scene. Below, the scoreboard of the last game:

EG - C9T Game 4

The second match-up featured Team Coast versus Complexity Black. Relying on the strength of their solo-laners, ZionSpartan and Shiphtur, CST were the big favorites in this duel, but after a huge turn-around by CLB in the first game, things started to fall apart quickly for CST. They had a huge 8k lead in the first game only to throw it all away at a 4v3 baron fight, while CLB had to send two people to deal with Zion’s Lee Sin. The duo actually managed to kill Zion and the rest of CLB stole the baron and got a kill on Shiphtur. With 60+ seconds death-timers, the baron buff on and a 5v3 advantage, Pr0lly and crew just dashed down the mid-lane and ended the game. Huge momentum swing for the best of five series! CLB went on to win Game 2 as well, while CST put themselves on the board in Game 3. The 4th game was another crazy one, with CST managing a good come-back, only to lose their new-found lead at the next push in the bot-lane. After wearing down their opponents with enough poke-damage, CLB finally engage on CST and manage to get 2 kills. ZionSpartan thought he could end the game and teleported inside the enemy base, but was stopped in time, while the rest of CLB were pounding on the Nexus turrets and the Nexus itself. Another crazy ending and another win for CLB, who have finally managed to qualify for the LCS leaving a devastated Team Coast behind. Below, the scoreboard of the last encounter:

CLB - CST Game 4 scoreboard

That concluded the NA LCS Spring Split and the entire pro-scene takes a well deserved one and a half week’s break, before turning their attention to the All-Star Event in Paris, France. That will be starting on Thursday, 8th of May and will feature the regional champions from all around the world in an epic show-down. You do not want to miss that!

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LMQ brawl their way in the NA LCS

At the end of a very one-sided series, the first one of the NA Summer Promotion Tournament, LMQ sweeps XDG 3-0, to claim their spot in the LCS Summer Split. XDG never stood a chance against the Chinese onslaught and Vasili and crew are the first challenger team to make it onto the LCS this split. Can C9T and CoL Black follow in their footsteps tonight as they face EG and CST? That is the big question on everyone’s mind. Tune in at 8 PM CET or 10 AM PDT.

Below are the scoreboards for the three LMQ – XDG games:

LMQ - XDG Game 1

LMQ - XDG Game 2

LMQ - XDG Game 3

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LMQ wins the NACS, Col Black takes 3rd place.

The Chinese team LMQ, who relocated to the US in order to compete in the NA LCS is one step closer to their dream, after defeating Cloud 9 Tempest in a 3-2 thriller on Sunday. Alongside Complexity Black (who managed to get 3rd place after defeating Curse Academy 3-2), both teams will take part in the Summer Promotion Tournament to fight for a spot in the LCS. Take a look at the stats from the last game of the series:

LMQ end game