Jan 10 2017 - 3:20 pm

Montecristo and DoA: A Duo to Remember

Montecristo and DOA recently announced their departure from the LCK casting team. Let's take a look at what made this duo so great over the years.
Contributing Writer

Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles and Erik "DoA" Lonnquist are no longer casting the LCK.

Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of what might have made these two leave, I'd like to explain why I think these two are the best casters that League of Legends has seen thus far.

Bold Beginnings

Many people, myself included, were not sure what to expect from the casters when OGN began broadcasting League of Legends back in Season 2. Top level production was expected, and we had seen Monte at some of the MLG events of 2012, but fan favorites back then were casters such as Joe "Joe Miller" Miller, Leigh "Deman" Smith, David "Phreak" Turley, and Rivington Bisland III. For the 2012-2013 Winter season of OGN, Monte and DoA immediately displayed what seemed like a natural synergy. The pair set forth the standard for English commentators within the game, with Monte's unparallelled knowledge and DoA's ability to get you emotionally invested in what you were watching. While Korean teams began to showcase a level of dominance, Monte and DoA seemed a bit ahead of their peers as well.

No Sugarcoating

Early on, many of the western casters were commonly criticized for being a bit too soft on players and teams that were not performing well. Aside from the occassional (maybe not so occassional) "What the hell are you doing?" from Deman, most mistakes were often cited as unfortunate, or even just praise for the opponent. This is where Monte and DoA took a different route from the other casters. They showed us that you can fully point out vital mistakes and bad play without it coming off as just bashing the player. This was a very important step, because League often revolves around capitalizing on the opposing team's errors, rather than creating the opportunity for yourself. Something that still happens far too often in the LCS is the casters making it seem like both teams have a fighting chance in every single game. Aside from often being done in an outright dishonest manner, this can be detrimental to the viewing experience especially when upsets happen. Phoenix1 taking down Team SoloMid is not some miracle if viewers are led to believe that Phoenix1 always stood a chance. Najin White Shield blazing through both of the KT Rolster teams, then taking down SKT T1 K to make it to the 2014 World Championship was an incredible show to watch. I can still remember the excitement in DoA's voice during the final push that showed this was truly a run to remember. The duo showed us that you can still deliver an entertaining experience during one-sided matches without living in the fairytale land where everyone always has a chance.

Diving Into Korea

Despite being foreigners, Monte and DoA have always had a blast with culture, which is a joy to watch. The show they put on as the two Shens, along with the joy they always had while Korean hype men got the crowd going, showed showed us that they were right where they belonged. Often times, the English broadcast would have a bit of downtime for the two while the players and teams were introduced and hyped up in Korean, but Monte and DoA kept it entertaining for the foreign viewers. Whether it just be DoA chuckling at the presentation, or some over-analysis of a player's outfit and how that may effect their performance, the show was never boring.

A Legacy To Remember

When it comes to casting, Montecristo and DoA were really the full package. They brought the hype levels, the in-depth game knowledge, and consistent high levels of entertainment.

Thank you Montecristo and DoA for the great memories, and best of luck in the future!

What is your favorite Monte/DoA moment? Has there even been a better casting duo in League of Legends? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or tweet us @calvinbwitt and @GAMURScom.

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Feb 18 2017 - 7:14 pm

Splyce and Fnatic Go 4-3: EU LCS Week 5 Day 3 Recap

The fifth week of the EU LCS featured matches between Splyce vs. ROCCAT and Fnatic vs. Origen.
Photo Credit: Riot Games
GAMURS Editor and Head of CoD Content

(4-3) Splyce 2-0 ROCCAT (0-7)

The first game of the series started out in the typical EU farm-fest fashion, until around 10 minutes when ROCCAT nabbed first blood, but ended up losing every member to Splyce. This broke open the game, as ROCCAT moved to take dragon while Splyce started sieging turrets. ROCCAT, however, was able to take down two turrets soon after Splyce took down three. The game then resorted back to a farm-fest, with two dragons and two kills being the only events that took place over the course of the next 12 minutes. At around 30 minutes, Splyce took Baron and two ROCCAT member’s lives. Soon after, Splyce moved towards ROCCAT’s base and then took down their towers, inhibitors and nexus with ease.

The second game started in the typical fashion until around nine minutes, when Jonas "Trashy" Andersen found a solo kill for first blood on Kim "Wadid" Bae-in. This set the outline for the game, as there were many picks and small skirmishes throughout the game. Most of these skirmishes went in favor of Splyce, with Trashy taking many of the kills. With their massive kill, gold and item advantage, Splyce moved to take down objectives. They were able to take down nine towers, two dragons, one Baron, three inhibitors and a nexus, while ROCCAT only mustered up a tower and a dragon in that same timeframe.

(4-3) Fnatic 2-0 Origen (0-6)

The first game was a rout in favor of Fnatic. With ADC Martin "Rekkles" Larsson getting first blood, he never looked back. On Jhin, Rekkles ended the game 10/0/7. However, the rest of his team helped him out by giving first tower gold at seven minutes and constantly giving him lane pressure. Origen was consistently being out-rotated and outplayed until around 21 minutes, when they were able to take a Baron off of a three-for-two trade in favor of Origen. While they were able to siege three towers, kills were unable to be found. Fnatic stalled out the game until they took their own Baron at 33 minutes and then was able to end the game soon afterwards.

The second game was much like the first in terms of Fnatic dominating, but Origen had even less fight in them this time around. With Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen getting the first three kills of the game, Fnatic had little in their way as they consistently pushed lanes and tried to force fights. Origen was only able to kill six members of Fnatic the entire game, whereas Fnatic earned 12 kills, 10 towers, two inhibitors, two dragons and a Baron.

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Today - 7:25 pm

Schalke Further Show Their Dominance: EU CS Week 3 Recap

The heavily hyped up EU CS played it's third week of competition, and the table is starting to take shape.
Contributing Writer

The European Challenger Series is filled with talented players who were on display this week, with some teams winning their first games and others still having yet to lose one. Fnatic Academy took on FC Schalke 04 while using a substitute top laner, Millenium played Team Kinguin, and Paris Saint-Germain took on Misfits Academy to close out the day. Here's how it all went down.

(1-0-2) Fnatic Academy 0-2 FC Schalke 04 (3-0-0)

Fnatic got off to a strong start through their substitute top laner Benjamin "Zhergoth" Sánchez, but Schalke responded quickly by taking First Tower and grabbing the gold lead. The teams kept fairly even due to their similar team compositions, but the game turned as Fnatic chose a poor team fight that Schalke cleaned up to further cement their lead. Schalke took the game by the horns from there and systematically took down objectives to win the first game.

Daniel "Dan" Hockley, Fnatic's jungler, got bullied hard in the early part of the second game as Jean-Victor "loulex" Burgevin took his red buff with no reply. Dan then tried to gank the top lane, but was forced to burn his flash top after Lennart "Smittyj" Warkus turned the gank around. Fnatic attempted to take First Blood in a bot lane dive, but due to the Shen ultimate and the roam by Taliyah, Schalke took two kills and lost none. Despite one drake taken by Fnatic, Schalke had a perfect game going at 15 minutes being up nine kills and four turrets. Fnatic had an abysmal showing, as Schalke wholly dismantled them and controlled the game. Because of the massive advantage Schalke had, Fnatic surrendered the game at the 22-minute mark.

(1-1-1) Millenium 1-1 Team Kinguin (1-1-1)

Millenium grabbed the early lead when a fight in the bot lane went very close and Moon "Steal" Geon-yeong was close enough to make the fight a three-on-two and get two kills for his team. Soon after, another fight in the bot lane broke out, but this time it was a teleport by Marcin "IceBeasto" Lebuda that turned the fight for Kinguin and they took three kills for one. Yet another fight took place bot lane after Millenium grabbed the turret, with Steal taking two more kills for the French side. Millenium took a while to close the game, but they did so in commanding fashion to take the game one victory.

In the second match, Millenium took another slim early lead with Team Kinguin fighting back for control of the game. Kinguin stayed in the game and took the lead away from Millenium, however, as they took kills and pushed down turrets. Kinguin did not let their lead go to waste and they took the game two victory to tie up the series and take a point.

(0-1-2) Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Misfits Academy (1-1-1)

PSG started off the game with fantastic macro play, taking four turrets before Misfits managed to take one and earning control over the map and a gold lead. Despite their impressive start, PSG allowed Misfits back into the game and lost their lead. Misfits would eventually win the game after punishing PSG for multiple mistakes.

PSG began the game on the front-foot again, taking a kill and turret advantage over Misfits equating to a 3k gold lead. PSG continued to win fights, but looked as if they would take the game slow at first and go for a late win. Due to their success in team fights and picks, however, PSG took the Baron and accelerated the pace of the game to take their first win the EU CS and tie the series.

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