Jan 10 2017 - 9:16 pm

Road to Season Seven: Team Dignitas

Acquiring Apex Gaming, as well as joining the Philadelphia 76ers, Team Dignitas makes its return to the NA LCS.
GAMURS staff writer

Acquiring Apex Gaming, as well as joining the Philadelphia 76ers, Team Dignitas makes its return to the NA LCS.


2016 Season

Apex Gaming joined the NA LCS in April of 2016, after beating Team Dragon Knights in the Summer Promotion Tournament. Ironically enough, the promotion tournament which qualified Apex Gaming, which would later become Dignitas, was the same tournament that relegated the former Dignitas roster to the challenger series.

Apex started the summer split strong, beating reigning NA LCS champions, Counter Logic Gaming, 2-1 in the first week of play. But over the course of the summer split, Apex began to fall off. Apex finished the summer split in seventh, narrowly missing playoffs due to their head-to-head record with Team EnVyUs.

On Sept. 26, 2016 both Apex Gaming and Team Dignitas were acquired by the NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers. For the NA LCS, the new organization decided to use Dignitas’s name and branding.


Offseason

Deciding to only keep Keane and Xpecial on the starting roster, the now VC backed Dignitas decided to invest in Korean talent. On Dec. 15, 2016, Dignitas announced the signing of former KT Rolster top laner Ssumday, as well as former Longzhu Gaming jungler Chaser.

For most of the 2016 season, Ssumday was considered the second best top laner in the world, behind Song "Smeb" Kyung-ho. Ssumday can play tanks, carries, and whatever else his team needs, making him a very versatile player. By the end of the 2016 season though, Ssumday started to find some difficulty in the top lane, dying to lane opponents he would usually beat. It has to be noted though that Ssumday had a lot of responsibility on the 2016 KT Rolster lineup. As the only true carry of KT Rolster, Ssumday was tasked with providing enough pressure for the rest of his team, who would usually get pushed into their towers. This forced Ssumday to continuously push his lane, making him susceptible to ganks and roaming plays.

Chaser had a lot of difficulty playing on Longzhu in 2016. The team lacked almost any synergy, which in turn affected Chaser’s jungling. Chaser shared playing time with Longzhu’s other jungler, Lee "Crash" Dong-woo.

The final addition to Dignitas’s 2017 roster was former EnVyUs AD Carry, LOD. As a part of Team EnVyUs, LOD spent a majority of the summer split being a role player for the team. Instead of making risky flashy plays, LOD would play back and allow his top and mid laner to carry.


2017 Season

I see Dignitas finishing the spring split at no less than fourth place. This Dignitas roster has an incredibly high skill ceiling. Ssumday is still one of the best top laners in the world, and Chaser still has the potential to return to his former 2015 Jin Air glory days.

The main problem with this Dignitas roster is that aside from Ssumday, the team really doesn’t have any other carries. Keane and LOD both play a more supportive role on the team, meaning that Ssumday will yet again have to be his team’s one and only carry. Chaser will need to use the pressure Ssumday exerts on the map to create leads for the mid and bot lane. But with Chaser’s aggressive style, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Dignitas repeatedly gank the top lane in the first five to 10 minutes to try and enable Ssumday to carry the team to victory.

The obvious issue this roster will have to overcome is the language barrier. It is unknown how well Chaser and Ssumday speak English, but if the two can’t speak the language, Dignitas will have blatant communication issues to overcome. Once these issues are cleared up though, Dignitas will be a dangerous NA LCS team.


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Article by Malcolm Abbas. Follow him on Twitter @SmashhLoL.

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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.
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(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 - 3:55 am

Undefeated no more: NA LCS Week 5, Day 2 Recap

A rematch of the 2016 summer finals, Team SoloMid came into their match today against Cloud9 hoping to get revenge for their first loss of the split back in the opening week.
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GAMURS staff writer

A rematch of the 2016 summer finals, Team SoloMid came into their match today against Cloud9 hoping to get revenge for their first loss of the split back in the opening week. To find out the result of this match and more, check out today’s recap.


Counter Logic Gaming 2-1 Immortals

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An early team-fight in the bot lane gave Counter Logic Gaming a sizeable lead to start off game one. Having a better macro game than Immortals, CLG used their lead not to get kills, but instead take all of the outer turrets on the map. IMT tried to start a fight to take the lead but were stopped by CLG every time. The early Baron was the icing on the cake for CLG, as they used the buff to end the game in one push, similar to game one in their series against TSM a couple of weeks back.

Game two went back and forth until the end. IMT came into the mid game ahead, holding onto two infernal drakes. CLG found their way back into the game through a Baron steal by Jake "Xmithie" Puchero. Unable to finish the game with the Baron, CLG proceeded to slowly die. Since CLG drafted a composition that didn’t scale well with Zed, by the time late game hit, IMT almost auto-won all team-fights. CLG tried to counteract their composition's weakness through flanks and picks, but were unsuccessful, allowing IMT to even up the series. 

CLG had full control over the dragon pit in game three. Taking all three ocean drakes, CLG was unstoppable during team-fights. There was little IMT could do against the constant health regeneration CLG had through their drakes and Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black’s Soraka. Once CLG found the Baron, the game was over. CLG rolled through IMT’s base to take the game and series.


Team SoloMid 2-1 Cloud9

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Aside from a couple of kills for each side, neither team came out of the lane phase with a real lead. A team-fight win 23 minutes in is what pushed Team SoloMid ahead. Taking the Baron with their man advantage, TSM took over the map, destroying Cloud9’s inhibitor turrets. Trying to stop TSM from taking the second Baron, C9 started a fight in the Baron pit. Off the back of Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell’s amazing positioning, Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg was able to get a pentakill. With no members of C9 standing, TSM closed out game one with ease.

Drafting a tankless team, TSM looked to find a lead early and snowball, which they succeeded to do. Gaining a massive lead in the early game, TSM transitioned it to seven towers and three drakes; but one overextension in C9’s base turned the whole game around. C9 used their team-fight win to take the Baron, and suddenly not having a tank became a huge detriment to TSM. Not being able to delete the health of C9’s members anymore, TSM started to lose fights. And after scaling patiently, C9 was able to take down TSM to end the game and even up the series.

Finding two picks on Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen, Juan "Contractz" Arturo Garcia and C9 started game three with a lead. But like in game one, TSM found their lead once again through a team-fight in the mid lane. Taking the Baron, TSM proceeded to ravage the map. C9 had a resurgence this game with a Baron steal by Contractz, but it wasn’t enough. Once they realized the Baron buff had worn off, TSM stormed through C9’s base, taking game three, thus breaking C9’s win streak.


Team Dignitas 2-1 Team Liquid

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Team Liquid started game one with a quick kill in the bot lane. Exerting pressure, TL transitioned their lead into objectives. Team Dignitas started to catch up to TL in the mid game, but slowly started to lose more team-fights as the game went into the late game. Once TL got their Caitlyn and Maokai to six items, the game was over. DIG was not able to stand against the two late game monsters and eventually fell, earning TL a game one victory.

Jang "Keane" Lae-young started game two with a great gank turnaround, killing two members of TL. Amassing an early lead, Keane proceeded to dominate the game. Roaming all around the map, Keane helped the rest of his team get ahead. TL, barely able to defend themselves, just couldn’t come back, allowing DIG to finish game two quite decisively.

Ending the laning phase with no real lead, DIG found their stride in game three after they almost aced TL in their jungle. Blowing the game open, the now Baron-empowered DIG had full control of the game. Creating fights with Jhin’s Curtain Call, DIG continued to grow their lead on the map, taking more and more objectives. DIG continued this until they eventually got to the enemy nexus where they could end game three in 31 minutes.


Team EnVyUs 2-0 Echo Fox

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The first 20 minutes of game one was filled with both sides trading kills. Echo Fox found a kill but a member of Team EnVyUs was always able to get a return kill. Finding a straggling member of EF, nV tried to create a pick, which escalated into a team-fight and resulted in three kills and a Baron for nV. Now with the lead, nV pushed down the mid lane to end game one.

Losing early skirmishes, EF fell behind in the early game. Unable to even up the game, EF kept falling further behind. Continuously able to find picks, nV used their man advantage to slowly take apart EF’s turrets and eventually base. With only two kills to nV’s 13, EF could only watch as nV took the game and series 2-0.


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Article by Malcolm Abbas. Follow him on Twitter @SmashhLoL.