The Real FORG1VEN, Part 2: The Rise and Fall of SK Gaming

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Part 1, covering Forg1ven’s time on the Copenhagen Wolves, can be read here. Introduction The fall of 2014 was a difficult time for European League of Legends. Through a combination of ill fortune and inconsistent play, none of the region’s three teams made it to the Round of 8 at the Season 4 World Championships. Europeans prayed that Season 5…

Veteran Players in League of Legends

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In an interview with Gamespot in August 2015 one of the scenes longest serving players hinted that his career would be over before the year was out. Marcus ‘Dyrus’ Hill who has played on Epik Gamer and Team Solomid throughout his career is likely to see his last world championship after attending his first a little over 4 years ago. What does…

The Dark Horses of Groups

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More often than not, the group stages of World Championships serve as confirmation of what most people have expected. The esteemed teams make it through, while the minnows simply enjoy the opportunity to compete against top-class opposition. However, the beauty of the group stages is that they can provide delightful upsets. Who can forget the infamous victory of Kabuum over…

Modelling a Best of Five series

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With the world championship looming, one of the big goals for western teams to show that they have narrowed the gap between them and Korean and Chinese squads is to win a best of five series at a world championship. Undeniably, it is a harder challenge, no western team has ever beaten a Korean team in a best of five…

[Translated] Coach Locodoco's thoughts on the LoL World Championship 2015

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Original source: Link Disclaimer: All credits including photo goes to Mr. Park Sang Jin of xportsnews.com. This is just a fan translation.   As eSports expanded internally and externally, new positions were created and needed to be filled. An example of this is the coach position in League of Legends that plans out the pick and ban phase which only…

Why we need to make time for Worlds

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It’s been a year since Samsung White took the throne. All the chants and cheers from every corner of the world will be heard once again next week. All the best teams are fighting for one goal. From the corners of Asia, we have witnessed the monsters like the likes of SKT T1, LGD Gaming, Edward Gaming, and AHQ. From the heart…

The Best (Imaginary) Teams Not Going to Worlds – (1/4) EU LCS

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We are standing on the precipice of the largest LoL esports event of the year. All eyes are on the 16 teams taking part in this year’s world championship. The pros and cons of each player are being heatedly discussed. While this continues, I would like to take a step back and remember some of the unlucky ones who did…

The 3 Likely Outcomes of Worlds 2015

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The Return of the Rat – LGD LGD Gaming are one of the 3 favorited teams heading into the World Championship 2015, with their recent dominance over the rest of the LPL teams in play offs they look like a real top team. The star player for the team is Returning World Champion and LGD’s ADC Imp. Imp is one…

Serbia to replace Brazil at The World Championship 2015

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Serbia will be replacing Brazil’s South American spot at the TWC 2015 due to lack of player line-up. Today news emerged that Serbia will be replacing Brazil’s South American spot at the TWC 2015 because Games Academy and Luminosity managers were not comfortable with letting their players fly to Belgrade in less than three weeks. This decision was made despite…

A short and compact Prediction of the Meta for Worlds – Part V: Support

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With Patch 5.18, the patch on which the Season 5 World Championship will be played, released last week all the numbers are known for the upcoming Tournament. However it is quite hard to know exactly which champions will be played competitively by the best teams in the world. I’m going to look at the strong picks for each role and…