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IEM Cologne saw the first time an amateur team took home an IEM title, as well as a ticket to the IEM World Championship. ESC Ever, notorious for taking down 2015 World Champions SK Telecom on their path through the KeSPA cup, edged out one of the LPL’s elite in a 3-2 victory over the Qiao Gu Reapers. We dove into the games and picked out some stats, like KDA and Game time, and how much – or even if – a team benefits from taking Rift Herald, and threw them together to get a better look at what went down in Cologne.

 

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Visuals by: Ling Gu

Stats and other information by: Caymus

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When the 2016 North American LCS begins in January, Hai “Hai” Du Lam will be starting his third season under Cloud 9. Making a switch to the Jungle from Mid Lane in the middle of the Summer Split, Hai once again finds himself in a different role, this time as the teams Support. He spoke with NoL on changing roles, Cloud 9’s new roster, and more.

 

How are you enjoying support so far? Was there something in particular that was hard to adapt to?

It’s fun, it’s the role I hate the most in Solo Q but probably one of my more favorite ones to play in competitive. I think the main thing I have to adapt to is my “power level”, I’m significantly weaker in terms of power than I ever was before. So it makes it harder for me to do things on my own.

 

How did you enjoy your time as Jungle, though limited it may be? What was the biggest surprise in playing the role competitively for the first time?

It was fun! Definitely a bit different from mid, I was strong but still had to cater to people’s needs more so than when I played mid. I think the biggest surprise in the role is the fact that “strength of jungler” doesn’t matter as much as a ton of other junglers always brought it. For example, there are strong early game junglers but that doesn’t mean you keel over and can’t ward/gank, you just have to be smarter about what you’re doing.

 

What is your favorite support champion or lane combo to play as? Against?

I like play Alistar and Lucian/High kill pressure ADC. I like playing against kill lanes, doesn’t matter what support.

 

You’re known to be quite the shotcaller. Is is easier for you to direct the game from support as most people imply? What do you think it is that makes you stand out so much in terms of your ability to make the right call?

Well, it is easier since I don’t have to worry about losing the game if I’m too busy trying to figure out how to win the game. Generally when a support dies that doesn’t mean baron or turrets are gone, just you can’t fight. However when I died as mid/jungler, it did mean an objective was gone, so that’s nice. As far as my ability to shotcall, I’d say it has to come from the kind of person I am, my personality is a very dominant and confident one. When someone is consistently telling you what to do, and you win, you really have no reason not to follow that voice, no? So loyalty comes from success, and success comes from intelligence.

 

How has the team been adapting to the addition of Rush? What element does he add to the team that wasn’t there before?

We actually get along really well with Rush, the guy is a beast. Definitely a better jungler than me and reminds me of myself because he’s super aggressive albeit he makes a lot of dumb plays (which is fine). As long as I keep him in check with what he’s doing, he’s easily the best jungler in NA.

 

How has it been playing with BunnyFuFu and a two support system? We’ve seen a similar situation with teams in the past, but generally mid laners. Do you think having two players rotate can benefit any position?

I enjoy playing with Bunny a lot because for one, he adds a lot of stability to my stress/emotions outside of the game. We go to the gym together and I get along with him really well, he’s like a little brother to me because he’s basically a wide eyed deer staring into the vastness of the world. I think this system is nice because it lowers the stress level a lot and for us specifically, it helps alleviate my wrist issues that I still have. It’s nice to have a break/play not as much and have a reliable substitute.

 

With the introduction of the preseason patch, a lot has changed. How do you feel about the preseason so far and what are you loving/hating the most? Do you enjoy the shift towards a more AD centric meta?

I personally like the preseason due to a few reasons ;

They fixed the RNG waves at level 1, meaning sometimes a bot lane/top lane would get EXP off a minion due to no skill of their own and the other side wouldn’t. This swung the lane a lot and made it feel really bad to play.

They allowed teams to snowball better and be able to close out games more, you can’t really “farm in base” and hope for a comeback anymore. You get punished for playing passively, and I think that’s great.

As far as the meta I don’t necessarily see that much of a difference in terms of power for ADC, they feel the same to me. If fed/ignore, they kill you, if not, they die.

I enjoy no more Mordekaiser.

More mid laners and top laners are running ignite instead of Teleport now, this is good.

I like the trinket changes so far, less wards means more plays, which means the better team can control vision easier. (Minus baron baiting, that’s impossible with blue trinkets.)

There’s probably more but this is all I can think of for now.

 

What are your thoughts on the upcoming LCS season, with all of the new teams and wave of roster changes? Thoughts on the new TSM, particularly Yellowstar and his transition to NA?

My opinion of all the new teams/players is that I hope it elevates the level of play for NA. Anything to help our region grow is welcomed by me. There’s a lot of hype on Yellowstar being a great shotcaller, I want to see if their team lives up to that hype.

 

Which bot lanes do you want to play against the most in the LCS? Who do you rate as the strongest, based on current rosters?

I don’t really care about what lane I play against, we will win or die trying. (Sneaky and me are the best 100% chance, I’ll believe that whether I’m right or wrong.)

 

You’ll be competing at IEM Cologne soon, playing H2K in the first round. With h2k having recently completed a new roster, where do you stack up, particularly against VandeR/Forg1ven?

I actually know nothing about H2K’s new roster or EU’s power level after worlds, it’ll be interesting to see how things go. I’m excited to play support on stage for the first time though.

 

Cloud 9 to take the whole thing, right?

Of course, or we’ll do our damn best to.

 

Looking back at 2015, what is your favorite memory from the past year? Was switching roles twice the least expected thing to happen to you?

My favorite memory is probably qualifying for worlds, my entire team was just shocked and surprised we made it. I’m happy we went from almost being relegated to world’s contenders. My entire team/owner were pretty depressed before that whole chain of events, and to see the emotions change in such a short time is the reason why I played and still play. My teams happiness is extremely important to me.

 

Shoutouts?

Thanks for the interview and I’m looking forward to how our team develops and grows. For all my fans out there, thank you for sticking by my side through thick and thin. Cloud 9 for life, right guys? #Cloud9

 


Caymus is a journalist and content creator for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

 
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In the premiere edition of Sessions, Noah Whinston talks about his transition into eSports, acquiring investor interest, player treatment, and more.


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Editors Note: Clinton Foy is the managing director of venture capital firm CrossCut Ventures.


Caymus is a content creator and journalist for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

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Stats compiled by: Caymus

Graphics by Ling Gu

All statistics were gathered independently or pulled from oracleselixir.com

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With Cloud 9 deciding to devote their time to preparation for IEM Cologne on December 16th,  Cloud 9  players Hai ‘Hai‘ Du Lam and Lee ‘Rush‘ Yoon-jae will be unable to attend the 2015 All-Star Event. Normally, Rush would have taken the place of Hai, who is now supporting for Cloud 9 after switching to jungle in the 2015 Summer Split. However, since both players are now on the same team and competing together at IEM, the spot goes to the 3rd place nominee. Receiving the third highest votes behind his fellow teammates, William ‘Meteos‘ Hartman will represent North America in the jungle at the ASE on December 10th.

Cloud 9 released a press statement explaining their reasoning behind the decision and addressed the perceived non overlap of dates between events:

 

Soon after the All-Star Event poll results began flooding in, it was clear that things were about to get complicated. While we were thrilled to see our players once again being recognized by fans, we were faced with a serious quandary: Is attending the ASE a viable option?

The short answer is yes. The dates of the ASE (Dec 10-13) do not directly interrupt our attendance and participation for IEM Cologne (Dec 16-21).

The long answer is no.  Unfortunately, the time commitment required for either Hai or Rush to attend the ASE is simply too disruptive to the teams preparation for IEM Cologne as the ASE runs for four days of public play and also includes extra preparation time off-stream. As the 3rd place vote receiver in the Jungle role, William “Meteos” Hartman has agreed to represent the North American LCS for the entirety of the event.

 

The 2015 All-Star Event takes place from December 10-13th in Los Angeles, California.

 

 

 

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Najin e-mFire has announced that Mid laners Yu ‘Ggoong‘ Byeong-jun and Park ‘TANK‘ Dan-won, AD Carry Oh ‘Ohq‘ Gyu-min, jungler Cho ‘Watch‘ Jae-geol,  supports Kim ‘Pure‘ Jin-sun and Jang ‘Cain‘ Nu-ri, and head coach Park ‘Reach‘ Jung-suk have all decided to part ways with the organization, terminating their contracts on November 30th.

 

 

With the players exit, Lee “Duke” Ho-seong and Yoon “Peanut” Wang-ho, are the only remaining members of the team. Najin has yet to confirm whether Duke and Peanut have re-signed their contracts. It also remains a mystery as to where the departed players and coach Reach will go next.

 

NoL will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the changes overseas.

 

 

 

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Following the recent changes in Korea, Yeon “TrAce” Chang-dong, Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun, and Kang “Cpt Jack” Hyung-woo have ended their contracts with the Jin Air Green Wings. It is so far unknown where the players may end up next.

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“And you the fans must be disappointed as well. But these players all have very bright futures, and although they will unfortunately not be with Jin Air, we believe that you fans will see these players return with a ‘nicer look’.” Jin Air said on Facebook. Continuing on to say that the future is “only full of good things.”

Making it to the finals of the 2015 LCK Regional Qualifiers before falling to KT Rolster, Jin Air looks to rebuild after also recently losing star mid laner Lee ‘GBM‘ Chang-Seok to North American Squad NRG.

NoL will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

 

 


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Announced Monday, Mid laner Shin “CoCo” Jin-yeong and jungler Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong have opted to terminate their contracts with CJ Entus.

 

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Ambition makes his exit from CJ after playing 327 games for the CJ organization over 4 years, and will join the Samsung organization as starting jungler.

As for CoCo, it remains to be seen where he will end up, though an elite team is a likely target. With an incredibly varied pool and a 4.34 KDA in the LCK Summer Split, CoCo has more than proven his worth, showcasing his versatility and his ability to carry in the worlds strongest region.

 

 

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Choosing to focus on behind the scenes business at Origen, Enrique ‘xPeke‘ Cedeño Martínez has opted out of the upcoming 2015 All-Star Event in Los Angeles. Taking place from December 10-13, the event will feature players from around the globe competing in teams voted in by their region.

Normally, Febiven would take the place of xPeke, receiving the second highest amount of votes. However with a two player per team limit to each squad, and Heo ‘Huni‘ Seung-hoon  and Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson already set to attend, it is likely that the player with the 3rd most votes, Henrik ‘Froggen‘ Hansen will fill in. Should Froggen attend, it will be the first time witnessing the long awaited, much hyped duel against SK Telecom T1’s Lee ‘Faker‘ Sang-hyeok.

 

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In addition to the news of attending All-Stars, there is also speculation that he may join the wave of players transferring to play in the North American LCS. During a stream on Saturday, he said “I would say there’s a good chance I’m gonna go to NA instead of Europe” 

While unconfirmed, Froggen’s current team, Elements, consists of just him and support player Patrick “Nyph” Funke. With the team in disarray and his contract having ended on November 1st, it wouldn’t be out of the question for the veteran mid laner to get a fresh start after a disappointing season under the Elements banner.

NoL will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

 

 

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In an interview with Russian news site goodgame, team manager and analyst Dmitry ‘Moo‘ Sukhanov revealed that he has left Gambit Gaming and that the organization is “very likely” to sell their spot in the European LCS.

Here is an excerpt from the interview, translated into English:

 

Good evening everyone. Today I will interview Dmitrii Suhanov, also known as Gambit Moo. Or ex-Gambit Moo. Hello, Dima!

Moo: Hi.

Let’s start from the most important things. Recently there have been a lot of news, and not from the Gambit itself, but from the players’ twitters that they are free agents now. Even you claimed that you are a free agent too, although there hasn’t been any official statement yet about what is happening in the organization. It is obvious that there are some serious changes in the team, some people even consider that Gambit are selling their LCS spot, as many other organizations do now. Have you ever thought about such transformations coming after a rather failed season?

Moo: Well, firstly it’s a common thing that players are claiming themselves as free agents. Not only Gambit, but other players too. It’s just the period after the Worlds when most of the contracts end, as no one signs contracts for a period more than one or two years. So there is that period during which players are free agents if the organization hasn’t offered them auto-resigning. As for a failed season and the selling of a spot, as you remember, last year our results were not so well too. So the talks about selling the spot are not connected with our negative results, it’s just one more factor that led to this. Yes, there are such talks but there are no official statements as it takes a lot of time and Riot needs to check everything. But as far as I know, Gambit is very likely to sell their LCS spot. That’s why I left the team.

So there is no more profit for the team to participate in LCS even if they have a spot? Why did they decide to do this? Don’t they believe that the team can rise once again?

Moo: I don’t think that it is about the expectations from the team and its players; it is more about the organization not ready to pay the expenses that are needed from the LCS team nowadays. Let’s be honest, no one expected Gambit to be the first, and if you are lower that first, then the reward isn’t that big to pay back the money that was spent. In League of Legends, comparing to such games as Dota 2 or CS: GO, the amount of money that you get in tournaments is much less. Also add the fact that LCS teams cannot participate in other tournaments according to Riot’s rules. Yeah, there is an IEM, but the prize money from IEM is twice less that it is in CS:GO tournaments. Also Gambit has never had a lot of sponsors, so it was financed mostly by the organization itself, and it can’t do it anymore.

 

While nothing has been confirmed, it seems the sale is imminent as Moo has already left the team. Formed in 2013 around the legendary Moscow Five roster, Gambit Gaming recently faced near relegation for the second time. Since their entry into the LCS, the team has seen a notable decline in performance after being plagued by visa issues and roster changes. With three of their members already confirmed to be leaving, it may be the end of the Gambit era.

 

NoL reached out to Moo, who said he is planning to stay in eSports, either in the LCS or in a Russian national team.

 

 

 

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