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How was Korea? What did you like most about the trip?

I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit Korea, it was awesome. The food really surprised me, I didnt expect it to be really good compared to California’s food.


You and Lustboy began playing together on an official stage in week 10 of the Summer Split. How did you feel changing supports so late in the split and at such a critical time? Were you confident you could build enough synergy to perform and make worlds? When did things really start to click in terms of synergy?

I was worried about the synergy we would have going into playoffs and into worlds, but we started to click after we started boot camping in Korea and started playing the foreign bot lanes. We started communicating a lot more and Lustboys English improved a lot during the couple weeks we played together. And I also learned some Korean to use in solo q.


How do you feel you improved over boot camp as a bot lane?   Individually?

I feel I improved a lot and I think this season I will be very impactful as a player. I learned about rotations and teamplay due to the bootcamp.


Who was your favorite duo to play against during your time scrimming up to the World Championship?

My favorite bot lane to play against was definitely Mata & Imp by far. They were just so amazing at the game. They played their lanes really solidly and the mind games they played in the bot lane were so new to me; they controlled vision so well. They were defintely my favorite bot lane to play against.


Going into the group stage, how confident were you? Who were you looking forward to playing the most?

Going into groups I thought to myself if we played well we could easily get first seed in groups, but we got ahead of ourselves and ended up losing the first game to SHRC due to overconfidence and lack of preparation. I was looking forward to playing SHRC a lot because of their bot lane and Insec.


Which team do you feel gave you the hardest time? What duo lane did you feel was stronger out of the teams in your group?

SHRC gave us the hardest time because of their solid mechanics. In the group stage I really wanted to play vs Uzi & Zero, I was pretty confident going into the bot lane vs them, but I choked and ended up playing really poorly the first game, I wish I had more games to prove myself against them.


What was your preparation like heading into the quarterfinals? How do you feel you and Lustboy stack up against Imp and Mata? What stood out most about Imp?

We were too focused on what to do mid game that we completely ignored our level 1s and they just dominated us 2 games because of our lack of preparation. Lustboy & I defintely could have defeated Imp & Mata at that stage I believe. After groups Lustboy & I were improving faster than we did for groups and I actually think if it was 2v2 we could have had a good chance to beat SSW. The thing that stands out the most about Imp is his ability to rotate with his team and be at the right place at the right time.


What is your overall opinion of where NA stands in comparison to other regions?

I think NA is definitely catching up to Korea and currently I would say we’re a top 4 region.


What did you learn most from the tournament and how do you feel about your overall performance?

I learned about teamplay and objectives this tournament more than anything and I realized I was playing the game wrong until the Koreans taught me, I felt my performance could have been better hopefully I can show my  improvement during the split.


Looking ahead, how strong do you believe the team can be in Season 5?

I think TSM will definitely be the strongest NA team this season and hopefully we can even do better at worlds for S5.


How do you plan to spend the rest of your vacation?

I am planning to spend the rest of my vacation playing smash bros and League of Legends, I can’t seem to stay away from video games.


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About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL 



How was travelling between so many countries? Where was your favorite? Was it difficult adjusting to jet lag?

Bjergsen: Travelling between so many countries was something I really enjoyed, it was awesome to see so many different cultures and try a lot of different foods. My favorite was probably Korea, since it was the one we got to experience the most outside of practice times. I think fighting jetlag should only take a couple days as long as  you try to keep a healthy schedule and don’t stay up for too long. You just need to make sure you resist taking naps, it can be difficult!


What was boot camp like? Of all of the teams you scrimmed, who do you feel was the strongest? What did you learn most from scrims?

Bjergsen:  Boot camping was a different experience. I’ve only really had one boot camp in my life with NiP before. I think in boot camps, you figure out a lot of team problems that need to be fixed because you’re constantly practicing in a high pressure environment where all emotions come out. We definitely had some things come up, but I think we got a good hold of them which made us a better team after the boot camp was over. Of all the teams we played Samsung White was definitely the hardest, the first time we played against them we got completely stomped, but slowly worked our way up to actually contest and take games from them in scrims. The thing I learned the most is to give back to my teammates, and use my advantage to help build their advantage. If I start winning my lane I know a lot more about the options I can do to help snowball the overall team and winning the game.


Who was the strongest mid laner you faced during scrims?

Bjergsen: I think Faker and Pawn both played exceptionally well and had very little mistakes when I played them. They both know their limits very well and push them as far as they can, that’s what makes a great player.


Who was the toughest opponent you played during group stages? Did any team at the tournament surprise you?

Bjergsen:  The toughest opponent was definitely Royal Club which also shows since they made it into the final. Royal has a very distinct play style and we played right into their strengths the first game which made us basically unable to win since they play that style so well. I think if anything the biggest surprise was how handedly OMG beat Najin White Shield, I was not expecting them to get a clean sweep, nor do I think anyone did.


What was your mindset headed into the quarterfinals? There was a lot of talk about the importance of believing you can defeat your opponent and how it can affect you mentally if you don’t think you are capable. Did you believe you could win? What went wrong?

Bjergsen:  It’s a difficult thing to say, I do believe we had a good shot at making it all the way to the finals this year with the way the brackets worked out. But obviously we failed to deliver and I can’t blame that on anyone else than us.

Reginald and Locodoco kept making sure that we all believed we had a chance at winning, no matter how small it was. I definitely agree if we didn’t believe we at least had a chance at winning there was no way we were going to win. I think everyone in the team knew they were the better team, but we still had ways to beat them, and we could still show up big on the day. I personally believed we could win, and I think for the most part my teammates believed we had a chance as well.  


What is your overall impression of the tournament so far?

Bjergsen: I think the way Riot has handled the tournament and the players has been really good and I very much enjoyed finally being a part of Worlds. I was also very happy that the wildcard teams ended up having such a big impact, even though it was to my good friends in Alliance. It really shows that you can’t just expect a win against these wildcard teams, they can take you on any given day.  


What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from playing internationally?

Bjergsen:  The biggest thing I’ve learned is how to be able to work together as a team and how to play for the benefit of the team. One player shouldn’t have to perform extraordinarily to win, everyone just has to have a solid performance and everyone helps each other out to have a solid performance. It’s a team game and Samsung White really shows that; they win together.  


Amazing recently stepped down from the starting lineup. What are your thoughts on his departure? Moving forward, what are you most looking for in finding a replacement? What do you think most fits your and the team’s needs?

Bjergsen: Of course I’m really sad Amazing decided to leave the team. I shared rooms in the hotel and housing with him through the entire boot camp and he became a good friend of mine in the team. I do understand all his reasons for leaving and I can’t be upset at him, I hope he finds a place where he’ll be happy and has an escape from League every once in a while.

The main things we are looking for in a jungler would be mechanical skill, communication and work ethic. Obviously it’s really important to have good mechanical skill as a jungler for champions like Lee Sin, etc. Communication as a jungler is very important since you have to be in a dialogue with all 3 lanes at the same time to know where to be and what to do next. Work ethic is a global thing you would want from every member in the team, but it’s very important to me. It’s important the player is motivated and willing to constantly improve through solo queue and replays.


Prediction for the Finals?

Bjergsen:  I have to go with White, they’re an amazing team and will likely 3-0 Royal if they do their research.


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About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL

Marcel “Dexter” Feldkamp, now ex-jungler for CLG has stated he will not be renewing his contract with CLG, largely due to the internal conflict and uncomfortable experiences he had as part of CLG. Amazing largely left due to homesickness, and Dexter was in a similar position having no real friends on his team. North America’s two imported German junglers have both decided to leave their teams recently, with Amazing leaving TSM just about three days ago.


Dexter has a longer statement available here, however CLG issued a shorter form of it:


“After taking time to analyze the current situation I regret to announce that, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to part ways with the CLG organization and will not be renewing my current contract.
At the moment I am considering some opportunities although I have made no decision and am keeping an open mind in regards to the future.
I would like to thank Kelby, Mattcom, my old CLG teammates and the rest of the CLG organization for having me on the team. I have learned a lot about the game and also about myself and feel like I have improved my general perspective in regards to the esports world,as a whole. It has been an amazing opportunity and I am honestly very thankful for everyone involved in it.
I would also like to thank the community for supporting me on my journey so far and hope that, no matter what comes next, you will all still be there.”
Meanwhile, George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis issued this statement:
Dexter’s play helped us to do great things during Season 4 but at the same time we also ran into some of our greatest difficulties as a team. Things got rough and it became clear that change was something both the team and dexter needed. We are appreciative of all his work and time but ultimately we feel this decision is in the best interest of everyone involved. We wish him luck and we look forward to taking this opportunity to build the strongest roster possible for Season 5.
With that, CLG will be looking to try out a new jungler, either foreign or NA talent. TSM is also currently looking for a jungler, and they must find either an exempt non-resident (i.e Dexter, Helios) or an NA player. That means TSM will likely have the better chances of picking up NA’s best up-and-coming jungle talent, while CLG still has the option to find a foreigner.
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TSM Amazing Steps Down

October 11th, 2014
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Team Solomid’s jungler, Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, has opted to step down from the starting roster of Team Solomid and continue his career back in Europe. Maurice, only 20 years old, flew halfway across the world to join Team Solomid. After spending half a year playing in the NA LCS, he decided that life in Los Angeles is not for him. He prefers to play in the EU LCS where he is amongst his friends and family. Although Amazing has been an integral part of Team Solomid’s success in the summer split of the NA LCS and the world championships, the separation is amicable between both parties.


“Working with Maurice has been an amazing experience and I was very glad to have him play for our organization. He was a huge part in our success this season and I wish Maurice the best of luck. I truly believe that he’ll find success within any organization.” – TSM Team Owner, Andy Dinh.


“No team has ever inspired me more to become more skilled, smarter and overall just better at my individual role than TSM, thanks to the coaches, but especially the players who all have the drive to be the best. I am sad about leaving this type of environment, but I’m equally excited to be back in the country I was born and raised in. I will never forget the chance that TSM gave me, and I will never forget all the great moments we all had together from the early season struggles to becoming a top 2 team in the west. But it is time for me to move on.” -  Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider


With his departure, Team Solomid is now on the look out for new talent to fill the position. The team will be looking at mechanically strong high ranking challenger players and former NA LCS players. Tryout starts Oct 20th. More details will be released at a later time.

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The two sister Samsung teams went against each other in a Best-of-5 to determine the first finalist for Worlds; here are the results:


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Samsung White vs Samsung Blue: All Games


Game 1

Game 2

Game 3


[ Casters ] Deficio, Rivington, Jatt

[ Analysts ] Phreak, Doublelift, Monte, Krepo, Quickshot



SSW vs SSB Game 1



SSW vs SSB Game 2



SSW vs SSB Game 3


Via LoL eSports:

Over the past several weeks, the world has paid witness to some of the finest League of Legends play in the game’s history — and the moments of brilliance have been startling. Who could forget OMG’s 71-minute slugfest with Season 1 Champs Fnatic, with the match turning on a single hit of the Nexus? Or Samsung White Imp’s Quarterfinals pentakill against North American powerhouse TSM, his second of the tournament? Now all roads lead to this one fateful day. Who will achieve League of Legends immortality? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2014 Worlds Final.


Who Will Be In The Finals?

Last year it was the teams now known as SK Telecom T1 K and Starhorn Royal Club, the year before Azubu (now CJ Entus) Frost and the Taipei Assassins. During the first World Championship it was Fnatic and Against All Authority, and now it’s time for the fourth League of Legends World Championship to find it’s victor.

As described by Riot Games:

The Final consists of one triumphant Best of 5 series between the two battle-hardened teams that emerge from the Semifinal. After running the international gauntlet, here are the contenders still left standing:


When Are The Finals?

On October 18th, at 1PM PDT Riot Games will be holding a Worlds Preview Show for the finals, to lay down all the information and predictions for the legendary upcoming match. The Analyst desk that has been running throughout the World Championship will be joined by other guests to lay down what they think about the Final set of matches. At 10:30PM PDT, the preview show will be rebroadcast and then coverage of the show for the finals can begin. Imagine Dragons will be there, performing “Warriors”

At approximately 11:45 PDT, the match will begin, and afterwards the analyst desk will be there to break it all down. In the morning, at 10:30AM the whole event will be rebroadcasted for those who miss it.


How do I Watch The Finals?

You can watch every Worlds Final match on, Twitch, Azubu, and Youtube, along with various other channels for other languages. If you find yourself in Korea and are interested in seeing the show live, tickets are still available. And in addition to the rebroadcasts of the live show, you can visit Riot’s spoiler-free VODs page for full videos of every game from Worlds 2014 as well as the rest of the 2014 season.




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Complexity’s mid laner Pr0lly and AD Carry RobertXLee have been moved to the substitute position, however with Robert’s being a personal choice. There has been drama surrounding how the decision came to be and CoL’s management as well. Meanwhile in the amateur scene, Elementz is once again coaching Team Coast, albeit this time around the roster is completely different.


Pr0lly Out Once Again

Last year, Pr0lly was benched from a different Complexity roster for attitude issues and conflicting with the team, namely Lautemortis in particular. That said, in recent months Lautemortis has come out saying that it was not purely Pr0lly’s fault, contrasting to how Pr0lly initially took the blame for the team’s issues. This time around, multiple members of the team have come out saying that Pr0lly has had issues within the team and how is attitude affects them, but is likely their most mechanically skilled player that brought the most to the table. RobertXLee in particular, stated that he believed Pr0lly’s benching was due to attitude issues, as he felt there could be no other reason for management to take him out. Due to this and other issues regarding the CoL organization, RobertXLee has stepped down and is hoping for either a position on Curse or to become a full-time streamer.

Pr0lly has stated he’s not allowed to join another team, which as an immediate effect prevents him from potentially joining Team Coast, who will most likely be a strong opponent in the upcoming expansion tournament.


Elementz and Coast, Redux

When Elementz had previously coached Team Coast, it was to little success, possibly because the team didn’t listen or couldn’t apply what he attempted to help them with. This time around, these young challenger hopefuls have a chance to make it into the LCS, however this upcoming expansion tournament is there only chance left to make it into the 2015 Spring Split.

Last year the players would be more likely to have enough of an ego to not listen to their coach, potentially leading to Coast’s poor performance in terms of strategical play. While different players had problems with individual skill, they definitely could have won more games had they either listened to Elementz, or if they did, if Elementz was better at teaching them to apply strategies and fix communication.

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Najin White Shield vs OMG: All Games


Game 1

Game 2

Game 3


[ Casters ] Deficio, Kobe, Deman



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You’ll find Champion Select statistics at the bottom of this post when the day is over, brought to you by Lukas Krings.

Quarterfinals: Team Solomid vs Samsung White

[ VoD ] Watch the series on Youtube

[ Analysts ] QuickshotKrepoDoubleliftMontePhreak

[ Casters ] Deficio, Jatt, Rivington



Champion Select Stats


Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 7 11 9 2 82% 18 33%
Twitch 8 12 9 3 75% 20 37%
Kassadin 2 5 3 2 60% 7 13%
Ryze 21 21 12 9 57% 42 78%
Alistar 44 5 4 1 80% 49 91%
Janna 2 29 18 11 62% 31 57%
Maokai 29 16 9 7 56% 45 83%
Jarvan IV 1 10 3 7 30% 11 20%
Orianna 5 15 9 6 60% 20 37%
Lucian 6 29 13 16 45% 35 65%
Thresh 9 28 16 12 57% 37 69%
Rumble 9 14 9 5 64% 23 43%
Kha’Zix 7 36 17 19 47% 43 80%
Zilean 36 9 5 4 56% 45 83%
Tristana 4 24 10 14 42% 28 52%
Nami 2 21 9 12 43% 23 43%
Twisted Fate 4 4 1 3 25% 8 15%
Zed 14 13 7 6 54% 27 50%
Lee Sin 18 30 18 12 60% 48 89%
Syndra 10 8 3 5 38% 18 33%
Nidalee 14 5 1 4 20% 19 35%
Fizz 6 11 4 7 36% 17 31%
Jinx 3 7 2 5 29% 10 19%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 6%
Rengar 6 6 5 1 83% 12 22%
Kog’Maw 1 13 6 7 46% 14 26%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 2%
Xerath 0 6 2 4 33% 6 11%
Talon 0 5 2 3 40% 5 9%
Vayne 0 3 3 0 100% 3 6%
Lulu 1 11 3 8 27% 12 22%
Kayle 2 11 5 6 45% 13 24%
Aatrox 6 0 0 0 Not played 6 11%
Dr Mundo 0 7 0 7 0% 7 13%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 4%
Caitlyn 0 2 1 1 50% 2 4%
Irelia 3 11 8 3 73% 14 26%
Elise 1 12 5 7 42% 13 24%
Corki 0 10 7 3 70% 10 19%
Ahri 1 10 3 7 30% 11 20%
Leona 0 3 1 2 33% 3 6%
Braum 0 6 3 3 50% 6 11%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 4%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 3 1 2 33% 3 6%
Morgana 0 6 4 2 67% 6 11%
Graves 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Vi 0 1 0 1 0% 1 2%
Swain 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Ziggs 0 2 1 1 50% 2 4%
Gragas 1 0 0 0 Not played 1 2%
Evelynn 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Riven 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Rammus 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Lissandra 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Singed 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
58 champions played/banned in 54 games
Blue Side 34 20 63%
Red Side 20 34 37%

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In Starcraft 2, there was once an “Unofficial World Champion Belt”, which if you apply to League of Legends, is currently held by KaBuM!. Basically, whichever team beats the current World Champion in an official match becomes the “Belt Holder”. If you start with Fnatic’s 2-1 over Against All Authority at the Season 1 World Championship, and follow the long line down, you’ll reach KaBuM!. Normally, there’s no need for the belt to “reset” each season either, because the official World Champion has been the Belt Holder 3/3 World Championships so far. However, KaBuM! won their last match of the group stage, and are taking the belt to Brazil, until they lose it to whoever manages to beat them in the future first.

To better understand how we got to KaBuM! being the Belt Holder, let’s look at the history of the Unofficial World Champion Belt.


Season 1 Finals – Season 2

Victor Defeated Score Tournament
Fnatic against All authority 2-1 Riot Season 1 World Championship
Counter Logic Gaming Fnatic 1-0 IEM Season VI – Global Challenge Cologne
Team WE Counter Logic Gaming 1-0 IEM Season VI – Global Challenge Guangzhou
EHOME Team WE 1-0 2011 WCG China Challenge
Team WE EHOME 2-0 2011 WCG China Challenge
Invictus Gaming Team WE 3-0 2011 WCG China Challenge
EHOME Invictus Gaming 1-0 Tencent Games Carnival 2011
Team WE EHOME 1-0 Tencent Games Carnival 2011
Taipei Assassins Team WE 2-1 StarsWar 7 Taipei Assassins 1-0 Season 2 – Regional Finals Taipei Showmatch
NaJin Sword 1-0 Riot Season 2 World Championship Group Stages
Taipei Assassins NaJin Sword 2-0 Riot Season 2 World Championship Quarterfinals


Pre-Season 3 and Season 3

Fnatic Taipei Assassins 2-0 IPL 5 Round 2
Team WE Fnatic 2-1 IPL 5 Round 6
Invictus Gaming Team WE 1-0 LPL 2013 Spring Season Week 2
OMG Invictus Gaming 1-0 LPL 2013 Spring Season Week 3
Royal Club OMG 1-0 LPL Spring 2013 Week 4
Positive Energy Royal Club 1-0 LPL Spring 2013 Week 5
Invictus Gaming Positive Energy 1-0 LPL Spring 2013 Week 6
Team WE Invictus Gaming 1-0 LPL Spring 2013 Week 7
Team Livemore Team WE 1-0 LPL Spring 2013 Week 7
OMG Team Livemore 1-0 LPL Spring 2013 Week 8
Positive Energy OMG 1-0 LPL Spring 2013 Week 9
Royal Club Positive Energy 1-0 LPL Spring 2013 Week 10
OMG Royal Club 1-0 LPL Summer 2013 Week 2
Young Glory OMG 1-0 LPL Summer 2013 Week 5
Team WE Young Glory 1-0 LPL Summer 2013 Week 5
OMG Team WE 1-0 LPL Summer 2013 Week 6
Royal Club OMG 1-0 LPL Summer 2013 Week 6
Positive Energy Royal Club 1-0 LPL Summer 2013 Week 7
Royal Club Positive Energy 2-0 2013 Chinese Regionals Winners Bracket Semifinals
OMG Royal Club 2-1 2013 Chinese Regionals Winners Bracket Finals
Royal Club OMG 3-1 2013 Chinese Regionals Grand Finals
SK Telecom T1 Royal Club 3-0 2013 World Championship Grand Final


Pre-2014 Season Up Until Now

SK Telecom T1 K CJ Entus Blaze 2-0 PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013 Group Stages
SK Telecom T1 S SK Telecom T1 K 1-1 HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 Group Stages
Prime Optimus SK Telecom T1 S 1-1 HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 Group Stages
SK Telecom T1 K Prime Optimus 2-0 bigfile NLB Spring 2014 Diamond League Quarterfinals
CJ Entus Frost SK Telecom T1 K 3-1 bigfile NLB Spring 2014 Diamond League Semifinals
Samsung Galaxy White CJ Entus Frost 2-0 HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 Group Stages
Samsung Galaxy Blue Samsung Galaxy White 3-1 HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 Semifinals
KT Arrows Samsung Galaxy Blue 3-2 HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 Finals
NaJin White Shield KT Arrows 3-0 2014 Korean Regionals
Alliance NaJin White Shield 1-0 Riot Season 4 Worlds Group Stages
KABuM! Alliance 1-0 Riot Season 4 Worlds Group Stages


By following the table above, you notice that notable unofficial World Champions include:

  • Counter Logic Gaming (Before Doublelift joined, so still no titles for him)
  • KT Arrows – Failed to Qualify for 2014 World Championship after winning OGN Summer 2014
  • CJ Entus Frost – Under the name Azubu Frost, they were second at the Season 2 World Championships, but neither CJ team has qualified for Worlds since.
  • Prime Optimus – Barely qualified for OGN


Interesting facts:

  • 8 Different Chinese Teams
  • Alliance/CLG.EU and Fnatic are the only EU teams to hold it
  • CLG is the only NA team to hold it
  • Because of the lack of International tournaments in Season 3, the belt was held by Chinese teams for almost the whole season, since WE beat Fnatic at IPL5.


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