North American LCS Week 3 Preview
Team Dignitas may have stumbled, but they’ve managed to pull ahead and are 4-2 as of Week 2. Although Season 2′s World Championship was rough for Dignitas, they’ve managed to come back strong in Season 3. Having wins against TSM Snapdragon, Good Game University, Team MRN and Vulcun they’ve proved to the world that Dignitas is still one of the strongest teams in North America. Scarra, Dignitas’ AP Mid, also hinted toward the possibility of his team having acquired their own gaming house:
I don’t wanna jump to any conclusions, but we just met with a landlady today and signed a lease agreement. Hooray.
— Scarra (@dscarra) February 18, 2013
On Saturday, Dignitas also released an AMA on their website. The team answered questions about their current meta, play style and even their roster. Many people remember the disaster that was IWillDominate’s year suspension from League. ”About IWD, he has the potential to rejoin the team once his ban is lifted, but only if a spot opens up from our team. Currently, our team roster is very solid, and I have no problems with the current team,” William ‘Scarra’ Li said during the AMA. Coming into Week 3 it seems that Dignitas is perfectly happy with their new roster–and who can blame them?
TSM Snapdragon may have room for improvement in the upcoming weeks, but they’ve pulled together and have managed to win a number of games. Although Kayle may have not worked out so well for the team, Champions like Kha’Zix have definitely wowed the crowd as far as TSM goes. They’ve always been known for their aggressive, all in team compositions. However, it will be interesting to see how they adapt to playing against Dignitas, whom definitely surprised the crowd by beating TSM.
Gg dignitas, we basically lost the moment scarra was 2-0 5 mins in, will do better vs MRN tomorrow
— Brian Wyllie (@TSMTheOddOne) February 15, 2013
Despite some stumbling here and there, this team certainly isn’t an underdog going into Week 3. With a 4-2 win loss score, TSM is right up there with Dignitas. Other teams such as Vulcun, Complexity and GGU have had their moments, but it will be interesting to see how the younger teams deal with old, established teams such as CLG, TSM and Dignitas.
Counter Logic Gaming
With CLG being this week’s featured team, Week 3 is all ready off to a nice start for CLG. Known as one of the oldest teams, CLG has had its ups and downs throughout the years. This season, however, has started out strong for them. Having lost only one out of the three games they’ve played, CLG has proved that their poke comps are still just as powerful as they were in earlier seasons. Although they haven’t given away much in regards to their plans for Week 3, CLG’s official Twitter announces the outcome of scrims. At least it’s something:
Scrims today: 4-1 against TSM
— Counter Logic Gaming (@clgaming) February 20, 2013
Scrims today: 2-3 against GGU
— Counter Logic Gaming (@clgaming) February 19, 2013
Team MRN’s games in the past week of LCS could definitely be described as unfortunate. Having been bopped by both Dignitas and TSM, MRN will be pressed to come out on top during Week 3. All work and no play would make MRN a dull team. Although they’ve worked hard to come this far, it seems that they’re still not afraid to have fun. (Though they do seem to have a fear of sausages.) MRN has made the qualifiers interesting with their base races that have kept everyone on the seat of their pants.
PARTY AT TEAM MRN HOUSE. PLEASE GIRLS PLZ COME SO NO SAUSAGE FEST! PLX LOS ANGELES, CA.
— MaRN マーン (@MarnORZ) February 16, 2013
Now, in Week 3, their strats may have to change. Cheese can only work for so long, especially when other teams definitely want to avoid getting ‘MRN’d’. With a total score of 0-2 Team MRN has definitely shown that there’s much room for improvement, but they’re a team that definitely has the potential to go far. Despite their rocky start, Peter ‘Heartbeat’ Lim released some promising news in regards to their scrims–they’ve been winning!
3-0 against Curse today in scrims.
— Peter Lim (@HeartbeatLoL) February 21, 2013
Having only played 1 game and lost it, it’s safe to say that CompLexity hasn’t exactly had much time to shine. Having just gotten their own gaming house, perhaps the team will find it easier to come together now that they’re all under the same roof. Their game versus Curse was exceedingly close. Samuel ‘Chuuper’ Chu, CompLexity’s AP Mid, remained positive despite the loss.
I feel like our team is ready to finally take the next step to be the best. I’m excited to prepare for our 3 games next week.
— Samuel Chu (@coL_Chuuper) February 17, 2013
With three games coming their way, CompLexity will have the chance to show viewers that their hard work behind the scenes has the potential to pay off. CompLexity’s future is unclear, if only because they haven’t really gotten the chance to play yet.
The past two weeks for Vulcun can only be described as painful. With a total score of 0-5, Vulcun has been struggling to win against teams like TSM and Dignitas. Some games were closer than others, but it’s safe to say that Vulcun has much to work on. Formerly known as Team FEAR, Vulcun is now sponsoring the team. Their sponsorship may be relatively new, but their team manager has said only positive things about the organization.
Not just sayin this? But our sponsors are actually REALLY REALLY COOL. I’m super happy with Vulcun. They’re really supportive and helpful.
— Gnomesayin (@Vulcun_Gnome) February 15, 2013
Despite their rather abysmal start for Season 3, it’s definitely nice to hear that their new sponsors are being supportive. Teams lose from time to time–it happens–and it’d be a shame if people starting counting Vulcun out now. Having just moved into their own gaming house, hopefully their team play will improve alongside the other teams that have ran into some trouble.
Even though they didn’t make it to the Season 2 World Championship, Curse has proved that they can be absolute terrors when they come together. With a score of 5-0, they are the current kings of North America’s LCS. It’s hard to point out anything negative when Curse’s score speaks for itself. Curse’s roster has been erratic, but it’s nice to see that no one has been benched in the past weeks of LCS. Once the Bench King, Elementz is now what could be considered the top support in North America–and it sounds as if he couldn’t be happier.
— Elementz (@CrsElementz) February 16, 2013
In Week 3 it will be interesting to see if Curse will be able to hold their lead over the other LCS teams. They’ve had close games against teams like CompLexity and they’re certainly not unbeatable. For now, however, Curse remains godlike.
Good Game University
GGU may have gotten schooled in three out of their four games, but they’re still proving to be a strong team as Season 3 carries on. Dignitas and CLG may have bested them, but their win against Vulcun has put them on the map. Josh ‘NintendudeX’ Atkins has brought Trundle back into the jungle. Foxzii, who keeps GGU’s Facebook page up to date has finally revealed herself. They’re also holding a competition for the design of their new team logo. Overall, the past couple of weeks have been eventful for this team.
GGU has promised much cheese for Week 3 of LCS. Although they haven’t revealed what the cheese is, they’re certainly leaving a trail for the fans and competition to follow. Despite the interesting things happening revolving around GGU, the team has been having some troubles in regards to getting their players to LA. Shiptur, one of the players for GGU, may miss his flight according to their jungler, NintendudeX.
— Josh Atkins (@NintendudeX) February 20, 2013