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Rift Pulse August 15

 

Rift pulse returns with the latest standings and news from around the scene. In the LCS, Fnatic closed out the first ever perfect season in the LCS as Team Liquid surged to a first place finish. With teams from around the world clashing in their regions playoffs, the road to the 2015 World Championship is underway.

 

North America

 

  • Team Impulse issued a statement on the suspension of Mid Laner XiaoweiXiao.
  • Dignitas Head Coach Sami ‘Rico‘ Harbi has returned to LA and will take back the reigns as Head Coach.
  • David ‘Yusui’ bloomquist has announced his retirement.
  • TSM Online Analyst Dylan Falco has left the team.
  • Riot has ruled that Yu ‘XiaoWeiXiao‘ Xian  is suspended until spring 2016.
  • Nicolas ‘Gleeb‘ Haddad has announced his retirement from competitive play.
  • Team 8 has chosen to play against Team Imagine in the upcoming Spring Promotion tournament.

 

 

NA LCS 2015 Summer Playoff Schedule

 


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Europe

 

 

 

EU LCS 2015 Summer Playoff Schedule

 

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China

 

 

 

LPL 2015 Summer Playoff Schedule

 


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Korea

 

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LCK Final

 

 

 

 

 

LCK 2015 Summer Playoff Schedule

 

Korea Playoffs

 

 

 

Brazil

 

  • Hugo ‘Dioud‘ Padioleau has been granted legal status as a “Professional eSports player” by the Brazilian Government.
  • The CBLOL 2015 Summer Season has ended, with paiN Gaming taking down INTZ e-sports 3-0 to qualify for the 2015 International Wildcard Tournament.

 

CBLOL 2015 Summer Season Finals Results

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OCE

 

  • OPL Finals concluded August 8th, with Chiefs eSports Club taking the title and the ticket to the 2015 International Wildcard Tournament.
  • Riot has made their ruling on Curtis “Flying Joo” Schembri relating to toxic behavior.

 

OCE

 

 

SEA

 

  • LMS playoffs have concluded, with AHQ emerging as champions.
  • LMS Regional Finals will conclude August 15th. Post will be updated accordingly.

 

LMS

 

LMS Playoffs

 

 

 

 

 

Challenger Series

 

  • Team Dignitas EU qualify to the 2016 LCS Spring Split
  • Renegades qualify to the 2016 LCS Spring Split

 

 

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NA

 

NACS

 

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Interview with Powerofevil Banner

 

Last time we spoke you were just coming off of a second place finish in the Spring Split. Now, you’re about to face Fnatic in the Semifinals. First however, let’s talk about your most recent game against Fnatic.

Our game vs Fnatic was not as we expected coming into the rift. We had a good start but made 1-2 crucial mistakes which got us really far behind and props to Fnatic with closing out the game insanely fast and punishing our mistakes.

 

You let Ryze through seemingly with the plan of attempting to shut him down early, which did work and led to an early advantage for you. What fell apart that the game turned around so rapidly and was closed out in only 23 minutes? What was your gameplan before the match?

As mentioned before these 1-2 errors crucial were the biggest reason we lost the game. I felt ahead BUT we were only even. We had a better scaling composition so we were totally fine with that until we got dived bot and Ryze got back in the game.

 

With Fnatic going 18-0, and an almost assured qualification the 2015 World Championship, do you think they are title contenders? What makes them so strong?

They are for sure title contenders. Not dropping a single game in the regular is insane BUT I am hyped to face them in the playoffs in a bo5. I am sure we can make it a close series. I think they just have some of the best tp decision calls and shotcalling in the game.

 

You were playing with Gilius. What are the differences between him and Kikis?

Gilius is not as experienced as Kikis LCS wise. He is warding less and his routes are not as carefully plannes as Kikis but he improved a lot on that. With his good mechanics he got us ahead in the early game most of the times. The best thing on him was that he always wanted to improve and he was really confident in the calls he made even as a new player.

 

Can you talk about H0r0? It is understood that he will be playing with the team in the playoffs. Has the team been practicing with him? How has the team dynamic been and is there a difficulty communicating in the team due to language barrier?

Horo was the starter vs Roccat. We felt really confident after practicing for a week with him in scrims. I think one of the biggest thing was that we started having fun in scrims again and you learn a lot if you enjoy the game as well. I dont think we have to many problems communicating with Horo both outside of the game or in the game. He sometimes speaks a little bit slow but he improved a lot on that already. We are trying to help him ingame when he trys to say something but normally thats not a big deal.

 

What are the advantages of H0r0, in your opinion? He’s definitely no stranger to the competitive scene, where do you think he stacks up with the rest of the competition? How is the Jungle/mid synergy going?

Horo is planning his route really careful which means he nearly never gets chaught. His warding is similiar to Kikis which helps me out a lot. If you call for him, he trys to come ASAP and is not looking at what he is losing. He will try to help you and get you back in the game even if he falls behind for that. He had a really good performance in the series and I am proud of reaching semis with him. I would say the jungle/mid synergy is fine right now but obviously can still get improved on.

 

How did you feel heading into your series against roccat, and what steps did you take to prepare?

We prepared the whole week playing scrims and speaking nearly everyday about bans, counterbans, picks and counterpicks. We felt really confident in the series with our bans that we didnt switch anything till the last game where a change was needed after the “sivir” ban.

 

What are you working on most to improve on individually? What is your current favorite solo queue champion?

I think I need to improve on my eye when I can go for a roam and get kills on another lane. I feel like I dont have the perfect eye for that yet. Syndra is my favorite soloQ champion. Your laning phase is decently strong but her burst after 6 is just insane.

 

How do you feel about the recent Azir changes? Was it overdone? What changes would you have made?

In my opinion Azir is not tier 1 anymore. He lost an insane amount of combat potential (1v1) with losing the knockup on the E spell. In general it is way harder to ult people in both teamfight and 1v1.

 

What changes would you make on the mid role, if any?

I dont think I would do any changes. I like the meta right now and that you have a huge diversity in the champions that are available.

 

What is the pregame and in-game dynamic like? What I mean is, what is the thought process behind say, your pick for example, and what factors go into what you will play? Once in-game, how is shotcalling handled? Is it just one player making calls, or does everyone have a role?

When I look what I am going to pick, I am checking out their bans. What did they ban what do they want to go for maybe. What is our team composition about. What is the enemy team composition about. Do they, for example, have enough engage? This can lead sometimes to picking a poke champion. (Kog/Varus). Normally I dont care about what I can get countered with BUT sometimes you NEED to look at that and you are forced to go for not the best pick for the team but the 2nd best.

 

Who do you think are the top 3 mid laners in Europe right now? Who is the hardest to lane against and what makes them difficult?

I think the competition is really close so its hard to say who is top 3 right now. The hardest to lane against is probably Ryu/Nukeduck and Pepiinero because they are always trying to win their lane even if they maybe overextend.

 

How dank are your memes?

Not good, haha!

 

You started the series off with a strong 2-0. What was your mindset heading into the 3rd game and what happened in games 3 and 4 that led to those defeats?

I think a huge factor was the Kalista pick. We didnt play against her for weeks and werent used to the overaggressive style that the support can manage to do.

 

You’ve been in a game 5 scenario for most of your playoff life, are you used to it to the point you would say you feel comfortable, or at least calm?

I dont think a 5th game will ever be calm. It went to 50 minutes again and it was the same scenario as in the 4th game. People were scared of losing it again so everyone took his last power and we played it out carefully…keeping TP’s and Maokai Righteous Glory engages in mind.

 

What was your plan heading into the final match and what was going through your head?

We were thinking about Kalista but in the end we didnt want to change anything. The 4th game was ours and we lost it more than they won it (Not denying that they had an insane comeback). When they banned Sivir we saw our chance of being able to switch a ban.

 

You’re up against an undefeated Fnatic next. What is your preparation like heading into that series and are you confident you can come out ahead? Do you expect a close series?

They didn‘t drop a single game and that is why you should respect them BUT that is a weakness as well when they drop their first game in the series I think. It doesn‘t matter that you went 18-0 in the regular split. If you lose the series, you lose and go to gauntlet system most likely.

 

Did you expect to be in yet another semifinal in what is still your rookie season? Is there a lot of pressure this time?

I dont think there is much pressure on us. I am sure everyone expects us to lose against Fnatic which means we can only upset people and not disappoint anybody.

 

What are your thoughts on the NA semifinal matchups and who do you believe is the strongest of those teams? Which NA teams do you think will be at Worlds and which do you feel are the strongest or you would like to play against the most?

Its hard to predict to be honest. I will let myself get suprised who goes to worlds, but I would love to face Bjergesen there. I am sure he would want revenge from our last time we met in IEM.

 

How do you think Incarnati0n has done in his NA debut?
I think he is a middle tier midlaner for now but becomes better every day.

 

Shoutouts?

Thanks to everyone who supports me and keeps supporting me in the Playoffs. I am going to try my best reaching worlds with my team!

 

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Unicorns of Love Jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek has announced that he will be leaving the team, who will be using a replacement player for the remainder of the Summer Split after week 7. Citing communication issues, Kikis intends to continue playing in the LCS, possibly in a different position.

From his Facebook:

 

Last week I told the team that I wanted to leave, we decided to play together this week, but they will be playing with someone else for the rest of the split. There were a lot of different reasons for the decision, but most important to me was the way our communication works and that not everyone is on the same page when it comes to work ethic

 

It has not been revealed who will fill the jungler role in place of Kikis.

 

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How does it feel to be in playoff contention after a rough start to the split?

It feels good and went better than expected. I am particularly happy with our ability to play good even when we lose, it shows just how much we’ve improved in the off-season and during the LCS

 

What changes needed to be made and what has changed in the past few weeks? How is the dynamic in the team?

We realized the strengths of our team is playing heavy teamfight compositions. Siege, poke and splitpush weren’t working for us but we tried to force it in the LCS. With bad results, we realized that we just need to stick to our strengths and not focus only on the weakness of the opponent or what’s good in the meta.

 

You seem to be playing more comfortably and your performance has improved over the split. How do you feel about your current play compared to earlier in the spring and what do you think contributed most to your improvement?

I changed from an agressive playstyle to a passive one. The agressive playstyle could work but junglers noticed that it caused me to overextend a lot and punished me. Now that I’m more passive I focus on teamfight heavy champs and am content with going even in lane knowing I’ll contribute greatly in teamfights.

 

Who do you have the most trouble playing against in the top lane?

Odoamne and Vizicsacsi have surprised me a lot in how good they are in 1v1. Huni is also always a big threat and an incredible player.

 

What are your thoughts on patch 5.5, specifically the top lane?

I am very happy about the current toplane meta. I think every player has a slightly different champion pool and preferences which shows just how versatile the top lane is right now.

 

What types of changes do you expect to see with 5.5? Do you expect to see a rise in tanky junglers as Riot seems to be aiming for?

We’ll see a lot more tanky junglers and with that I think hyper-carries will make a bit of a comeback if not a big one.

 

The EU LCS has always been considered kind of strange in terms of standings. Do you believe the current standings are accurate of who truly are the best teams? Who do you think is the best team in EU currently?

The standings are close to accurate but strengths of team varies every week and per patch. Last patch I considered H2K to be the best team but currently SK looks on top again.

 

Who did you expect to win Katowice? Was there anything that surprised you at the tournament?  Did you take anything away that you can use in your play?

Just like everyone else I expected GE Tigers to steamroll the tournament so I was quite surprised to see TSM win although I knew they were in contention for 2nd place.

Champion pool wise there weren’t a lot of new things but seeing different playstyles and then reasoning with yourself why it works and against what it works always adds to your own team and own playstyle.

 

How did you spend the time off? Is this considered extra practice ramping up to playoffs?

We did practice a lot, focusing a bit more on solo queue in the first week and then going heavy on scrims in the second week. We aren’t in a position where we can slack or take a break because we are fighting for playoffs and to stay out of relegation.

 

Elements has been surprisingly lackluster despite being the number one team last split. Do you believe they can turn it around and what do you think is “missing” or preventing them from truly performing? Do you think their lack of diversity in playstyles is hurting them to a fault?

They have the skill level to be on top but they are lacking synergy and seem to not understand the meta and laneswap styles. I think they should look to practice against different opponents and try to copy things from other teams into their own playbook.

 

Looking at the playoff picture, what are your expectations heading in? What is your practice regimen like?

6 days of practice, 1 day off. If we make it to playoffs I think we can upset a lot of teams because we are known to be good in best of 5’s and have the ability to adapt because we always prepare 2-3 team compositions during regular LCS weeks

 

I am curious about the scrim environment in EU. Do all of the teams play each other, or is there less desire from top teams to play the bottom teams? Additionally, are scrims played completely through? Is there ever the issue of games not being taken seriously?

Most teams have their own circle of teams they play based on friendships and respect. There are teams who tilt/rage after bad early games and there are teams who play out the game no matter what. We are in the later camp. Playing from behind, even far behind is a thing that any team can master and based on some of the comebacks we’ve made I think it’s a great way to approach scrims

 

Shout outs?

Shoutout to all the fans for their continuous support especially the old ones that stuck with us through thick and thin!


Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Any questions, requests, or general inquiries are welcome by tweeting to @CaymusNoL 

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