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The 2016 season has arrived. With one of the most tumultuous offseasons we’ve seen so far behind us, it’s only fitting that we kick off the Spring Split with the most storied rivalry in the region: Team SoloMid vs. Counter Logic Gaming. While CLG holds the edge in more recent history, a matchup between these two teams almost never disappoints. Let’s see how the first day of competition played out for the reshaped North America.

 

TSM CLG

 

TSM vs. CLG: Finding Ground

 

In the first and most anticipated game of the day, CLG showcased the power of coordination with superior objective control and map play, especially in the early game. With a failed lane swap from TSM to start the match, CLG managed to jump ahead and stayed in the drivers seat, secured by a baron around the 23 minute mark which would set the pace for the rest of the game. In staggered moves around the Dragon and Baron, CLG would eventually close the game out  after 44 minutes, five Dragons, and an impressive debut from CLG’s newest addition Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes. Participating in 19 of CLG’s 22 kills, the recently recruited AD Carry came into this game with some big shoes to fill, replacing his lane counter and longtime CLG AD Carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. CLG looks to a much easier game 2 against the 0-1 Team Dignitas, and Team SoloMid hopes to recover for an even week in a vital game against Team Liquid.

 

IMT

 

Cloud9 vs. Immortals: Reignover Me

 

Living up to the preseason hype, Immortals delivered a clean performance against Cloud 9, with Jungler Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin putting the team ahead from the beginning and never letting go. Though the first outer tower would fall rather late at 16 minutes and 50 seconds into the game, once it was down, Immortals continued pressing into C9 and methodically closed the game out at the 27 minute mark. With a creative Cho’Gath pick from the teams coaching staff and Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, the top laner was able to shut down the Cloud 9 carries and deliver kill after kill onto AD Carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran. WildTurtle put up 11  kills and 4 assists in his season opener, closing the game with a quadra kill and silencing the critics that he was past his prime or less than ideal for the newly minted Immortals team. While Immortals look to be a contender for a top spot in the league, Cloud9 once again looked to be in disarray without shotcaller Hai “Hai” Du Lam, who is looking to transition out of the starting position for the team as support player Michael “Bunny FuFuu” Kurylo steps into the role.

 

NRG

 

Team Dignitas vs. NRG: The Color Purple

 

In the third matchup of the day, we saw a handicapped NRG using substitutes Cristian “Cris” Rosales and Lee “Shrimp” dispatch of Team Dignitas after falling behind to a mid lane push after an early gank  onto Lee “GBM” Chang-seok. Marked by an impressive opening performance culimating in two baron steals by the former Jin Air mid laner, a back and forth battle between the two teams would eventually find NRG coming out with a 40 minute win. Despite a strong performance from mid laner Danny “Shiphtur” Le with an 8 kill Anivia, Team Dignitas was lacking in synergy and never quite managed to execute despite an early lead. Performing solidly, NRG is in decent shape heading into their match against the Renegades. Dignitas on the other hand has a lot of work to do if they expect to put up a fight against the very-in-sync CLG.

 

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LA Renegades vs. Team Liquid: Ice Ice Baby

 

Patch 6.1 may be regarded for having faster games, but that didn’t stop the Renegades from taking a full hour before closing this one out in an important victory over Team Liquid. Qualifying into the Spring Split by winning the Challenger Series last season, the Renegades showcased the advantages of team synergy starting the game off with advantages coming from both the top and bottom lanes. AleÅ¡ “Freeze” Kněžínek and Maria “Remi” Creveling proved to be a force in the bot lane, with a huge 11-2-7 score and 100% kill participation from Freeze. Playing around the initiation of Remilia’s Alistar and Freeze’s Kalista, Renegades made good use of strong teamfighting assisted by the tankiness of Mundo and Alistar and shielding power of Alex Ich’s Orianna. In the final fight of the game, Team Captain Alberto “Crumbzz” Rengifo managed to steal the Baron and finally close out the game. Team Liquid will utilize it’s 10 man roster with substitutions in the support and jungle positions in their match against TSM. Renegades should look to continue playing around their bottom lane and using their superior team play to gain advantages in their game against NRG.

 

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Echo Fox vs. Team Impulse: Old and New

 

Before this match started, there was an air of caution around the recently formed Echo Fox squad as it has several unproven and otherwise unheard of players. With star player Henrik “Froggen” Hansen at the center of the team and AD Carry Yuri “KEITH” Jew finally getting his chance at a starting role, it was up to Froggen’s veteran leadership to bring this squad of mixed experience together. With a 37 minute victory over Team Impulse and a stellar 7-0-5 performance from Keith, Echo Fox looked promising in their LCS debut. Team Impulse however is a team playing with substitutes and Support Austin “Gate” Yu in the mid lane for the first time in months, so I wouldn’t put too much stock into this match. The first litmus test for Echo Fox will be against Cloud 9, who will be out for blood after a one sided loss to Immortals. Speaking of the Immortals, they should have no problem handling Team Impulse when they meet in their second game.

 

 

 

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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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Team Impulse Yu “XiaoWeiXiao” Xian has been suspended pending investigation, accord to Riot Games Associate eSports manager, Hunter Leigh.

On Tuesday, July 21st, a thread discussing Elo boosting rumors popped up on reddit, with a screenshot of a conversation allegedly held between the TiP mid laner and  a possible client. Here is that conversation, translated:

 

TIP Wexiao: You’re annoying.

TIP Wexiao: If you don’t believe me don’t come to me.

TIP Wexiao: I said I’ll play once I get the money.

Other preson: Ok. I won’t press you. It’ll be in five days. I won’t press you.

TIP Wexiaio: Money’s here.

TIP Wexiaio: I’m playing now.

Other guy: Ok.

Other guy: PAYPAL.

TIP Weixiao: (email account)

Other guy: I can pay 1400.

Other guy: To Masters 100LP, then 1400. Is that safe?

TIP Wexiao: To Masters. Then the other half (of the money).

Other guy: Anything you want. As long as you uphold your end of the bargain.

Other guy: How much did you receive?

TIP Weixiao: 980 altogether.

TIP Wexiaio: And 410 from last time.

TIP Wexiaio: 1300.

Other guy: Agreed.

Other guy: Now?

Other guy: I require payment.

(I’m not sure what they’re talking about here)

TIP Wexiaio: Ok.

TIP Wexiaio: After I withdraw (money).

 

On July 22nd, Hunter Leigh tweeted on the situation:

 

 

Team Impulse tweeted out their response:

 

 

Riot has ruled on Elo boosting in the past. Most recently, Shern ‘Shernfire’ Tai of OPL team Dire Wolves was suspended for all Riot-affiliated League of Legends competition for the remainder of the year.

This suspension comes just before the final week of the LCS, where TiP currently sits at 11-5. Riding a six game win streak, Team Impulse looks to secure a second place finish with games against Gravity and Team Liquid in week 9. NoL will continue to update this story as it develops.

NALCS team LMQ has officially rebranded as Team Impulse. The team formerly known as LMQ iBUYPOWER is a shell of it’s former self. They’ve parted ways with 4/5 out of their 2014 Season roster, and only Mid Laner Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” Yu remains. To complete essentially what is a full rebuild, they’ve chosen to take on a new name, immortalizing the one and only LMQ roster of:

  • Top: Xiao “Ackerman” Wang
  • Jungle: Zhou “NoName” Qi-Lin
  • Mid: Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” Yu
  • AD Carry: Li “Vasilii” Wei-Jun
  • Support: Zhang “Mor” Hong-Wei

 

A New Roster

Their new roster isn’t finalized, but LMQ currently boasts:

  • Lee “Rush” Yoonjae - Jungle
  • Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” - Mid
  • Adrian “Adrian” Ma - Support

 

Rushing into 2015

Rush, or Rush IX, is known for being the #1 ranked player in Korean Solo Queue at the time of initial rumors of him moving to America surfacing. He was ranked above players among the likes of legendary mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, or the former Samsung players (despite moving to China, they still play primarily on Korean Solo Queue – the distance between the two nations is FAR less than the distance between the American East and West coasts, so ping is fine). Being a solo queue star, no one expects an initial amazing performance out of him in competitive matches. However,  one can look to another Korean solo queue star – Faker as an example of raw talent turned into one on of the best players in the world (or in Faker’s case, the best player in the world).

 

Collegiate Star

Adrian is known for accepting a scholarship to Robert Morris University to compete in eSports, and for being the support of XDG Gaming under the name “Popstar Adrian”. After XDG failed to qualify for the LCS, Adrian accepted the scholarship to RMU.

 

Official Announcment

Taken from teamimpulse.gg

No one knew how we’d do when we first announced that we were moving to North America to compete in the LCS. Some predicted that we’d fail, while others believed that we could win the whole tournament and represent North America at Worlds. 

Over the past year we’ve met some amazing people: our wonderful fans, our immensely talented and respectful competition, our exceptional volunteers and the admirable people at Riot Games. We’ve had some issues, yes, but we’re proud to be representing North America as we head into the 2015 Season. 

LMQ grew from a relatively small Chinese brand to one that was recognized all over the League of Legends community, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the talent and dedication of our players and fans. With four of the five players who represented us no longer in the roster, it doesn’t feel right to continue using the LMQ brand. It’ll still be a core part of our identity but using it does a disservice to the team that represented us so well. 

Today we’re proud to announce that we will be changing our name to Team Impulse. Impulse stays true to the core of the former LMQ. Even though the players that represented us are gone, we still embody their play style. LMQ’s former play style was fierce, reckless and impulsive. Our new brand will continue to enshrine the 2013 team while also forging a new direction for the organization. 

Without further ado, here are the latest additions to the 2015 League of Legends roster for Team Impulse. 

 

 

Photo provided by Damian Estrada

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