Pro POV is a segment where I
bother harass annoy ask, solo queue heroes and professional players their opinions on current events. There’s a lot of speculation about season 3 changes and who the IPL5 victor will be; so that is the topic for today. I talk to Dmace, Wappa Chang Mang, Scarra Trainer, HaoZ, Kandiez, Vfx, and TiensiNoAkuma. Additionally I ask a few low and medium range ELO players their opinions to get a wider range of perspective.
Season 3 Impressions
Wappa Chang Mang / King Wappa Chang / KSG Wappafet
Diamond Jungler. Terror Cho’gath Jungle.
How do you feel about the new items we’re getting for season 3?
Explorer’s Ward is going to help junglers a lot, especially against scumbag Nunus. If I see a Nunu in Solo Queue and it turns out to be Dmace, I’m like fuck… Time to buy 3 times as many wards as I usually do. For season 3, I really don’t like how I’m forced into buying Machete. However I really like the new spell vamp item from Hunters Machete though.
What champion are you looking forward to playing in season 3?
Darius with Black Cleaver
Diamond Jungler. Nunu Hero.
How do you feel about season 3?
Well initially I thought the jungle changes were terrible and not really looking forward to it however. Riot always makes positive changes that prove to be great so I have faith.
Any top secret plans for Nunu?
Yea something I’ve been working on. I think it fits well in season 3. Cdr runes w/ Cdr masteries , max consume maybe cdr boots , consume wiill be on 6 sec cooldown at level 7. Build spirit visage.
Responding to Wappa Chang, do you think Explorer Wards will effect your early game invasions much?
Haha yea get a lot of people who get frustrated with my aggressive Nunu playstyle. Counterjungling will depend alot more on team comps like if my top lane is Malphite vs lets say… Lee Sin, probably shouldn’t invade top.
is there anything you wanna add?
Yea, I hate Salce fans because they DDOS me!
Hao / HaoZ / Fgxl Hao
Diamond Player. The best 3v3er in the server, the region, but also the world.
How do you feel about season 3?
I don’t like season 3. Riot is making the game way too different, and also much easier. I feel like they’re making the game easier and easier to cater to the newer players. I don’t like I’ll enjoy it as much as season 2. I really like the UI changes though!
â€œI can say that season 2 and season 1 is the best of LoL, and will always be.â€ – HaoZ
Are there any items you’re looking forward to?
I haven’t played PBE yet so I’m not sure. I guess I’m excited about the new items and crap, but some of the items are stupid.
What champion are you looking forward to playing in season 3?
I play League for fun. I play champs that are fun!
Thoughts on the new Twisted Treeline?
Friggen annoying. Even noobs can win. It’s not based on strategy or anything anymore. People just play annoying shit and it snowballs way too much. When Riot asked me, I told them this, and he said â€œokâ€ and stuff, but they barely changed anything.
Diamond Xin Zhao, Diana; but also Katarina Hero.
Nyjacky really likes that new Liandry item on Diana, what do you think of it?
I personally think DFG is better on Diana but we’ll see. Liandry is just too weak to take out the enemy carries(when the enemy is low you’ll see that Liandry ticks at 0). Hat/Void/Abyssal/Hourglass/GA/Boots still look like the best build on Diana. The issue with DFG is that you can’t guarantee the damage output, also it only lasts for 4 seconds, Katarina and other burst mages can get all of their damage out in less than 4 seconds. As a more of a sustained damage caster Diana can’t utilize DFG to its fullest potential especially against good players who can disengage when they are marked by DFG. Also with Liandry+Rylais HP doesn’t help the fact that after her skills are on CD diana is just a sitting duck. It’s better for her to stack as much AP as possible since she has an amazing ratio.
For Xin Zhao, the blade of the ruined king was a lot more underwhelming than I had hoped. I will still be picking up Youmuu’s first, but I’m not sure if any of the new items can replace the power/survivability that a bloodthirster provides. I’m probably only going to replace Maw of Mortilus with the new Mercurial Scimitar if I’m against heavy magic dps. Until they come out with a new Ad/Armor item I’ll stick to randuins if I’m against Heavy AD dps.
My build will stay the same for her.
Scarra Trainer / Pika Trainer / Xmas Dolphin / Xazori
Triple Diamond. The artist formerly known as Dolphin Trainer
Are there any champs you’re looking forward to?
Kog’maw with Hurricane and Caitlynn with Hurricane. Because if you stand in a brush with Hurricane while her auto hits 3. It’s a headshot every auto-attack.
How do you feel about Season 3?
I think most of the items for ranged ad are too situational and wont be bought like the Hurricane. The new masteries will be interesting. You can’t build into offense and still get the life steal for sustain. The sustain options are in the utility masteries with the biscuit as well so maybe some heroes that really need it will spec into utility. Some of the items are totally broken, but most of them are totally situational. The site stones are kind pointless since they don’t give gold per, but technically give out 2x the amount of gp/5 if you spend all your gp/5 earnings on wards.
IPL5 is the last important event of 2012, and since I’ve been asked – here are my IPL5 predictions and the predictions of some popular players who I bothered. Along with a few random low ELO to mid ELOÂ local players who happened to pass through as I was typing.
World Elite (China)
China’s pride. Although they aren’t as highly respected as other Asian teams in the North American scene, they’ve crushed any and all comers in China most notably Invictus Gaming, eHome, Canis, and LoL Ladies. Although they’ve played poorly at IPL Face Off and suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of CLG.EU at Azubu Champions; WE is a strong team and the Season 2 Finals proved that. The long war of attrition style of CLG.EU came out on top in the quarterfinals, but who knows, if there was no technical issues perhaps the early game dominant WE could have grabbed the win. A footballer that can sprint throughout both 45 minute rounds doesn’t exist.
Team Dynamic (North America)
Formerly known as Monomaniacs. The team has been around since IPL4 and pulled off huge upset victories over TSM and CLG in early 2012. Lately though, TD hasn’t been looking too good at lan. There’s been no shortage of drama on this team. Has the coup to remove the former captain NintendudeX and replace him with Atlanta and the removal of their long time member Zig impacted their play? Has Nintendude’s return to the team and the addition of MashMe made them cohesive enough to be a world contender again? Who knows, as I’m posting this they’re taking Dragon vs Azubu Blaze.
The Former Global Champions. They’ve fallen on hard times, they’ve lost most of their championship lineup with the departure of Shushei who many attribute their season one success to, the retirement of their championship support Mellisan, and most recently the departure of longtime member LamiaZealot after the season 2 finals. They’ve scored a massive win at dreamhack, with this line up, but is it enough? Never count out the will of a champion.
Azubu Blaze (Korea)
One half of the MiG brothers. A powerhouse team who took the crown in the OGN championships only to have the throne usurped at the Korean Regionals. A terror of a team with decisive victories over TSM and for a long time the only team that could stand up to MiG.Frost. Can their new top lane elevate them even higher than Reapered could?
Group A Picks:
Myself – Azubu Blaze
Scarra Trainer – Azubu Blaze
Kandiez – Azubu Blaze
Dmace – Azubu Blaze
Vfx – World Elite
400 ELO Player – Azubu Blaze
1500 ELO Player – Azubu Blaze
FeaR (North America)
Team Aphromoo. Formerly known as Monomaniac Ferus, FeaR has done a great job at beating up their opponents. Carrying with them the dreams of ApictureOfAGoose, Monomaniac, MTW, and even TSM.Evo, they’re certainly a threat to Group B. A lot of people may count them out, but to that all they have to say is â€œDon’t condescend to me!â€
å†°å³¶IceLanD (Hong Kong)
A lot of you don’t know IceLanD, but what if I told you they didn’t drop a single game in the Hong Kong qualifiers? Also what if I told you that they systematically destroyed the champions TPA? Licken is a monster, maybe the best in Asia. TkSing is an amazing support, his heavy roaming style is terrifying, and if you let Licken get ahead you can expect to see TkSing popping up everywhere on your map. Top laner iCe RED is also a scary guy!
Counter Logic Gaming (North America)
What can you say about CLG? They’ve gone though some really rough times lately. Their last 1st place victory at lan was over a year ago. Now they’re armed with Locodoco, one of my favorite players of all time. Loco promised to bring the Korean mentality to the team, and now that the tactician Chauster is jungling and the King of Kimchi has returned to top lane â€“ I expect great things from them.
Counter Logic Gaming EU (Europe)
Few things are as terrifying both mentally and physically then playing against CLG.EU’s stranglehold strategy. Getting an early lead against them is a moot point when they drag them game out to such extreme lengths. What more can I say about them? They’re fearsome, with good reason.
Group B Picks:
Myself – å†°å³¶IceLanD
Scarra Trainer – CLG.EU
Kandiez – CLG.EU
Vfx – CLG.EU
400 ELO Player – CLG.EU
1500 ELO Player – FeaR
Meat Playground (North America)
Team Dadlantabelter. A team of hardened veterans and solo queue heroes. Although Atlanta is gone, Pobelter’s Team Pobelter is always an entertaining team to watch. Even though they aim to please the fans, don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re a push over.
Curse EU (Europe)
Party Hard EU. Curse EU is a strong team, but with the very recent departure of their support their chances of winning have gone down a lot. They’ve got a great sub in Dignitas Patoy, but no matter how gifted a sub is his cohesion and synergy with his AD carry is going to be questionable.
Singapore Sentinels (Singapore)
We miss you ToFu. With the loss of ToFuboi, the legendary DotA player and their starting top lane; I’m not sure how well SGS can do in this tournament. The NA scene remembers their poor performance at their first international lan, but us GPL fans are reminded of epic battles against TPA and SAJ. Although their trusty manager Hammy isn’t in attendance, even though ToFu has gone to his conscripted service, even though they had to fly out on Chawy’s birthday to get to Minneapolis; they’re gonna give it their all!
Team SoloMid (North America)
BAYLIFE. Home to some of my favorite players, and what remains of AoN. I’ve been a fan of this team since the start. They are without a doubt the most drama ridden and controversial team in League of Legends. Although Dyrus isn’t playing so great lately(I might have to kick him from my Fantasy LoL team huehuehue), Hawaii players know him as a beast. Even though the days of Jax and Singed are over and his unrivaled domination of top lane has ended; the solo queue all star is never someone to take lightly. Sensei Reginald the former rank 1 player and master LoL player can stop anyone in their tracks. The perfect marriage between Chaox and Xpecial will surely put on a great show for us. General OddOne is the king of the forest and he commands his troops like no other. Sure, they’ve been losing a lot lately and had some poor performances, but you can never underestimate these guys.
Group C Picks:
Myself – Singapore Seninels or SoloMid
Scarra Trainer – SoloMid
Kandiez – Meat Playground
Vfx – SoloMid
400 ELO Player – SoloMid
1500 ELO Player – SoloMid
Curse (North America)
Party Hard NA. Curse is a little rough around the edges and they haven’t performed well at lan, but if you take a look at their recent matches in the TSM invitationals they are starting to polish up. Elementz is back on the bench, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t trying hard to improve the team. Saintvicious is amazing, he’s an incredible jungler and his aura of swagger is so immense that it frightened me when he glared at me at the season 2 finals. They’ve got mansions and money, you best be lookin’ out for Crs son.
Moscow Five (Russia)
Comrade Boy Band. M5 is an amazing team. They constantly bring in innovative new ways to play. There’s really not much I can say about them. They were looking rusty at season 2, but they are terrifyingly powerful. They are one of the best teams in the world and their unorthodox play is the most threatening thing for any team coming into this tournament. Shock & Awe.
Black Bean (Thailand)
It’s not the enemy you can see that kills you, it’s the enemy you don’t see. Black Bean is a team even I know almost nothing about. They lost at the SEA regional but have improved even more than the Saigon Jokers did, and in half the time. They crushed the qualifiers and they defeated a GPL favorite the Bangkok Titans. Sun Tsu once said â€œif you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.â€
Taipei Assassins (Taiwan)
Team Colalin. I’ve been a fan of them since long before their season 2 finale games, and I’ve always been impressed with them. Even back when they were just playing with ehome and iG with Colalin. They have the cutest manager, the best teamwork, and the best work ethic. TPA has earned the right to be called the best team in the world. There’s nothing more to say.
Group C Picks:
Myself – TPA
Scarra Trainer – TPA
Kandiez – TPA
Dmace – Curse
Vfx – TPA
400 ELO Player – Curse
1500 ELO Player – m5
Who is going to win overall?
Myself – TSM<3. Just kidding. I think TPA will win. I’d like to see TSM, iCe, CLG, or SGS take it though. I’ll be rooting for them.
Scarra Trainer – â€œI’m biased as hell. TSM!â€
Kandiez – â€œAzubu Blazeâ€
Vfx – “CLG.EU or TPA”
400 ELO Player- â€œTSM TSM TSM!â€
1500 ELO Player – â€œFeaR!!!!â€
Dmace – â€œAzubu Blaze! However I’m rooting for Crs NA, I’m #1 Rhux fanâ€
Scarra Trainer – VGL Dolphin Trainer – http://www.twitch.tv/xazori
Vfx – Jungler for Team cRev – www.twitch.tv/nxg_vfx
Kandiez – VGL & UBC eSports – http://www.twitch.tv/kandiez
Dmace – KING NUNU – http://www.twitch.tv/dmaceee
Wappa Chang Mang – King Wappa ChangÂ &Â http://www.twitch.tv/kingwappachang
TiensiNoAkuma – Katarina Hero – http://www.twitch.tv/tiensinoakuma
Hao – Formerly HaoZ & FGxl Hao -Â http://www.twitch.tv/itzhao