Team Win Rates by Map Side

Use the embedded Excel sheet below to explore teams’ win rates by map side across the NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK, LPL, CBLoL, and TCL. The arrow icons on the bottom left navigate to the additional worksheets.

Note: Domestic play only. LMS not included due to missing data for week 1 and 2.

Teams with noticeably better blue side win rates:

  • Afreeca Freecs
  • CNB e-Sports Club
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • G2 Esports
  • MVP
  • Newbee
  • Qiau Gu Reapers
  • Unicorns of Love

Panic and Parity: Are Team Liquid as bad as they think they are?

Based on the standings, Team Liquid are the worst team in the NA LCS. Their position seems dire, and the stats bear it out: Liquid sport the league’s worst GPR, GSPD, EGR, and dragon control, with just 49.2% lane efficiency to boot.

With four weeks left to play, team management is on the hunt for solutions. Recent moves and public statements exude an aura of desperation, which feels deeper, darker, and more dangerous than the persistent exasperation that has been Liquid’s hallmark for years. The sky, it seems, is falling, but Chicken Little should beware: an overreaction might only serve to tear the hole open wider. Continue reading Panic and Parity: Are Team Liquid as bad as they think they are?

The Tigers are dead, long live the Tigers: an IEM preview

The ROX Tigers first take to the Champions stage as the HUYA Tigers in rugby-striped crew-neck sweaters, competitors in the LoL Champions Korea qualifier. It’s the introductory season of the LCK, and the Tigers — an assembly of experienced players discarded by other teams — are pegged as a team that will end up a middling performer in the new league.

Instead, they storm through their first split. Although the Tigers lose to SK Telecom T1 in the 2015 LCK Spring Finals, they impress throughout the season. The sweaters become a Tigers staple, propelling them first to cult fandom and later, worldwide adoration. They’re a playoff team again that summer, and are the only team to take a game off of SKT at the 2015 World Championship.

In 2016, the Tigers grow into one of the most innovative and enjoyable teams to watch in League of Legends history. They win their first LCK title that summer. Their semifinals match against SKT at the 2016 World Championship is one of the greatest LoL best-of-five series of all time.

This image of the ROX Tigers — Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho’s ascension, Kim “PraY” Jong-in shoving aside retirement and returning to the stage, and later Han “Peanut” Wang-ho unleashed after a rough year with NaJin e-mFire — accompanies the name.

The Tigers are Smeb, Peanut, Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng, PraY, Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon, and even Lee “Hojin” Ho-jin and Hae “Cry” Sung-min. They are iconic.

They are not Heo “Lindarang” Man-heung, Park “Shy” Sang-myeon, Yoon “SeongHwan” Seong-hwan, Son “Mickey” Young-min, Gwon “Sangyoon” Sang-yun, and Kim “KeY” Han-gi.

Continue reading The Tigers are dead, long live the Tigers: an IEM preview

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