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Analyst Challenge – Win Conditions, September 14

September 14, 2019 Challenge

Saturday’s analyst challenge asked you to look at a draft from one of the weekend’s LEC games and describe the win conditions for one of the two teams.

I was pretty impressed with the number of people who were able to identify important things for each team to try to achieve. Some of you were able to communicate those ideas more clearly and directly than others. Next time I run a challenge like this one, I intend to require the answer to fit in a single tweet, to help people stay away from describing specific plays or prescribing detailed pathing and timings, and instead focus on concise themes and ideas that the team should be building their paths and timings around.

Check out some of the responses below! Continue reading Analyst Challenge – Win Conditions, September 14

LCS Regionals, CG vs CLG: Quick Notes for Clutch Gaming

Before the North American Regional Qualifiers started, I predicted a 3-1 victory for Counter Logic Gaming over Clutch Gaming. Following Clutch’s win over FlyQuest on Friday, here are some strategic notes for Clutch that could help them beat my prediction.

1. Clean up the communication.

Most of Clutch’s weak-looking moments in their series against FlyQuest came from communication desyncs between their frontline and backline players. There were several moments, especially in the game 2 loss, where Huni, Vulcan, or Lira initiated an aggressive play while Cody Sun or Damonte were not yet in position to follow up with the damage needed to finish off a target. Synchronization between initiators and carries has been crucial to Clutch’s success for the last several weeks, so when that fell apart, Clutch looked pretty shaky. Continue reading LCS Regionals, CG vs CLG: Quick Notes for Clutch Gaming

LCS Regional Finals Preview

The North American Regional Finals tournament takes place this weekend from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8. Four LCS teams will vie for the right to represent North America at the World Championships next month.

Clutch Gaming and Counter Logic Gaming are the favourites going in, but FlyQuest and Team SoloMid have had plenty of time to prepare themselves for the tournament, and certainly have the potential to make things interesting. Read on for my preview of each series, and my predictions for the overall results! Continue reading LCS Regional Finals Preview