Category Archives: Analysis and Opinion

Don’t Call Him “Just Consistent”: Cop’s Rise to the Top

Cop, AD Carry for Gravity, is a long-term veteran of competitive League of Legends, and one of the North American scene’s mainstays along with high profile names like Dyrus, DoubleLift, and Xpecial. But through his time with Dignitas and Curse, Cop never enjoyed the same level of celebrity and respect as those players, instead garnering a reputation as a consistent, but unexciting, mid-level performer.

A common concept when describing Cop is that he is the measuring stick for NA LCS AD Carries: if you’re better than Cop, you’re good; if you’re worse than Cop, you’re bad. That perception has stuck with Cop for years, to the point that no matter what he does, he is seemingly never seen as better than average, never more than “just consistent”. The phrase implies that Cop can’t put his team on his back and carry them to victory, that he isn’t capable of exceptional performances.

In a recent profile video produced by Riot, Cop even describes himself using the “just consistent” label.

The 2015 season brought about a new opportunity for Cop. He was playing for a new team, Gravity, and was joined by Bunny FuFuu, one of the several Supports he had worked with in 2014.

Even though it may not seem obvious on the surface from Cop’s overall statistics, this new opportunity has been just what Cop needed to break away from his “just consistent” label and prove himself as one of the top AD Carries in North America.

Need proof? Let’s dig into some statistics from the 2015 Spring regular season.

Read the full article on GoldPer10.com.

Ban Out Bunny: How Bunny FuFuu’s Thresh Dominance May Hurt Gravity in the Playoffs

Gravity’s final game of the 2015 Spring Split, an important clash with Team 8 to secure a playoff spot, was a master class in Thresh play, courtesy of Bunny FuFuu, arguably the best Thresh player in North America today. Bunny ended the game with a 0/1/13 scoreline, and perhaps more importantly, he was responsible for getting the ball rolling for his AD Carry, Cop, who hard carried the victory with a 12/0/4.

That performance led Bunny’s teammate Keane to tweet this the following day:

Keane tweetKeane may have been trolling, or baiting, or playing some other kind of mind game, but he was absolutely right: Gravity’s opponents, most notably their upcoming playoff foes Team Impulse, should probably ban Thresh. Continue reading Ban Out Bunny: How Bunny FuFuu’s Thresh Dominance May Hurt Gravity in the Playoffs

Opinion: Team Coast’s Acquisition of Final Five

As reported yesterday by Annabelle Fischer of The Score eSports, Team Coast has just acquired challenger team Final Five, and initiated some roster swaps as part of the acquisition.

Coast jungler Impaler and support Sheep are going to join Final Five’s starting roster, while KonKwon will move from Final Five into the Coast support position, and WelcomeToHeaven will fill Impaler’s spot in the jungle.

Why would Coast make a move this drastic? Is it an attempt to salvage the Spring Split, a setup for the Summer Split, or maybe a bit of both? Continue reading Opinion: Team Coast’s Acquisition of Final Five