What’s next on Team Liquid’s wild ride? Spring split goals and summer speculation

The NA LCS 2017 spring split is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Just when it seemed that a clear bottom tier of teams was becoming established, Team Liquid broke out into a pre-roster lock transfer frenzy that threatens to upset the balance of power in unpredictable and exciting ways. Continue reading What’s next on Team Liquid’s wild ride? Spring split goals and summer speculation

Flawed Leaders: how does parity affect North America’s international aspirations?

Weak, flawed, and inconsistent leadership is a familiar topic in North America these days, but leaving politics aside, a similar concept applies to the NA LCS. League-wide parity continues to reign, partly due to underappreciated strengths within the bottom teams but also due to underdiscussed vulnerabilities among the frontrunners, including the two teams currently tied for first, Team SoloMid and Cloud9.

Best-against-best competition is on the not-too-distant horizon; it’s time for the NA LCS’s top teams to start patching their holes. Parity might be a sign that North America simply doesn’t have a shining-star representative ready for the international stage at the Mid-Season Invitational, but it could also be a crucible that purifies the leaders, exposing their weaknesses and forcing them to improve. Continue reading Flawed Leaders: how does parity affect North America’s international aspirations?

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