The Flash Wolves were widely expected to be the second-best team at MSI 2017, but barely reached the knockout stage. A predictable play style, built around controlling the bot lane tower, led to their struggles, but smart adaptations helped them find their edge back. Can they adapt fast enough to beat SKT in a best-of-five?
Ever since Riot introduced the concept of randomly-spawning elemental drakes, there has been consistent debate around the relative value of each dragon type. Consensus dictates that infernal and mountain drakes are the most valuable, with cloud and ocean as also-rans.
Currently, the trend of opinion among many experts–somewhat unexpectedly–is that mountain drake is the most useful dragon, above even the ever-popular infernal.
@TimSevenhuysen mountain over inferno any day
— Marcel Feldkamp (@MarcelFeldkamp) May 2, 2017
@TimSevenhuysen Mountain > all
— Shakarez (@Shakarez) May 2, 2017
Curiously, the data does not bear out this opinion.
Based on statistical analysis of 2017’s games to date, the value of mountain drakes is much lower than popular perception. Inferno drake is statistically the most valuable by far, while cloud and ocean drakes continue to be underrated. Continue reading Are Mountain Drakes Overrated? Statistical analysis of the value and priority of dragon types
After an intense five-game set in the NA LCS third-place match, Phoenix1 head coach Kim “Fly” Sang-chul shared a few thoughts with Oracle’s Elixir about leading his team through the series and the spring split as a whole.
TIM: This series there were lots of worrying, scary moments. What was it like watching that from back stage?
FLY: It was extremely difficult watching back stage. It kind of induced anxiety, you know? And even after winning, I still felt a little nervous almost! Continue reading P1 Fly: Short interview following 3rd-place match