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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?

Hai is still the king of early Barons

Oops, Hai did it again.

Through two weeks of the 2017 spring split, FlyQuest mid laner Hai “Hai” Lam has been up to his old Baron tricks. No matter the game situation, Hai has been finding ways to sneak away with game-changing early buffs.

FlyQuest are sitting second in their control of the game’s first Baron, and the Baron is being taken earlier in their games than for any other team.


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Early Baron control has been a hallmark of Hai’s shotcalling throughout his career. Continue reading Hai is still the king of early Barons