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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?

Homegrown junglers are taking over the NA LCS

Step aside, EU mids: there’s a new regional talent pool taking over.

Young North American junglers have been romping their way through the NA LCS so far this split. Contractz and Akaadian have had very impressive starts to their rookie campaigns, and sophomores Moon and Inori are really coming into their own. In fact, these four players hold the first four spots on the jungler KDA rankings, an impressive feat given they’ve been playing against veterans like Reignover, Lira, Chaser, and Svenskeren.

Here are the core stat lines of NA’s young jungle talent. (See the NA LCS player stats page for more.) Continue reading Homegrown junglers are taking over the NA LCS