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?
Every offseason, rosters undergo major shakeups as each organization tries to push itself over the top. With the World Championships all wrapped up, here are 10 of the biggest names to keep an eye on from 2015’s NA LCS talent pool.
10. Porpoise, Jungle, Immortals (formerly Team8)
3.1 KDA, 78.3% KP, 47% FBP, 0.94 WPM
It’s possible Porpoise will remain with Immortals (formerly known as Team8), but with the new ownership and the departure of Caltrlolz, Porpoise may also be ready to search for greener pastures. If he takes the free agent route, he should draw some decent attention from teams looking for a well-rounded Jungler who saves them a crucial import slot.
Possible Destinations: Immortals, Team SoloMid, Gravity, Cloud9