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?
Based on the standings, Team Liquid are the worst team in the NA LCS. Their position seems dire, and the stats bear it out: Liquid sport the league’s worst GPR, GSPD, EGR, and dragon control, with just 49.2% lane efficiency to boot.
With four weeks left to play, team management is on the hunt for solutions. Recent moves and public statements exude an aura of desperation, which feels deeper, darker, and more dangerous than the persistent exasperation that has been Liquid’s hallmark for years. The sky, it seems, is falling, but Chicken Little should beware: an overreaction might only serve to tear the hole open wider. Continue reading Panic and Parity: Are Team Liquid as bad as they think they are?