The NA LCS 2017 spring split is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Just when it seemed that a clear bottom tier of teams was becoming established, Team Liquid broke out into a pre-roster lock transfer frenzy that threatens to upset the balance of power in unpredictable and exciting ways. Continue reading What’s next on Team Liquid’s wild ride? Spring split goals and summer speculation
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?
The shifting tides of game balance are an inherent reality of League of Legends. While it’s true that the best players and teams in the world are able to flex themselves to fit the changing needs of the meta, it’s also true that certain metas are bound to favour certain teams over others. In North America, two teams currently find themselves on the wrong end of the spring meta: Team Liquid and Counter Logic Gaming are both sitting in the bottom half of the standings, underperforming most analysts’ preseason expectations.
While an eventual meta shift will benefit both teams, solutions have to come from within, and soon. If Liquid and CLG can’t learn to win more consistently now, in this meta, they may not have enough time left to climb the standings later in the season. Continue reading Team Liquid and CLG can’t wait for a meta shift