Academy Standouts: 2020 Spring Week 4

Academy Standouts highlights the players who performed best in the most recent week of NA Academy play.

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If you want to track your favourite team’s Academy performance throughout each split, you can also check out the Academy stats pages, starting with 2020 Spring regular season player stats and team stats.

Ablazeolive, Mid, Golden Guardians

Ablazeolive is back for his third Standouts feature slot in four weeks, and this time his team had the results to show for it, taking down CLG Academy and then pulling an upset on DIG Academy. With powerful control play, Ablazeolive has been making a very strong case for himself as one the best Mids in Academy this year.

Ablazeolive Stats, 2020 Spring Week 4
Numbers in parentheses are rank within own position.

  KDA KP GXD10 DPM DMG%
W4 23.0 88.5% +168 542 34.8%
Total 3.6 85.4% +222 593 34.1%

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Analyst Challenge – Lane Assignments and Neutral Objectives, February 12

Here’s the challenge tweet.

I’ve highlighted some of the better responses below, but the best education you’re going to get out of this challenge is to read through the in-depth reply chain from Nelson Sng, the head coach of the LPL’s LNG Esports.

The TL;DR here is that Nelson wants to see IMTA pressure the mid lane with 4 members while Lucian continues to pressure the bot lane tower. The details of how they should execute that are laid out in his response, from the way Ornn should manage the top lane wave to the best warding and dewarding locations during the upcoming sequence.

As an additional note, Nelson made the very good point that during these challenges, it’s important to keep the fog of war “turned on”, meaning that you have to only factor in information that you know the team possesses. As a third-party viewer, it’s easy for us to forget that the players only have partial information, while we are able to see the entire map. This is a crucial analytical discipline to practice, and it’s the main point of value in buying Pro View if you’re looking to deepen your game knowledge. I highly recommend watching games in Pro View and practicing your predictions of what the players will do next, and why.

Other Responses

Jakub Kornecki wrote a thread oriented towards slow pushing top and pressuring the mid and bot lanes.

Logan Mansfield felt it would be better to shift focus into the top half of the map, rather than sustaining pressure on mid and bot.

Leon Levaaho wanted to see Ornn freeze the top lane while IMTA overall just played conservatively and waited for the drake to spawn.

Academy Standouts: 2020 Spring Week 3

Academy Standouts highlights the players who performed best in the most recent week of NA Academy play.

Previous Academy Standouts:

If you want to track your favourite team’s Academy performance throughout each split, you can also check out the Academy stats pages, starting with 2020 Spring regular season player stats and team stats.

Potluck, Jungle, Immortals

My expectations for Potluck coming into 2020 were not especially high. He’s had some time in Academy with the Golden Guardians organization but never stood out or, from my perspective, seemed to demonstrate that much potential.

With Immortals so far this year, he’s showing that potential, and his week 3 performances especially stood out.

Potluck Stats, 2020 Spring Week 3
Numbers in parentheses are rank within own position.

  KDA KP GXD10 DPM DMG%
W3 4.2 61.8% +1,270 343 22.0%
Total 6.0 (3rd) 72.0% (3rd) +1,044 (1st) 283 (3rd) 16.4% (1st)

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