Tag Archives: Contractz

Academy Standouts: 2020 Summer Week 3

Academy Standouts highlights the players who performed best in the most recent week of NA Academy play. I’ll discuss a few of the most noteworthy players, then list some of the other strong performers below.

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.

Lost, Bot, TSM

TSM Lost 2020 Split 1.pngLost and Treatz are the best duo lane in Academy right now. TSM Academy’s 2-0 week against 100 Academy and EG Academy featured big-time carry games from Lost, with big laning stats, damage output, and kill participation.

Lost Stats, 2020 Summer Week 3

  KDA KP GXD10 DPM CS%P15
W3 16.5 84.6% +911 654 31.2%
Total 13.4 78.8% +403 587 32.4%

Continue reading Academy Standouts: 2020 Summer Week 3

Academy Standouts: 2020 Summer Week 1

Academy Standouts highlights the players who performed best in the most recent week of NA Academy play. I’ll discuss three of the most noteworthy players, then list some of the other strong performers below.

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.

Triple, Mid, FlyQuest

FLY Triple 2020 Split 2.pngWith Damonte returning to the LCS, there’s an opportunity for another player to step into his position as the best Mid in Academy. In week 1, Triple made a strong argument for slotting him into that spot.

Triple Stats, 2020 Summer Week 1

  KDA KP GXD10 DPM CS%P15
W1 12.5 86.2% +1,570 463 31.7%

Continue reading Academy Standouts: 2020 Summer Week 1

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?