I’ve been watching Academy closely all split, and highlighting the standout performers each week. Now that the regular season has wrapped, it’s time to assess the entire nine weeks of work and honour the best player at each position.
NOTE: I’m unable to report full-split stats for these players due to ongoing issues with Riot’s match history service, but you can see the stats for weeks 1 through 8 here.
Scroll to the end for the TL;DR of 1st-team and 2nd-team selections.
TOP: Lourlo, Dignitas
5 Academy Standouts Appearances
As I wrote in the week 9 Academy Standouts: Damonte is still the biggest star of DIG Academy, but if you want to see the foundations Damonte is standing on, keep your eyes on the top lane.
Lourlo has been a consistent performer, often working in the shadows of his carries but doing everything his team needed him to do. Continue reading Academy All Stars: 2020 Spring
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, either the best performers or new standouts who haven’t shown up on the list before, and then list 7 other strong performers below.
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.
Lourlo, Top, Dignitas
Lourlo continues to play a role and a champion pool that puts Damonte’s and Fenix’s needs above his own, and in so doing, he continues to be the foundation for much of the team’s success. He may not be racking up as many kills, or making as many flashy plays, but his reliability and timing have been a great fit with Damonte’s dynamism.
Lourlo’s engage work was on display this week, especially on Sett against IMT Academy. As Ornn against TSM Academy, he made a valuable early Teleport play to consolidate Fenix’s advantage and allow Fenix to snowball into a big carry performance, and he turned small wins into big wins and salvaged lost team fights later on with his CC.
Damonte is still the biggest star of DIG Academy, but if want to see the foundations Damonte is standing on, keep your eyes on Lourlo in DIG Academy’s playoff run.
Due to ongoing issues with Riot’s Match History service, statistics from Week 9 are not yet available. Continue reading Academy Standouts: 2020 Spring Week 9
Step aside, EU mids: there’s a new regional talent pool taking over.
Young North American junglers have been romping their way through the NA LCS so far this split. Contractz and Akaadian have had very impressive starts to their rookie campaigns, and sophomores Moon and Inori are really coming into their own. In fact, these four players hold the first four spots on the jungler KDA rankings, an impressive feat given they’ve been playing against veterans like Reignover, Lira, Chaser, and Svenskeren.
Here are the core stat lines of NA’s young jungle talent. (See the NA LCS player stats page for more.) Continue reading Homegrown junglers are taking over the NA LCS