The historic greatness of “EU mids” has been waning for some time.
There are several good mid laners in Europe right now, but we’re no longer living in the glory days when Danish and Spanish titans were stalking the Rift and leaving their indelible marks on the League of Legends history books. That’s partly because of an ongoing exodus of skill to North America, thinning out the upper strata of the talent pool, but there’s also a lack of compelling narratives to tell around the current generation of EU LCS mid laners: it’s become more difficult to clearly establish their legacies and in-game personalities.
Unquestionably, though, the average level of European mid lane talent has remained high, and there are stories very much worth telling, even if those narratives don’t flow quite so easily, and even if we must continue to wait and hope for the arrival of Europe’s next true mid lane superstar. Continue reading EU Mids: Searching for the lost superstars
Origen released a video today announcing that while the rumors were true that they had signed former Unicorns of Love Mid laner PowerOfEvil, it was not true that team owner xPeke was retiring as a player. Instead, Origen plans to use both xPeke and PowerOfEvil in the Mid lane to form a six-man roster, swapping the two players in and out of the lineup based on xPeke’s level of play and ability to practice on any given week.
The SK Telecom T1 model of having multiple strong players in one position worked out very well for the world champions, but can Origen make it work in the EU LCS? A similar approach was available to Counter Logic Gaming in North America in the 2015 Summer split, but they opted not to play Huhi, sticking with Pobelter for the full season instead.
Whether Origen does play both xPeke or PowerOfEvil, or decides to pick one horse and ride them all the way to the finish line, fans of the team will want to know what to expect from their new acquisition. Here’s a head-to-head comparison of how both players performed in Summer 2015.
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