This article has been prepared by John “TheEsportsPlug” George, an esports daily fantasy player, bettor, and former professional poker player.
With the group stages completed, it’s time for us to take a look at the Quarterfinal matchups! It played out in a wild fashion but ended up with the result I had locked in on Pick ‘Ems, and we’ve found ourselves with arguably 7 of the top 8 teams in the tournament all headed to the knockout stage.
There’s no doubt for me that this is the highest quality of competition we’ve ever had at the World Championships, and we will really get to see how the different styles and strategies play out against one another given these quarterfinal draws. Continue reading Plug’s Breakdowns: The Quarterfinals
The winds of change that blow through the offseason always create a fascinating set of loose threads ready to be woven into new storylines. And while North American and Chinese franchising has dominated headlines, there’s plenty of reason for excitement and curiosity in Europe, too.
Here are three of the EU LCS’s offseason moves that have captured my imagination the most going into 2018.
Hylissang joins Fnatic
Anything Fnatic does generates plenty of attention, simply given who they are as a brand and what they represent for Europe as a region. But Hylissang doesn’t just deserve discussion because of the team he’s joining. In my opinion, he has the potential to be among the most influential pick-ups for any team in Europe. Continue reading Three EU LCS Roster Moves to Watch
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