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EU LCS 2014 Spring Split Week 1 Day 1

/ Jan 16th, 2014 No Comments

[adsense250itp]The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) returned for 2014, starting with a super week for both the European and North American regions.

A total of 16 games will be played over the course of super week for each region. For the European region, eight teams qualified to play in this split – Fnatic, Gambit Gaming, Millennium, Alliance, SK Gaming, Supa Hot Crew, ROCCAT and Copenhagen Wolves. The first day of the week started with six games.

The opening game was Fnatic against Gambit Gaming. Gambit Gaming Jungler Diamond took control of Fnatic Jungler Cyanide’s jungle early and held a grip on it. However, an early double kill for Fnatic AD Player Rekkles allowed him to snowball his counterpart, Gambit Gaming’s Genja. Poor team positioning from Gambit Gaming led to a victory for Fnatic.

The second game featured a newly-formed team, Alliance (formerly called Evil Geniuses) against the newly qualified Copenhagen Wolves. The game started even early, with both Junglers ganking heavily and impacting lanes. However, a fight over the Dragon in the mid game swung the match to the Copenhagen Wolves. The Copenhagen Wolves would take control of objectives, pressure the map and take the victory over Alliance.

The third game pitted two newly qualified teams against each other. Supa Hot Crew started early with a tower dive on ROCCAT’s bottom lane, coming out with a double kill for their AD Player Mr Rallez. While this gave Supa Hot Crew an early advantage, ROCCAT fended off the offensive and played it slow until they were ready to take back the game. From the mid game to late game, ROCCAT showed amazing team fight synergy, with Top Player Xaxus starting off fights on the champion Malphite and a quick follow-up by Mid Player Overpow on Pantheon. The superior team fighting led ROCCAT to victory.

The fourth game put Alliance against Fnatic. Alliance pulled ahead early with their AD Player Tabzz gaining and edge on the champion Vayne over Fnatic’s Rekkles. Through a drawn out fight at Baron Nashor and a take down of Alliance’s top lane inhibitor by Rekkles, Fnatic swung the game to their favor and took the win to make them 2-0 for the day.

Gambit Gaming shaking hands with the Copenhagen Wolves after a game.

Gambit Gaming shaking hands with the Copenhagen Wolves after a game.

The fifth game between Gambit Gaming and Copenhagen Wolves showed Gambit’s unorthodox picks, with Support Player Edward on Kennen,and Top Player on Warwick. While the game was held even early, Gambit Gaming won a crucial team fight in the mid game, killed Baron Nashor and widened the gold lead. The team eventually closed out the game with a sizeable lead, their unorthodox picks working in their favor for the win.

The last game of the day was SK Gaming against Millennium. The game spiraled to Millennium’s favor early, with Millennium’s Support Player Jree and AD Player Creaton showing higher duo synergy over SK Gaming’s nRated and CandyPanda. The game was held in Millennium’s favor, but Millennium slowly took the game, taking more than 50 minutes to secure the victory.

Shun Fukuda

Shun Fukuda

Associate Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Shun is a newcomer to Gaming Illustrated and loves to write about video games. Aside from his contributions here, he runs a blog about League of Legends.
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