It’s been another banger week in the world of League of Legends, and many players & teams have seen their stock increase and decrease. Who are some of the top names though? Let’s have a look!
XL Markoon & XL Advienne
Hard work pays off. After a poor start to the LEC Summer Split that has left Excel sitting in joint 7th with a poor 2-5 record, YoungBuck has decided to make a change. Markoon & Advienne, who play Jungle and Support for BTXL, the sister team to XL that resides in the ERLs, have been promoted to the main roster. This also means that Dan & Denyk will be going the other way and playing for BTXL for the foreseeable future. It’s going to be a real trial by fire for Markoon & Advienne, as the team faces G2 and Vitality this week- but diamonds are made under intense pressure. We could be about to see the birth of new EU super talent.
The Korean powerhouse of Gen.G have taken another big stride towards Worlds qualification. The team currently sits 7-0 in the standings and have a sizeable gap over 2nd place DWG KIA, who have Nongshim RedForce and Afreeca Freecs hot on their heels. With such a great run and a powerful roster of stars in every position, they could be a team to watch this year, as it’s looking like they have one foot on the plane to China already.
100 Thieves & TSM
Cloud9’s loss is their rivals’ gain. After the Spring champions’ poor start to Summer, TSM and 100T have made the most of the situation, and are currently locked in a tie for 1st place. The two teams have opened a 2-match gap on Cloud9, and they don’t look like they’re going to give it up any time soon. They’ll face each other next week, and with the way the two have been playing, you have to feel this match is a preview of the Finals unless C9 buck their ideas up quickly.
Hanwha Life Esports
It’s not looking great if you’re a HLE fan. The new team turned heads by signing star talent such as Chovy and Deft, but have failed to impress in Summer, picking up just 1 series win in the LCK. Considering the level of competition for the 4 spots to go to Worlds this year, you have to feel maybe the ship is sailing on HLE’s chances unless something changes ASAP. Keep an eye on them, but don’t expect much- they’re facing the likes of Nongshim Redforce, KT Rolster, DWG KIA and Gen.G in their next few games.
Royal Never Give Up
Post-MSI lag has hit all of the teams in attendance, but none so more than RNG it seems. The MSI champs sit in 13th place in the LCK, having picked up just 1 win from their 5 matches so far. While they may have brought home an extra Worlds spot with them, they may not get to use one of them- competition in the LPL is as stiff as ever, and a gap in results as big as the one RNG have been experiencing isn’t an easy thing to break out of.
While G2 might still be in the right half of the table heading into the halfway point of the split, it was a week to forget for them. The team were dominated by Vitality in their opening game, picking up just one kill, and in their second game they fell to arch-rivals Fnatic, a result that was not expected at all. While we’re sure G2 will bounce back next week, there will be many Fantasy players cursing them- not a single player earned more than 25 points this week.