Cloud 9 came out firing in the group stages of the LCS All-Stars in Paris, showing that the North American LCS can stand up against the giants of Asia and Europe. Even playing without Hai in the mid lane, Cloud 9 played seemingly just as well with Link from Counter Logic Gaming filling in. The team was able to adjust with not having a roaming mid-laner, and aside from a bad loss to SK Telecom, looked as good as ever. They finished in second in the group stage, with a 3-1 record.
In the All-Star tournament, however, they fell short and got swept by China’s OMG. I feel that this is where not having Hai finally showed and they didn’t work as well together. They played OMG very well in the group stage, but just got handled here. The moral of the story here is that, like in other sports, team chemistry is a very important factor and with a hopefully healthy Hai, Cloud 9 should still be a dominant team. They still should be the favorites to win the league again this summer split.
Speaking of the summer split, Riot announced yesterday that they will be releasing Fantasy LCS. Like any other version of fantasy sports, you will be able to draft and build teams filled with your favorite players from North America and Europe! With the release of the article, I plan on going through the two leagues and ranking players from each position for fantasy value.
The setup appears to be similar to most fantasy sports. If you’re a fan of League of Legends, fantasy sports, or both I suggest you check this out and give it a try! It is not live now, but it will be in the next couple of weeks before the start of the summer split. The North American LCS returns to action on Friday May 23rd, but the challenger series starts tomorrow. Look for a summer split preview and fantasy rankings in the coming week!