NA LCS Week 8 Preview
NA LCS Week 8 Preview
As we fly toward the mid-season split, professional players and fans alike will be on the edge of their seat during the vital Week 8. Here’s a summary of some the biggest stories you should keep an eye on.
With little time remaining before the threat of relegation, compLexity announced that they will be replacing their Mid Laner, Samuel "Chuuper" Chu, in favor of a candidate that already has an old connection with the team. Neil "Pr0lly" Hammad will join the lineup for the rest of the split, reuniting a partnership with Jungler Tyler "Lautemortis" Nicholls. The two played together previously during their time with the now-defunct Team Legion, a fan-favorite roster that gave top-tier Season 2 teams a run for their money on more than one occasion.
Pr0lly was the Mid Lane player for Velocity eSports, who recently took second place at MLG Dallas' Summer Promotion Qualifier. He is known for his sunny disposition and his diverse champion pool, which is something that compLexity will be counting on during their last-ditch effort to rise from the bottom of the standings.
However, the other side of this switch is similar to last week's concerns with Jason "WildTurtle" Tran; with so little time left in the split, will Hammad's entrance to compLexity merely be a quick fix? Will he be able to adapt to strategies and synergize with the rest of the team? And most importantly, will he match up to the harsh competition of the rest of the LCS?
Questions we'll be finding out the answers to soon, as compLexity goes up against three tough opponents in Week 8.
Vulcun’s failure to tie for fourth place with Counter Logic Gaming in Week 7 may meet with extra repercussions this week. With matches against the newly reenergized compLexity, TSM Snapdragon and a dominant Curse Gaming, Vulcun will have their work cut out for them. Especially after replacing their support, MuffinQT, with Bloodwater (who had been substituting for Good Game University), the same synergy issues that TSM and compLexity face are apparent here.
Look for the match-up to be decided by which Support can work with their carries best, as both Zuna and WildTurtle enjoy playing high-risk, high-reward champions. You can also expect two unstoppable forces to meet in the middle of the Rift, as well, both blood-hungry and ready to take the game into their own hands.
While every team will look to improve their standing, it may be time for some teams to start preparing for the long road ahead. With the prospect of relegation knocking down their door, Good Game University and compLexity may want to start studying some of their potential competition for their roster spots. Both Velocity eSports and Quantic Gaming (formerly Cloud 9) have qualified for Spring Promotion, and they are dead-set on pushing an established team out.
However, both teams will have hobbles to work through, as they are particularly good recruitments grounds for substitute players. Both WildTurtle and Pr0lly played on Quantic and Velocity, respectively, and were part of their team's journey to the top of the Path to Pro. Without them, will they flounder? If TSM ends up facing relegation, will WildTurtle's experience of his former team help them?
Keep these stories in mind as we move towards the first split, but for now, we can look forward to some face-paced, frenetic explosive action with Week 8 of the North American LCS.