The unconventional stylings of the Dragonborns contributed greatly to their success in early LCS matches. As teams failed to adapt quickly to their hyper-aggressive early game tactics, the Dragonborns picked up key wins and situated themselves as a potential contender for the coveted top four ranks. But the world-class competitive environment eventually came full circle, and the Dragonborns soon found themselves outclassed and outgunned by superior strategies. Mid-season roster changes did little to alleviate their problems, and a disappointing last place finish in the standings sent them to the Summer Promotion Tournament.
While the sponsored roster of Dragonborns is incredibly new, the teammates forged bonds long ago. HosaN and Shushei formed the team IWantCookie in 2012, which gradually incubated the roster of Dragonborns. In late November, IWantCookie’s modified roster moved to Dragonborns. The teams’ only tournament win of note prior to the LCS was the SCAN Invitational, where they defeated the competition handily, but the event lacked the talent of the European Qualifier. With relatively insignificant accomplishments, Dragonborns arrived at the Qualifier as a heavy underdog. Initially, few thought they would advance out of their group, but fan perception changed quickly as they placed second in the group stage, eliminating the seasoned organizations of Team Acer and Team LoL Pro.
Even with an impressive record in their group, long-time European powerhouse Against All Authority dropped Dragonborns into the last chance bracket, in spite of some strong early plays from the upstart squad. But the team maintained confidence, as they felt they lost more from their picks than the gameplay.
Easily progressing to the final match, they faced MeetYourMakers for the final LCS slot. Dragonborns found themselves once again the underdog in the most important match of their lives. Dragonborns took game one in large part thanks to Shushei’s stellar play on an unconventional Mid Lane Vi. Shushei’s play got the response he expected with a Vi ban in game two, opening the way for Spontexx’s Evelynn to carry the team to both a win and new careers in Season 3.