Apr 15 2014 - 8:41 pm

Alliance on to LCS semifinals after besting Copenhagen Wolves

Alliance bested Copenhagen Wolves 2-1 to open the League Championship Series Europe Spring Playoffs earlier today
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Alliance bested Copenhagen Wolves 2-1 to open the League Championship Series Europe Spring Playoffs earlier today.

The No. 6 seeded Wolves gave No. 3 seed Alliance a run for their money, taking the first game of the series and securing early leads in the next two before succumbing to the favored squad.

Alliance entered the playoffs on a role. The so-called all-star team, built around the former Evil Geniuses mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, took half the season to figure out how to win. But once they did, they couldn't stop.

Through Week 5, Alliance were in last place with a 4-8 record. Since then, they’ve gone 12-4, including an 8-0 run from Week 8 to Week 10, boosting them to third in the league.

And after today, Alliance are on to the semifinals, where they will face the No. 2 seeded Fnatic. During the regular season, two teams split their series 2-2. But Fnatic took the most recent match in Week 11.

“It’s going to be a more explosive matchup than this one,” Hansen said.

Alliance came back from a one game deficit against Wolves by going back to their roots and channeling the farm-centric style played by their mid laner Hansen and top laner Mike "Wickd" Petersen on their Season 2 and Season 3 teams, CLG EU and Evil Geniuses.

With late game champion Ryze in top lane and Karthus in middle, and backed by scaling items Tear of the Goddess and Rod of Ages, Alliance outlasted Wolves by simply playing safe on their towers until the 30 minute mark.

The match was a “farm fest,” as Hansen put it in his post-game interview.

That wasn’t Alliance’s plan entering the series, however. In the first game in the series, they intended to split push with Ziggs’ lane clear in middle. But Alliance ran into trouble when Copenhagen Wolves shrewdly picked Jax for their top laner after banning out Alliance’s counter options, Irelia and Renekton. With Ryze off the table thanks to Alliance’s own ban, that left Petersen no comfortable counter in the top lane.

“We basically couldn’t handle Jax,” Hansen said. “So he could always go off to the side and split push. He didn’t even need to buy magic resist because I had to stay with the team at middle. So we had to send Shyvana after Jax and that wasn’t that favorable.”

Copenhagen Wolves jumped ahead quickly, pushing down Alliance’s bottom inhibitor turret in the early minutes as the teams split three players on opposite lanes of the map. Alliance took too long to back and defend their base, a theme throughout the game. Their rotations were slow in response to the speedy Wolves, whose unstoppable Jax in the side lane left Alliance unsure of where to commit their team.

Rotating objective to objective, Wolves squeezed Alliance off the map until they eventually took the game.

“We really wanted to play Ziggs and have the stronger split pushers, but we had to change our strategy after game one,” Hansen explained. “So we went Ryze and Karthus.”

The two late-game champions proved a solid choice as Alliance played two safe games, eventually outscaling Wolves, who couldn’t capitalize on early advantages.

In game two, Wolves managed to gain a couple thousand gold lead, securing the first turret and dragon, but hit a wall in the mid game. Their mobility-focused lineup, which featured Lulu, Karma, and Evelynn, gave them superior control over the map.

But Alliance didn’t care. They were content to freeze their lanes and wait it out until the late game. As the timer ticked higher, Alliance showed that Wolves simply didn’t have the damage to best their powerful scaling. At the 36 minute mark they took three kills while challenging Wolves’ middle inner turret and pushed in for the win.

Wolves swapped out Karma for Leona and Lulu for Ziggs in game three, looking for more damage and harder engage, but still had no answers for the passive Alliance team content to play safe in their lanes.

This was epitomized at the 29 minute mark, when four members of Wolves tried to catch out Petersen's Ryze in top lane, but couldn’t secure the kill despite blowing four ultimates.

Despite their elimination, Copenhagen Wolves still has a game to play: the important fifth place match, set for 4pm EST tomorrow. The loser is doomed to relegation, forced to compete for their LCS lives in the Summer Promotion tournament next week.

Screengrab via Riot Games/YouTube

Jan 19 2017 - 8:01 pm

G2 start Trinity Series with 6-0 Murloc sweep

It was a one-sided start to the hotly-anticipated league.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Blizzard Entertainment

G2 Esports got their ESL Trinity Series campaign off to a flying start yesterday, beating Alliance in assertive fashion.

Hearthstone's number one team dominated the Swedish Alliance lineup en route to a 6-0 sweep in the opening clash of the team league.

Adrian "Lifecoach" Koy and Dima "Rdu" Radu were able to simply sit back and make enthusiastic murloc noises, as two-time European champion Thijs Molendijk piloted his Anyfin Paladin deck to six straight game wins.

Alliance's all-Swedish lineup of 2015 world champion Sebastian "Ostkaka" Engwall, three-time major winner Jon "Orange" Westberg, and Harald "Powder" Gimre was expected to be a big player in this team league. But the initial loss will be a setback to their title aspirations.

As we know from experience, however, initial losses are no indicator of eventual success. The G2 trio, then known as Nihilum, finished fifth in the regular season of the Archon Team League Championships before going on to win the playoffs.

In the other game of the day, underdogs Tempo Storm emerged victorious against Virtus Pro 6-3. Three game wins with Rogue by David "JustSaiyan" Shan provided an insurmountable advantage for Tempo Storm.

Today's match day will see the other four teams make their debut, as Luminosity Gaming takes on Team Liquid and Cloud9 faces compLexity Gaming.

Today - 1:25 am

Get your Red Envelopes ready—the Lunar Revel event in League starts today

Riot is kicking off the 2017 Lunar Revel with some slick new skins.
Aaron Mickunas
League of Legends Writer
Image via Riot Games

The Lunar New Year is a sacred, historic holiday that is celebrated by nations in the far east. It marks the beginning of the year based on the cycles of the moon. There’s dancing, festivals, parades, but much more importantly: A special League of Legends event. Why is that so important? Because you can get sweet new skins, of course!

The Lunar Revel Event is a yearly occurrence in League that features shiny new goodies to buy in-game. The event was announced and started today, so after you update the client, you’ll be able to take part in the festivities.

1) Free Icon

That’s right, for the small cost of going to the official Lunar Revel web page, you can claim a free Summoner Icon! The interactive home page acts as the hub for the Lunar Revel event, and you can click through the menu to see all the features. There’s even some lore tying each of this year’s Lunar Revel skins to their respective champions.

2) Champion Skins

There are three skins coming out for the Lunar Revel event this year: Garen, Azir, and Vi. Each has a matching Summoner Icon available in the store.

Garen’s sword and rad man-bun make this skin what it is: Awesome. When he spins to win, a green dragon swirls around him. When he ults, the giant sword that falls from the heavens... well, it’s green.

Azir seems to be more of a themed skin specific to this year, as it’s the Year of the Rooster—and Azir is as rooster-like as any League champion gets. His soldiers are also made to match his skin, sporting golden armor.

Vi’s theme is “the green demon” and when she ults, a big green dragon swirls up into the air and slams back into the ground as she does. This one’s our favorite, but mostly because it’s the only time we’re ever going to see Vi in a ponytail.

Not only are those three new skins available now, but past Lunar Revel skins and bundles are in the shop as well.

3) Crafting

A brand new Lunar Revel crafting system will also be in the client until the end of the event. It uses the same crafting page as usual, where you open chests with keys you earn from playing games and combine shards to form skins and champions. You can buy a Revel Red Envelope for 250 RP and visit the crafting page in your client to turn it into a skin shard and one random relic.

The relics come in three types: the Pauldron Relic, the Golden Relic, and the Gauntlet Relic. Once you have all three, you can combine them into Epic Skin Shards (1350 RP skins), random skin permanents, Gemstones, or Hextech Chests and Keys.

4) Merch

Finally, you can visit the Lunar Revel merch store to check out some IRL event goodies. Want a shirt featuring each Chinese Zodiac with League champions instead of the usual animals? Well it’s in the merch store, as well as a collectible figurine of Lunar Revel Azir.

The event is running from now until Feb. 2, so be sure to log into the game and check it out!