Jul 16 2014 - 6:09 pm

ROCCAT rising in fantasy LCS with three weeks left

The fantasy League of Legends season is quickly coming to a close, with three weeks left in the League Championship Series
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

The fantasy League of Legends season is quickly coming to a close, with three weeks left in the League Championship Series. While most of the top performers are entrenched, a few teams are bucking the established trends.

Fnatic has emerged as a full-on powerhouse, with their players now living up to their high draft rankings, with every one of them top four at their positions for the season.

But the real opportunity is ROCCAT, whose players may still be sitting on waivers in most fantasy leagues. ROCCAT isn’t just rising in the league standings, they’re rocking the fantasy rankings too, bucking many trends established through most of the season. Usually their games are slow-paced and low-scoring. Teams don’t often put up points against Alliance or SK Gaming. But ROCCAT managed to rank their entire team in the top three in their positions this week by obliterating the tough competition.

Weekly Results

ROCCAT ranked in the top three at every position this week. But while ROCCAT destroyed the standings, the real fantasy MVP for the week was Millenium top laner Kevin “Kev1n” Rubiszewski, who put up a ridiculous 59.93 points, the top number in the league. That topped the second ranked topper Marcin “Xaxus” Mączka by over 20 points. In two games on Aatrox, Kev1n put up a 8/6/25 KDA line, big numbers in a normally low scoring role.

Also outpacing his position was ROCCAT support Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan, whose 52.96 points as a support were ten points higher than the next player.

Cracking the top lists for some of the first times this season was Curse Gaming, largely thanks to playing the longest match in the history of the LCS, an hour and 20 minute affair against Complexity. While Curse also had a strong Super Week, it’s hard to expect more strong fantasy performances in the context of their season.

Season Rankings

The top teams in fantasy continue to be Fnatic, LMQ, Millenium, and Team SoloMid. Fnatic and LMQ have all five players ranked in the top at their positions, even Fnatic jungler Lauri “Cyanide” Happonen, often overlooked as playing a more supportive style, and LMQ’s support Zhang “Mor” Hong-Wei, who lacks the hype of his carry teammates.

Surprisingly, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, perhaps the top fantasy player last season, is the only SoloMid member outside his position’s top five.

The player taking Bjergsen’s mid lane crown is Adrian “Kerp” Wetekam, who posted another week at the top of the league in his position with 55.89 points, continuing his reign as the top mid laner for the season with 21.73 Points Per Game (PPG).

Who to Start

ROCCAT has been fantasy useful since their resurgence, but all winning streaks come to an end eventually, and in fantasy, if you buy after a team’s hot, it’s usually already too late.

This week, they’re up against Supa Hot Crew (16.1 Points Allowed Per Position) and Millenium (16.7 PAPP). That’s a slightly above average schedule, but ROCCAT still isn’t a fantasy. The team definitely needs to be rostered, but starting them over many other options, especially in the smaller league sizes, is risky at this point.

Fnatic has the easiest fantasy schedule of the season with Copenhagen Wolves (20.92 PAPP) and Gambit Gaming (20.02 PAPP) on the schedule. Wolves is using a few substitutes and sometimes that causes teams to play a bit more passively, but Fnatic still have the opportunity to rack up tons of points.

Right now Millenium may top most of the positional rankings, but with ROCCAT (13.46 PAPP) and SK Gaming (14.45 PAPP) on the schedule it may be hard to start them if you have another solid option.

In the North American region, the teams are so close it’s hard to find fantasy gold.

Team SoloMid has a great schedule, with two teams who like to play high kill games, LMQ (16.47 PAPP) and Complexity (19.68 PAPP). But then you were starting your SoloMid players anyway.

Cloud9 has Complexity (19.68 PAPP) on the schedule, but they’ve lost their last two against Complexity and don’t post huge totals in wins this season. They also have Curse Gaming (15.58 PAPP), so it’ll be hard to keep them out of your lineup.

Expect another huge week from Counter Logic Gaming’s bottom lane, as LMQ gives up a lot of points to enemy marksmen.

Screengrab via Riot Games/YouTube

Jan 23 2017 - 8:37 pm

Armada takes out Genesis 4 Melee crown

His win at Genesis 4 helps solidify his claim as the best Melee player of all time.
Xing Li
Dot Esports

We've seen this story before. Adam "Armada" Lindgren vs. Joseph "Mang0" Marquez for the Genesis Super Smash Bros. Melee title.

Once again, Armada emerged victorious.

Both players are idolized in the Smash community for their stunning success over the years. But if any venue has been the site of their personal rivalry, it's Genesis, where the two have met in the finals again and again. There were other talented players in the field, but this is the matchup most fans wanted to see at Genesis 4.

Armada had the easier path to the final by virtue of his 3-1 victory over Mang0, which sent his rival to the loser's bracket. Armada had a relatively easy time, absolutely controlling stages and strangling life from his opponents. His run seemed relatively routine until he ran into Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman.

Mew2King was on-point with grabs and air attacks on his signature Marth. Many times, Armada was stalling on Peach, trying to get into winning situations. Mew2King had a lead and momentum.

But Peach is hard to finish off and Armada's stalling got him to a deciding fifth game. Even then, Mew2King had chances, but missed key inputs. Small mistakes compound against a talent like Armada, and he punished Mew2King relentlessly.

In the loser's bracket, Mang0 survived by grit and guile, coming back from numerous deficits. First, it was against William "Leffen" Hjelte, where Mang0 mounted an insane comeback to tie the set at two games apiece. But Leffen came out strong in the deciding game and quickly took a two-stock (life) lead. Down to his last stock, Mang0 found his way back to the middle of the stage and went ham, somehow ending Leffen's run. The comeback ignited the crowd, with fans hugging and high-fiving at what they just witnessed.

Things wouldn't get easier. Juan "Hungrybox" Manuel Debiedma, valiantly playing with a broken finger, used Jigglypuff's burst to take big stock leads. But Mang0 continued to control the center of the stage to take Hungrybox down. He then beat Mew2King—reeling from his loss to Armada—to set up the finals rematch.

Fans wanted to see a show, but it was a different one than they might have expected. Though these two have gone back and forth in extremely close sets over the years, Armada has been on a tear for the last several months. And the final against Mang0 was no different. Instead of a close, tightly-fought match, fans got a coronation.

Armada had an answer for everything Mang0 threw at him. He floated around and seemed to take no damage. It was perhaps his most convincing win of the day.

Melee has been ruled by the Six Gods (which includes all the aforementioned players) for years now. But Armada is beginning to separate himself from the pack. He stands alone at the top at the beginning of 2017—if he ends the year in the same position, he could cement himself as the greatest Melee player of all time.

Jan 23 2017 - 3:29 pm

Our predictions for the Evo 2017 lineup

These are the ten games we think will make it to Las Vegas... and the four that won't
Steve Jurek
Dot Esports

Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to officially enter Evo season.

Organizers for Evo, the largest fighting game event in the world, will reveal the event's 2017 lineup on Tuesday at 9pm ET. Thousands of fans will be watching intently to see if their favorite game will be played on the fighting game world's biggest stage. There is a bit of uncertainty about this year's lineup, as several new games—including King of Fighters XIV, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, and Injustice 2—all have strong cases to be part of the Evo 2017 lineup, and the nine games that were part of Evo 2016 all have strong arguments to return to the event.

Earlier this month, lead Evo organizer Joey Cuellar asked which seven games fans would like to see at Evo 2017. This led many to believe that only seven games will be featured at this year's event. While that's certainly a possibility, Evo staff have a tendency to try and do things bigger than they did the year before. I feel that this year will be no different, as I believe a record-setting ten games will make the final list.

Here are the 10 games I believe will make the cut for the Evo 2017 lineup, along with a few that won't.

Will make the cut

Street Fighter V

After a launch year that included poor reviews, missed sales targets, and an embarrassing rootkit fiasco, it is safe to say that 2016 was not a great year for Street Fighter V. However, there was one area in which the game was unquestionably successful: tournament turnout. A record-setting 5,100 players took part in last year's Evo tournament, which is more than the number of players who participated in the second- and third-largest tournaments in the event's history combined. Despite its freshman struggles, Street Fighter V's status as an Evo game is as safe as can be.

Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for WiiU

The increasing prominence of Smash games at traditional fighting game events has not been without controversy, but it's a trend that isn't going away anytime soon. Last year's two Smash games were the second- and third-largest events in Evo history. Over 2,600 players entered last year's WiiU tournament, while over 2,300 entered the Melee event. With support like that, it's impossible to imagine a 2017 lineup without either game.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

To steal a line from a popular fighting game talk show: Marvel lives! The Marvel community did everything they could over the past two years to reignite interest in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, and Capcom's December announcement of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite poured gasoline on that spark. There's no doubt that we'll see at least one more Evo with the insanity that is Marvel 3.

Injustice 2

Injustice 2's May 16 release date will surely make Evo organizers a bit nervous. With just two months between the game's release and Evo 2017, the game's entertainment value will hinge largely how well-balanced the game's cast is at launch. A poor initial balance could lead to a repeat of the original Injustice's Evo debut in 2013, an event in which three of the top six finishers played Superman. Still, those fears won't be enough to dissuade Evo organizers from including the game in the 2017 lineup.

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution

It's strange to think that Tekken 7, a game that hasn't seen an official North American release, can be making a third straight Evo appearance. Yet here we are. Bandai Namco, the Tekken series' publisher, has done well to drum up interest in the game with its regional King of the Iron Fist tours. That effort will pay dividends on Tuesday, and they'll pay dividends once players can finally get their hands on the game. Speaking of...

 BONUS PREDICTION: Tekken 7 console release date will be revealed

Tekken publisher Bandai Namco has promised to announce a console release date for its much-anticipated fighter some time this week. The company has been coy about exactly when that announcement will come, but Tuesday's Evo lineup reveal show seems to be the most likely choice. With popular figure Mark "Markman" Julio - who has appeared on the reveal show in each of the past two years - now working with both Evo and Tekken in official capacities, this appears to be a no-brainer.

King of Fighters XIV

The King of Fighters series is always a favorite among international Evo viewers, so it would be incredibly shocking to see the recently-released King of Fighters XIV left out of the 2017 lineup. 

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and BlazBlue: Central Fiction

Evo has historically had one unwritten rule for "anime" games: they only get one spot in the lineup. That rule was broken in 2015 when both Guilty Gear Xrd and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax were included in the event, but only Xrd returned last year. I feel that this year will see that rule broken again, as the BlazBlue series has a strong new entrant in Central Fiction to join Guilty Gear Xrd's still-strong -Revelator- update.

Killer Instinct

This may be the toughest call on the list. With the amount of developer and community support shown for the game four years after release, Killer Instinct is the type of game you want to see succeed. Microsoft is now backing the competitive scene in a big way as evidenced by the upcoming $30,000 Killer Instinct World Cup in March. I feel that momentum should be enough to see the game make the cut again despite being the game that had the fewest entrants at Evo 2016.

Will not make the cut

Pokken Tournament

It's tough to imagine a game going from over 1,100 entrants at Evo 2016 to not even in the 2017 lineup, but that's the fate that I believe Pokken Tournament will face on Tuesday. The game's community has shown up to events in force, but so have many other communities. Pokken felt like an odd choice last year, but with so many other games in contention,this year it feels like the odd one out. 

Mortal Kombat XL

There is precedence for Evo including two different NetherRealm Studio games at one Evo - both Mortal Kombat 9 and the original Injustice were a part of Evo 2013. But with so much crossover between players from the two series, along with the abundance of potential choices at Evo's disposal, I think that we've seen the last of Mortal Kombat XL at Evo.

Ultra Street Fighter II and ARMS

The Nintendo Switch will likely have at least two fighting games available by the time Evo rolls around, but don't expect to hear the name of either game on Tuesday. Many tournament players love Super Street Fighter II Turbo, but its re-release as an "HD Remix" was not particularly well-received by most of that group. It's doubtful they would be more receptive to Ultra Street Fighter II, a game that appears to be an HD remix of HD Remix. And as fun as it would be to see players like Justin Wong and Daigo duke it out with motion controls, there are far too many 'legit' fighting games in the running for a spot in the lineup to take a flyer on ARMS.