The fourth week of the League Championship Series packed the standings close together as parity ruled in both regions of League of Legends’ premiere competition, and we’ve got the stats that show how it happened.
The top three teams in both Europe and North America each lost at least one match, leading to surging squads Counter Logic Gaming, Team SoloMid, and Millenium jump up the table.
One single game separates the top five teams in the North American region as Team SoloMid joined the other contending teams thanks to a 2-0 week and a convincing victory over Cloud9.
In Europe, SK Gaming and Alliance only held serve as each suffered a loss. The defending European champions Fnatic obliterated SK Gaming, while Alliance let Gambit Gaming get the best of them in a surprise upset. But the real story of the week were Millenium and Supa Hot Crew, as the two cinderellas swapped places in the standings. Millenium went 2-0 for the week by beating Supa Hot Crew head-to-head. Supa Hot Crew then dropped a game to last place ROCCAT, setting them back to 5-5.
Team SoloMid and Fnatic dominated the MVP standings.
SoloMid’s new coach Yoonsub “Locodoco” Choi seems to have set up their vast talent to succeed, as their champion selects went well for the first time this season and their star players capitalized. Maurice “Amazing” Stuckenschneider lived up to his name, while Marcus “Dyrus” Hill pulled off his typical star performance in the top lane. Missing from the weekly MVP list is mid laner Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, but his double kill as a solo Yasuo against Complexity was probably the play of the week.
In Europe, Millenium and Fnatic put up solid performances. Much like Team SoloMid, both teams are filled with individual talent but have struggled to put things together strategically this season. That may be changing considering their games this week. Fnatic completely decimated SK Gaming, a team that’s usually stingy in giving up kills. Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez looked like the star he is with a 12/2/17 KDA line for the week. Millenium also put together amazing performances. Their duo lane, featuring the inconsistent but mechanically talented Jakub “Creaton” Grzegorzewski, had their best performance of the season, as the marksman put up a 12/2/22 KDA line.
The other story of the week was the introduction of League’s newest champion, Braum. The shield wielding support was banned in every match on the first day of play in the week, but managed to see play on later days. The mustachioed man ended as one of the top three most picked champions in the NA region.
Also newly enabled was jungler Rengar, previously disabled due to bugs involving his kit, but he was only selected in a couple of matches and didn’t have the impact of the Braum.