Apr 21 2014 - 1:10 pm

It's official: Cloud 9 is the best 'League of Legends' team in North America

Cloud 9 is the best League of Legends team in North America, and it’s not even close
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Cloud 9 is the best League of Legends team in North America, and it’s not even close.

They proved it with an emphatic win yesterday in the League Championship Series (LCS) Spring Split finals, dominating their closest challenger, Team SoloMid, 3-0. Cloud 9 took home $50,000 for the win, with TSM cashing in for $25,000.

Cloud 9 suffered only six deaths during the entire three map series. The team stands undefeated in LCS playoff competition all-time, with an 18-0 record over the last two playoffs.

“I think we played really well in the set. We really showed up today and played as well as we can,” said Cloud 9’s all-star Jungler, William “Meteos” Hartman.

“We had really good vision control. We didn’t get surprised by many ganks. We just did what we had to do.”

What they had to do, apparently, was simply play perfect.

It began at the champion select, which Cloud 9 tilted in their favor. They won their lane matchups, or held out long enough to gain support from their teammates. Whenever TSM found an objective, Cloud 9 would have an answer, treating TSM’s gains as simply opportunities to take advantage elsewhere.

“We had so much [crowd control] and catch,” explained the team’s support, Daerek “LemonNation” Hart. “And they didn’t really have any at all. It gave us a big advantage in being in control of the game.”

Entering the match, the story was a battle of juggernauts with different styles: Team SoloMid, brutalizing opponents with the top laning talent in the region with Marcus “Dyrus” Hill manning top, Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg in middle, and Jason “WildTurtle” Tran in bottom. Cloud 9, meanwhile, relied less on individual standouts, and focused on controlling the game with tactics and teamwork.

However, in the first game, Cloud 9 showed they could go toe-to-toe with TSM’s laners and win. Top laner An “Balls” Le, mid laner Hai Lam, and marksman Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi each pulled ahead of their counterparts in farm. That spelled disaster for TSM. Cloud 9 boasted 18 kills againstt one death when the game ended after 38 minutes.

TSM showed a bit more fight in games two and three, but could not manage to turn small early gains into anything more than marginal. They built leads in farm in both the top and middle lanes, but couldn’t secure the kills necessary to snowball those advantages.

The normally consistent force in the top lane, Hill, ended game two with a 1/7/1 KDA on Renekton, despite building a lead in farm over Cloud 9’s Jax. His 1/13/3 KDA mark for the series shows just how well Cloud 9 controlled TSM’s threats.

Team captain and mid laner of Cloud 9, Hai Lam, took home the playoff MVP award, posting a 19/2/50 KDA over five playoff games. Against the regular season MVP, Bjerg, he did not surrender a single kill, something few managed during the regular season.

Lam said he's excited for the chance to compete against the top teams in every region at the All-Star Invitational in Paris starting on May 8.

“We’ve played the Europeans. We’ve played the Chinese. We have not played the Koreans,” he said, adding that he can’t wait to get his “butt kicked” against the legendary mid laner of the 2013 World Champion SK Telecom T1 K, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, the player nicknamed “God.”

The international stage is the next step for North America’s top team. They had a disappointing run at the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice tournament, the largest international event so far this year, and they’ll be looking to change that in Paris.

Screengrab via Riot Games/YouTube

Today - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.



Jan 14 2017 - 8:43 pm

ESPN survey reveals League of Legends pro pay, opinions on female players

The anonymous answers are quite revealing.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

An anonymous LCS player survey has revealed just how much the average League of Legends pro gets paid—and what some of them think about the prospect of playing with a woman.

The ESPN Confidential article surveyed 33 anonymous European and North American League of Legends professionals, asking their opinions on everything from team houses, drugs and injuries.

According to the survey, North American players are significantly better paid than their counterparts. Of the players surveyed those in North America had an average base salary of $105,385, compared to just €76,137 ($80,816) in Europe.

Due to the anonymous nature of the survey, however, it's hard to extrapolate much from the averages themselves.

What does give us more insight however is the selected comments from the pros directly however—particularly their comments on playing with women.

While most pros, 73 percent, would have no issue with a female player joining their team, comments from two of the 27 percent have angered the community.

"If a female was to join my team," says the first, "she would have to prove she was worth it more than a guy [in the same role]."

Though this comment is shocking to hear as someone's definitive opinion, it does reflect what many believe is the reality for aspiring female pros in the current esports culture, where female players are held to higher standards than their male counterparts.

The second highlighted comment claims that they would have concerns over the likelihood of their male team mates being attracted to a female player.

Elsewhere in the survey, 27 percent of players claim to know of players taking drugs to perform better in competition, while 24 percent say they have suffered an injury as a result of gaming.