Jul 27 2016 - 1:36 pm

Freeze in doubt for EU LCS finale due to wrist injury

With just two games left and their spot in the EU LCS playoffs potentially at risk, H2k-Gaming will need to be firing on all cylinders this weekend
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

With just two games left and their spot in the EU LCS playoffs potentially at risk, H2k-Gaming will need to be firing on all cylinders this weekend. But they could be facing the final without one of their starters.

Aleš "Freeze" Kněžínek, the team's starting AD Carry, has been struggling all year with a hand injury. The player revealed yesterday his diagnosis as tendonitis, the inflammation of tendons in the hand.

According to Freeze, he developed the injury during the Spring Split while he was in North America with Renegades. In the last month Freeze has admitted having to take painkillers to get through games.

H2k do have a replacement available: the man who Freeze replaced and left the team in an acrimonious split earlier this year, Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou. FORG1VEN rejoined the team two weeks ago as a backup for Freeze after another falling out with a team, this time with Origen. Since his return however, Freeze has continued to start.

No indication has been given over who will start in the final week, with Freeze simply responding "difficult situation" to a fan who pointed out that FORG1VEN could stand-in.

H2k will be hoping that whatever team they field are able to find form. Though they currently occupy a playoff spot, they have lost four matches in the past three weeks after a solid start to the season.

The team first face a crucial contest against Unicorns of Love, where the winner will secure their place in the playoffs. Should they lose, their match against struggling Origen will decide their fate.

Jan 23 2017 - 8:57 am

Cloud9 and FlyQuest soar in NA LCS openers

After a weekend of exciting games, two teams remain undefeated.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

Cloud9 and FlyQuest found themselves on top of the NA LCS heap after the first weekend of play of 2017.

Cloud9, who dispatched TSM on the opening day in convincing fashion, secured a second win over Team Dignitas on day three.

The match was a close affair, impressing many fans who were unsure what to make of the new Dignitas lineup. Cloud were able to record a 2-1 victory with Dignitas winning game two in just 33 minutes, showing that this may well be a match we see down the road in the post-season.

Dignitas did manage to pick up a win on their return to the LCS, knocking off Pheonix1 2-1.

Cloud9's former sister team, now known as FlyQuest, turned heads on their debut with a pair of strong wins. After beating EnVyUs on day two, they faced a team who have made four playoffs in a row—Team Liquid.

It looked like experience would count for Liquid after they took FlyQuest apart in game one, but the rookie side rallied hard. After levelling the series, FlyQuest took the third game in a lightning fast 25 minutes. In the final two games they kept Liquid to just six kills in each.

TSM rebounded from their loss to Cloud9 with a thrilling victory over Immortals. After two gruelling 50+ minute games, in which both teams topped 90,000 gold, the teams were locked at 1-1. Game three saw a much more assured TSM performance, cleaning up the objectives and taking a decisive win inside 40 minutes.

Counter Logic Gaming also opened their account for 2017, winning against EnVyUs 2-0. That loss and the loss to FlyQuest leaves EnVyUs struggling at the bottom of the table alongside Echo Fox, who were unsuccessful against both Pheonix1 and Immortals.

Jan 21 2017 - 10:20 pm

G2 Esports and H2k-Gaming on top after EU LCS opening weekend

Last year's top teams haven't missed a beat.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

G2 Esports and H2k-Gaming picked up exactly where they left off as the 2017 European LCS season got underway.

Both G2 and H2k, who had the most championship points in Europe in 2016, won both of their first two matches of the 2017 Spring Split as they look to win out in their respective groups.

In the biggest match of the weekend on paper, G2 beat Fnatic 2-1 in a thrilling series to the delight of the crowd in the LCS studio. The first game was a cagey affair, with G2 securing all of the objectives and getting a relatively comfortable win, but the second game was far closer.

The game was level for most of the first thirty minutes, until Fnatic managed to take Baron. From there the team's advantage slowly developed despite G2's best efforts. Fnatic broke down G2's defences and left the Nexus exposed, before this daring flash play let Fnatic in the backdoor to win the game.

Fired up by the audacious play, G2 Esports fired back in game three. Though Fnatic were able to secure more kills than G2, 20-14, G2 once again took almost all of the objectives. They wore down Fnatic with repeated attacks on the Nexus until Fnatic could no longer withstand the pressure.

G2 also defeated Roccat 2-0, finishing the week top of Group A.

H2k-Gaming went just one better than G2 in Group B—not only did they win both of their initial matches, they also did without dropping a game. The 2016 World Championship semifinalists defeated Origen in the first game of the season, before knocking off fellow World Championship competitors Splyce.

Misfits and Unicorns of Love were the only other victorious sides on the opening weekend, over Giants Gaming and Vitality respectively.