Jul 27 2014 - 11:20 pm

Lustboy just what the doctor ordered for Team SoloMid

Earlier this week Team SoloMid made a surprise roster move, picking up Korean support player Ham “Lustboy” Jang-sik and benching Nicolas “Gleeb” Haddad
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Earlier this week Team SoloMid made a surprise roster move, picking up Korean support player Ham “Lustboy” Jang-sik and benching Nicolas “Gleeb” Haddad. Through one week, the move has worked. Team SoloMid put up two wins with Ham in the lineup.

A lot of unnecessary hand-wringing followed the announcement. SoloMid coach Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-sub listed Haddad’s lack of “social skills” and inability to read “social cues” as a major contributor to his dismissal in a video blog, ranking out-of-game issues ahead of Haddad’s lacking in-game performance. Haddad took the fall more gracefully, stating that he simply “wasn’t putting up results."

Results are what really matter in the League Championship Series, the toughest competition in League of Legends. And so far Ham has delivered.

Team SoloMid is just one game out of first place after winning both matches with their new Korean support. Their 15-9 record puts them in striking distance of first place team LMQ, who they face first during next week’s season ending Super Week.

Ham’s performance so far has not been flashy, but his steady play seems to be just what SoloMid needs to allow their other stars to shine. Against Evil Geniuses Ham put up a 0/2/10 KDA on Morgana, but helped his lane partner, Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, put together a superb 5/1/8 KDA with Kog’Maw.

Today, SoloMid faced bitter rival Counter Logic Gaming. It was an important match for both the team and Ham. It was the Korean's first exposure to League’s longest standing rivalry and his first time facing the “rush hour” bottom lane, Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black and Peter “DoubleLift” Peng, in an official match.

Peng and Black have single handedly won matches for Counter Logic Gaming this season, but they avoided the duo lane matchup against Ham, sending Peng to a solo lane in top to farm up his Tristana. That allowed Ham and his partner Tran to thrive, securing the dragon objective multiple times. Ham would finish the match with a 0/0/5 KDA. His 15 assists on the week were second most among all support players.

When you have a mid laner making plays like that, all you have to do is not mess it up.

The win was very promising for SoloMid. They took the victory mostyl off of two big plays. The above double kill by mid laner Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg gave map control to SoloMid, and a one against three bottom lane kill by Marcus "Dyrus" Hill gave his team enough time to secure Baron. SoloMid leveraged those small advantage into a win, something the team would have struggled to do earlier in the season.

It was also an all-important victory against a playoff contender. SoloMid has kept pace with the other top squads in the standings, but only due to their 11-0 record against bottom tier teams Complexity, Evil Geniuses, and Curse Gaming. Against Counter Logic, Dignitas, and LMQ, the team had a 1-8 record before today’s win.

Ham was brought in to change that, and it’s working so far. He’s a mechanically superior player to Haddad who has experience handling the pressure of a tough competitive environment as a member of Korean powerhouse CJ Entus Blaze. While his communication needs work due to the language barrier, SoloMid has a Korean coach that can keep him up to speed and Haddad was being phased out as the team’s shot caller anyway.

SoloMid is a lineup filled with star talent. They don’t need Ham to carry games for them, just get out of the way of the rest of his team doing it. And when Ham does get up to speed with the American scene, his potential is nearly limitless.

The formula is working so far. SoloMid is in a prime position to secure a bye at the regional playoffs. Their Super Week schedule includes LMQ, Cloud9, and Dignitas, the perfect chance to seize first place and show that Ham was just the pickup they needed to win the hotly contested North American LCS.

Screengrab via Riot Games/YouTube

Jan 17 2017 - 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.