Alliance secures first place in Europe
Fabled European "super team" Alliance have secured first place in the LCS Summer split regular season. Alliance held the top position through the entire LCS split—the first time this has ever happened in the EU LCS.
This is an improvement from last season, where Alliance finished third with a record of 16-12. They currently stand 20-6, but have the potential to go 22-6 with two games remaining. Week eight was the only week in which Alliance didn’t win a game.
Alliance also has the chance to tie the highest ever EU regular season score of 22-6, set by Fnatic in 2013 Spring season.
Last split, many analysts predicted Alliance would finish first purely on the basis of their all star lineup. The dissolution of Evil Geniuses' European squad last year left the legendary Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Mike “Wickd” Petersen without a team. At the same time, top European team Lemondogs fell apart, allowing Erik “Tabzz” to join as a Marksman. Patrick “Nyph” Funke and Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema filled out the newly-formed "super team" after leaving their respective squads.
Last season, the team struggled with overall coordination, but still showed that they excelled in individual talent. This season, they came close to perfecting their team synergy, finally finding the missing piece they needed to be a great team.
As playoffs approach, Alliance may be the first team to unseat Fnatic, who have taken the championship three splits running.
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