May 29 2016 - 5:39 pm
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Taliyah and Malzahar played in CBL

Yes, Taliyah was played recently in a professional scene. It was done by none other than the Japanese, Brazilian mid-laner, Bruno “Goku” Miyaguchi.
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“That power of yours was meant to destroy. You don’t want to use it? Let it sink you like a stone.”

Taliyah, oh, Taliyah. When will you get your own professional debut? Wait… Someone played her? Even Malzahar? Brazil? Why are we not talking about this?

(Refer to the appendix at the end of the article when you see *)


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Yes, Taliyah was played recently in a professional scene. It was done by none other than the Japanese, Brazilian mid-laner, Bruno “Goku” Miyaguchi, in a match between Operation Kino e-Sports (Kino) and CNB e-Sports Club (CNB). His team, Operation Kino e-Sports, had a relatively positive performance during the 2016 Summer Season* placing third in the CBL ladder. While it was a brave move from Goku to pull out a Taliyah with the help of his team, the work ultimately paid off as they secured a steady win out of the two games*.

However, the win was not all accredited to the midlaner. Picking Maokai with Kindred showed their devastating duo punch during the early and mid-game. With the additions of Sivir and Karma in the bottom lane, the team composition was excellent for longer teamfights, creating kiting and shielding opportunities. To place the cherry on top, Taliyah worked as an incredibly strong, global champion, working around the map like Twisted Fate.

Goku’s ability to play pick-champions* have been evident during the previous playoff matches. If playing a pick-champion without teleport was possible, it was only through Taliyah. Taliyah’s semi-global utility around the map makes her obviously formidable to either establish powerful ganks or to support her team with her reliable crowd control. Therefore, playing Taliyah for Goku was a convincing case for his team.

One of Goku’s negative points was that he was not able to accumulate creep score (CS) as effectively as enemy Viktor, which was played by his opponent, Thiago “TinOwns” Sartori. He was behind by a staggering 191 CS compared to his opponent. Ultimately, the Taliyah pick was not the base of team’s success in that specific game, but Goku was able to show her strengths in a professional manner.

The next game was played with the Kindred ban by CNB e-Sports Club, leaving Ekko to be left open. Kino did not take any chance and safely picked Ekko, a champion they heavily favored. Eventually, CNB picked Malzahar in the second rotation, making another first for a relatively new entrance to a champion into the professional scene (with the rework).

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CNB chose the type of composition that could help them disengage and reengage in a fairly easy fashion. Malzahar worked in the sense that his ultimate was a powerful tool to pick a champion off-guard for a swift kill, while creating some critical silences that disabled his enemies to answer back. With all that said, one must admit how well Tinowns played with his Azir, dealing incredible amounts of damage, as he sniped the enemy targets.

We have seen two unexpected champions to show up in the season/split earlier than people have expected. It is going to be an exciting new season with all sorts of different champions reworked. In my opinion, the mid and support roles will be impacted the most, making the new season/split interesting.

Will we see Teemo next in this season? Let us know in comment section below.


(CBL’s) Summer Season: CBL’s Summer Season happens during the Spring Season/Split, whereas the Winter Season plays during the Summer Season/Split around the world. Brazilian weather is different than most parts of the world making the wording a bit confusing. (As they say, “The more you know.”) (Links: Brazilian WeatherCBL Summer; andCBL Winter)
Two Games: The new policy that was implemented to most (if not all) regions to make at least two matches per showing. This policy helped the Western region relatively similar to the Eastern scene in terms of the number of games.

Pick-Champions: While it tends to identify some mid-lane champions, pick-champions are the champions that create concentration toward priority enemy champions. Examples include: Lissandra, Ahri, Morgana, Lux, etc.

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