Getting teams to go to Intel Extreme Masters Oakland has been a struggle. Whether it’s NA teams like Counter Logic Gaming, Immortals, or Team SoloMid stating that they wouldn’t attend (and then reneging on that in the TSM’s case) or only mid-tier teams from other major regions making their way to the tournament, most fans are disappointed by the lineup at the premier offseason tournament. In the past, IEM tournaments have been big deals.
A true Wildcard team, they came into the 2016 League of Legends World Championships as heavy underdogs. Most considered them in the bottom two of the 16 teams represented at the tournament, right alongside fellow Wildcard INTZ e-Sports. No one could have expected how well they were going to do…including ANX mid laner Michael “Kira” Garmash.
The ROX Tigers were supposed to dominate Group A at the 2016 League of Legends World Championships. Support player Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon says the competition was something the Korean roster wasn’t quite ready for. The biggest shocker of the tournament — and probably in the history of competitive League of Legends — was their defeat at the hands of Wildcard roster Albus NoX Luna.
There are no undefeated teams at the 2016 League of Legends World Championships. Worlds 2016 may be the tournament of legendary AD carries, but the position to watch in Group B is decidedly the mid lane: Yi Tang “Maple” Huang on Flash Wolves, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen on Cloud9, Kang “Athena” Ha-woon and Kang “Baeme” Yang-hyun on I May, and, of course, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok on SK Telecom T1.
Back at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational, Counter Logic Gaming dropped a game to SuperMassive, the Wild Card representative at the tournament. The next day, they came storming back and brought down defending World Champions SK Telecom T1. The difference between the two games was nearly shocking.
North America struck first blood at the 2016 League of Legends World Championship Thursday with Counter Logic Gaming upsetting European squad G2 in the first game of the tournament. Vacation memes aside, G2 looked lost in their first game, as Jake “Xmithie” Puchero ran over them with a surprise Olaf pick. Considering the strength of Korea’s ROX Tigers and the weakness of Wild Card team Albus NoX, G2 vs. CLG was largely considered to be the battle for 2nd seed out of Group A. This first game was going to be vital for either team hoping to get out of the Group stage.
Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes talks to Travis Gafford about Counter Logic Gaming's match against Immortals at Air Canada Centre in the Summer NA LCS Playoffs.
With the likes of Cloud9, Immortals, and the near-unbeatable Team SoloMid all stepping up their game in the offseason, CLG has fallen out of their top-tier form of last split. CLG is going to have to find a way to beat them. Rather than swap as soon as the game starts like in previous patches, CLG has opted to wait out the 5-minute turret protection timer, hoping for an early advantage in laning.
Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes and Jake "Xmithie" Puchero talk to Travis Gafford following Team Liquid's demise at Counter Logic Gaming's hands in the NA LCS playoffs.
Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes and Taylor Cocke discuss Counter Logic Gaming's last match of the split and their upcoming playoffs clash against Team Liquid.
Travis interviews Zaqueri 'Aphromoo' Black of CLG after their win against NRG in the final week of the summer LCS split.
Counter Logic Gaming's Orlando "YoonA" Flota discusses life as an LCS substitute player and what his hopes are for the future.
Travis Gafford talks to Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes about the team’s rising tide and why he believes Choi "Huhi" Jae-hyun has had issues in the new meta. For more in-depth coverage of competitive gaming, visit Yahoo Esports .
Jake “Xmithie” Puchero’s career is the story of Counter Logic Gaming. A perpetual underdog, he’s been around the professional League of Legends scene nearly since its inception, but never quite pushed himself over the top. If there ever was a North American success story, Xmithie is it.
Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black and Travis Gafford talk about CLG's slow Summer Split start and his expectations for the TSM match this upcoming weekend.
Following the announcement of the partnership between NBA team Miami Heat and esports organization Misfits, executives from both organizations have revealed some details regarding how the two teams will cross-promote each other. Speaking in an interview with Yahoo Esports, Misfits CEO and founder Ben Spoont and Miami Heat executive vice president and chief marketing officer Michael McCullough talked about how the partnership came about, how the two teams will work together, and more. “We’ve already incorporated the Heat colors into the Misfits to welcome them into the brand in kind of a seamless sort of way” McCullough said.
The European League of Legends Championship Series group draft and schedule have been revealed for the coming 2017 Spring split, starting January 19.
After Warwick’s cinematic reveal Monday, Riot Games has released the full ability kit for the reworked League of Legends champion.
Since the beginning of the 2017 season, AD carry players in League of Legends have been on the receiving end of a meta seemingly designed to tear them down at every turn. The relative weakness of Lethality and the rise of tanks meant they could shoot their beefy brethren in the face forever and never seem to get anywhere. What’s more, assassins and burst mages lurked around every corner
Travis Gafford breaks down why Team Liquid's acquisition of Austin "Link" Shin is the most exciting move of the NA LCS offseason.
Travis Gafford discusses Riot's scheduling practices and how it affects fans and industry insiders.
After weeks of speculation and leaks, Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens has officially confirmed the rebranding of League of Legends team Cloud9 Challenger to FlyQuest. Due to the rule against a single organization owning two pro-level rosters simultaneously, Cloud9 was forced to sell off the roster that qualified for the NA LCS during the 2017 Spring Split Promotion Tournament.
The long-rumored and much-demanded Warwick rework is finally coming to League of Legends, and Riot Games has released a trailer to prove it. While there isn’t any gameplay to speak of in the cinematic trailer, Riot has been known to sneak hints of what champions will be capable of into their teasers. In this trailer, for example, Warwick takes a massive leap from a platform to an elevator, implying that he’ll be able to jump on top of his prey from a distance.