Europe’s first week has come to a close, so we take a look back into Week 1 and review some of the top storylines that have developed.
THE BROKEN ALLIANCE
Hyped as a “dream team” – a squad that could compete with anyone in the world and were favorites to enter the European LCS and dominate like Cloud 9 did a season earlier in North America. Everything that could have gone wrong for the Alliance did during the first week, as they lost all four of their games, including an embarrassing game to Supa Hot Crew, a team that qualified through a wild card round due to the Lemondogs’ incapability to compete in the season. Froggen, the star player of the team, was a ghost in the first week of the season, ending up with a team high 2.55 total KDA. This was nowhere near the potential people believed he would bring. Overall they ended Week 1 as the only team without a victory, earning overall KDA of 1.91.
So, why did the first week nightmare wake up the dream team? Chemistry. With a lack of synergy between the five players, the lack of communication was clear. Not rotating properly gave up towers, objectives, and let their players get caught out constantly throughout the jungle. Shook, perceived as one of the best junglers currently in Europe, was a non-factor for the super week, losing to his former team, the Copenhagen Wolves in their opening match and the rest of the team never recovered. Still, you can’t conclude that the season is over for Alliance; the skill level on the team is still some of the highest of all the teams in Europe, but they will need to tighten up their lane rotations and build the cohesion that is sorely lacking at the moment.
REKKLES’ WORLD ORDER
From one hype train to another, Rekkles’ train kept on rolling through his super week as Fnatic went 4-0 and he led everyone in KDA at 19.33 doubling his closest competitor, Celaver from Roccat. The first week of games was Rekkles’ coming out party alongside his new bot lane partner YellOwStaR, as they tore through the first three games of the season without giving up a single kill between the two players. Displaying strong play on Jinx though the first three games, it felt like there was no stopping the young AD Carry from having his way with his lane opponents. Finally earning a Jinx ban after three straight games of immortality, he was forced onto Caitlyn and showed his proficiency on a new champion, going 6/3/6 and fending off a Millenium team that gave Fnatic their hardest test of the new season.
Not to be overlooked, the rest of the Fnatic were out to prove that their falters at the Battle of the Atlantic and the most recent IEM were not going to be a consistent problem. Playing like a team possessed, they crushed the opposition – sans Millennium -- and took their rightful place atop of the European standings after the first week of games.
ROCKING AND ROLLING CATS
While Alliance was hyped to the moon after their slicing up of Dignitas during the Battle of the Atlantic, no one thought ROCCAT, a team made up of seven Polish friends, had any chance of even making it into the LCS. They proved the critics wrong already by upsetting heavy favorites Ninjas in Pyjamas, but their debut in the LCS was an even bigger surprise, capturing three victories, and tying Gambit, one of the most experienced League of Legends teams in the entire world, at No. 2.
The rightful arch-nemesis of the Alliance, a team built from five extraordinary players with no real chemistry just yet, ROCCAT is nothing more than a group of close pals playing together in the face of stacked odds against them. Known for a more laid back, controlled style, they brought out some aggression in the first super week. Overpow was the main benefactor, as he racked up sixteen kills in the mid lane and only trails the two legends in Alex Ich and xPeke when it comes to mid lane statistics. Although Overpow ranked highly in kills, it was an entire team effort to get them where they are after Week 1. It’s hard to predict if ROCCAT will continue their upward swing or will the Cinderella tale come to an end. As ROCCAT showed us this weekend, communication and experience with your teammates can overcome individual skill. No one on ROCCAT may ever be an all-star or reach stardom, but they're a five man unit with only two goals in mind: winning and having fun with your friends.