ESC Ever vs. Team SoloMid – LoL – IEM Katowice – Day 1 – Game 1
ESC Ever vs. Team SoloMid are matched up against each other for the League of Legends IEM Katowice tournament to be held Friday, March 4, 2016 – Day 1 Game 1
Crazy : Hauntzer
Ares : Svenskeren
Tempt : Bjergsen
LoKeN : Doublelift
KeY : YellowStar
ESC Ever are a challenger team from South Korea, who already have some great achievements under their belt, winning IEM Cologne last yeah, and placing first in the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup, beating Qiao Gu and CJ Entus in those events respectively. Their roster is very strong, they have great communication, incredible team fights and clever plays. They look to be a rising force as they go through the Korean challenger scene, to get into the LCK. They look to spread kills across members of the team, so that the whole team is at an advantage, as opposed to one member being strong, but others weaker.
Team SoloMid, on the other hand, look somewhat hit and miss in their NA LCS games. One week they can go from crushing high tier opponents, and showing great team synergy and communication, to throwing games in which they were winning due to mispositioning, or lack of communication when dealing with major threats. However, with their star studded roster, if their coaching staff can get a solid team composition, and the team can play around their strengths, while shoring up their weaknesses, they do have a strong fight in them, which could let them get an advantage in their games.
Overall, based on how the teams are currently playing, I have to give the edge to ESC Ever, because they have looked dominant in their games against high tier opponents, while TSM have been lacklustre, but there is definitely room for an upset.
Chance of victory: ESC Ever: 65% : Team SoloMid: 35%
Royal Never Give Up vs. Origen – LoL – IEM Katowice – Day 1 – Game 2
Royal Never Give Up vs. Origen are matched up against each other for the League of Legends IEM Katowice tournament to be held Friday, March 4, 2016 – Day 1 Game 2
Looper : Soaz
Mlxg : Amazing
Xiaohu : PowerOfEvil
Wuxx : Zven
Mata : Mithy
Royal Never Give Up are currently top of their bracket in the LPL, tied with Invictus Gaming. Their roster is extremely strong, with the veterans of Looper and Mata, mixed with the new talent of mlxg, Xiaohu and Wuxx. They have obviously performed extremely well to be top of their LPL bracket and recently placed first in 2015 NESO, showing just how strong their roster is.
On the side of Origen, their performance this split has been poor. Sitting in 6th place at 7-7, their only working formula has been a protect the Zven comp, but with bans on champions like Lulu, Alistar or Braum, that can be very hard to pull off, especially on the international stage. They will need to work on their early game and using both their solo laners to carry, if they wish to have a chance. Soaz can carry but is left to splitpush on his own, as long as he has enough warding to be protected from ganks.
Overall, Royal are a much better team mechanically, and Looper is deadly in the top lane, which could cause trouble for Soaz. It will be difficult for Origen to win this, and I expect Royal to dominate the early game, to secure a lead they can snowball off.
Chance of victory: Royal Never Give Up: 70% : Origen: 30%