Week 4, Day 1-4’s of the Tencent LoL Pro League Series approaches and here is the exclusive Esprts.com preview for the Day 1-4 matches. Who will come out victorious between Snake Esports and Royal Never Give Up? Does Master3 have any hope against Royal Never Give Up? Or will Edward Gaming be steam rolling over Energy Pace Maker? Check all the match previews below.
Snake Esports vs. Royal Never Give up – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 1 – Preview
Snake Esports vs. Royal Never Give up are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Thursday March 17, 2016 in Day 1, Week 7 of the competition.
Snake Esports are currently 6-3 and looking to disrupt the LPL standings by taking down Royal. The maverick team places a lot of faith in their AD carry kRYST4l and top laner Flandre. With a mediocre early game, they wait for late game fights to swing in their favour. The team demonstrate good cohesion and controlled groupings in order to play the map well.
While Snake are trying bridge the gap between first and second place, Royal are trying to consolidate their lead in Group B. Previously, Royal jungler Insec pulled out an extremely niche pick, Master Yi. I was almost going to call it a troll pick but the legendary Lee Sin god is no troll. The problem with having such a farm orientated jungler was that all of Royal’s laners had to suffer. However, despite their deficit early game, they were able to pull it together with their late game team composition, with Insec picking up a triple on Master cannot be slowed.
Aside from Royal’s niche pick, which took jungle pressure away from the lanes and into jungle camps, their style is much more aggressive. Both teams are performing extremely well, with a lot of super star players. Should Royal pick a more aggressive team comp with junglers/supports such as Kindred, Lee Sin and Elise with Braum or Alistar, they could create an early game that Snake will never be able to close. That being said, Krystal is an absolute beast of an ADC and Flandre is nothing short of season 5 Marin or season 3 MaKnooN.
Prediction: Snake Esports 50% | Royal Never Give up 50%
Edward Gaming vs. Master 3 – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 1 – Preview
Edward Gaming vs. Master 3 are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Thursday March 17, 2016 in Day 1, Week 7 of the competition.
EDG was once dubbed a ‘super team’ destined to claim the League of Legends World Championship trophy. But it seems that with every day that passes in 2016, they are one step further away from fulfilling their destiny. The main problem dragging this super star team down is their early game. Irrespective of how well Deft, PawN or Koro1 can perform late game; multiplying an early game performance of 0 by potential late game performance of *insert big number here* will still be 0.
Master 3 are without a doubt a lower tier team. The only star player that I can identify on their team is their jungler Yolo who attempts to have a lot of presence in the early game As a whole, Master 3’s team fights are very messy and need to work on better coordination and positioning. Master 3 have a lot of potential in the late game, however, have never got the ball rolling to reach a favourable late game.
Prediction: Edward Gaming 70% | Master 3 30%
Vici Gaming vs. Energy Pace maker – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 2 – Preview
Vici Gaming vs. Energy Pace maker are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Friday March 18, 2016 in Day 2, Week 7 of the competition.
You would imagine that forking out $860,000 USD for a mid laner would leverage your team to at least being world class. But, They. Were. Wrong. Vici have been struggling to take off in the standings and currently second last in their group. That being said, every win they gain will allow them to draw or take over the team ahead of them. Vici’s problems stem from their weak early game and their inability to control their aggression or prepare for aggressive moves made by the opponent. Messy mid game team fights and poor vision has resulted in a lot of surprises for them – not good ones either.
Energy Pace Maker are stuck at the bottom of the standings. There isn’t much that they can do to make a break for the top 3 in Group A. The rookie team have shown that they are capable of making some good plays, especially during last week’s battle against Royal where they abused Insec’s farm heavy Master Yi. They showed good wards (that allowed for deep teleports) and strong turret diving cohesion. Despite having relatively mechanically gifted players, they tend to tunnel vision too hard on objectives resulting in pointless fights that snowball the enemy.
Overall, I wouldn’t say this match-up is one-sided. Energy need to focus on making good decisions and staying true to them rather than falling for the distractions. This may be their only opportunity to break the odds and beat a team that is trying to get itself together.
Predictions: Vici Gaming 65% | Energy Pace Maker 35%
Hyper Youth Gaming vs. LGD Gaming – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 2 – Preview
Hyper Youth Gaming vs. LGD Gaming are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Friday March 18, 2016 in Day 2, Week 7 of the competition.
From hero to zero, LGD smashed out the LPL Summer Playoffs in 2015, only to get destroyed at Worlds. The team then decided ‘hey lets buy Marin for a million dollars’, and now they’re at the bottom of the standings. It makes no sense to have a roster that looks so good on paper, with players that cost them millions of dollars to sit only at the very bottom of the standings. Watching them is like watching a high elo solo queue game with poor communication and a jungler trying too hard and consequently getting picked off.
Hyper Youth Gaming is a bottom tier team. Their lanes are generally weaker, they give up towers more easily, and choose to rotate and back at the worst of times. I have no idea where the ‘hyper youth’ is. In fact, at this rate they should be called Unenthusiastic Youth Gaming for their weak objective control and lack of pressure.
Overall, the individual skill of LGD should pull through.
Prediction: Unenthusiastic Youth Gaming 30% | LGD Gaming 70%
Invictus Gaming vs. QG Reapers – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 3 – Preview
Invictus Gaming vs. QG Reapers are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Saturday March 19, 2016 in Day 3, Week 7 of the competition.
IG have been around forever, and they’ve been super consistent in their gameplay even through their roster changes over the years. This year, they’ve shown that they are a strong mid tier team. After watching a couple of their games, the stand out of their roster is their jungler Kid. He has amazing timings, insane counter ganking and coordinated synergy with his other laners. Kid’s strong presence backed with Zztai’s rock solid top lane has allowed for strong cohesive team fights. However, that being said, Rookie has shown a lot of weakness in his laning phase, failing to break even and fulfil his job to carry.
QG Reapers are the ROX Tigers/Immortals of China. They boast excellent carry laners and mechanical godliness. Their previous game against EDG showed just how dominant some of their laners are. QG top laner V finished EDG off with a KDA of 12, applying a lot of pressure on key targets. QG are able to dominate the game from the beginning, which should help to further inflate their scores and KDAs.
Overall, QG have very dominant lanes with excellent map control and vision made by Swift. But what IG and QG have in common are their struggling mid laners. Every time QG takes a step forward, they seem intent on taking a step backwards as well. Their mid laner DoinB is going to need to adapt his champion pool because it currently remains small and composed entirely of short-ranged champions.
Prediction: Invictus Gaming 40% | QG Reapers 60%
Royal Never Give Up vs. Master 3 – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 3 – Preview
Royal Never Give Up vs. Master 3 are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Saturday March 19, 2016 in Day 3, Week 7 of the competition.
While Royal is expected to show a dominating performance against Master 3, respect needs to be shown for their super star jungler Yolo. Yolo has been involved in a lot of the team’s early fights and has shown a very strong global presence. However, when it comes to overall coordination and cohesion, Master 3 is very messy and make some very poor commitments.
Overall, it shouldn’t be impossible for Master 3 to take a game off Royal, however, Royal are the more dominant team that have a very high calibre of game play.
Prediction: Royal Never Give Up 75% | Master 3 25%
Team World Elite vs. OMG – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 3 – Preview
Team World Elite vs. OMG are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Saturday March 19, 2016 in Day 3, Week 7 of the competition.
Both teams are neck and neck, in either second or equal second in their respective groups. Historically speaking, they are very dominant teams within their region and both perform very well.
World Elite has shown some very impressive reactionary play in their previous games. Generally speaking, when a split pusher gets collapsed on, he dies. But in World Elite’s case they rush to their damsel in distress and make sure that they get something in return. They’ve shown incredibly strong clutch team fights with well rounded team compositions.
OMG on the other hand are also very well rounded. They come out of pick and ban phase with a very strong ‘identity’ whether that be a team fight orientated team composition or one focused on split pushing. OMG show very strong communication when it comes to utilizing teleport to start fights and with extended team fights. Their early game is also very aggressive, with strong warding in the enemy jungle made by Fishball and 5.
Overall, OMG should be able to take this game with their strong picks and bans and both strong team fights and individual play. But this does not entirely rule WE out of the equation. Their niche picks such as Nautilius mid and Zero’s strong bard plays can potentially catch OMG off guard. If WE continue to ward the way they have been warding, they can undoubtedly come out ahead in skirmishers and split pushing.
Prediction: Team World Elite 51% | OMG 49%
Edward Gaming vs. Energy Pace maker – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 4 – Preview
Edward Gaming vs. Energy Pace maker are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Sunday March 20, 2016 in Day 4, Week 7 of the competition.
These are the games that EDG are expected to win in order to make an advance in the standings in their current disappointing split. When it come to versing lower tier teams, strong individual talent temporarily mask their communication and cohesive problems.
One of the big problems that Energy Pace Maker have faced this season is being ‘out-aggressed’ in their game play. More confident and controlled game play out of another team can supress their intentions and talent. Pair that with Energy’s habit of tunnelling too hard on pointless fights and objectives and you have a bottom tier team.
EDG should be able to translate strong individual talent into flawless team fights that coordinate ultimates well. They should be able to sweep the best of 3 in a convincing two game victory.
Prediction: Edward Gaming 80% | Energy Pace Maker 20%
Vici Gaming vs. Snake Esports – LPL 2016 – Week 7 – Day 4 – Preview
Vici Gaming vs. Snake Esports are matched up against each other for the Tencent LoL Pro League Series to be held Sunday March 20, 2016 in Day 4, Week 7 of the competition.
This is going to be a big hurdle for Vici to overcome and a very important win to advance them further up the standings. Vici need to come into this game with a better game plan, improve their warding and ensure that the Hoon can make it to late game in a strong state. That being said, this isn’t an easy task for Vici to complete. Their underlying problems have been occurring again and again and again. Shutting down Easyhoon, killing DanDy while he’s invading and shutting down Loong has occurred frequently against their match ups especially against top their teams like Snake Esports.
Snake are just a step ahead of Vici Gaming, their talented players have matured, their ability to play the map is perfected and their jungler knows better than to not give away free kills. Snake should be able to play their regular jam with Flandre and Krystal carrying the team, and much more supportive, CC and tanky roles coming out of the other roles.
Overall, Snake should seek to make a convincing statement that they are a top tier team and a contender for a top 3 place in play offs.
Prediction: Vici Gaming 40% | Snake Esports 60%