Top Esports qualify for League of Legends World Championship following 3-0 win over Suning

Top Esports took down Suning in a convincing 3-0 series in the LPL Summer Split playoffs today. With this win, they advanced to the finals and secured a League of Legends World Championship spot for the first time in the organization’s history.

All players of TES were on point today with three players picking up the Player of the Game awards. Top laner Bai “369” Jia-Hao picked up the first title after his domination on Jax. Jungler Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan picked up the second after a dominating Graves performance, completely nullifying the opposing jungler, while world champion JackeyLove picked up the third award after a clean Ashe performance, landing crucial ultimate throughout the entire game.

The series began with a dominant win by TES. Suning tried to withstand all the pressure from TES in the first game, but the dominant top laner 369 was everywhere on Jax, splitpushing, taking away jungle camps, and securing objectives in the blink of an eye. TES maintained a huge lead over the game, finishing with a 13,000 gold lead after a one-sided 27-minute game.

After the absolute domination in the first game, Suning picked up steam and had a much better early game in the second match. They kept punishing all plays from TES and maintained a 3,000 gold lead over the game. But after TES picked up the Dragon Soul and Baron to nullify that gold lead, they managed to finish the game following some close teamfights.

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Rumored new League champion Seraphine releases cover of KDA’s POP/STARS

More and more clues point to the “aspiring songwriter” joining the fray on Summoner’s Rift.Tyler EsguerraImage via Seraphine Twitterjavascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisement

Many League of Legends fans have wondered who Seraphine could be after her name was leaked by Brazilian content creator Streamie as one of the next characters to join League‘s expansive champion roster.

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A couple of days ago, fans found Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud pages for a relatively unknown singer and songwriter named Seraphine, and now, she has released a cover of K/DA’s POP/STARS.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=tyler_is_online&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1297218726450741249&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fleague-of-legends%2Fnews%2Frumored-new-league-champion-seraphine-releases-cover-of-kdas-pop-stars&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

Earlier this year, Riot gave a couple of hints regarding the next two champions that would be joining League in 2020. One was a “thrillseeking marksman” that many people believe will be named Samira, while the other would be a “sensational mage.”

This title could be given to a musically talented star that steps onto Summoner’s Rift. This cover is one of the first times that people have seen Seraphine linked directly to League content. Yesterday, the artist posted a snippet of her cover, which caused people to immediately think that she would be collaborating with K/DA.javascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisementhttps://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=tyler_is_online&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1296915247475732480&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fleague-of-legends%2Fnews%2Frumored-new-league-champion-seraphine-releases-cover-of-kdas-pop-stars&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

Two years ago, K/DA sang POP/STARS for Worlds 2018. The K-pop group recently announced that they have returned and will be pre-releasing a new single on Thursday, Aug. 27. Although there isn’t any information yet, the League community would explode if Seraphine ended up having a feature in a future K/DA song.

If you want to keep an eye on Seraphine for more clues on her possible addition to the League roster, you can check her out on her various social media platforms.javascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisementabout:blankAug 22, 2020 3:12 pm

Fnatic and Rogue to battle in clash between LEC’s old guard and new kings

One of the LEC’s most promising new lineups will face off against one of the most storied European franchises.Tyler EsguerraPhoto via Riot Gamesjavascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisement

Every year, League of Legends fans see one or two new teams rise up through the LEC as possible contenders for the European crown. But there are always a few mainstays that remain at the top of the scene, like the perennial EU champions Fnatic.javascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisement

In 2020, however, the youth movement in the LEC has taken over at an unprecedented speed. Unlike in the proverbial passing of the torch, fiery young teams like Rogue have gone ahead and ripped the torch right out of their predecessors’ hands.

Now, Fnatic must prove to the fans—and to themselves—that they still have what it takes to hoist the LEC trophy, while Rogue look to cap off their most successful season with a bit of glory and gold before their first Worlds appearance. The two teams face off tomorrow to see which roster will move on to the 2020 LEC Summer Split semifinals against G2 Esports.

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Rogue’s game plan is simple: hit Fnatic right out of the gate and hit them over and over until they can’t mount a comeback. This team has created a reputation for having one of the best early games in the league and that won’t change in this first-round matchup.javascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisement

By using great map movement and team play, Rogue have managed to accrue a massive 1,298 gold difference at 15 minutes through the split, while also having the highest first blood rate and first-to-three-towers rate of any LEC team. Rogue are also smart and precise with their plays. They have the third-most kills of the summer and the least deaths as a team in the league.

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Across the roster, every player has been performing at a superstar level. Larssen has quickly become one of the best players in the league with his league-topping 86 kills. He and Hans Sama both constantly dominate their lane and are able to respond to different situations across the map with speed and efficiency.

Their jungler, Inspired, has been playing at a high level as well. His league-leading 9.7 KDA shows how active he is for his team, while also having the highest kill participation percentage of any jungler in the LEC.javascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisement

The barrage begins early when you face off against Rogue. Batten down the hatches, because a storm is coming.

Keep things simple

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Fnatic need to take a step back and start examining their fundamentals before looking at the bigger picture. They have to start limiting straight unforced errors like overextending and getting caught out of position, for example. The team led the league with 262 deaths in the summer with a 0.85 KDA, which is the third-lowest in the LEC.

Their objective control has also been shaky this season, with the team hovering as a bottom-five squad in first tower rate, first-to-three towers rate, Rift Herald control rate, dragon control rate, and Baron control rates.javascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisement

This speaks to Fnatic’s coordination as a team—they haven’t played like a complete unit for most of the season. Rekkles even attributed this to a loss of trust between the players after their defeat during the 2020 Spring Split playoffs.

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Once Fnatic can get past this big hurdle, however, we could see a return to the days of old that many European fans have grown accustomed to. They still have some of the most talented players in the region, as well as one of the best late-game carries in the West with Rekkles.

Fnatic also have some of the most experienced players when it comes to postseason environments. The playoffs bring a ton of pressure that can weigh heavily on any player and the boys in orange are no stranger to the bright lights.javascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”Report Advertisement

On the other side of the Rift, this will be the first time that the Rogue boys will be heading into the playoffs as one of the favorites to win the tournament. This position also brings its own pressures since there’s a lot more expectation hanging over their head as a top team.

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Ultimately, it’ll all come down to whether Fnatic have figured out the trust issues that have plagued them. Rogue have been much more consistent with their performances this summer and have played like a top team for the whole split. Fnatic have struggled but have shown glimpses of greatness that could flourish when it counts most.

You can catch all the action when Fnatic and Rogue take the stage on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 10am CT.


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G2 Esports secure 2020 Worlds spot following dominant win against MAD Lions

Caps earned the Player of the Series award.Cristian LupascoPhoto by Michal Konkol via Riot Gameshttps://98bbad9357306d0e866e758402370657.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlReport Advertisement

G2 Esports qualified for the 2020 League of Legends World Championship today following a one-sided 3-1 win over MAD Lions in the LEC Summer Split playoffs.https://98bbad9357306d0e866e758402370657.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlReport Advertisement

Wunder and Caps played major roles in their team’s win, outperforming the opposing laners of MAD. Wunder brought out a secret Neeko pick to counter MAD’s top lane choices, while Caps played his usual carry mages of LeBlanc, Syndra, and Zoe, while bringing out a pocket Irelia pick as well.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=tyler_is_online&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-2&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1297239480353673217&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fleague-of-legends%2Fnews%2Frumored-new-league-champion-seraphine-releases-cover-of-kdas-pop-stars&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

The series began with a dominant first game from G2. They were able to get a gold lead starting at the third minute and continued to grow it until the end of the game. They were ruthless, securing every neutral objective and preventing MAD Lions from claiming a single turret. G2’s dominance allowed them to close out the first game in 29 minutes with a 16,000 gold lead.

Following the absolute stomp from G2 in the first game, MAD adjusted their draft, picking global ultimate champions to try to counter G2’s plan of gaining control across the map. MAD’s draft alongside improved gameplay allowed them to stand tall to G2’s aggression. But the huge performances from Wunder resulted in G2 coming back into the game and securing the second game win in the series.https://98bbad9357306d0e866e758402370657.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlReport Advertisementhttps://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=KnottyCredulousPicklesRaccAttack&autoplay=false&parent=dotesports.com

In the third game, however, MAD started the path to the reverse sweep. Jungler Shad0w played phenomenally on Lillia in the jungle, setting a record for the most creep score difference against the opposing jungler in the LEC Summer Split. Following a slaughter lasting over 25 minutes, MAD secured their first win.

In the final match of the series, the game was going quite even for both teams. MAD kept using their global ultimates to great success, picking off the G2 bot lane on a constant basis. Perkz was specifically targeted on his Senna and was focused down with every ultimate, setting up a clear path towards victory for MAD.

But a 25-minute teamfight near the bottom tower played perfectly by G2 allowed the Kings of Europe to abruptly end the series.https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=GrossQuaintApeEagleEye&autoplay=false&parent=dotesports.com

This win marks G2’s fifth consecutive Worlds appearance. G2 are the second LEC team to qualify for Worlds next to Rogue. The LEC will have a total of four teams representing the region on the international stage.


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Top Esports qualify for League of Legends World Championship following 3-0 win over Suning

Knight may finally prove himself on the international stage.Cristian Lupasco

Top Esports took down Suning in a convincing 3-0 series in the LPL Summer Split playoffs today. With this win, they advanced to the finals and secured a League of Legends World Championship spot for the first time in the organization’s history.

All players of TES were on point today with three players picking up the Player of the Game awards. Top laner Bai “369” Jia-Hao picked up the first title after his domination on Jax. Jungler Hung “Karsa” Hao-Hsuan picked up the second after a dominating Graves performance, completely nullifying the opposing jungler, while world champion JackeyLove picked up the third award after a clean Ashe performance, landing crucial ultimate throughout the entire game.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=tyler_is_online&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-3&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1297140704309731328&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fleague-of-legends%2Fnews%2Frumored-new-league-champion-seraphine-releases-cover-of-kdas-pop-stars&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

The series began with a dominant win by TES. Suning tried to withstand all the pressure from TES in the first game, but the dominant top laner 369 was everywhere on Jax, splitpushing, taking away jungle camps, and securing objectives in the blink of an eye. TES maintained a huge lead over the game, finishing with a 13,000 gold lead after a one-sided 27-minute game.

After the absolute domination in the first game, Suning picked up steam and had a much better early game in the second match. They kept punishing all plays from TES and maintained a 3,000 gold lead over the game. But after TES picked up the Dragon Soul and Baron to nullify that gold lead, they managed to finish the game following some close teamfights.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=tyler_is_online&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-4&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1297123242176417792&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fdotesports.com%2Fleague-of-legends%2Fnews%2Frumored-new-league-champion-seraphine-releases-cover-of-kdas-pop-stars&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

This championship appearance is huge for the Chinese organization. Top Esports demonstrated their prowess with a win in the Mid-Season Cup in May, but they will now have the chance to prove their worth at Worlds this year. If they maintain their current performance, then there’s a probability that they’ll be the next team to 3-0 an EU team in the World Finals. While their Worlds spot is secured, they still need to sweat to win the LPL Summer Playoffs.

TES will face the winner of the match between JD Gaming or LGD Gaming, which will happen tomorrow. TES were denied a Spring Split championship title by JDG and we might see a rematch of these two super teams soon enough.

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