2017 may be the Year of the Rooster, but in North America’s Championship Series, it’s turning out to be the year of Cloud9. While the main team of Impact, Contractz, Jensen, Sneaky, and Smoothy are undefeated after their match ups against power players Team Dignitas and Team SoloMid. Meanwhile, the “old C9” players of FlyQuest eSports have been stunning the competition, taking out Team Liquid and Team EnVyUs.
League of Legends NA LCS Week 1
While it might be a bit surprising to see the name FlyQuest eSports atop the NA LCS rankings, the new team is full of pro League of Legends veterans. Having secured their position in NA LCS through the Challenger Series as Cloud9 Challenger, Hai, LemonNation, Balls, and Altec (with the addition of jungler Moon) have shown that, despite being a brand new team, they are indeed major contenders in North America. In particular, Hai has been showing his ability to dominate the mid-lane early to free himself up to be a menace across the entire map.
The roster changes that happened in the off season are showing some of their consequences, with the leader boards looking upside down compared to last year’s Spring Split. Of the top four teams at the end of Spring 2016 (Counter Logic Gaming, Team SoloMid, Immortals, and Team Liquid), only Team Liquid finds themselves in similar standing after the first week of 2017. Their strong showing so far has been fueled not just by the addition of world-class jungler Reignover to the team, but by the solid mechanics of the rest of the team.
It is significant to note, however, that Team EnVyUs, currently 0-2 after a tough first week, isn’t playing with their full intended roster. The team’s starting jungler, LirA, was delayed pending Visa finalizations, placing starting mid-laner Ninja into the jungle and subbing Alex Ich into the mid-lane. According to LirA’s Twitter, he should be there with his team for week two of the NA LCS Spring Split 2017.
okay my team 0-2 week 1 but it’s okay!!
full roster w2
IM COMING NA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— EnVy LirA (@EnVy_LirA) January 23, 2017
Week 2 will kick off this Friday with FlyQuest against Counter Logic Gaming and Team SoloMid against Team Dignitas. Catch it live on Twitch.