More tournaments aim to make it big. Teams come from nowhere to aim for the stars. What does it mean to the meta? You could be the next big caster. All this and more in this week's Tournament Showcase.
Hello Summoners and welcome to this week’s Tournament Showcase. This week we will cover the IPL5 qualifiers, the Solomid Invitational, the 4PL, and the in2lol King of the Hill.
League of Legends is growing as an esport with many, many teams showing up on the scene. Naturaly, as more teams show up there more sponsors showing up to support them, and of course, more tournaments for them to play in. Plenty of weekly tournaments pop up and offer chances for fame and prizes, proving League’s strength as an esport.
The Solomid invitational is just starting up and is already doing well. There are some kinks to be worked out but the teams are happy to play and the sign-ups are nice and easy. They are looking to get some solid casters so if you have a good computer and want to get on the scene. The Solomid name is trusted by the teams and spectators but they are missing a few people behind the scenes to help make it a smooth viewing experience. If you know a sponsor looking to get into esports, Solomid could be what makes it big for everyone.
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4PL is becoming synonymous with high level play. Teams that have never competed before have shown up here and have been able to challenge the pros. Kaos.tv and Solomid really put their money where their mouth is in this tournament. The admins and casters have the experience needed to make the 4PL a pleasure to watch. Sign ups are easy and plenty of big names like to try out their new strategies in these smaller tournaments. If you want to make a name for yourself in esports the 4PL is a good place to start.
In2lol is a small tournament, but has high quality support and gets some of the best teams testing their skills. The casters always make sure there is a fun and entertaining atmosphere for the viewers. The commentary of the games is accurate and very informative. You may even catch a nice Nasus skin or other prize given away during the stream. For new players or those who want a better understanding of the meta this tournament is the one to watch.
Everyone knows the IPL5 and for good reason. A lot of cash is on the line and all it takes to sign up is a few friends and a handful of cash. The minds behind this tournament raised the bar this week getting more and more casters to help these multinational qualifiers. There’s plenty of support to keep things running smoothly from North America, across Europe, and through to the far east. Though not all the games will have you on the edge of your seat, the teams are wearing down to the few teams that will be in the finals.
Teams show up, teams trade, teams swap lanes, and teams disband. There’s been a lot of commotion from the larger teams lately. AAA broke up recently and the members have been looking to get back on the scene. SK had a falling out with a few members who joined up with those remnants of aAa and a few others looking to grab the banner of Mouzsports. M5 has been having trouble getting all their players in the same game let alone in sync, having to use substitutes. European teams are doing their best to shape up for the ECC.
On the North American end, we see more new teams trying to make names for themselves. MonoManiac Esports has picked up a solid team from solo queue with a few subs from more well known teams. Orbit and Ordinance have show up strong and ready to claim some victories over the established pros. 4Not and Team Dynamic are fighting to prove that they are A teams and not B teams like CLG.Black and TSM.Evo. These teams have made their presence known on the scene, but haven’t had the chance to show what they are really made of.
League of Legends is almost a living being with all the changes that are made regularly. Buffs and nerfs have come and gone in attempts to make the game more fair and balanced. The play styles of the teams has not deviated too much from what we’ve seen in the past months. Jungle invasion and globals are seen in almost every game. Camping a single lane with 3 champions may come to fit into the meta. Watch out for more aggressive roaming and constant ganks from future tournaments.
Flavor of the Month is a term used far too often. These tournaments do well in showcasing the strength of some lesser used champions. What we saw this week was more variation in the mid lane. Our favorite clockwork lady, the tactician with his birds, and the fat man Gragas got to step into the mid lane. Alistar got to spend some time in the jungle, as did Shyvana. Blitz and Nunu are working their way in as all the other supports continue to get nerfed. Bruisers may be on their way out as a more Korean “catch&kill” style is becoming popular.
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That’s it for this Tournament Showcase, as always, hat’s of to ya
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