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Platinum League Breakdown: Week 1


Hi all my name is Storm or CTRL ULT ELITE. I am sure I am a new name to everyone in BOL as I have just started getting back into competitive league this year. I am the top laner and captain of The Basement Dwellers and am going to be the main content writer for our Platinum league. I have written articles for Yugioh and done some Fantasy hockey articles in the past but this is my first foray into LOL content. I hope to see you all on the rift and we all have a fantastic season!


This week I'm going to be providing a little bit of information on every team in BOL Plat as team rosters dropped recently. I have written a short team summary for every team as well as a little bit about every player with their solo que picks and general lane style from research I could find based on their OP.GG as of August 4th.


Here are the teams competing this split in platinum! We have 3 divisions each with 7 teams with the top 4 teams making playoffs in each division.


 

1) Elementals Maelstrom


Top: TheRealOogway

Jungle: L9 SKOOTIN

Mid: Nèzumi

ADC: defly

Support: DMForScholarship


Elemental Maelstrom are poised to top their division; they have a high solo que average at platinum 2. Their highest rated players are both platinum 1 are TheRealOogway and defly. With a roster built around getting the top side of your map a strong start and letting your AD scale I see this team doing well. Other than watching TheRealOogway to see how many solo kills they can get I would focus on L9 SKOOTIN. When Kindred and Graves get a lead they can start throwing their weight around. A top side gromp mark may look innocent but it could become a team fight with Kled and Galio looking to join.


TheRealOogway is a top laner who looks to carry in solo que. A Jax, Kled and Darius player primarily, TheRealOogway wants to be the one on his team with the most damage done and taken. With this type of play style you force your team to play for you and this roster is built to do just that.


For jungle Elemental Maelstrom have L9 SKOOTIN a very flexible jungler. L9 SKOOTIN has games on many different champions but in solo queue they primarily rely on themselves to carry and play more scaling junglers like Graves, Kindred, Karthus and Shyvana. They do however still have many early game junglers in their champion pool playing Xin, Udyr and Rek’Sai to name a few.


Nèzumi plays a supportive style mid with picks like Karma, Twisted Fate and Galio unlocking L9 SKOOTIN to play his much more greedy scaling junglers. But if Nèzumi needs to carry he can play several control mages or Yone. Nèzumi will probably play for push on his picks and roam with L9 SKOOTIN to whatever lanes need help.


The bot lane for Elemental Maelstrom is defly and DMForScholarship. Both are strong ADCS and DMForScholarship is listed as the support on this roster. With intimate knowledge of how ADC’s want to position and play DMForScholarship will have unique insights playing this new role for themselves. Senna and Renata Glasc are two of the only supports I can find within DMForScholarship’s champion pool. Hopefully they are practicing their new role in scrims. defly the actual ADC for Elementals Maelstrom is a Twitch lover the plague rat has been his most played champ in ranked for 4 seasons straight. defly has primarily early games lane bullies in his pool as Twitch is his hyper carry of choice. I expect this bot lane will primarily look to play for scale instead of outright aggression giving L9 SKOOTIN and Nèzumi an easy gank target.



2) NwE Nebula


Top: Cølę

Jungle: Goati

Mid: Nuffies

ADC: Duck But Rubber

Support: 5ugar


NwE Nebula is a team with a strong core identity. Let Duck But Rubber carry the team on hyper carries with 5ugar and Cølę protecting him. Nuffies and Goati are going to look to harass the enemy team flank and dissuade them from having full 5v5 team fights at objectives. With an average solo que rating of plat 2/3 I easily see NwE Nebula making it out of their group and into playoffs.


Cølę is a weak side top laner. Sion is his tank of choice in solo queue but they also play lots of Ornn, Tahm Kench and Shen. For more damage profile Cølę also plays gangplank and gnar. Having a scaling safe top allows teams to play hard for early drakes. If his team needs a carry Cølę can play Jayce, Camille and Gwen as well.


Goati is the cap exception player for NwE Nebula. Primarily a mid lane roam specialist Goati has a very interesting jungle pool with high damage profiles to compliment his tank top laner. They play a lot of champions who can jungle as well as mid and seem to enjoy assassin junglers such as Rumble, Zed and Qiyana. Gaoti will have to expand his pool to some more conventional jungle champions I feel but who knows maybe Rumble jungle is sleeper OP.


Nuffies has played a lot of champions this season and almost none of them over 10 times. Nuffies plays over 100 different champions almost every season of rank they play. Nuffies was diamond back in season 9 and played the majority of their games on Sylas mid. Currently Nuffies is enjoying Ahri and Zeri mid. I expect NwE Nebula to look to give counter to Nuffies and let them pull out crazy counter picks in draft. I expect that Nuffies will play a different champion almost every single series.


Duck But Rubber is the reason that Cølę is a weak side top laner. Duck but rubber is a hyper carry focused ADC playing Jinx, Vayne and Aphelios. They are also picking up Sivir, another very strong scaling ADC. Last season Duck but Rubber was playing mostly Senna, Twitch and Samira. Samira might be played often as their support 5ugar loves early game aggressive supports. 5ugar has almost 200 games of maokai this season with a 55% win rate. It is their comfort pick. Other supports in 5ugar’s pool include Blitzcrank, Ashe, Nautilus and Leona. For more enchanter style picks 5ugar plays Janna and Renata Glasc.



3) TA Tropics


Top: Twiggy 44x

Jungle: CoffeeBlack 7x

Mid: Monix 11x

ADC: Paneer

Support: Jackie Moon 33x


Ta Tropics have a strong team this season for BOL Platinum. The key carry for this team is Monix 11X a high ranking mid who can look to secure picks for their team. Both top lane as well as the bot duo on this team play plenty of different picks and I imagine that they will be able to react accordingly in draft. Playing VS a team like NWE Nebula who are all about their bot side of the map you can early pick a safe top laner for Twiggy 44x and look to ensure you have a winning 2v2. But if you are against a team with a really strong top side of the map like Elemental Maelstrom you probably want to save a counter pick so your top laner has a playable matchup, looking to punish with range advantage.


Twiggy 44x is a player within the Freljord group who has the option of playing on the weak side of the map. Twiggy 44x plays weak side picks like Gnar, Mundo and Ornn but also has the option of playing for counter pick and strong side as well. Last season their most played was Mordekasier and they do have other strong side picks such as Akshan,Camille, Sett and Sylas.


For Jungle they have CoffeeBlack 7x a top laner who is making the switch down from top lane to jungle this season. CoffeeBlack 7x played juggernauts in top like Urgot, Darius and Sett while transitioning to jungle they have seemed to enjoy playing much more mobile picks. Lee sin Jarvan IV and Lillia are currently their most played. I'm curious if this lane swap will be beneficial for TA Tropics as CoffeeBlack 7x seemed to have a lot of success in the top lane.


Monix 11x is a mid player with a slightly unusual mid pool, they enjoy mages with much more CC compared to the average mid laner. Most of Monix 11x games are on Ekko but they also have lots of games in solo que on Lissanada and Neeko. All these champions provide a deadly 2v2 mid jungle synergy so I expect CoffeeBlack 7x to spend a lot of time mid to unlock their mid laner and allow them to roam with them to other lanes.


The bot lane for TA Tropics is Paneer and Jackie Moon 33x. Jackie Moon 33x is the support player and higher rated of the duo in solo que. Jackie Moon 33x has a wide support pool not specializing in any particular champion or style of support but looking to pick whatever is best for their team. They play it all from enchanters like Lulu, poke mages such as lux to engage options like Rell. With such a wide pool Paneer will have almost his choice of support to pair with whatever marksmen they lock in. Paneer enjoys ADCs not typically found at the top of tier lists. Most of their games this split are on Caitlyn and Kai’Sa. Paneer off roles into mid so I expect Mages to come out of them sometime in the split. Jackie Moon 33x also plays Senna allowing for more unique picks bot with fasting Senna. Ta Tropics will always have lots of bot lane options with this duo Panner having mid picks to draft from and Jackie Moon 33x having a support for almost every pick.



4) Literal Monkeys


Top: jah olive e

Jungle: lebron basketbal

Mid: Chinese Spy

ADC: Paca Paul

Support: Just Bobo


Literally Monkeys is a team I think will surprise teams with the Freljord division. The team's average solo que rank is on the lower end only being plat 4 but they have a clear game plan. If I were drafting in the perfect world draft scenario we get a team with a top lane equalizing matchup juggernaut or counter pick(think Sylas vs Ornn or Aatrox vs Gwen) a power farming jungler such as Shyvana jungle, a scaling mid such as Viktor and an aggressive pushing bot like Miss fortune Blitzcrank. If your draft is like that with everyone playing their style you can probably take a game off almost anyone in your group. The wheels start to fall off however when things change from that golden plan. PacaPaul is the player to watch. They remind me of WildTurtle from the LCS flash is not a defensive tool for PacaPaul but an offensive one to be used to go forwards for kills and that comes with risks. On picks such as Jinx having no flash is similar to having a sign above you that reads FOCUS ME FREE GOLD.


Literally Monkeys top laner is jah olive e. A top/mid player jah olive e primarily plays fighters and juggernauts in the top lane and control mages in mid. jah olive e has most of their games this split on Sylas, Irelia and Gragas picks who can be played flexed between roles. They also have tons of games on Camille, Darius and Aatrox providing their team with a win condition if they are on the strong side of the map. I think jah olive e will have many opportunities for his unique counters but might be put onto tank duty due to his bot lane being the strong side of the map.


Lebron bastketbal is a jungle player in this league who enjoys playing power farming junglers. They have the majority of their games in solo que on Shyvana and Hecarim. The question for Lebron bastketbal is can they match the early tempo of the other junglers within his group? If they are able to play Shyvana and get early drakes with his strong bot duo it will definitely help alleviate the pressure on the map. But with a mid player who primarily plays to scale and a bot lane who will draw constant they might be forced to play a high temp jungler they are not as practiced on such as Poppy or Trundle.


Chinese Spy for Literally Monkeys is a fan of staple competitive picks. Their mid lane pool is full of picks seen in pro play around the world such as Viktor, Corki and Ahri. The spice that Chinese Spy has is Ziggs and Annie. Ziggs is a counter to most of the traditional control mages in mid out ranging most of them and possessing superior shove. Without an early game jungler I am unsure if Chinese Spy will be able to play this pick optimally as they will be a prime target to get camped. And a 2v2 early mid of Ziggs Shyvana/Hec does not sound like a winning fight. Annie is a pick that is the opposite of Ziggs looking to play with an aggressive jungler and who looks for roam opportunities and dives. Chinese Spy I think will be a pillar of stability on Literally Monkeys. If he is able to farm well all of his picks provide exceptional value in late game scenarios possessing utility and damage so teams can not solely focus on PacaPaul.

PacaPaul the ADC for Literally Monkeys will be the swing point for this team he is their highest rated player sitting in plat 2. A Jungle/ADC player PacaPaul loses games by themselves or they win them in solo que. Looking at PacaPaul’s history they have losses as an ADC with double digit deaths but in their wins they normally have a KDA above 5.0. Almost every game PacaPaul plays he has over 50% kill participation. With a champion pool of Ezreal Miss Fortune and Sivir I predict that PacaPaul is going to look to fight with Just Bobo all the time. Speaking of Just Bobo they have a clear preference to play high tempo engage supports. Thresh Nautilus and Blitzcrank are their most played this year. This bot lane is going to try to smash people, get up in their face, get plates, get dragons and win through bot.




5) TA Wild Side


Top: TâcoCât

Jungle: SingularBread

Mid:Kurido

ADC:Soulbert

Support: Drakas424


Soulbert is THE player on this team to watch and the player to get TA Wild Side their wins. Soulbert is the highest rated cap exception player currently in BOL Plat. This team is theirs to carry and they play the hyper carries who can. Expect drafts that feature a tank top laner, a secondary engage jungler and a control mage mid. Soulbert will play whatever is best for himself and try to get some gosu level highlight plays.

TâcoCât is the top laner for TA Wild Side and a solo que warrior with 800 games of ranked so far this season. TâcoCât generally seems to play more tank and juggernaut style top laners. They have played lots of Ornn, Shen Urgot and Garen in ranked. Recently TâcoCât has been playing mostly tanks in the top lane and is getting ready for his weak side duty on TA Wild Side.


SingularBread play mostly sejuani and wukong 2 champions known for their high gank threat and teamfight CC. Both champions do not possess the fastest clear times so Singular Bread might be a bit later to plays then his jungle counterparts. When SingularBread is looking to carry, they turn to Shyvanna, Mordekaiser and Bel’Veth. With a tank top and a control mage mid player I predict that SingularBread will mostly be playing for counter ganks. If SingularBread can keep the game close they are doing a fantastic job as a jungler.


A control mage player Kurido will have all the tools to try and carry his team if he is given the time to do so. Given enough time to scale and acquire items and levels Azir Viktor and Malzahar can almost solo win teamfights. All 3 picks have high CC, damage and are fairly safe. Kurido is looking to buy space for Soulbert to win teamfights, locking down key targets and proving space safes with CC.


Soulbert and Drakas424 form the bot lane for TA Wild Side.. Soulbert plays lots of Kog’Maw, Ashe, Jinx and Caitlyn. All of these picks have long range and want to suck up all the farm to become the late game monster. Everyone on Soulberts teams is designed to protect and let Soulbert shine. Drakas424 is someone who enjoys roaming and looking for early kills. With Blitzcrank, Pyke and Bard as their top 3 played this season I predict that almost every 1st base Drakas424 is going to look mid or top to help out his team while Soulbert gains solo exp. Drakas424 does not have that many games on enchanters so far but they might start practicing them.


6) Titan Gaming Atlas


Top: Rågnar

Jungle: Vxpir

Mid: 0dysseus

ADC: ACIick

Support: AU KnuckeD


Titan Gaming Atlas are a team that is all about their bot lane. ACIick and AU KnuckeD want to play for plates and to get ahead. Rågnar needs to provide a front line for the duo around objectives and 0dysseus needs to be the team's secondary carry. Let Vxpir cause chaos on the map and look for plays whenever they see fit. I think that the team will attempt to take the bot tower, rotate your bot to mid and repeat the process until you have a sizable gold lead and look to snowball the game from there.


Rågnar the top laner for Titan Gaming Atlas is a player who loves Sett. It is their most played champion by far this season. Rågnar has added some tanks in their roster with games on Mundo Cho and Orrn. They however had much more success on classic split pushers like Yorick and Camille in past seasons. Rågnar is looking to play a new playstyle for his team fulfilling the front line role. That's not to say that Rågnar will always be the weak side and pathed away from but expect more juggernaut/tank picks from this player as opposed to champions who need tons of money to function like Kayle and Gangplank.


Vxpir games seem to be complete bloodbaths in solo que. His games on average have almost 2 kills a minute in gold. This player loves champs who want to fight you more than they want to farm. He is extremely proficient at Volibear, an early game gank focused snowballing jungler having a 67% win rate on the pick over 75 games. The rest of his pool is somewhere around the normal 50% with lots of games on Udyr, Hecarim and Viego, all champs who look to fight you in your jungle for your farm. I'm curious if he will be able to reign in his aggression and play at a more traditional tempo.

0dysseus is listed as the mid laner for Titan Gaming Atlas. They are transitioning to mid as their main role this season as they seem to be a fill player playing almost every role a small amount. 0dysseus will need to try and narrow his champion pool and refine his picks if he hopes to stay even with the platinum mids he will be facing in the league. He is currently playing mostly Viktor and Vex 2 strong mid laners with plenty of wave clear and CC.


ACIick and AU KnuckeD form the bot for Titan Gaming Atlas. ACIick looks to be this team's clear carry at plat 2. ACIick has most of their marksmen games on Cait and Jinx 2 characters who want the game to go as late as possible so they can achieve the 6 item dream scenario. ACIick also has lots of games on Zeri, Jihn and Ezreal to provide their team with utility and poke if scaling is not needed. ACIick in their wins deals tons of damage to turrets and leaves lane with CS advantages 2 great signs for the Titan Gaming Atlas early game. AU KnuckeD the support player of the duo has plenty of options. When the duo is looking for early towers and lane pressure AU KnuckeD plays Morgana, Lux and Zyra for long range poke and trap combos. When the teams need hard engage they play Nautilus and Leona. Need scaling Yummi, Senna and Renata Glasc are also in AU KnuckeD’s champion pool.



7) Mystic Cats


Top: StarCraft

Jungle: Washing Hands

Mid: FWESH

ADC: CornStar

Support: Tambourine King


Mystic Cats are a team with lower rated solo laners but have a very strong jungler and a solid bot lane. Teams should look to ban Viego and Anivia most games against the Mystic Cats. I would try to close out games early vs this team as they play plenty of high utility picks that scale very well later into the game and have slower starts.

StarCraft is the top laner for Mystic cats. They are gold 3, one of the lower rated players in BOL Plat. StarCraft is a top and ADC main. In top lane they enjoy the split push play style with most of their games on Yorick and Kayle. They have played plenty of top laners in solo que this season with 28 unique picks this season. Most are not that practiced unfortunately with only 6 champions in their pool having 5 games or more. StarCraft will hopefully have great macro and map vision like their namesake. When it is safe to push and look for turrets is much harder in a competitive 5v5 environment with comms.


Washing Hands is the highest rated player on the roster and the player I think will lead this team to their victories this season. Viego is their most played and they have an insane win rate on The Ruined King who I think will be a priority ban vs the Mystic Cats. When not playing Viego, Washing Hands enjoys Graves, Lilia, Lee Sin and Nidalee. Washing Hands will have to look to make sure that his less highly rated solo laners in top and mid will have the chance to carry, providing tabs on the enemy jungle and helping push out lanes for resets.


FWESH is a player with a unique champion pool that they have enjoyed for several years. They have most of their games on Anivia and Zilean mid. They also love Neeko, Heimerdinger, Galio and Seraphine. FWESH is guilty of not having a high vision score(we all have the games where we forget pink wards and to use our trinket on CD) but come out laning with CS leads in most of their solo que games. The later the game goes the higher FWESH’s win rate becomes. FWESH has been much higher rated in the past even last season they were plat 4, and were diamond in season 8. FWESH has mained Anivia from season 5 onwards and would probably be another must ban.


CornStar has fully transitioned to being an ADC main for the past 2 seasons after finding a new main in Samira last year. They have been a mid and ADC player since season 7. CornStar also plays tons of Zeri and Jinx in solo que. CornStar also has mained Yasuo in the past and if the opportunity arises I could see them playing it bot. Playing mid for so many years it's quite possible that CornStar might play mages bot as well.


Tambourine King is a support player with a love of hard CC. Tambourine King has mostly played Nami and Rell this season but they enjoy playing most supports having 28 unique support picks this year. For other enchanters Tambourine King plays mostly Seraphine Renata and Lulu. Rell is their engae picks of choice but Tambourine King also has plenty of games on Nautilus. Expect them to pick whatever compliments CornStar the most.


 


Top lane in the Shurima division is absolutely insane with 5 players who are dedicated split pushers and the other 2 top laners have plenty of counter pick options in their arsenal as well. Mid Lane in this pool I think is the weak point with many teams having someone with a lower champion pool. Most of the games in the Shurima decision I believe are going to be bloody affairs with top lane brawls being constant and junglers rushing around the map trying to put out fires. ADCs in shurmia are strong as well, some are late game hyper scaling marksmen like those on GE Emerald and Crustacean Nation but others are hyper aggressive such as the marksmen of NWE Titan and Absolute Esports. I do not think this group is going to see that many late game multi baron elder plays like you see in the NA LCS. I think games are going to look much more like the LPL with solo kills and teams gaining an edge and attempting to stomp their way to victory with it.


1) Crustacean Nation


Top: Elsa from Frozen

Jungle: TehSplash

Mid: Skifter

ADC: DragonMoonCake

Support: Teegarden


Crustacean Nation is a team with incredibly high potential judging from their solo q stats. They have the highest solo queue average out of every team this season in BOL Plat. Watch out for strong side top with Elsa from Frozen who will look to generate huge advantages that they bring to teamfights. Crustacean Nation will look to invade and choke the enemies vision control and jungler out of the game. Elsa from Frozen will run your early game and dive top with Skifter and TehSplash. Late game Teegarden will look to pop off poking enemies before they commit to objectives.

The Top side of Crustacean Nation scares me. Elsa from Frozen is a split pushing Juggernaut specialist with most of their games on Aatrox Riven & Garen. They of course have tons of other picks having played over 1000 games of solo que this season. The difference between Elsa and most other top split pushers I have seen is that they play juggernauts who want to group up and fight once they have a lead. Riven and Aatrox look to shove in someone then go try to land 5 man knock up flash highlight reel play not proc demolish on your tier 2 tower.


TehSplash the jungler seems to be primarily a carnivore style jungler focusing a lot on high tempo early ganking champions such as Volibear Trundle and Zac. When their team needs ap expect TehSplash to play Mordekaiser or Diana. TehSplash loves Rift Herald and focuses on the top side of the map. Even though TehSplash plays junglers who look to gank they are normally up 2 camps over their opennent in solo que at 15 minutes. I expect TehSplash and Elsa from Frozen to look for dives on enemy top laners frequently.


Mid for the seafood lovers is Skifter a mage lover who loves champions with push potential and roaming capabilities. Their games this season are mostly on Ekko Cassiopeia and Taliyah, all champions who excel at generating push advantages and roaming with their jungler. When Crustacean Nation needs more teamfight prowess Skifter plays the staples Orianna, Viktor and Azir. Skifter often looks for Rift Herald in solo que with their mid pressure looking to break the mid tower instead of starting to stake drakes.


Crustacean Nation has a formidable bot lane with a multi-year diamond support player in DragonMoonCake paired up with Teegarden, a plat 2 ADC and solo que grinder who has a large pool. Teegarden plays primarily safe laners such as Zeri and ezreal and utility champions like Ashe and Jihn. When looking to hard carry Teegarden turns to Kai’Sa and Twitch. DragonMoonCake features flexibility in draft. They play tons of different champions, everything from engage picks like amumu and leona to utility supports like Zilean and Renata. DragonMoonCake as a support is used to carrying his team's vision score and is incredible at it. Thave have over 2 vision score a minute in game placing a ward every minute on average. I picture this bot lane being the late game insurance policy for the Crustacean Nation looking to scale as the top side of their map is much more tailored to early aggression.



2) Sensei Squad Susanoo


Top: Orphic

Jungle: SQD Vaulter88

Mid: lavalizard8U

ADC: Sunflower

Support: SQD Zippy


Drafting vs this team is incredibly tough. They have must bans in Wukong, Ahri, Diana and Zeri. That's already too many must ban champions and I’m sure most top laners are going to want at least two bans vs the d4 top laner. Orphic is obviously the player to watch. But it's not just on them to carry. Lavalizard8u in mid and Sunflower in bot are also players worthy of respect and generating their own leads.


Orphic looks to be one of the best top laners currently in BOL plat. The exception player for their team Orphic has been grinding solo queue this season with a 56% win rate over 400 games. Orphics best 3 champions are Wukong Garen and Sett. For Ap top laners they have picked up Mordekaiser and Gwen. Wukong has been something Orphic has prioritized heavily in solo que and I think he will draw a ban for the majority of the season. Both SQD Vaulter88 and Orphic have over a 60% win rate on the monkey king so I don’t see him making it through pick and ban. Orphic has plenty of other strong side picks like Jax, Tryndamere, Aatrox Darius and Urgot.


SQD Vaulter88 is the other key member of the top side of Sensei Squad Susanoo. SQD Vaulter88 plays jungle and top so they will know when to come help out Orphic and when to leave them alone. SQD Vaulter88 has most of their ranked games this split on Diana and Xin Zhao. In the past SQD Vaulter88 played tons of Kayn and Hecarim, giving them a respectable pool. Like I mentioned earlier SQD Vaulter88 also plays top lane so I expect them to early pick flexible things like Trundle, Gwen and Mordekaiser. SQD Vaulter88 looks to be the primary engage player on their team and I imagine to be the primary shot caller as well.


lavalizard8U is primarily an ahri 1 trick in solo que. They have dominated on the pick in solo que the last 2 years and I think this is another must ban champion when playing vs Sensei Squad Susanoo. Rounding out their pool is Vex, Syndra and Fizz. lavalizard8U might not have to deal with getting banned out due to the extreme threat of his top and jungle but some teams may look to ban lavalizard8U out and see if they can capitalize on mistakes they make without their comfort picks.


Sunflower I believe is the oher carry for Sensei Squad Susanoo. Playing Varus, Zeri, Kai’sa, Jinx and Lucian Sunflower has a pick for most team comps. Their Zeri is performing at another level in solo que however. It spots a 58% win rate as of August 1st with 65 games. If they are playing weakside Sunflower can look into utility ADCS they play like Varus or Jihn. Need late game Kai’sa, Zeri and Jinx can 1v9. SQD Zippy plays mostly enchanter and utility picks. Zilean, Sona, Karma. When the team needs disengage SQD Zippy has Gragas Thresh and even Zyra if the team is too low damage.



3) Absolute Esports


Top: Peaceful Player

Jungle: Angry Cookie

Mid: RoseOfShi

ADC: Arts and Crafts

Support: Cant Boil Water


Absolute Esports has a must ban in Diana . Angry Cookie has 2 exceptionally strong early ganking junglers you would want to ban as well with his Zac and Sejuani. Bot lane would not be something I would want to blind vs this team as you might randomly be playing vs a kill lane that will throw the entire map into disarray. Top lane blind is always a risky option and I can even with a small pool Peaceful Player has things that would ruin the day of an early Ornn. Mid lane RoseOfShi wants counter pick as well. The point of strength in this team is where I want to watch bot lane. We need to see if wacky synchronized play can overcome the standard enchanter support plus hyper scaling ADC meta that is commonly seen. Wins from this team I think will come early in the series before teams are able to adapt to the tempo and unique style that Absolute Esports plays.


Peaceful Player is currently plat 4 and has swapped between ADC and Top for the past several seasons. Peaceful Player has only been playing the game for 4 seasons(at least on this account). Fiora is their favorite top lane pick playing it the most every season. For competitive play Peaceful Player has learned Ornn, Gwen and Shen. Peaceful Player has a smaller champion pool compared to most players I have seen but they are not the strong side of the map for their team. I think Peaceful Player will be put onto weak side letting their bot side of the map receive jungle attention.

Angry Cookie the jungler for Absolute Esports is the highest rated solo que player on his team as of pre week 1. They are a former mid player who transitioned into the jungle role at the end of last season. Angry Cookie excels in solo queue when playing Sejuani and Zac. Both picks have incredible gank potential and team fight impact but are very slow to clear. Angry Cookie when they need to up the tempo play standard options like Volibear and Trundle but can also look to Kha’Zix if physical damage is lacking on their team. Rose of Shi plays Diana mid primarily so I wonder if Angry Cookie will look to learn Diana jungle for flex opportunities. I imagine Angry Cookie’s path will not be as straightforward as some junglers in BOL plat and their pathing will constantly change every game. Some games Peaceful Player may be given counter and have split threat, some games they might have an assassin mid like katarina or Diana who want to look for early 2v2 fights. Other games Angry Cookie might try and 3 camp into bot blowing summoners so that their bot can go all out.


RoseOfShi may look like a Diana 1 trick but they have played 35 unique champions mid this season in ranked. RoseOfShi plays some fairly unconventional picks like Lillia, Sett and Neeko to compliment their more traditional champions like Ahri and Lissandra. RoseOfShi seems to want counter picks allowing them to roam heavily in good matchups and possibly being stuck in lane when not given the opportunity.


Arts and Crafts are paired up in the bot lane with Cant Boil Water. These two constantly duo with one another, have matching icons and got the synergy going. Both Arts and Crafts and Cant Boil Water are both former mid laners and they are looking to throw down in the bot lane. Arts and crafts doen not play almost any safe scaling marksmen Arts and Crafts plays Samira, Kalista and even Akshan. They also sometimes play mages like Karthus and other mid picks like Yasuo and Irelia. Cant Boil Water pairs aggressive ADC picks with high CC supports like Ammumu and Swain, even Galio from time to time. They are also a great Lux player with it being their most played in ranked and also play Senna who opens up for absolutely wacky bot lane pairs. The risk of playing this way is that it can be incredibly hard to close out games. If you are unable to get early drakes or set up baron correctly games can get drawn out and you might get outscaled.



4) CB Tsundere


Top: Rindo Kobayashi

Jungle: Mikelasy

Mid: Fonso

ADC: Shifti

Support: Treepalm


CB Tsundere is a team with clear strengths. They play for lockdown on key targets, enjoying champions with high amounts of burst potential and force teams to face check them at objectives such as Dragon or Baron. I think the games CB Tsundere wins will be the ones that they are playing their way. When they are forced into games without their comfort style I can see them dropping games. I would watch out for Shifti as the cap exception player you expect them to carry and having your best player on ADC is a great idea.


Rindo Kobayashi is a top laner with a wide pool. They play a lot of top laners found in professional leagues across the world with most of their games on staple pro picks such as Ornn, Gwen, Renekton and Shen. Rindo has lots of potential counter picks in their pool as well playing Lilia top and darius to name a few.


Mikelasy is another Jungler I would refer to as a carnivore player. They enjoy high tempo early ganks playing picks such as Vi, Wu Kong and Trundle. Mikelasy runs the early game often looking to pressure the mid lane 2v2 with Fonso. Fonso plays primarily utility mid picks in solo que like Zilean and Karma mid. Fonso can also play much more for himself with picks like Ekko and Viktor looking for early 2v2 fights as often as possible and snowballing the game from there.


Fonso in solo que almost always plays for their jungler sacking their own ability on the map. Fonso must be a fan of LS as they play Zilean, Karma, Diana Ivern and Soraka mid. When looking to carry themselves Fonso plays control mages like Viegar, Viktor and Orianna.


Shifti is the cap exception player on CB Tsundere last season they were able to climb into diamond primarily playing early game focused marksman like Xayah Miss Fortune and Tristana. This season they have tried branching out more with their playstyle playing more scaling ADC’s such as Jinx and Senna in solo que. Shifti’s partner is Treepalm, a support player who loves hard CC. Treepalm plays lots of Alistar Nami and Braum. They look for roaming opportunities with Mikelasy to get pressure on early objectives.

5) NwE Titan


Top: Boogie

Jungle: NwE Trigger

Mid: NwE Merlin

ADC: Protomorph

Support: Picklegod


NwE Titan is a team with a clear player to watch in Protomorph their ADC. Will they play things like Draven and Cait and look to set the tone on the map? Or will this team early pick things that both Protomoprph and Boogie share in their pool like Gangplank? Almost everyone on this team does play another role allowing them some freedom in draft and allows them to pick tons of flex options.


Boogie is a solo que grinder that is currently not doing as well as they would like in solo que. Boogie has played almost 900 games this season on over 100 champions. However they are currently in gold 4 almost a full division lower then they ended last season. In January of this year they had gotten back into platinum but by mid march were at the bottom of gold. They have rebounded and fallen several times, their LP graph looking like a mountain scape. Boogie plays hyper scaling ADCs more in solo que than champions in top lane and will have to try and commit back to playing the role NwE Titan has them for. With 46 unique top lane champs this split Fiora has been their best by far and is an incredible counter pick to meta top laners like Aatrox and Ornn. Boogie does not play many blind pick top laners such as Gnar or Ornn and will have to look to counterpick and give themselves a winning matchup within drafts.


NwE Trigger is a jungle/adc player who will be jungling for NwE Titan. NwE Trigger began grinding his main role about 2 weeks ago. With a week left until the season starts I hope they get enough practice in learning the ins and outs of their champion clears as well as the timings to go for objectives and when they should gank. NwE Trigger’s current jungle pool seems to be Zac, Ekko, Diana and Viego. They have played over 20 junglers in ranked this season and I hope they are able to use their large pool to give NwE Titan exactly what the team needs.


NwE Merlin is a mid laner who loves control mages but also plays a lot of support. Vex is their most played mid along with Ahri and Viktor. NwE Merlin is picking up other staple mid champs such as Azir, Syndra and Orianna. Playing support should hopefully give NwE Merlin some shotcalling experience and let them help dictate vision lines for their team in games.


Protomorph is an ADC/ Top lane player and maybe we will see Boogie and him swap roles in certain situations. ProtoMorph plays for aggressive lane dominant ADCs. They are one of the few Draven players in the league and also love Caitlyn and Jihn. While playing top Protomorph plays champs like Gangplank, Volibear and Nasus. Picklegod has a side of the map that they enjoy sticking firmarly to support. They mainly play enchanters like Lulu and Yummi but they do have quite a few games on roaming supports such as Bard and Alistar. I expect ProtoMorph and Picklegod to look for high tempo bot lanes and look to cash in on plates and drakes.

6) GE Emerald


Top: 1 icecreamguy 1

Jungle: Deeeyo

Mid: Shockwave53

ADC: Soprych

Support: PAIN PRESCRIBER


GE Emerald has a priority ban in Anivia. The teams plays strong side top and a scaling bot generally. 1 icecreamguy 1 is going to push aggressively in most of his