Unless you have been living under a rock you know that Reginald has stepped down as the mid laner for Team Solomid, and they have picked up Bjergsen. In Europe Bjergsen was a little bit overshadowed by all the great mid laners, relatively unknown in NA until he moved into the TSM house and started streaming under the TSM banner. We are all very excited to see how TSM operates without their shot caller, I expect to see TheOddOne be able to make more of his own decisions and maybe play better. Dyrus might be able to expand his champion pool, and get some help from TheOddOne without Regi in the mid lane. Bjergsen should be top 3 if not the best mid laner in NA right off the bat, and Wildturtle and Xpecial are only getting better. I believe this will be a good change for TSM, and they will be one of the top two teams in NA.
Lemondogs will be a whole new team with a bunch of unknown players, their only experience being in the amature scene. Mym will be their top laner, ImSoFresh will be their jungler, Shlaya will be playing mid lane, and Crazycaps and Zeriouz will be their duo lane. I have no idea what to expect out of these guys, it should be interesting.
I expect TSM to win this fairly easily based off individual experience alone, 5 players with LCS experience vs 0 players with LCS experience should tell you everything you need to know about this matchup. It will be fun to see what this Lemondogs team is all about. As for TSM, I’m excited to see if Dyrus and TheOddOne step their game up and take a little bit more of a carry role with Regi gone.
Team Dignitas is one of the more interesting teams, in the battle of the atlantic tournament. Cruzerthebruzer (Cruzer) has taken over the top lane from Kiwikid, Cruzer has been around the amatuer seen, and at the top of NA solo queue for years. He played on Team Legion in the IPL face off in 2012, and more recently accompanied Bigfatlp on the AzureCats on their quest to get into the NA LCS during the season 3 qualifiers. He is known as an aggressive top laner, who is known for his Lee sin Irelia, and Rumble. I don’t know how good he will and his main champions may not be in the current meta, but one thing is for certain he will be fun to watch. Kiwikid hasn’t gone far, just across the rift to support imaqtpie. While Kiwikid doesn’t have much experience as a support, they have been duo- queueing a lot lately and have been playing well, I saw them beat up on XD-GG’s bot lane a few days ago. Look to see if Scarra can find some suitable champions, and start off season 4 better then he ended season 3, and get back on top of the NA mid lane. I fully expect Crumbzz to be the consistent jungler he always has been.
Alliance has taken over EG’s spot in this tournament, and the next split. Wickd and Froggen remain from EG, two very consistent mechanical players who have been around for a long time. To replace Snoopeh in the jungle they have picked up Shook, the former jungler of the Copenhagen Wolves. To fill the role of ADC they have picked up Tabzz formerly the ADC of Lemondogs. They are also bringing along a player who was not in the last split of the LCS, Kazmitch, a high elo support who is plays a lot of Thresh and Sona. See if Froggen and Wickd, put more pressure on themselves to carry with this new lineup. We are also interested to see how the other players can mesh together, we know they have the individual skill.
This should be a very close matchup, as most people would say that Wickd should easily win top lane, and Froggen should easily win mid. I would agree that chances are Cruzer is not at the level of Wickd right now, but he could catch him by surprise, we don’t know a lot about Cruzer at this point. I’m actually going to give the mid lane edge to Scarra, it wasn’t that long ago that skill wise it would have been a toss up, and Scarra has the synergy with Crumbzz from playing together, while Froggen and Shook have not played together as long. I think the match comes down to the bot lane, Kiwikid and Imaqtpie certainly have fun together, but has Kiwikid learned enough about support yet? On the other side we don’t know how well Tabzz and Kazmitch work together and if Kazmitch can perform on the big stage.
Enjoy the match!
The battle of the Atlantic 2013 starts on Saturday the 14th of December. The top five teams from the EU and NA summer playoffs will be attending. There are 5 best of three matches, with teams of equal ranking from each region facing off. This is the first time we will be seeing many of the teams after significant roster changes. The tournament will be played on patch 3.13, which was before any of the big changes that came in 3.14. However, Riot has said that they will be showcasing some of the new season 4 changes that we haven’t seen yet.
The first two matches will be played in the ESL studio in Cologne, Germany. The first
Match will be played on Saturday between Dignitas (NA) and Alliance (EU). On sunday, we will see Team SoloMid (NA) and Lemondogs (EU).
Over the next few days look for our what to watch for in these two matches, and our rundown of The following three matches will be coming next week.