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Code S RO16 Preview: TY, Bunny, Hurricane, DRG

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This group will be TY last’s Code S RO16 appearance for at least two years, as he is expected to begin his mandatory military service in the summer of 2021. While TY brought that up as a reason for picking himself an easy group during the group selections, history shows that it’s always been his modus operandi as the #1 seed (to the displeasure of fans who hate the inevitable RO16 group of life’).

Still, Group A is ‘balanced’ in its own way: all three races are represented, and there are three underdogs who get a better shot at a RO8 berth than they might have otherwise. If there is one player that might be able to spice things up in this otherwise bland group though, it is definitely Bunny. TY has previously given up the #1 spot in groups of his own creation, so chances of an upset are not to be dismissed.

Group A: TY, Bunny, Hurricane, DongRaeGu

Start time: Monday, Apr 05 9:30am GMT (GMT+00:00)

The obvious favorite here is TY. He had a top notch 2020 campaign in GSL Code S, winning the first and third seasons while placing in the top four in season two. That would be a candidate for one of the best GSL years ever, if not for Maru and his back-to-back-to-back Code S victories in 2018 (followed by another victory in GSL Code S 2019 season 1…). TY’s online results and international tournament results contrasted sharply with the GSL, however, as he was eliminated in the round-of-eight of every DreamHack Season Finals. He did a bit better toward the end of the 2020/21 season, placing top four in the DHM: Last Chance tournament as well as King of Battles, but his online form still didn’t even come close to being as impressive as in the GSL. So, it probably wasn’t a huge surprise that he finished in the top eight of the all-online IEM Katowice 2021—a good result, but disappointing for the #1 seed out of Korea.

Thankfully for TY’s fans, the GSL continues to be held offline in 2021 (though still without a studio audience). TY might have had some minor troubles in the GSL qualifiers, losing bo3 to RagnaroK and Creator, but he ultimately defeated Prince 3-1 in Code A to land back where he belongs in Code S. Since it is potentially the last GSL of TY’s career, we should expect him to be well-prepared and in his best form. Come Monday’s games, I do not see him in any place but first.

Bunny has a tough road ahead of him. To his credit, he surprised a lot of fans by overcoming Stats in Code A, cracking the Shield of Aiur by using clever strategies. A powerful Marine-SCV all-in, using a ‘secret’ passage unlocked by a MULE, allowed Bunny to catch his opponent completely off
guard in game 1. They had more standard games and were tied 2-2 before Bunny unleashed a deadly Mine-drop into Thor-Marine timing attack to seal the deal in game 5.

Can Bunny bring his tactical prowess in TvP to other match-ups as well? His worst match-up seems to be TvT, where he has a dismal 4-9 match record this year (that puts him at around 9th place in Aligulac.com the TvT rankings. His record versus TY makes the outlook seem even more grim: he has a 4-12 all-time record against TY, with his last victory coming over two years ago at IEM Katowice 2019. No wonder TY was super confident in picking Bunny as his first opponent during the group selections! The best bet for Bunny is then to beat both Hurricane and DongRaeGu and qualify in 2nd place. The former should be easy fodder for Bunny given how well he performed against Stats. While DRG will be a difficult beast to bring down, he won’t be out of Bunny’s range. Indeed, Aligulac.com sees this match as virtually dead even, favoring Bunny by the tiniest of margins. Considering how Bunny used well-prepared strategies to overcome the odds against Stats, one has to think he has a great shot at making the payoffs despite a difficult first match against TY.

Bunny beating Stats was such a huge Code A upset that it almost made us forget about Hurricane beating RagnaroK to qualify for the Code S RO16. While the names involved in that match weren’t as big, there’s a statistical case (at least according to Aligulac.com’s predictive formula) that it was just as big an upset. Aligulac.com paints Hurricane as an underdog against DRG as well, but not by as huge a margin as against RagnaroK. Combined with DongRaeGu’s self-professed lack of confidence in ZvP, Hurricane just might have what it takes to win his initial PvZ series against the Team NV Zerg. Even if Hurricane manages to beat DRG, he would most likely have to face TY in the winners match. While Hurricane put up a solid fight in a 2-3 loss to TY in 2020’s Super Tournament 2, it seems very unlikely that Hurricane will steal an upset against TY in his final tournament run. On the other hand, it’s not like a match against Bunny projects to be that much easier for Hurricane, especially after we saw what Bunny did to Stats. With there appearing to be no match-up where Hurricane is favored, there’s not much hope for the sole Protoss in this group.

DongRaeGu is probably second to TY in terms of popularity, but the actual battle for second place in this group will be a lot trickier. DRG might have downplayed his ZvP abilities in his Code A interview, but he’s still the favorite to beat his initial opponent in Hurricane. If things go as predicted, DRG should move on to face TY in the winners’ match. Despite DongRaeGu’s impressive 3-0 win against SpeCial in Code A, and DRG saying ZvT is the match-up he actually is comfortable in, it’s not enough to convince me that he’ll overcome TY on his last ride through Code S. Given the match-ups in the group, I expect it all to come down to a close decider match between Bunny and DongRaeGu for second place. While DongRaeGu had some troubles against Terran after returning from his military service, it’s once again become his best match-up like in the WoL days, and I expect him to slowly return to top dog status. While his immaculate 3-0 against SpeCial doesn’t mean quite as much against TY, it’s something you can look to as a sign of strength as he goes up against Bunny. Albeit, in a short BO3 series, one has to be wary about Bunny and his tactical surprises.

Predictions:
TY 2 – 0 Bunny
Hurricane 1 – 2 DongRaeGu
TY 2 – 1 DongRaeGu
Bunny 2 – 0 Hurricane
Bunny 1 – 2 DongRaeGu

TY and DongRaeGu to advance.


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Source: https://tl.net/forum/starcraft-2/571557-code-s-ro16-preview-ty-bunny-hurricane-drg

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G2 Esport Rekkles awarded with the 2021 LEC Spring MVP

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G2 Esports bot laner Martin “Rekkles” Larsson is the 2021 LEC Spring MVP after his first split with the legendary organization. 

After a great split for the Swedish superstar, Rekkles added a trophy to his mantel. He wins the MVP award despite missing out on the LEC Spring Finals after G2 took a rough 3-1 loss to Rogue in the lower bracket final. The loss knocked out G2 and means that the LEC final will be without G2 for the first time since 2018. 

The MVP award will likely be a consolation prize for the veteran bot laner, as there is no doubt that Rekkles and the rest of G2 Esports saw themselves in the final to defend the LEC title. For Rekkles, the loss will likely sting even more as he joined G2 in the hopes of winning another domestic title, but despite his best efforts in the season, that dream will have to wait for at least one more split. 

Even though the LEC trophy will fall into new hands this split, Rekkles has done everything in his power to carry G2 Esports all the way. While this split was Rekkles’ first with G2, he has been a constant force in the bot lane. Almost every game G2 Esports has played this split has been with Rekkles leading in kills and damage. His impact was enough to score 101 kills throughout the regular split, only beaten by Rogue bot laner Steven “Hans Sama” Liv at 103. 

Rekkles also fielded the best KDA in the entire league during the regular split at a whopping 12.6. The KDA alone shows that Rekkles is as reliable as ever and might even reach a higher peak during the year. For now, Rekkles will have a break before the 2021 LEC Summer Split Starts as he won’t represent Europe at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational.

What happened to Rekkles? 

After five years with Fnatic, Rekkles made the move to G2 Esports shortly after the 2020 World Championship. Rekkles joining G2 was one of the biggest roster moves in the history of League of Legends and brought a lot of expectations with it. So far, Rekkles has done well at G2 Esports but will have to chase his first trophy with the team for a bit longer. 

How old is Rekkles? 

Rekkles is one of the most experienced players in Europe with an age of 24 years old. Rekkles has played professionally since he was very young, starting with Fnatic all the way back in 2012. Back then, Rekkles was one of the top talents in the world and has achieved more than most players will ever get close to.

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Source: https://win.gg/news/7837/g2-esport-rekkles-awarded-with-the-2021-lec-spring-mvp

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Dota 2: Team Nigma Completes Dota 2 Roster With iLTW

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Igor “iLTW” Filatov joins team Nigma for the Dota Pro Circuit Europe Upper-Division league.


Team Nigma has added a Russian carry player Igor “iLTW” Filatov to complete its roster after moving mid laner Aliwi “w33” Omar to an inactive position. The team announced via Twitter that iLTW will be the fifth player on the team’s roster. ILTW joins Nigma in full capacity and will play with the team for a Major ticket in the second season of Dota Pro Circuit Europe Upper-Division League.

Recently. Nigma had a disappointing run at the Singapore Major. They faced elimination during the Wild Card phase of the tournament, after which the team decided to drop off w33. The team quotes “As of today, w33 will be moved from the active roster and become our sixth player for the time being. Omar has contributed a lot to the team and the organization. We are grateful that he is a part of the Team Nigma Family,”

iLTW is a well-established carry player and a great addition to the roster. Back in 2019, he started the year at OG, but his trial period lasted only about three months. Now he is all set for his second big European affair. Where he can play in the mid lane with ease. Team Nigma so far has 200 points to their name, courtesy of their third-place finish in the first season of EU Upper-Division. However, with this coming season being the last chance for everyone to grab enough points for a direct invite at The international 10, the team will have to work on its game with some amazing results.

Team Nigma’s finalized roster:

  • Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi
  • Igor “iLTW” Filatov
  • Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov Ivanov
  • Maroun “GH” Merhej
  • Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi

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LoL: Rekkles Named 2021 LEC Spring Split MVP

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After his debut season in a G2 Esports jersey, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has been named the LEC Spring Split MVP.


Much like Rogue’s Coaching Team of the Split, the MVP award was given to Rekkles for his performance in the regular season. Rekkles joined G2 Esports from rivals Fnatic. Despite not winning a LEC title with his new team, he was regularly one of the standout players, hence this award.

Rekkles was joined by Rogue players Inspired and Odoamne, in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The pair were key to Rogue’s victory over G2 Esports in the Lower Bracket and will need to be so again against MAD Lions. During the Spring Split, Rekkles managed to pick up five Player of the Game awards, joint first with Armut and Hans Sama.

This latest MVP adds to Rekkles’ history of solo success inside the EULCS and LEC. Including this title, he’s picked up four MVP awards (Summer 2014, Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2021). He’s also been included in the EU All-Pro team four times (Summer 2015, Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020), alongside one 2nd place finish and four 3rd place finishes. All this goes to show the storied success Rekkles has had in Europe.

Sadly for Rekkles, this latest MVP title won’t result in another European title. However, G2 Esports, and Rekkles will likely have a fire in their bellies come Summer Split.

Rekkles proves he’s still got it

While many thought Rekkles’ move to G2 Esports was an odd one, and others even claimed it was bad. Rekkles has proven himself yet again on the European stage. While his side failed to win a LEC title, that’s not for a lack of trying on Rekkles’ part. Ultimately, it looked more like a lack of leadership was G2 Esports’ problem, which just happened to come from the player in the position Rekkles has moved into.

If G2 Esports can improve on that area in Summer Split, they, and Rekkles will be once again a challenge for anyone.

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LoL: LEC 2021 Spring Lower Bracket Finals Recap- G2 Esports vs Rogue

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G2 Esports and Rogue take to the Rift to secure a spot in the 2021 LEC Spring Split Finals.


Two of the biggest European League of Legends teams in the LEC went head-to-head today. G2 Esports and Rogue had the opportunity to redeem their previous losses and make their way to the LEC Spring Split Finals. Both teams had a phenomenal Spring Split, with many fans predicting them meeting in the Finals. However, the MAD Lions defeated both of these teams in the Playoffs and made the Finals for the first time in their history. They’ll be waiting until tomorrow, looking to take the crown from the winner of this series.

Rogue sought to do the same; to secure a place in the Finals for their first time. Meanwhile, G2 Esports was looking to gain momentum and re-establish the dominance of European superteams. With Wunder back on the Solo queue grind, things looked very intense moving into this match.

Game One

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game One of the playoffs match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of G2 Rekkles above.

The drafting phase for Game One went very well for G2 Esports. They managed to secure strong picks like Senna, Seraphine, and Olaf, which secured them both good early and late game power. Wunder quit tank duty and switched to Urgot, which he used to bully Odoamne’s Karma in lane to gain an early advantage. However, the early game was very calm. During it, Inspired gained a monumental lead on Jankos in the jungle. He completely outpaced him, killing the first two dragons and Rift Heralds and picking up First Blood on Wunder in the top lane.

Moving into the mid-game, Rogue actively pressured G2 Esports with their lead and gave them no opportunities to come back into the match. G2 traded the third dragon for a mid-tower while RGE pushed their lead further. After that, a teamfight broke out in the mid lane where G2 took the charge of the fight. At first, it actually looked good for them. But Larssen’s Syndra had a fantastic position to land a stun on four members of G2 Esports, which changed the whole outcome of the fight. After losing that fight, Rogue had a massive lead and it was almost over for G2. They needed a miracle to come back into the match.

A brilliant Baron dance by G2

At 25 minutes, G2 found a crucial pick onto Trymbi. Afterward, G2 Esports went straight for the Baron and forced Rogue to challenge them in the pit. Not having enough vision around the area, Rogue stepped into a trap and G2 turned instantly. They took down every single Rogue carry and secured themselves a Baron buff.

It was a major turning point for the game. Soon after, G2 also grabbed an Ocean Dragon too. This stopped Rogue’s Soul and meant G2 had so much sustain paired with the Serpahine and Senna combo. After that point, G2 Esports controlled the tempo for the rest game and comfortably scaled into the late game, where their actual strength resided. Eventually, they gained more Ocean Dragons, but Rogue attempted to rush Baron. While Rekkles secured the third dragon himself, G2 Esports called the enemy’s bluff and forced another team fight. They slaughtered Rogue in the river and used the opportunity to end the game and claim the first Nexus of the series.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 35:52
  • Kills: 13-9
  • Turrets: 7-3
  • Gold: 64.8k-57.7k
  • Dragons: 3-3
  • Barons: 1-0

Game Two

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game Two of the playoffs match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of the G2 roster on the LEC stage above.

The Nocturne pick came as a surprise to many fans in the drafting phase. To add to the surprise, Hans Sama picked up the Jinx, which was the first-ever appearance of that champion in his hands. The match started similarly to Game One, as Wunder got caught by Inspired and Odoamne, leading to First Blood. However, unlike last time, G2 Esports made proactive plays into the bottom lane and caught the likes of Hans Sama with the help of Mikyx’s beautiful hooks. Having two global ultimates on the side of G2 meant that they could rinse and repeat the bot lane gank formula and get free kills on the enemy bot lane.

After a few skirmishes of trading champions and objectives, a team fight broke out in the bottom lane. That team fight started in favor of Rogue as they managed to bring down the key carries of G2 Esports’ health bars. However, a very good hook from Blitzcrank made a small opening for G2 Esports, but Inspired stopped the situation from escalating on his Nidalee, and he won the team fight for the team. Then, an array of small team fights happened, and Rogue was continuously taking the game away from G2. They secured three elemental dragons and the Soul dragon was in contention for both the squads.

Rogue played the same Baron dance mini-game with G2 this time. However, an excellent shot from Rekkles’ Jhin Ultimate made it very easy for him to snatch the Soul dragon from Rogue’s hands. In response, Rogue angrily chased down the G2 champions and took down almost everyone in the enemy squad. Despite the steal, Rogue won the fight and collectively pushed through the bottom lane to collect their first win, equalizing the series.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 32:17
  • Kills: 13-9
  • Turrets: 8-1
  • Gold: 60k-51k
  • Dragons: 3-2
  • Barons: 1-0

Game Three

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game Three of the playoffs match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of the Rogue LEC roster on the LEC stage above.
Note: Jankos played Udyr and Mikyx played Gragas.

The Nocturne has apparently become the talk of the town, as Rogue picked it up for their top lane in Game Three and denied it from G2. The drafting was very strong for both the teams, and as expected, it turned out to be a bloodbath in the early game. Al level one, Rekkles was caught out in his jungle, where he had to insta-Flash the engage from Trymbi’s Rell. Mikyx also expended his Flash to put some damage on the enemy AD Carry. However, knowing G2’s bottom duo had no Flashes, Inspired started the top blue-side jungle and quickly made his way to the bottom lane to easily dive onto the support for First Blood.

After a matter of seconds, Caps was harassing Larssen with his heavy poke damage and both of them were dangerously low in the lane. A quick visit from Inspired into the lane made sure that Caps had no way of escaping with his life. In this fight though, Jankos made sure the Rogue mid laner got shut down as well. Another tower dive under the bottom tower gave G2 Esports another kill to neutralize the lead quickly. There was a bit of a hiatus for the spectators, as both of the teams looked to secure dragons and Rift Heralds to push their leads. But another dive was set up by Rogue on the enemy bot lane, where they secured two additional kills. Furthermore, Rogue looked to further advance their lead in the match by forcing a fight and trading their top laner in return for two from G2 Esports.

Things were looking very grim for G2 Esports and they wanted to take fights near objectives, but Rogue was way ahead of them. They punished their desperate attempts to fight and brute-forced major objectives. Of course, they convincingly won team fights to take down G2 Esports in Game Three, taking the series to the match point.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 29:09
  • Kills: 5-23
  • Turrets: 8-1
  • Gold: 46k-58k
  • Dragons: 1-3
  • Barons: 0-1

Game Four

A screenshot from the LEC broadcast for Game Four of the playoffs match between G2 Esports and Rogue. The picked and banned champion drafts appear at the bottom of the image with a shot of G2's coach GrabbZ above.

Coming into Game Four, it was do-or-die for G2 Esports. To start, Rogue was playing aggressively right off the bat, beating them in the early game. Because of this, Jankos ganked the mid lane and secured First Blood for Caps. However, G2 Esports pushed their luck a bit too far in the river, so Rogue collapsed on them. They had to sacrifice three members of the team, whereas Rogue left the fight unharmed. G2 got their revenge when they went for a dive on Hans Sama in the bottom lane, but it went utterly wrong as a five-person stacked Rogue roster collapsed on the play. G2 had no escape. As a result, Rogue took down four more kills at the cost of only one champion of their own.

Now, all of the pressure was on G2 Esports to come back into the match. They tried to gank the enemy AD Carry in the top lane, but all was in vain, as Rogue promptly responded to the gank and made a disadvantageous situation for G2 Esports. After Rogue secured even more kills to their name, G2 Esports found it very difficult to come back into the match. Eventually, Rogue started up the Baron, challenging G2 Esports to contest them. G2 Caps got his opportunity and jumped into the pit with his Sylas, but there wasn’t anyone able to support to him. As a result, Rogue got another kill and walked away with the Baron buff.

It was all over for G2 Esports at this point but they tried desperately to hold the fort down. With an amazing Orianna Shockwave from Larssen, Rogue secured a pick onto Rekkles, and a kill on him meant that Rogue won the final fight. Taking down the final Nexus in front of them, Rogue secured their first-ever Grand Final appearance. Riding high from this victory, they’ll take on the MAD Lions tomorrow for the 2021 LEC Spring Split title and Europe’s spot at MSI.

Quick Stats:

  • Time: 32:34
  • Kills: 8-18
  • Turrets: 0-10
  • Gold: 50k-63k
  • Dragons: 1-3
  • Barons: 0-1

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Source: https://estnn.com/lol-lec-2021-spring-lower-bracket-finals-recap-g2-esports-vs-rogue/

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