7 Things Bettors Should Learn From This Year’s League of Legends All-Star Tournament
The All-Star Tournament left us cheering, whooping, and jumping off of our chairs. It brought many surprises and upsets in different parts of the game. However, more importantly, we saw the best players from each region come together and play as one.
The All-Star event not only let us experience the depth of League of Legends but also gave us hope to changes in the future, changes that could benefit your betting experience as a whole. With that being said, let’s take a look at seven things bettors can learn from this year’s All-Star tournament.
China Could Win It All Next Year
This year, we saw China’s superpower team consist of 957, Mlxg, xiye, Uzi, and Meiko. The roster held three players from Royal Never Give Up, one from Team WE, and one from Edward Gaming. Together, they proved to be a formidable force in every aspect of their game.
They took down every opponent matched against them. Despite North America’s stacked roster consisting of Hauntzer, MikeYeung, Bjergsen, Sneaky, and Aphromoo, China’s far superior mechanicsand shot-calling helped them swiftly defeat their opponents and land them a spot in the Knockout Rounds.
In the Knockout Rounds, they faced the Korean All-Star Team. China’s notorious rivalry against the region spans back to the beginning of League of Legends and since then it’s been Korea that has dominated the scene.
However, this year, China went to work and quickly took down the Korean powerhouse roster consisting of Cuvee, Ambition, Faker, PraY, and GorillA. Their success was largely due to Mlxg’s jungle presence and the fact that Xiye far outmatched Faker in terms of skill and positioning.
Moreover, the superpower duo of Uzi and Meiko far outmatched that of PraY and GorillA. In every game of their All-Star Semifinal match, it was Uzi and Meiko who dominated the lane, not PraY and GorillA. This led to Uzi and Meiko to be more of a threat to the Korean team rather than PraY and GorillA having any threat whatsoever to the Chinese All-Star team.
In the 1v1 event, it was Uzi who came out as the victor yet again. His mechanical prowess ousted that of North American talent, Bjergsen, and Korean powerhouse, PraY. Proving his dominance yet again, Uzi showed why China was considered the best region in terms of raw mechanical skill.
The Fall of the King
While it certainly is heart-breaking, to the say the least, it is evident that the king is falling. Faker has been slowly deteriorating since his peak in 2015. Despite his best intent during the Season 7 World Championship, Faker was unable to take home a fourth title for South Korea Telecom.
During his journey to the World Championship, it was evident that new challengers had arisen to contest him for the throne and contest him they did. Several times over, in both the LCK and World Championship, he was solo-killed, out maneuvered, and out-skilled.
Despite Faker’s best attempts, South Korea Telecom fell to newer, stronger teams like Samsung Galaxy and Longzhu Gaming, both of whom have some of the top talents in the Korean. The team also went neck-to-neck with European team Misfits and Chinese powerhouse, Royal Never Give Up.
While South Korea Telecom still may be a strong candidate for Korean success, larger names are starting to rise. In both the LCK and KeSPA Cup, South Korea Telecom fell to Longzhu Gaming, a powerhouse containing Khan, Peanut, BDD, PraY, and GorillA.
There are new talents emerging in the world of League of Legends. South Korea Telecom may still be a threat in Season 8. However, bigger teams are coming and it may be the curtain call for this team’s reign.
North American Talent? We’ll Have to Wait and See
North America has been a region of large controversy throughout its history as a League of Legends franchise. Throughout the years, North America has seen an influx of talent. However, despite their constantly growing amount of talent, their disappointing runs at Worlds have become almost a tradition.
While this year saw North America put up more of a fight against the Chinese All-Star super-team, they were still unable to perform to the point needed to ensure victory against their opponents. Despite their loss to China, North America still managed to do fairly well, losing only to the Southeast Asia All-Star team.
One of the names that participated was the new Team SoloMid jungler, MikeYeung. While he may not have had an outstanding performance, he certainly had a solid one that didn’t disappoint. However, at the same time, it didn’t amaze fans either.
While there was a large array of talented junglers in the North American region, ranging from Svenskeren to Meteos, it was MikeYeung who got the role. His role of jungler during the All-Star Tournament has signified change and trust me, this change is going to be big.
This year saw an increase in talent coming to the North American region. Names like Huni, PowerOfEvil, Febiven, and Ssumday have all made their way into the NA LCS. However, in order to truly make themselves strong contenders for the international stage, they’ll have to break the curse of North America.
However, it seems that curse has already begun to break. It’s very rare to see a rookie coming to the All-Star tournament, considering that they lack the experience most pros have from their years on the competitive scene.
This year, MikeYeung defied all odds and made his way onto the All-Star Stage. This could be the beginning of North America’s new wave of talent that could possibly help them win a World Championship. Is this true or not? We’ll have to wait and see.
The LMS Region Is Still Alive
The 2017 World Championship was a disappointing run for the LMS Region. While they may have the infamous Flash Wolves, AHQ-Esports Club, and Hong Kong Attitude, none of them were able to truly put up an outstanding performance in the Groups Stage.
AHQ-Esports Club barely missed the knockout round with their international rivals Cloud9 taking it instead, and the Flash Wolves and Hong Kong Attitude teams were disappointing to say the least. Flash Wolves won only one game out of six total played matches and Hong Kong Attitude didn’t even make it past the Play-In Stage.
The LMS region’s disappointing runs have contradicted that of their historic journey to the gauntlet in Season 2 where the Taipei Assassins upset almost every major team to crown themselves as the Season 2 World Champions.
However, at the All-Star tournament, the LMS region showed that there was still hope for them. Their roster consisted of Ziv, Karsa, FoFo, bebe, and SwordArt. All of them are prominent members of the LMS region and during the tournament, they displayed to the crowd why they deserved to be the best.
Ziv’s dominance in the top lane, Karsa’s jungle presence, and SwordArt’s highly diverse playstyle brought LMS to the finals where they barely lost to their rival Chinese region, LPL, in an extremely close 2-3 defeat.
This shows that the LMS region still has hope for the next season. While they may not have shown it in the 2017 Season, their ability to perform during the All-Star tournament certainly brought hope for fans and bettors alike.
When the 2018 World Championship rolls around next year, we’ll truly see the LMS region be put to the test. If they can play as well as they did during the All-Star tournament, then they could repeat history and bring home another title for the LMS.
Bjergsen is Still Talented as Ever
The native European mid laner, Bjergsen, has been one of the key pillars to setting a foundation that has helped North America improve as a whole. While many have speculated that he could be one of the only mid laners to have a shot against the Chinese and Korean regions, he certainly proved his worth this year.
Bjergsen not only took the 1v1 king, Uzi to a close game three, he also defeated whom many still consider the “king of League of Legends,” Faker. In 2015, Bjergsen took home his own 1v1 title, defeating former teammate, Doublelift, to do so.
Throughout the All-Star tournament, we saw a stronger Bjergsen than we saw during his Worlds performance. His mechanical prowess was almost unmatched throughout the entire 1v1 tournament and even throughout the team stage of the All-Star tournament.
Bjergsen has always been a natural talent in the game of League of Legends. While he still may have weak performances here and there, he has always been a consistent force that has brought Team SoloMid far into the competitive scene.
Because of this, he’s always been an international threat that has challenged the likes of Samsung Galaxy’s Crown and KT Rolster’s Pawn.
With Bjergsen staying with Team SoloMid next year, there is almost no doubt that TSM will bring out consistent results for the NA LCS. A large part of this can be put on Bjergsen’s success as a prominent mid laner during the Split.
Though the 2018 Season may seem uncertain due to a number of changes coming for both the game and the competitive scene, one thing is certain. Bjergsen has been, and always will be, a big name for League of Legends.
The Rise of Longzhu Gaming and Samsung Galaxy
South Korea Telecom’s results have been faltering throughout the past few months. They lost to Longzhu Gaming 0-2 in the KeSPA Cup, were defeated by Samsung Galaxy in the 2017 World Championship Finals, and have gone toe-to-toe with teams they would have easily destroyed in 2015.
It’s evident that times are changing and at the forefront are two major Korean teams that have put themselves in the spotlight: Longzhu Gaming and Samsung Galaxy. Both teams hold superpowers that have dominated the Korean region without much opposition.
For Samsung Galaxy, they have CuVee, Ambition, Crown, Ruler, and CoreJJ. Meanwhile, on Longzhu Gaming, they hold Khan, Peanut, BDD, PraY, and GorillA. During the All-Stars Tournament, both Longzhu Gaming and Samsung Galaxy brought two of their players to the roster while South Korea Telecom brought one.
While the rise of these two teams may be subtle, there have already been evident moves in the Korean region. With both teams boasting wins against the former powerhouse South Korea Telecom, they’ll be the first to rise among the ashes.
While Samsung Galaxy has seen darker times during their regular season and have almost been regulated, they’ve managed to pull themselves together more than once and pull off comebacks almost as amazing as Cloud9’s “Cinderella Run.” They also managed to upset Longzhu Gaming at Worlds.
Meanwhile, for Longzhu Gaming, the team has always been a dominant force since its birth. They placed first in both the Regular Season and Playoffs for the Summer Split. Then, they later went on to go undefeated during the Groups Stage of Worlds.
Both teams will make an impact during their 2018 runs. I highly recommend you keep your eye on them because if there’s one thing that I’m certain will change the Korean competitive scene, it’s Longzhu Gaming and Samsung Galaxy.
Doublelift has always been considered a top-notch AD Carry throughout his years. In fact, his skill has been such a key factor to his team’s performances that many consider him the best AD Carry in North America.
However, that title may have changed this year. It’s usually Doublelift who gets to sit in the seat as the All-Star AD Carry of North America. This year, it was Sneaky. He certainly put up a fight, showing strong performances throughout the event.
He gave strong results throughout the event and even took down four members of the Chinese All-Star team by himself. Cloud9’s Sneaky showed up to All-Stars and exceeded everyone’s expectations by far. His consistency throughout the 2017 season has served him well.
While Doublelift may have been considered the more aggressive AD Carry, largely thanks to his aggression and unexpected moves, Sneaky’s consistent gameplay was there for him when he needed it most. It helped take them past the Groups Stage of Worlds and it helped him secure a spot on the All-Star team.
With Doublelift moving to a new team, and Sneaky staying with a relatively original Cloud9 roster, I expect Sneaky to have the better starting season. Keep your eye on Sneaky. It’s possible that we just found the new best AD Carry of North America.
The All-Stars has not only brought forth new changes in the system of the competitive scene, it has also shined a light on those who are expected to make big power moves for next year’s season. These moves could either make you a lot of money or you could lose it all.
However, it only takes a few key steps to keep yourselves from losing money and instead, making it big. All you need to know is what to look for, and after reading this article, you should know which power moves could be taking place in the 2018 Season.