Team of the week: BDS Academy
Unstoppable. The Swiss team have won eight of their nine return matches in the French Championship League of Legends (LFL), including seven in a row. This Thursday, she ended her regular season in a big way with two victories against Team GO (7th, 8v., 10d.) then Vitality Bee (3rd, 11v., 7d.), the last having offered her a place at the European Masters (EUM), European National Leagues Championship, following in the footsteps of its rival LDLC OL (1st, 17v., 1d.).
Once again, the trio of Adam “Adam” Maanane in the top lane, Théo “Sheo” Borile in the jungle and Steven “Reeker” Chen in the mid lane hit the mark. He showed complete mid-game Rift control, smart macro, and a tight collective despite the unexpected change his support for Polish Robert “Erdote” Nowak, who came from the European Championship (LEC). With these final victories, BDS Academy (2nd, 11v., 7d.) appears as a formidable opponent in the play-offs and the EUM.
Player of the Week: Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyski
Vitality Bee did not get the expected results this week. But she showed an encouraging evolution at the end of the summer segment which could give hope for surprises in the play-offs, and the Polish support Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyski has something to do with it. This week, he showed great performances on Nautilus and Rakan, as a force ofengaged to pave the way for his teammates.
The team had wanderings in their first legs despite their strong individualities. But now, she seems to have found her rhythm and shines with her collective, even in her two defeats of the week. Mined by an arduous schedule, the Bees lost against LDLC OL then BDS Academy – despite takeovers at various stages of the matches. The second was lost despite a lead of around 8600 golds on his opponent, failing to convert the try.
Match of the Week: Karmine Corp – Misfits Premier
The determination of the two adversaries in this match was palpable, up to the challenge: victory meant the validation of the Top 6 and a necessary boost of confidence. It was a fearsome version of Misfits Premier (6th, 9v., 9d.) which was revealed on Thursday, led by jungler Lucjan “Shlatan” Ahmad, came from the team of the European Championship (LEC) as a provisional substitute; the strike force the team was undoubtedly linked to the Pole on his Viego.
Karmine Corp. (5th, 9v., 9d.) struggled to repel the Rabbids’ assaults in the Rift, especially in the middle of the game where she conceded a Nashor and a large advantage of golds ; but she came back in a spectacular way after very tight fights, 35 minutes into the game. Karmine Corp has finally secured its place in the play-offs: Misfits Premier, meanwhile, consoled itself by validating the Top 6 the next day and by a slightly less convincing victory this Friday against Team Oplon (9th, 4v., 14d.), in order to close the regular season of 2022.
GameWard (4th, 11v., 7d.) worried this Thursday by losing against Mirage Elyandra (10th, 3v., 15d.), but fortunately ended his regular season by breaking his series of four defeats. The team showered the dreams of play-offs of Solary (8th, 7v., 11d.) at the end of a very disputed game, led by the Imperial Sylas of its midlaner Pawel “Czekolad” Szczepanik. GameWard having somewhat run out of steam in recent weeks, it will still be expected at the turn in the final competition of the LFL season.
Team GO also missed their chance this week. The only team to have beaten LDLC OL this summer quickly fell back into their failings: they came out of the play-off race by losing against BDS Academy and their top laner Adam “Adam” Maanane on Darius, their signature champion. On Friday, she capped off her regular season with a no-stakes win over Mirage Elyandra.
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