Hey guys, I decided to re open the blog after a 2/3 month hiatus. My reasons for this are overwhelming college work, and my recent work with Leaguepedia. Hopefully I will be restarting this full time to provide some of my opinions onto the Esports scene of mainly League of Legends, but also possibly Starcraft 2 if I feel my input will be beneficial. Anyway, getting on with it…
On Friday the 26th of April, Vulcun defeated CLG 2-1, which was a shock to quite a few people. CLG have been extremely disappointing by their standards all season long, and being knocked into the summer promotion playoffs has confirmed what has been on their minds for the majority of the Spring season. That they may be fighting for their careers against strong amateur teams.
Immediately after CLG lost, I switched to my twitter feed, and already the tweets about BigFatJiji facing his old team were coming through. For those who don’t know, Jiji now plays for Azure Cats, an amateur team that also features notable players like Demonlul and CruzertheBruzer. Azure Cats are in the summer promotion series, but contrary to popular belief, they are not up against CLG. They are against DoubleBuff ( 1 Trick Ponies ) first.
Some who are less involved in Esports may not have heard of them, or might remember them from the previous LCS qualifiers, in which they choked while pulling out their famous ’1 trick pony’. The reasons for this are pretty simple. DoubleBuff qualified for IPL6, which was unfortunately cancelled due to a change in management and lack of funding. There was also an incident where DoubleBuff ( among other teams ) should have qualified for MLG Dallas, but were not invited. On top of this, DoubleBuff actually beat Azure Cats 2-0 in the Do it ourselves cup that happened recently.
Since the failure that was the last LCS qualifiers, DoubleBuff have completely reshuffled their roster, keeping only their substitute player. After dropping the lineup, they have finally completed the roster, which includes – Innox ( top ), NubbyPoohBear ( mid ), Scubachris ( Jungle ), FlappyBearFish ( ADC ), Unstoppable ( Support ).
This lineup actually hosts quite a bit of experience, Innox having played for Monomaniac Esports, NubbyPoohBear was formerly the mid laner for oRbit Gaming ( Now Quantic ), ScubaChris is the current substitute player for Vulcun, and Unstoppable played on TSM Evo before they disbanded.
Without releasing too much information, DoubleBuff have beaten almost every amateur team, and even some current LCS teams in scrims. This is a team that has been dealt an extremely difficult bracket. In my opinion, all 3 of DoubleBuff, CLG and Azure Cats are good enough to be LCS teams, but only 1 can qualify for the next split.
Here’s the bottom line. To many people, it is impossible to see CLG NOT be in the LCS summer season, but these people need to get real. CLGs performance as of late has been extremely underwhelming, while DoubleBuff are ready to capitalize. It is of my belief that DoubleBuff can beat both Azure Cats and CLG, it isn’t going to be easy. Blood will be spilt, tears will be shed, trash talk will be said, but my point stands. Do not underestimate team DoubleBuff, they have the ability, they have the experience, and hopefully after this article, they’ll have a few more fans.
Thanks for reading guys. Shout out to Angel Vigil ( Manager of DoubleBuff ) for giving me the go ahead to write this, and good luck to all the amateur teams in the summer promotion series. Look out for an EU version of this article coming soon.
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