It’s funny how some teams can be put in the elite tier without really having won a major event before. Dyrus said sarcastically at the very beginning of the show that Epik is really more of a second place team, and it’s true that Epik hasn’t really won a major competition before, but neither had Team SoloMid. Here were two of the most respected teams from North America and they had never taken 1st in any major tournament.
Some people who are too quick to jump to conclusions had wondered if Team SoloMid’s time as a top tier team was coming to an end. I mean, they haven’t won anything! And they haven’t been close to winning anything lately! They didn’t go to IEM Guangzhou and they got knocked out without winning a game at IEM New York.
Did Team SoloMid come together because of their gaming house? I’m going to say…that I have no idea. One things for certain though: people will read too much into this and gaming houses will become more popular. Just look at all those obstacles they had to overcome today. First: Dignitas, then: Epik with a one game advantage. They respond to that challenge by winning all five games today. Gaming house or not, they came together, played strong, and were dominant today.
As a result, they finally have that first championship.
– Epik’s final team composition was crazy. Three AP carries in Heimerdinger, Karthus, and Vladimir. No real tanky characters except Vladimir. A jungle Riven and a Taric? Heimer turrets and Karthus wall shred magic resist, and all that AoE damage combined with Vladimir ultimate will combine to deal a lot of damage to an area. I mean it was really interesting even if it did get crushed in the early game and couldn’t recover.
I hope Epik always tries things like this even if they don’t work out sometimes.
– The audience at Providence actually chanting “TSM, TSM, TSM” and being audibly loud with their cheering was both extremely nerdy and extremely cool. Yes, something can be both of those things.
– There’s been a lot of talk about whether Graves deserved those last nerfs or not. Against Caitlyn in the first TSM vs Dignitas game the farm looked like this 12 minutes in:
Graves – 102
Caitlyn – 97
Keep in mind this was played on the Shyvana patch so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Graves was able to trade even with a Caitlyn. Still, the supposed range counter to Graves was not able to hold him down at all.
– Jatt messing with a Rubix cube while deciding the second games picks and bans. There’s some sort of analogy or metaphor you could make between the two.
– Spectator mode still puts one side as Green and one side as Red which makes me think of one side as the enemy. I’m not playing; I don’t need to have enemies.
– All Dyrus has to do to entertain me is make his character laugh constantly. Sometimes I’m too easily amused I think.
– When Dan Dinh jungles he lets his laners take jungle creeps if they have spare time. What they didn’t tell you is that he often lets his support take some last hits when he’s AD just so that they can rush Philosopher’s Stone or other gold/5s faster. See people, is sharing that hard?