Just as Goose looked like they were beginning to take off (ed. note: PUN!), their big debut gets grounded (ed. note: PUN AGAIN!).
Everybody was so focused on the financial issues, but what’s surprising is that the major roadblocks ended up being something else completely. According to Atlanta, mandatorycloud and lemongod’s parents have vetoed their trips to Ukraine and are thus unable to go. We already knew mandatorycloud wasn’t going, but now that lemongod is out of the picture the team decided that three out of five wouldn’t really be Goose playing out there.
Additionally lemongod is going to need to take a hiatus from the team for awhile to focus on schoolwork. Just when Leona is starting to gain some traction probably the best Leona player gets sidelined.
Atlanta remains optimistic: “We Geese love your support and hope that you realize that Kiev is not the end all be all for our team and that YOU WILL SEE US. THE GOOSE WILL FLY AGAIN.” That’s the right attitude.
This all leaves an empty spot in Kiev for some North American team. The normal procedure is to give the spot to whoever the next team on the circuit rankings is whose not going, which would be CLG. Goose have said they would prefer v8, and v8 was the team to just lose out the qualifiers to Goose, but those two things probably won’t mean much and CLG will likely get the spot.
Haunting Guise is an item that almost no one gets. It’s the one that looks like a clown mask if you don’t remember.
It's this one; this is the item I'm talking about
I could just say no one uses and therefore it’s clearly bad, but that would be lazy analysis and is in general a bad method of judging viability. Eve was branded as the worst character in the game until people realized her strengths and she became an instant ban. Then Riot nerfed her back into the worst character in the game. It’s been a wild ride for Eve fans. Anyway, the point is common sense is sometimes wrong so when a random team in the WCG decided to buy a Haunting Guise I decided to take an actual analytical look instead of relying on the given principles of the LoL community.
This is all according to the stars talking on State of the League last night, but they did seem in the know, so take that for what’s it worth. If the end of season two is in August that makes for about one and a half major circuit events a month. So that’s pretty good and crazy if true. Keep in mind that many of the large tournaments that we’ve had up till now have always had a bunch of rounds of qualifiers first. Some of these new circuit events might be invitation only, but still, that’s a good amount of e-sports.
Rock Solid only became the elite team we know today after the addition of Jatt. Before that they were good, but never great. Was that just coincidental timing or were Jatt’s calls, leadership, and jungling ability really that good? Nobody knows! But it will be interesting to see how Dignitas does from here on out.
I don’t know if Jatt is still competing in IEM Kiev or not, but Kiev is only a month away. Due to the season 2 circuit rules they probably won’t be able to use a substitute from an established team (Goose is in a similar situation because mandatorycloud isn’t able to go). So…good luck in finding a top-level jungler who isn’t with a top-level team in a month. (update edit: from State of the League talk it appears Jatt isn’t competing and they are indeed looking for a replacement.)
When Elementz said Jatt was leaving Dignitas maybe he wasn’t trolling, about that one part at least. Or maybe he’s an incredibly accidental prophet.
Today was the day that Absolute Legends decided to change up everything on us, as Snoopeh, yellowpete, and Krepo were all announced as joining the team, which leaves only Froggen and wickd left from the original team. And the original team was only formed a month and change ago.
The Absolute Legends.eu team has been in a state of somewhat flux for awhile now after the jungler Kbap was benched. Now it is in a state of more flux as Lyumi and wewillfailer are leaving and three other top European players are being added.
Snoopeh comes to the Absolute Legends team after leaving SK Gaming, which is also where wickd came from. Snoopeh just too susceptible to peer pressure probably.