Mash Joins Echo Fox's League of Legends Team

by James Bates

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One of the NA LCS' struggling teams has a new face in the lineup. It was revealed earlier in the week via the page's lolesports page that Echo Fox had acquired a new ADC to serve as an understudy to Yuri "Keith" Jew, Brandon "Mash" Phan. At this time it seems as though Mash will only be serving as a substitute ADC, as the team has Keith listed as their starter on both of their opening games, at least at the time this article was written.

It's not at all unlikely that Mash has been added to the team due to his specialty in champions that Keith has never had a particularly strong affinity for. Specifically, Keith has never been a particularly big fan of champions the get into the middle of the fight like Lucian or Kalista, and those are two champions that have always been amongst the strongest for Mash, along with Sivir. Its possible the team might try to rotate between the two of them depending on how they expect their champion selects to play out, but that strategy has yet to pay the dividends in the NA LCS that it has in other regions.

It's also possible that Mash's addition is also a subtle warning for Keith. All throughout Echo Fox's history, it's bottom lane has been a huge problem for the team overall, and even noted veterans like Looper and Froggen haven't been enough to carry them. Echo Fox has already replaced their original support player in favor of Gate, so the only remaining person to give the axe is Keith himself. Time will tell whether he can avoid being banished back to the challenger scene or if Mash will be able to earn himself the starting spot.

WWG's Matt Best was optimistic about the move, for a change. "Echo Fox can afford to take a gamble in the bot lane because they've had such mediocre play from their duo since entering the LCS," He said. "Mash is a veteran who has shown flashes of brilliance and the ability to pop off every now and then. I still firmly believe that Echo Fox is a bot lane away from becoming a contender. The addition of Mash can be seen as an improvement but not one that should make your jaw drop."

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.