League of Legends Match of the Week: Week of 3/20/17

by James Bates

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(Photo: Riot Korea)

We say it every week, and we'll say it here again: time never stops in the League of Legends eSports world, it just slows down from time to time. With all four major region in full swing, however, now is definitely not that time. Last week saw a few bitter battles that helped determine the standings moving forward. Samsung's victory over KT Rolster caused many to question whether or not KT Rolster really was the second best team in the world moving forward, while over in China Team WE upset Royal Never Give Up and took the lead in the standings. NA saw Phoenix1 improbably come out looking better than all of their competitors, while over in Europe...Well G2 is still firmly stomping Europe, so not everything is changing.

With so much eSports action, however, it's hard to know what to spend your time watching. Believe us, we understand. So, in order to make sure that everyone's attention is zeroed in on the right games, we asked the finest minds at WWG what the biggest games of the week are, so that you, dear viewer, know exactly when you should sleep, and when it's worth picking up that extra energy drink for a night of Korean League of Legends.

 

Kevin Knocke, Host of The Checkpoint - Cloud9 vs. Phoenix1

 - "I'm looking at C9 vs P1, because with C9's struggles in the latter part of the season, P1 could very well go into the playoffs as the 2nd best team in a lot of minds. If C9 comes out strong, I think they're playoff ready."

Matt Best, Lead On-Air Host - Team SoloMid vs. Team Liquid

 - "Although it should be an easy TSM win over Team Liquid, all eyes must be on this matchup if you’re a fan of the NA LCS. How could you seriously not watch TSM vs TL on Saturday? Doublelift gets a chance to go up against his “former” team and WildTurtle will have his chance to prove that he’s better than Doublelift. Think of it as a statement game for WildTurtle. The team and pretty much everyone around him has basically said that the spot is Doublelift’s once he returns to TSM in the Summer. Maybe a convincing beatdown from WildTurtle will change a few minds. On the other hand if Doublelift goes off, he’ll just further solidify that he’s TSM’s go-to guy once the Summer split rolls around. Honorable mention to C9 and P1 right after that TSM/TL match. P1 is surging while C9 has dropped a match in each of the last two weeks."

James Bates, League of Legends Staff Writer - MVP vs. KT Rolster

 - "Once again it falls to me to wave the Korean banner and bring all eyes to the LCK. KT Rolster went into this year with the stated goal to be the best team in the world. After SKT T1 pounded them two series in a row, that goal died. Then Samsung also triumphed over them last week, which only seemed to make KT Rolster's claim to be a true contender against the likes of SKT T1 seem all the more flimsy. Now they face the fourth place team in the LCK, and if they lose now then it's time to start asking some uncomfortable questions about this team's future. Granted, Ian, MaHa and co. have come a long way from last year, but it's still going to be impossible to view it as anything but a tremendous failure if KT Rolster lose here. (And yes, I know the series was played out last night! You should still take some time to watch the VoDs if you have a chance!)"

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.