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Doublelift claims LCS pros “don’t play for the team” in League drafts

Published: 26/Aug/2020 1:17

by Alan Bernal

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LCS veteran Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng gave insights into why LCS drafts have a hard time finding cohesion, noting how some stars sometimes don’t play for the team when picking their champion.

When you have great players on your team, there’s a delicate balance between giving a person a pick that has all the tools they need to carry and making sure they’re champion works with everyone else’s on the team.

Comfort picks or champions that have carry potential are given to these great players. Unfortunately, in an LCS team, everyone has the ability to carry – some more than others – which makes comp building much harder.

Doublelift says that “the path to being a pro player is not by being a team player,” which can reflect in Champion Select on stage. This can result in “people [that] don’t want to take one for the team and pick for comp.”

“A lot of times comps looked really f**ked up because people don’t want to play hard matchups where a mistake is really punishing and they’re spending most of the game farming under turret and trying to get defended from dives,” he said.

It’s here where he distinguishes being a role-player as opposed to the team’s main focus. He praises former Team Liquid teammate and World Champion Jung ‘Impact’ Eon-yeong as someone who understands the importance of filling in key supplemental jobs in a comp – not something DL sees too often.

“Almost no pro player got to where they are by playing for the team,” Doublelift said. “Basically you became a pro player because you were selfish, you put yourself in winning positions, you carried your team to high Elo, and then when you got to high Elo you focused on refining your own gameplay.”

This affects the bigger picture because then you end up with compositions that are filled with these power picks that, if they falter or don’t pan out how the player expected, leaves a team in a bad place.

“It makes your comp scale bad, or creates a huge vulnerability in the comp. Pro players would love to play the lane-bully side. But in a team game, the lane bully side is just too all-in on early game and you’re just outscaled real fast,” Doublelift explained.

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How to watch Valorant First Strike NA Global Finals: Stream & schedule

Published: 30/Nov/2020 13:39 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 17:35

by Andrew Amos

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The Valorant First Strike Global Finals are here and the very best of North America are ready to go toe-to-toe in Future Earth. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one can be the champion. Here’s everything you need to know.

Weeks of competition has led to this. Across the world, the best Valorant teams have been duking it out for the chance to be crowned their regional champion. In no region, however, is the competition more fierce than in North America.

Heading into 2021 with the the Valorant Champions Tour looming on the horizon, a win in First Strike will mean a lot to teams as they start preparing for the first ever World Championship.

If you want to catch the best NA Valorant has to offer, we’ve got you covered right here.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

Just like the accompanying European leg of the event, the First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcasted live on the official Valorant Twitch channel.

The action will get underway on December 3, however, as of writing, start times for the broadcast and matches are yet to be confirmed. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience, so you can check back in once those times are sorted out.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

From hundreds of teams, only eight made it to North America’s First Strike Regional Finals. Fan-favorites like Sentinels, TSM, and T1 are mixing in with rising stars like Renegades and Immortals.

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, given how close the teams are, it really could be anyone’s title.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Schedule & results

Valorant-First-Strike-NA-Bracket

Thursday, December 3

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Quarterfinals Envy vs Immortals TBD TBD TBD TBD
Renegades vs TSM TBD TBD TBD TBD

Friday, December 4

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Quarterfinals 100 Thieves vs T1 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Sentinels vs FaZe TBD TBD TBD TBD

Saturday, December 5

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Semifinals TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Sunday, December 6

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Grand Final TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

This post will be updated once the action gets underway, so be sure to check back to see the results!