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Jankos reveals why he believes Broxah going to NA will “make him worse”

Published: 9/Dec/2019 5:15

by Isaac McIntyre


Worlds finalist Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen is on the move ahead of the 2020 League of Legends season, joining North America’s Team Liquid from Fnatic, but G2 Esports star Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski thinks he’s making a big mistake.

On paper, Team Liquid is certainly upgrading their international stocks by securing Broxah’s signature, after the four-time LCS champions struggled in consecutive World Championship campaigns to break out of the international event’s group stage.

Jankos, who won the Mid-Season Invitational and two LEC titles with G2 this year before finishing second at Worlds, isn’t so sold on the move for Broxah though, and thinks the Danish star should have thought twice before putting pen to paper.

Riot GamesJankos believes Broxah is making a mistake heading to LCS for the 2020 season.

“I don’t think it will mean much, honestly, I think Broxah is a really good player, but he can’t make a difference alone,” Jankos told Inven Global at Riot Games’ less-serious 2019 All-Stars event in Los Angeles this weekend.

“I think Broxah will become worse [after joining Team Liquid], because that’s just how it is. I don’t want to assume that, because I hope he doesn’t. I like Broxah and I have nothing against him, but I assume playing in NA solo queue and with NA players will make him worse because we’ve seen that with every player who has gone to NA so far.”

That’s not to say the move is bad for both parties, Jankos explained. The G2 star certainly believes Broxah is a straight upgrade on outgoing jungler Jake ‘Xmithie’ Puchero, who has returned to Immortals for LCS 2020 Spring.

“I think Liquid will still be the best team, no other team in the LCS made drastic enough roster changes to challenge them,” Jankos said. “I would consider Broxah even better than Xmithie, so I’m curious to see how they will do on the international stage.”

Riot GamesJankos believes “wannabe streamers” are ruining NA’s competitive solo queue.

According to the two-time European champion, North America’s key problems come from the players that dominate the top of the region’s solo queue that are only interested in “fun” and often “troll a lot” instead of aiming to get better.

“A lot of the high ranking NA solo queue players are wannabe streamers who are aspiring to copy the influencers,” he explained.

“Obviously, that makes a lot of money, and it’s fun, but if you are just having fun and troll a lot, the quality of games are going to be worse. You can still spam and try your best, but I also feel like there aren’t a lot of LCS teams looking for new NA talent.”

Riot GamesJankos has admitted he doesn’t think Broxah will improve Liquid enough on the international stage.

Though there have been a few longstanding LCS veterans that have been left sidelined ahead of the 2020 season, Jankos says the “recycling” mentality that has taken hold of North America is stifling the league’s chance to excel internationally.

That said, the Polish star didn’t exactly rule out the chance for he himself to eventually make the switch across the Atlantic Ocean, following in Broxah’s footsteps, and picking up a high-level Championship Series contract in the future.

“Well I’m getting old, right? he replied with a laugh. “I have a lot of experience, and I could lead a team, so maybe someday. I’m not saying no because if I close all my doors I don’t know what will happen if I become too bad to play with G2.

“We will see how it happens. You have good food and good weather in LA; a lot of good things. So I felt like if I ever wanted to leave a team and try another challenge after being in a really strong team…and also if I wanted to get paid more, then maybe.”

Riot GamesJankos has left the door open for a possible move to the LCS “in the future.”

While Jankos may not think highly of North American stars, he may have changed his tune on Vietnamese players, after being eliminated by VCS respresentative Đỗ ‘Levi’ Duy Khánh in the All-Star 1v1 tournament on Saturday evening.

Jankos attended the Los Angeles-based event alongside Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther, Mihael ‘Mikyx’ Mehle, and Gabriël ‘Bwipo’ Rau as European representatives. They were joined at the star-studded event by pro players, and streaming stars like Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp, and Moe ‘Yassuo’ A.

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LCS Lock In 2021 – 100 Thieves, Cloud9 push ahead to semifinals

Published: 24/Jan/2021 1:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 1:42

by Andrew Amos


The League of Legends’ LCS is underway with the 2021’s Lock In. North America’s 10 best teams lock horns for bragging rights ahead of the Spring Split. Here’s the LCS Lock In standings, schedule, results & more to stay in the loop!

  • Cloud9 comes back vs TSM, series tied at 1-1
  • Winner of C9 vs TSM face off against 100T next week
  • 100T beat IMT in two quick games to advance

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Standings

Group A

Placements Team Games
1 100 Thieves 3 – 1
2 Team Liquid 3 – 1
3 TSM 2 – 2
4 Golden Guardians 1 – 3
5 CLG 1 – 3

Group B

Placements Team Games
1 Evil Geniuses 3 – 1
1 Cloud9 3 – 1
3 FlyQuest 2 – 2
4 Immortals 1 – 3
5 Dignitas 1 – 3

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule & results

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

100 Thieves 2 – 0 Immortals 1pm 4pm 9pm
TSM 1 – 2 Cloud9 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

100 Thieves breeze through, Cloud9 reverse sweep TSM

The first set of Lock In quarterfinals was a breeze for 100 Thieves, who faced off against an Immortals playing their full Academy roster. Support Choi ‘huhi’ Jae-hyun (0/1/12 on Rakan and 1/4/20 on Alistar) and jungler Can ‘Closer’ Celik shone as 100T (5/2/2 on Nidalee and 12/2/13 on Graves) just outclassed IMT.

The other series wasn’t smooth sailing for Cloud9 though. They dropped the first game against TSM, before running it back in Games 2 and 3 to get the win.

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Team Liquid vs FlyQuest 1pm 4pm 9pm
Evil Geniuses vs Golden Guardians 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians 1 – 0 CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Perkz’s Cloud9 debut doesn’t go as planned

The first day of LCK Lock In action didn’t go as planned for Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Cloud9, losing their first match of 2021 to Evil Geniuses. His 4/7/2 performance on Yone disappointed many, as Deftly shone on Kai’Sa.

100 Thieves’ new roster got off to a strong start against a new-look TSM, while CLG are 0-2 in 2021, losing to both Liquid and the rookie Golden Guardians lineup. Although they are without Broxah and Finn, the team failed to live up to their legacy.

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 1 – 0 FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals 1 – 0 Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG 1 – 0 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Evil Geniuses remain flawless at Lock In

After 100 Thieves fell down to a weakened CLG, Evil Geniuses remain the only undefeated team at Lock In. Their win against Immortals was dominant off the back of another great performance from Deftly and IgNar in bot.

Cloud9 came back strong after their disappointing loss to Evil Geniuses against FlyQuest with a near-perfect game, only losing one tower. TSM (against Golden Guardians) and Immortals (against Dignitas) also posted wins.

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid 0 – 1 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG 0 – 1 TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians – 1 Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Evil Geniuses overtake Liquid to claim ‘favorites’ mantle

Evil Geniuses have extended their undefeated streak to the end of the opening weekend, defeating Dignitas to secure a 3-0 record. Their lead was helped along by a 100 Thieves upset win over Liquid, with Can ‘Closer’ Çelik and Victor ‘FBI’ Huang dictating the mid-game in their team’s second win.

On the other end of the spectrum, Counter Logic Gaming has become the first team eliminated from playoff contention early on Day 2.

The roster — which is missing Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål and Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen due to visa issues — were punted after losing to arch-rivals TSM in a back and forth battle. Their 1-3 record leaves them without a chance to make finals.

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses 0 – 1 FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid 1 – 0 TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves finish on top in groups

The LCS Lock In 2021 playoffs have been decided, with Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves getting the best of the bunch by finishing on top. It didn’t come easy though, with EG losing their first game of the event against FlyQuest.

FlyQuest made a huge resurgence with two wins to get off the bottom of Group B and make playoffs, all thanks to the debut of jungler Josedeodo. CLG and Dignitas failed to make the cut.

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm