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Vizicsacsi explains why heavy defeats will help Splyce during Worlds

Published: 27/Sep/2019 1:22 Updated: 28/Sep/2019 0:16

by Isaac McIntyre


It was five years ago, in Autumn 2014, that Tamás ‘Vizicsacsi’ Kiss qualified for the EU LCS with the League of Legends World Championship. Now, half a decade after kicking off his LEC career, he has finally made it with Splyce.

This time, Vizicsacsi feels like he’s ready. Splyce have been fired through the furnace, battling against G2 Esports and Fnatic – two rosters he considers among the best in the world – and have emerged all the better for it. The team may have struggled to find their feet against Fnatic in particular, but those heavy defeats were major learning experiences, and the 26-year-old reckons they’re improving as they get ready for Worlds.

“I’m really happy to have finally achieved my goal that I have had ever since joining EU LCS five years ago,” the Splyce star told Dexerto ahead of the team’s Worlds bootcamp preparations.

“After we dropped out of playoffs against Rogue and went into a huge slump, I wasn’t too hopeful about the gauntlet, but during preparation weeks we managed to improve a lot.”

Riot GamesVizicsacsi finally achieved his international dream under the Splyce banner.

This is Splyce’s second international appearance. Last time they made it to the Riot Games year-end event they had a smoother ride, finishing second in EU LCS 2016 Spring. They were even a strong contender for Worlds, but they finished bottom of their group with a 1-5 record. The following two years were a barren period for the team as they failed to deliver on their promise, not even qualifying for Riot’s showpiece event in 2017 and 2018.

This time around, they’ve been on a rollercoaster that’s taken them from the lofty heights of third in the regular season, to a disappointing 5th-6th finish in the Summer postseason, that included a shock 3-0 crushing at the hands of Rogue.

There was even a time when Vizicsacsi thought he was going to suffer the pain of previous years and miss out again. On so many occasions he had come very close to booking his ticket to the biggest event on the League of Legends calendar, but he had always fallen short.

“It feels like Spring Split could have gone a lot better had we done a few things differently against Fnatic,” he said. “Then, as good as Summer started with the regular split, the playoffs were a big disappointment. At least we got to Worlds though.”

Riot GamesSplyce finished fourth and third in the LEC regular splits this year.

Now, the Hungarian star is just weeks away from playing his first matches at the international tournament. It may only be Play-Ins to start with, but he’s confident that Splyce have what it takes to qualify for the main event. 

Last Sunday evening they were drawn into a three-team pool with veteran Japanese representatives DetonatioN FocusMe and Argentian squad Isurus Gaming. With two wildcard region teams lined up as their challengers in the first stage of the tournament, Vizicsacsi is already beginning to believe groups are in Splyce’s future.

Anything less than that would be a failure.

“Getting into group stage is the minimum expectation, and I would love to be able to get out of groups as well,” he said of the LEC team’s ambitions.

“That will depend a lot on our preparation, and how good we will understand the patch (Worlds will be played on 9.19). Either way, I’m hopeful about it because I know our team can grow a lot in a short amount of time. Being in the top competition should enhance this growth even further.”

Splyce have also been handed a few lessons by some of the best recently. In their most recent series, where victory would have fired them straight through to the final 16 teams at Worlds, they were smacked around the Rift in a 3-0 loss against second-placed Fnatic.

Vizicsacsi is not about to lose confidence after losing to one of the best teams on the planet right now. Instead, he insists the constant battles against them can only make them stronger.

“How things are looking right now, G2 and Fnatic are on another level compared to other EU teams,” he conceded. “That said, the 3-0 we received from Fnatic in the gauntlet is definitely not representative of our strength.

“I’m sure we can do a lot better than that. We play the best if we can execute our plans consistently, and that exact consistency is what we will be looking for at Worlds.”

Riot GamesSplyce’s top laner believes LEC finalists Fnatic and G2 Esports are two of the Worlds favorites.

The two LEC powerhouses aren’t the only qualified teams that Vizicsacsi has experience of. After missing out on a place in Riot’s new European league, his former organization, Unicorns Of Love, earned their place at Worlds through Russia’s LCL competition. They’ve now been placed in Group A alongside Clutch Gaming and MAMMOTH.

For Splyce’s top laner, the fact that his old team – where he spent six EU LCS splits – will be playing in the international competition for the first time in their history is a special moment. That doesn’t mean he’ll be holding back if they meet on Summoner’s Rift.

“I’m happy for them,” he said. “They were my first team, and I definitely have some good memories of them. As long as we are not competing against each other, I will be rooting for them. If we cross paths though, there will be no mercy!”

Riot GamesVizicsacsi spent three years with the Unicorns of Love.

No matter what happens for Splyce in Berlin and beyond, Vizicsacsi already believes that the 2019 roster has risen above and beyond what they wanted to achieve. To be representing the LEC at a time when people are saying that Europe has become the best region in the world is something special. To bring something different to the table is an added bonus.

“If we look at the end result, that we are at Worlds, in this moment we can be happy for sure. However, I do think both splits could have gone better,” he said.

“We under performed at times, where we needed to play our best, so I’m a bit sad about the splits. Nonetheless, it was a good learning experience for all of us, and I hope it will, in the end, just enhance our upcoming Worlds performances.”

Splyce’s first competitive matches at the 2019 World Championship will begin with a battle against Isurus and DFM for a place in the Play-In playoffs. Once in the elimination bracket, they could face major region representatives like Clutch Gaming and DAMWON Gaming.

Worlds matches begin at the LEC Studio on October 2. The main Group Stage will begin 10 days later at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin. Follow all the action with our Worlds 2019 tournament hub.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 – Undefeated Evil Geniuses shape as early favorites

Published: 18/Jan/2021 10:04 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 10:12

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!

  • Evil Geniuses stay undefeated with win over Dignitas
  • CLG eliminated from Lock In playoff contention on Day 2
  • 100 Thieves bounce back with Liquid upset

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 2 – 1
1 Team Liquid 2 – 1
1 TSM 2 – 1
4 Golden Guardians 1 – 2
5 CLG 1 – 3

Group B

Placements Team Games
1 Evil Geniuses 3 – 0
2 Cloud9 2 – 1
3 Dignitas 1 – 2
3 Immortals 1 – 2
5 FlyQuest 0 – 2

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule & results

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

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

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 last undefeated team 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.

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

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