SPL in Review: Season 2 Spring Split Week 2Last updated 1 year ago
Published on 2015-03-16 01:41:09
ShadowV3n0m and Jhuns here to once again review this week’s SPL matches. Let’s look at what teams won and which players had the biggest impact. We use Smite.Guru’s Guru Pro Rating (GPR) to score individual players’ performances on a game-by-game basis. Check out our previous article to learn more about GPR.
Shadow, why don’t you lead us off with some EU action?
Dignitas vs Upcoming Stars
Kick starting the week just a little early on Thursday was Dignitas and Upcoming Stars! Originally, I would have said that it would be close, and perhaps Stars would pull something out of the hat that would sit the DiG boys down, but after last weeks performance I’d then say it would be the other way around.
Game one kicked off and ended with exactly how Dignitas ended the previous week, winning! YOUNGBAE turned up that game ticking all of our Guru boxes, as he got a Guru Pro Rating (GPR) of 2622! He kind of overdid himself: Xbalanque’s passive only utilizes 6 kills, but Mr. BAE got himself 12 kills to a single death! Variety’s Osiris and FrezzOO’s Athena certainly did well that game, but their efforts and results of gameplay didn’t entirely translate to their score.
Rolling into the second game, it feels like a game of nostalgia from the Dignitas perspective. Ymir & Artemis, Poseidon, Hun Batz and… Thor. Despite Hun Batz and Ymir typically being picks for the Jungle (as this is FrostiaK after all), we actually saw FrostiaK play Thor, who spun, dunked, walled, and spinny hammered his way to victory, and cracked out an 8/1/8 KDA, which resulted in a 1281 Guru Pro Rating. Unfortunately, Stars just weren’t able to keep up with the momentum, Dignitas ran the game at their own pace, and so Stars were left in dismay. Dignitas took their 2:0 win series, and kept their heads high, and are going strong in this Spring Split!
Now Jhuns, would you like to inform us of what happened over the pond?
Melior Morior Vs. COGnitive Gaming
The last time these two teams met back in the first week of the qualifiers, they played under different names. Then Melior Morior (under the Complexity banner) knocked COG (What’s Kraken, at the time) down to the third/fourth place match to advance to the finals. Coming in to this week’s match, there was little to suggest the outcome would be any different with MM’s dominant showing against Denial last week. COG would not be pushed aside so easily, however. They held strong against the relentless attacking style of MM for the first twenty minutes of each game, often grabbing the gold lead even while trailing in kills. Unfortunately, they always lagged behind in experience, which would prove to be their undoing as their teamfight would be dismantled around the 23 minute mark in both games. From there, Melior Morior would latch onto their lead, and systematically destroy every part of COG’s base. MM took home the overall victory, two games to none.
The standout player of the series was none other than MM’s Weak3n with a GPR of 1953. The Jungler brought out a surprising Thanatos pick in the first match, and got his Solo lane off to a great start with an early kill in lane. While he did get caught out a few times, Weak3n was everywhere in both games, dishing out loads of damage so that the rest of his team could clean up. With Ratings of 1744 and 1720, respectively, Allied and CycloneSpin also showed up with some impressive performances. CycloneSpin had an especially good game on his Bastet, getting 12 kills, 11 assists, and only 2 deaths, while also dishing out 25k player damage and 4k structure damage.
On the other side of the map, Meerkat put in the overall best performance for his team with an average GPR of 1466. His rating comes primarily off the back of his time on Tyr in the second game, where he was involved in all of his team’s kills. He managed to clock in at just over 20k player damage, just shy of Allied’s game-best 22k damage. After Meerkat, Jigz put in two very consistent 1300-range games on Sylvanus for an average GPR of 1341. The COG Support tried his hardest to keep his teammates healthy with almost 9k player healing total.
How were Saturday’s European games, Shadow?
Titan vs London Conspiracy
Moving into the weekend, we see the return of our dear Titan! Yawning from sleeping in all the money they earned recently, Titan was fresh and ready, and took on London Conspiracy head-on. It was certainly expected of Titan to be taking home the win, as they’re regarded as the #1 team in EU, but London Conspiracy is coming into this series with a win under their belts already. Maybe they can roll into some more wins?
A promising early game comes out from LDNC, but it would seem good old Titan wasn’t that sleepy, as they came out with the overall victory in true clean teamfight style. Confrey picked Chaac that game, and I believe he walked into the lane chanting “Chaac dun care” because he really didn’t. Stacking all the power and penetration he wished, our Guru Pro Rating gave him 1904 for his efforts! There was an interesting Freya + Guan Yu lane coming out from Ataraxia and KanyeLife too, which worked better than first impressions anticipated.
Charging into game two we saw some more cavalry coming out from KanyeLife, who really brought out the big Guan plays this game. Titan had an even cleaner teamfight sequence, dropping only 4 lives between all of Titan that game. KanyeLife earnt himself a Guru Pro Rating of 2179. Heck, he even competed with Confrey’s Aphrodite for healing. He was working that much! Titan takes it with a 2:0 series win, which is the start they were looking for. Will we ever see a third game come out in Europe!?
And again, back to you, Jhuns, for our NA Saturday night show!
Cloud9 G2A vs Enemy Esports
Enemy Esports came into this match as the clear underdogs, but weren’t about to be intimidated. The previous world champions looked uncharacteristically sluggish in the first game, which allowed Enemy to build up a kill and gold lead. It looked like Enemy was only some routine play away from the big upset, but C9 was able to drag the game out to the late game, where they won a teamfight to secure the Fire Giant and eventually the game. The second game was also close for the starting minutes, but eventually C9 shook off their rust and started to dominate Enemy. Cloud9 took the set two games to none.
Omega shined in this match-up, putting up dominant numbers with both his Chaac and Bakasura, and earning himself a GPR of 2007. He soaked up tons of damage and dished it back as Chaac, and almost singlehandedly kept his team in the game on a few occassions. With a rating of 1658, the ever consistent BaRRaCCuDDa finished with the second best performance on his team. Andinster also looked good on his Serqet, getting a GPR of 1610 overall and a 2049 in a dominant second game.
For Enemy, the clear MVP was BronxBombers, who clocked in an overall GPR of 1485. BronxBombers absolutely shone in the first game on Ullr, dealing 52k player damage and getting 16 kills, while only dying 4 times himself. After the ADC, Enemy’s substitute Support, MrMakey, had the second-best showing with a GPR of 1349. His Athena was particularly good, with on-point taunts and body-blocks to help BronxBombers pick up his many kills.
Cloud9 G2A vs Team SoloMid
There were a lot of high expectations going into perhaps the most anticipated NA match this week, and it delivered. This was a closely-contested series, but in the end TSM stood victorious. The first game looked like C9 had it in the bag, but a huge fight at TSM’s Solo Phoenix turned the favor to TSM, who would go on to kill the Titan. The second game started similarly, but this time Cloud9 closed up the holes in their play to force a third game. However, after a relatively close start TSM took over and exhibited their typical total-map dominance in the final game. TSM takes the series 2-1.
Top notches go to Divios for his Solo play with a total GPR of 1833. His Hades in the first game was critical for the comeback. While his Tyr was less inspiring, the young player pulled out all the stops on Osiris in the third match as a huge disrupter in the fights. Following close on his tail was Eonic with a rating of 1811. The TSM Support had quite a few clutch saves with his Geb shield.
Cloud9’s top player was once again Omega ending the series with a score of 1877. Of particular note was his Bakasura in the second match, which he used to completely shut down his opposite, Divios. And second on the charts was BaRRaCCuDDa, raking in a total of 1768. BaRRa only looked somewhat weak in his final match, where the team lost before his Xbalanque could really come online.
Let’s move into the final day of this week’s competition. Shadow, tell us about the Fnatic doubleheader on Sunday.
Fnatic vs TRIG esports
It’s the beginning of the end! We start the final day of Week 2 with Fnatic (which was SK Gaming) against trig esports. Whilst trig esports may be listed as a team that are qualified, they actually hold seasoned players as old as those over on the Fnatic roster, meaning intense games were expected.
The first game was very much a game of chess: everybody thinking several moves ahead, and waiting for a mistake to then capitalise on. It took 20 minutes for the first blood to come out (on the side of Fnatic actually), but unfortunately the late game comp came out to work fantastically for Trig, bringing home the bacon that first game. Xaliea with the good old Vamana brought out a GPR of 2054, with the backup performance coming from Funballer who scored 1963 even though he had a 1/2/9 KDA (as opposed to Xaliea’s 7/1/5 KDA).
Going into the second game Trig looked really secure and ended up taking the second win that way as well. There was confusion of the team composition on Trig’s side of things before we actually saw who was playing which god, but we saw a Hercules, a Ymir, and a Nemesis picked up. That turned out to be Trixtank’s Hercules (who was insaaaane scoring 2434 in our GPR), QvoFred’s one-of-a-kind Ymir build (Reinforced Greaves into Breastplate of Valor, then Winged Blade into Void Stone) and finally Xaliea’s Nemesis. Interesting picks for the Jungle and Solo, but again they worked well in their roles. Xaliea rolled a 2066 GPR, and QvoFred froze at 1769.
Fnatic vs Titan
With the last series not going too well, it honestly didn’t look too promising for Fnatic’s next matchup, Titan. With Titan already putting in a performance earlier this week, both teams had now played a series to warm up as such, as it’s back to big boy games!
Game one showed us that Realzx didn’t really fall off or go anywhere, he was just preparing himself for the entirety of Titan! He gained a Guru Pro Rating of 2593 in that game, showing that Fnatic are actually a top team and should not be doubted, even with a sponsor change and role swap. Zyrhoes brought out his Vulcan, and to quote F., “Zyrhoes wanted to play vulcan so badly he switched roles to mid.” Along with everybody else, Zyrhoes made sure Realzx carried on the Xbalanque pick, who finished at 7/1/8 in KDA.
Rolling into the second game, we saw Fnatic draft.. almost exactly the same group of gods? It most definitely worked though, as Fnatic were yet again effective and put Titan down. Titan’s reign of #1 EU team may not last all that long! Claiming 17 lives, and only losing 5 throughout the game, Fnatic brought their A-game. Realzx on Xbalanque again goes 8/2/4 in KDA, and a 2089 GPR, but CaptainTwig waves hello on the Arachne with a 2100 GPR, and a 2/2/14 KDA doesn’t tell the whole story, eh? We saw interesting build choices coming out from the Fnatic side, but with results like that you daredn’t question it!
Hit me with your final series, Jhuns.
Team SoloMid vs Denial eSports
After getting smashed by Melior Morior in their first outing, Denial looked to bounce back against one of the strongest teams in the league. And bounce back they did. Although they faltered late in the second game, Denial largely controlled the map against a TSM that looked out of sync and out of sorts. The third game sent a particularly chilling message, with Denial taking a Phoenix in under fifteen minutes. Denial takes the series 2-1.
The top performer of the series goes to Shadowq, with a series-high rating of 1601. He played a brilliant Sylvanus in both of their wins, but he looked most impressive in his final outing where he scored a nearly perfect 2832. His pulls and ultimates were accurate and well-timed, which set his team up perfectly to snowball into the midgame. Close on the Support’s tail was his lane partner, madmanmarc22. The ADC ended the series with a GPR of 1592, riding mostly on his Ullr performance. In that final, utter stomp of a game, madmanmarc22 managed to deal nearly 8k structure damage in just 20 minutes.
No one on Team SoloMid had a great day. Only DaGarz in the jungle showed his usual prowess with a GPR of 1538. He basically carried the second match on his own back as Hun Batz to keep TSM’s hope for a series alive. Other than DaGarz, Divios was the only other player to score above 1000, with a GPR of 1204. Although he got off to a rough start, Divios managed to make his Hades a force to be reckoned with in the second game. The first game Odin pick was puzzling and did not work out at all, earning Divios the lowest single-game GPR in the series of 535 points.
And that’s it from us. We’ll be back next week with more match highlights and player ratings. Remember these are the professional players in a professional setting, please do not try this at home.