Hey everyone, it has been a long and busy week for me and thus I haven’t been able to conduct any sort of interviews but nevertheless I’ve promised to post at least once a week and thus I felt that I could at least live up to that promise.
With the GPL Winter season already underway I would love to take a look at the results after the first week of games, the highlights and upsets from the teams and finally SGS and their consistent champion select strategy of picking up teemo.
Results GPL Winter 2014 Week 1
Azubu Taipei Assassins
Topping of Group A we have the Azubu Taipei Assassins with the newly formed roster, they are favorites to leave this group in the pole position. TPA having had a couple of roster changes since the previous GPL season, we see the new addition of Morning previously from Waiyi Spiders.
Bebe moves from the top lane back to the bot lane returning to his AD carry role also Dinter moves to the jungle and Achie sits in the top lane. These changes I feel are massive for TPA as it allows Bebe to once again hone his Marksmen abilities to become a significant threat against other teams.
The addition of Morning will add another layer of threat to the team as Morning is known to be a very versatile player and so far he has held his own in the Mid lane. In week 1 of the GPL he has picked Zac into a kassadin showing how the beefy blob of jello can outmatch The Void Walker of the rift.
On the other side of the table we see two teams at the top of the ranks, UCan HongKong Attitude and Neolution e-Sports Full Louis both teams with a 2-0 record.
UCan HongKong Attitude
The team I want to focus on today is HKA as they have managed to topple the two favorites in Group B taking convincing wins against both sides. Beating out the Azubu Taipei Snipers and Singapore Sentinels is no easy feat yet this fairly new team managed to do it easily.
What interests me more than anything is the fact that former TPA members Stanley and Toyz have joined the HKA organization. Though no official word has been said about the move, we can expect the expertise of the two LOL veterans to play a big part in the success of HKA.
Toyz has teased he may return in 2014 and could be part of the starting lineup of HKA, that however remains to be seen. The current roster of HKA may not have a ton of competitive experience but PaSa their mid laner has consistently shown he can duke it out in the mid lane beating out NeXAbc [TPS] and Kryonics [SGS] in the mid lane.
After seeing their performance in week 1 of the GPL we should see HKA top the group. However we should not count out GPL favorites SGS and TPS in the running for pole position in Group B.
Team Singapore Sentinels
If you have been following the first week of the GPL closely, you may have noticed that SGS has been consistently picking up teemo. I do not really like that pick for Chawy as it prevents him from making many plays on that champion but who am I to question the picks coming in from SGS?
On that note, SGS is currently in the finals of the Dell Invitational and will be playing against Neolution e-Sports Full Louis whom they have already faced once in the Winners bracket.
Finally some screenshots of the SGS teemo matches. [Source: Facebook]
GPL Week 1 Screens
Dell invitational V Screens