We finally have a good idea who is starting for the brand new Phoenix1 roster. We will be doing a quick write-up and analysis of each player what we know and what we expect in the upcoming League of Legend’s North American Summer Split from the newbies.
Meet the Players
Top Lane – Zig
Zig has been a professional player since 2012 and has been a part of the challenger circuit playing on teams like Dignitas, Curse Academy, and Team Liquid. Most recently he played on Team Liquid’s Acadamy team and helped them earn a 4th place finish. Zig’s best game during that Challenger series was a 7-2-17 game on Shen against FrostBite. In games against current LCS team Apex, Zig’s had a 1.16/3.16/6.33 KDA which will have to improve against better competition. Zig played only five champions during the challenger series with a majority of all games on either Poppy or Nautalis.
Mid Lane- Pirean
Pirean played on Team Impulse last year and well the 4-12 finish will not inspire a ton of confidence in new Phoenix1 fans. Pirean carried a 2.23 KDA and struggled most of the split to have a significant impact in games. Pirean did pick up wins on Ryze and Viktor during the split, and both champions seem to be priority picks this meta if the LPL is any indication after their first week. Pirean will have to work on better positioning to provide more damage in a meta that looks have mid laners play a huge role in teams success or failure. His experience will be invaluable to a new team and rookie LCS players.
Inori is probably the biggest unknown on this roster. Inori comes from Iraq and has some experience in the challenger series but during the North American Spring Split spent most of his time as a substitute for Team Dignitas. Digging way back into his match history as a professional he looks to have a very large champion pool. With little known about Inori from lack of professional experience, this seems to be the biggest question mark and weak link for Phoenix1 coming into the Summer Split.
Mash was one of the few bright spots on TIP last season and showed he belongs in the LCS. Mash was proficient on Corki, Lucian, Ezreal, and Kalista throughout the Spring Split. His KDA and positioning was always respectable but his team consistently being behind did not allow Mash to really show off his technical ability. He will be a steady performer for Phoenix1 and they will need to build the team around him for success. He gets the added benefit of playing with Gate for another split.
Gate the long time TIP play is back for another split with Mash and the bot lane looks to be the strength of the team. Gate showed off a big champion pool during the Spring Split with his best champions Bard and Alistar (both still in meta). He will more than likely be the shot caller with a brand new inexperienced jungle. Gate showed he belongs in the LCS right along with Mash and if there is going to be any sustained success for Phoenix1 it will be in large part because of strong showings by the Mash and Gate.
Phoenix is going to have to really fight and win series against the bottom of the standings to not be fighting for their LCS lives at the end of the split.
What has to happen for a best case finish- Pirean and Inori show they belong and have the ability to play in the LCS. The team gels immediately and play a great micro early game that keeps the team close or ahead enough to let Mash and Gate carry them through the late game. The team wins most games against the likes of Apex, Echo Fox, and Team Envy and the pick off a few games from the second tier teams against Team Liquid, Cloud 9, and TSM. They finish 6th and get themselves into the North American LCS Finals tournament.
We see them finishing 8th-10th and with inexperienced and unknown in key roles for the team anything better than a 10th place finish will have to be considered a success.