MLG Fall LoL Preview
MLG Pro Circuit - Fall
Starting November 2, 2012 and running until November 4, 2012, the MLG Pro Circuit Fall Championship will take place at Dallas, Texas in the United States. There are eight teams that were invited from around the globe, some of which where present for the Season Two League of Legends Championships. The teams will be playing for a 1st place prize of $16,000 USD in a tournament with a $30,000 USD prize pool. The teams are as follows:
The first round matches, along with predictions of who will win each match up follow.
NaJin Sword vs. CLG.NA (CLG Prime)
CLG.NA did not play against NaJin Sword during the Season 2 Championships group stage, but CLG.NA did get eliminated by Abzubu Frost, another team that went 3-0 in the group stage; demonstrating the strength of the team. Recently, CLG.NA had some roster changes, picking up Locodoco, a Korean player who used to play the role of AD carry, for their new support. HotshotGG returning to his top lane, and Chauster going into the jungle. Despite the roster changes, I think that NaJin Sword has the better chance of winning. MaKNooN being a fan favourite and NaJin Sword demonstrating their skill in the Season 2 World Championships will prove to be the deciding factor.
Pictured Above (left to right): NaJin Sword - Cain (Support), MaKNooN (Top), watch (Jungle), SSONG (AP), PraY (AD)
Curse.NA vs. Team SoloMid
Team SoloMid (TSM) may be one of the best teams in the NA scene, demonstrating their strength at many tournaments. TSM was the seeded team representing NA at the Season 2 World Championships after earning the spot at PAX 2012. Curse.NA played against our very own Team Acer at WEM. Curse.NA is a strong team with their jungler, SaintVicious calling the shots and controlling the jungle. TSM seems to have a stronger overall team and more cohesive teamwork. This is why I believe that TSM will win over Curse.NA.
Pictured Above (left to right): Team SoloMid - Chaox (AD), Xpecial (Support), Dyrus (Top), TheOddOne (Jungler), Reginald (AP)
Team Dignitas vs. CLG.EU
During the Season 2 World Championships, CLG.EU was the world's last hope of some team outside of Asia to be in the grand finals. However, Azubu Frost proved to be a strong team and eventually managed to win over CLG.EU. This does not mean that CLG.EU is not a weak team, but a team that can compete at the top of the world level. Being one of the only teams to be able to beat M5, CLG.EU demonstrates that they are also a strong force in the League of Legends professional scene. Team Dignitas has shown at many tournaments that they are a strong team, but being in the same region as TSM and CLG.NA, they have their work cut out for them. Due to CLG.EU's amazing showing at the Season 2 World Championships, I think that CLG.EU can win against Team Dignitas.
Pictured Above (left to right): CLG.EU - Wickd (Top), Yellowpete (AD), Froggen (AP), Snoopeh (Jungle), Krepo (Support)
Though Team Dynamic and Azubu Blaze were not mentioned in the schedule for MLG, it is assumed that they are still playing.
Team Dynamic recently had a roster change where ParadoXical, the AP mid player, was released from the team. There has been information released, revealing that the AP mid from Orbit Gaming, Nientonsoh, will substitute for Team Dynamic during MLG. Both Team Orbit and Team Dynamic have shown to be strong teams, playing in the SoloMid Invitationals.
Azubu Blaze did not make it to the Season 2 World Championships due to their loss to NaJin Sword during the qualifiers. Both Azubu Frost and Azubu Blaze play against each other regularly, which means that both the teams need to have similar skill levels to be a valuable practice partner. Goldtec, the top laner for Azubu Blaze will not be able to make the tournament due to difficulties, but the top laner from Azubu Frost, Shy, will be able to make it in his place. Shy has shown his dominance in the top lane during the World Championships, and I believe that he will continue to show his strength.
Looking at the teams and comparing their past results, I think that the tournament may end up looking like this for the top 3:
I expect the Asian teams to be one step ahead of everyone else, but during the World Championships, CLG.EU has shown the world that they are a team that is here to stay and one to give them trouble.