The first Rift Rivals tournament kicked off with a smash between the NA and EU regions! The rivalry has lingered and both regions want bragging rights for future trash talk, so every team brought what they could to the tables. ​


The Results

Team SoloMid 1-0 G2 Esports

Fnatic 1-0 Phoenix1

G2 Esports 1-0 Cloud9

Unicorns of Love 0-1 Phoenix1

Cloud9 1-0 Fnatic

Team SoloMid 1-0 Unicorns of Love


Team SoloMid's Wombo Combo

After the MSI battle, all eyes were on both teams in their revenge match. Team SoloMid surprised everyone with the Galio pick mid, but they showed that they have improved their gameplay and dominated G2 Esports by snowballing with both their macro and micro play by comboing with the Jarvan and Galio ults onto a Flash-less Syndra and Kog'Maw. 

While few people expected the Galio-Jarvan from Team SoloMid, the second TSM locked in their champions, G2 Esports was out drafted. Their team composition was solid, but when they did not have summoner spells, they were caught out, and they lost. During laning phase, they had forgotten TSM had a double TP on their team as well. G2 Esports will have to keep track of the summoners and adjust accordingly in the future. 


Fnatic Outclasses Phoenix1

Fnatic smoothly destroyed Phoenix1 in every way possible with a 15k gold lead by 20 minutes. They outplayed their opponents in both solo lanes and in team fights. Paul "sOAZ" Boyer made beautiful exits to avoid ganks and Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen was on fire during team fights. 

Phoenix1, despite their loss, played their best. They will have to learn to find their consistency, however, as we've seen them win against teams like the No. 1 NA seed, Immortals, during the Summer Split. Hopefully, we will only see them continue to improve!


G2 Esports Dragon Control

During the match, G2 Esports was able to obtain five dragons uncontested. They were on a roll! However, they were not able to keep it and Cloud9 took control. It left the game in a back and forth as C9 pushed against all odds until Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi was caught out and G2 was able to capitalize. 


Regardless, not the cleanest game from G2 Esports and they will need to work on that in the future if they want to win the Rift Rivals for EU. 

Cloud9 may have been successful in destroying Martin "Deficio" Lynge's brain cells, but they were not able to come back after finding momentum against G2 Esports. Everyone has stated it before, and while some digress and say that these dragons do not matter: they still do. 


Time and time again, the dragons that C9 gave up hurt them in the late game and they still continue to ignore the objective that becomes insurmountable when they lose Elder as well. I don't know how many times it will take C9 to lose to realize they need to contest dragons. 


Ryu Slaughters Exileh

Whether it was disrespect on Fabian "Exileh" Schubert's part or not, Ryu "Ryu" Sang-wook used and abused it and slaughtered him in lane. He did not allow Exileh to obtain his power spike and his kills and assists only added to their team fights as he was able to put pressure in other lanes and fights. 

After going 0-8, I think UOL will need to reconsider Exileh as their mid laner. When he does not win lane, he feeds and he tilts. He does not only feed his lane, but both his and the jungle lanes. Not only that, but he needs to increase his champion pool, provide respect to his opponents, and improve by learning to read the lane and map better. His map awareness seems to be lacking as well.


Cloud9 Dominates Fnatic

The synergy between Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen and Juan "Contractz" Garcia was an unstoppable force in the game between Fnatic and Cloud9 that allowed Jensen to steamroll Rasmus "Caps" Winther, who was 0-6 Orianna. The pressure mid lane was too much for Caps, and Jensen was able to use his lead to pick off members and dismantle Fnatic at their core on a fed LeBlanc. 

There was little Fnatic could do after losing mid lane. They were simply outclassed and outplayed by Cloud9 with the lead they gave Jensen. Improving their own synergy between the jungler and mid laner would be their best hope for a future win against any NA team.


TSM Slaughter Unicorn

Much like the previous match, Fabian "Exileh" Schubert fed his laner once more, and it felt like an open mid game. It was one of the quickest games today, ending in TSM's favor after each time fight. Today was an impressive day for TSM, both of their wins were clean. 

While top and jungle did well, the rest of the team did not. Again, Unicorns of Love will need to learn to respect their opponents.