As we give our sincerest thanks to Bencel for all his hard work last split, we have our own Reece “LoLTies” Perry on hand to pick up the MVP Mantle for Split 2. Check out who put in the best performance for your team below!
Maybe we’re finally seeing Cuden come into his own, maybe EGym was right when he called him an “offseason warrior”. Whichever it comes down to, it was a delight to watch for MAMMOTH fans. Cuden was everywhere he needed to be, almost every time. He made plays on both attack and defense, and even managed a rare Tahm Kench highlight play with his flash-nom saving of Mash. I could have given this to Remind, the way he bodied Looch in the first game really set the tone for MAMMOTH.
There was really only one option for this. Sleeping was exemplary against the so-called MVP in Chippys and outplayed him through the laning phase in definitely one and arguably both games. It can be hard to play Jayce into Tahm Kench but he was still getting relevant damage onto key targets, but he just didn’t have enough assistance enough of the time to extend the series. Tiger was decent in patches but the rest of the lineup was very disappointing.
The story of Babip is not just a crushing performance on his signature Nidalee, though that is always very nice to see. Nor was it his superlative Taliyah, though adapting so impressively to the new pick on stage was also encouraging. What impressed me the most about Babip this week was the total package, showing mastery while facilitating standard compositions and the unorthodox no ranged physical damage carry compositions alike. Outstanding from the young Chief this week.
Another layup of a selection, as Mimic was the only one showing any real resistance from Legacy this week. It might be hard for Legacy to take much heart from such a disastrous opening, but they can take comfort in knowing they’ve still got a legitimate top laner in a region where it’s so important to have one. Mimic showed why his Gangplank had been banned in 2/3rds of his prior 24 games – the rest of the roster will fire with him sooner rather than later and he will become overwhelming on the pick.
Avant Gaming: DarkSide
I really, really wanted to give this to Frae because I was very happy with his performance, but it’s just too hard to go past DarkSide. I was more impressed with his game 3 than his game 1 as his ability to run a train on Tectonic was much more impressive the time when they didn’t fork over kills hand over fist in the first six minutes. I was initially worried about this pickup, but this was a bright debut, shenanigans in game 2 notwithstanding.
Papryze’s play backed up his offseason talk with a really impressive set against Avant. In Game 1 the rest of the map fell apart around him, but he was instrumental to game 2’s success and was serviceable on Gangplank in game 3. Of the rest of the squad he seemed the most at ease with the substitute ADC situation. Papryze showed that you don’t get 700LP on Korea for nothing, and if he maintains consistency as the split progresses will have delivered on all the promise he entered the OPL with.
Dire Wolves: Triple
I had tentatively pencilled down three of the four other Dire Wolves for this spot during the course of the match before I somewhat stupidly realised “…waitaminute, it’s just Triple.” He was bonkers in game one and was a constant catalyst for his team, putting up repeatedly good performances – especially important into what was a solid effort coming out of Swiffer. He was everything Sharp would have wanted from his midlaner and he very quickly is becoming the Wolfpack’s best player, even considering the presence of Shernfire.
Tally was great in this match, despite getting a surprising lack of help in the draft phase He was competent on tanks, save for one teleport that completed that was picked up by the casters, and as good as BioPanther was, showed the gulf in class between the two in the game ORDER won. I wonder how this series would have gone had ORDER not done the Wolves a solid and let BioPanther toe his way out into the Ocean.