During Week 7 Link had one of his best games of the split and it just so happened that it was on little Mrs. FoxFire. He singlehandedly carried CLG on his back into the late game, allowing Doublelift to get all the beautiful blue items he desired. He appeared to be omnipresent, roaming the map and assassinating just about everyone he crossed paths with. His performance was inspiring and he ended the game with a record of 11/5/6, and it just so happened to be the last match of the day.
Along comes Week 8
Link’s performance left a lasting impression on everyone, as the following week Ahri was picked or banned in 7 out of the 12 matches in the NA LCS(58.3%) and not only that but those who picked Ahri piloted her to an absurd 100% win rate: winning 5 out the 5 games she was allowed into. Ironically enough, after Vulcun experienced the wrath of Ahri in Week 7 they would return the favor in Week 8: as Mancloud showed Link and the rest of CLG what it was like to be on the other side of a charm. She also appeared in the hands of Coast, Velocity, and CLG leading all three teams to their only wins of the day.
So Why Play Ahri?
Ahri is an incredibly versatile and highly mobile champion, capable of building in numerous ways and still being highly effective. She offers incredible Pick potential with the use of her Charm and Spirit Rush making her ideal for any Pick Comp, but her versatility allows her to fit in almost any team composition. Currently her most popular build consists of rushing DFG to maximize her assassination potential like Link did in their match against Vulcun.
She also performs incredibly well against a lot of popular competitive champions such as: Twisted Fate, Karthus, Lux, and Orianna. According to Lolking.net she’s sitting at a popularity level of 15.49% in Solo Queue with a Win rate of 52.59%, if you’re not already playing her: you should be. Oh yeah and she’s on sale until August 12, so if you don’t own her now’s the time to pick her up. With her Win% where it’s at in Solo Queue and in last week’s competitive play, something’s telling me we will be seeing a lot more of this fox in the future.
Best Support NA
Honestly, I don’t think we give supports enough love so I’m going to try and give them some in this article. This way whether you’re one of those guys who get “stuck” playing support or you main it, you might very well know who to pick at the end of this article.
A Symphony of Justice
Sona was picked or banned in 8 out of the 12 games in last week’s NA LCS giving her a 66.6% Pick or Ban rate. Not only was everyone’s favorite musical lady popular last week but she also Crescendoed her way to victory in 6 out of the 7 games she was played in, giving her one of the highest win rates in Week 8 (85.7%). If Ahri’s trend was indicative of anything, chances are we’ll be seeing a lot of Sona in week 9 of the NA LCS.
Why Pick Sona?
Similar to everyone’s favorite Fox, Sona brings a ton of versatility to any Team Composition: she is essentially the Jill of all trades. She can play the passive lane and sustain her Marksman, she can play aggressive and attempt to dish out poke, and in the right hands Sona can singlehandedly win a team fight with backbreaking Crescendos. She’s also a relatively safe pick if you’re forced to pick early or don’t know what you’re picking into. Sona also provides a good initiate if her team is lacking one, giving Top and Jungle more flexible picks and allowing them to utilize someone they may not want to initiate with. Moreover, Sona is a relatively easy champion to learn to play support with, and at times deceptively so, as it does take some time to master the art of the five-man Crescendo. And if any of you needed any more reasons to play Sona: according to Lolking.net, she is currently rocking a 53.24% Win Rate in Solo Queue.
Ah, The Sweet Tones of Misery
Now the stats that you’re about to see may be a little shocking, especially if you love this champion as much as most of us do. In fact, you probably won’t even want to believe them or deal with them, but they’re going to be presented to you anyway and you can tell me what you think in the poll below. Back in Week 7 Thresh was sitting at a glorious Pick/Ban rate of 100% and Death Sentencing and Boxing his way to victory in 5 out of the 10 games he was played in (50%). And although he continued to Trend in Week 8, the results are not quite what any of us expected. In Week 8 Thresh was Picked or Banned in 9 out of the 12 games (75%) but his Win Rate plummeted as he only managed to scrape out 2 victories in the 7 matches(28.5%) he was played in: giving him one of the lowest Win Percentages in Week 8.
So what happened?
Ironically, CLG is involved in this trend as well. In the same way that they revitalized Ahri in the NA scene after Link’s performance, they similarly helped Thresh trend as they played him in 3 games last week: the only problem is that they helped him trend in a way that he may not appreciate. CLG lost 2 out of the 3 games they played Thresh in, one against Vulcun and one against Coast. Speaking of Coast, they were also guilty of giving the Chain Warden two losses this week: one against Velocity and the other against Dignitas. With his last defeat attributed to TSM as they fell to Dignitas. Interestingly enough, in all the matches that Thresh lost he was facing a team that had a support that was capable of Counter-Initiating or Disengaging: in these instances he faced off against Sona, Nami, and Zyra who have some of the best Counter-Initiates and Disengages in the game. And although Thresh is one of the best initiating supports in the game he tends to struggle against teams that can Counter-Initiate and Disengage well, as his initiation is of the all-in variety and can at times leave him dangerously caught out. On the other hand, the Chain Warden was somewhat a victim of circumstance as he was picked up by 3 teams that only won 1 out of their 3 games last week.
So the real question is?
With Thresh’s performance in Week 8 do you think we will continue to see him at the same frequency we have been? Do you think he’ll be trending well into the playoffs? Or do you think some of the pro teams may become scared with the rise of Nami and Zyra in the bot lane and opt for a more Sona-like safe route? Also, do you think his recent changes in patch 3.10 will affect his popularity going into Week 9? Let us know what you think in the Poll below, and see you next week.