To kick off the start of the European Summer Split, eight League of Legends teams headed to Jönköping, Sweden, to compete in the first week of LCS matches at DreamHack Summer 2013. With three new teams making their debut on the circuit, the weekend of June 15-17 provided first insight into how these teams will stack up against the LCS veterans. The following teams participated in the 20 games of Week 1 over three days of competition:
- Evil Geniuses
- Gambit Gaming
- Ninjas in Pyjamas (formerly Copenhagen Wolves)
- Sinners Never Sleep
- SK Gaming
- Team ALTERNATE
Team ALTERNATE joined a number of other teams that failed to qualify for the LCS Spring Split, only to come back with a vengeance during Summer Promotion.
And what vengeance: With an impressive performance the team now stands 5-0 and #1 in the team ranking.
ALTERNATE looked especially confident, cruising through both Lemondogs and SK Gaming. The match against Araneae's former team was especially brutal — Twisted Fate snuck through picks and bans and fell into Forellenlord's eminently capable hands, wreaking havoc to SK's global presence. But the veteran team held the line well enough for most of the match.
What really broke their spirits was finding that their Malphite/Sona/Kennen “wombo combo” had a glaring weakness against a single champion: Kerp's Vladimir not only had Sanguine Pool to dodge them, but also built Zhonya's Hourglass to offer further avoidance. With Creaton on a slick, untouchable Ezreal, SK's team composition was soundly outmaneuvered, and Creaton was allowed to end the game at an impressive KDA of 14-0-6.
Congratulations on a fantastic weekend! The next stop for the team will be in Moscow this weekend. Stay tuned!