Many things happened in LCS today other than the appearance of Europe's first Ryze picks, but if Twitter is any indication, those are the most important. Let's get the other stuff out of the way.
With only a change in the support position, Giants have defeated both the Copenhagen Wolves and Elements so far. While neither of those teams had the best track records last split, Giants won only five games in total this Spring before dropping to ninth place.
Remember when the Giants went 2-0 in Week 1 last split? One of their opponents were the Wolves. We shouldn't be too surprised by the Giants' early success.
I replaced one of my benched fantasy players with PePiiNeRo just in case.
Ryze Fact #1
It doesn't matter if you're down a level in the laning phase and have already died twice. With Ryze's Supercharged duration and changes, the amount of roots and Overloads that can be casted in quick succession is mind-boggling. I don't understand how this is in the game right now.
The moral or Fnatic vs ROCCAT seems to be don't try to trade in lane against Ryze. Ever.
Match of the week?
The LCS broadcast highlighted Gambit vs H2K as the match of the week in the European LCS this weekend. In actuality, the result was a roundhouse kick to the face.
Puzzling bans against Gambit may have the uninitiated scratching their heads, but it seems the removal of Azir and Viktor completely destabilizes Betsy, and first picking Thresh leaves GosuPepper unbalanced.
I'm still wondering about the role pick rotation of Gragas, Volibear, and Lulu. Gragas in the top lane when he's one of the top two jungle picks at the moment seems especially questionable. Lulu mid against Ryu's Leblanc would have made much more sense to counter the all-in. Things aren't looking good for Gambit.
sOAZ likes Rumble
sOAZ has always been known as a player with a massive champion pool, but so far in the European LCS, he's only played Rumble.
That doesn't have to be a bad thing. His Equalizers have been on point. It's set up excellent area of effect compositions. When paired with more scaling like Vladimir and Sejuani, Rumble is excellent.
I just really want to know what else Origen has on the table. There's no question sOAZ can play more champions, but when you take the wombo away, how does Origen play their game?
We probably won't find out until Ryze isn't a must ban every game.
More Ryze facts
The Sivir synergy is potent. One of the best things you can do with your Ryze is find an easy way for him to close the gap. There's no better way to do that than to dust off another one of my favorites. Vardags' Sivir did the trick with Vizicsacsi's Ryze. Kikis' Gragas also served as a victim delivery service for him and PowerOfEvil's Cassiopeia.
It maybe isn't as terrifying Huni repeatedly soloing Steve from an experience deficit, but contemplating ways in which an already devastating champion can become unmanageable is always fun.
Aside from general Ryze observations today, it's important to take a look at some of his numbers. A long range bind of 600 units means few AD carries are actually safe from being Ryze's target and still being able to deal damage. Base damages of 65 on Overload and Rune Prison with a base cooldown of 4 on Overload means that Ryze is difficult to trade with from the get-go. You can trigger his Arcane Mastery passive with just Overload alone. Once you have a few points in Rune Prison, your opponent isn't going anywhere.
Expect Ryze's all-in at all stages of the game. No top laner is safe.
Kelsey Moser is a staff writer for theScore eSports. You can follow her on Twitter.