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The Summer 2016 EU LCS All-Pro Team

by Daniel Rosen Aug 10 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Riot esports Flickr

With the announcement of the Summer 2016 EU LCS All-Pro Team, Riot Games have released an amalgamation of the community's choices for top players in each position.

In the interest of transparency, we had staff for theScore esports that voted break down their choices and their reasoning. In Europe, Marcel "dexter" Feldkamp, Kelsey Moser and Tim Sevenhuysen submitted ballots.

Editor's Note: Tim Sevenhuysen voted on behalf of Oracle's Elixir, not theScore esports.

Criteria

Kelsey Moser: Because the top lane role is one that requires a great deal of versatility as it hosts a wide range of picks from duelists to Teleport bots (sorry, Maokai), it’s hard to find a top laner who can truly shine in every meta. As a result, I have a tendency to rate versatility in this role perhaps higher than I would others. In junglers, I value their early decision-making well. If I can learn something about their thought process by following them in game and seeing them think ahead of their opponents, then they earn my vote.

Within the mid lane meta for the EU LCS this split, the ability to hold mid lane, wave clear, and assist the enemy jungler in invades became paramount. For my picks for the best mid lane in the league, I wanted mid laners who performed beyond that. For AD carries, I still value a solid damage dealer over a utility ADC, but in the event that players are hard to separate, the ability to find an engage will make one stand out.

In the support role, disengage and engage capabilities are both valued. A support who can both roam to control the jungle and stay in lane to help his AD carry get ahead is important. Some playmaking supports will stand out more, but as the strongest teams often reach the top by having an exceptional jungler and support work in tandem, this comes as no surprise.

Marcel "dexter" Feldkamp: The main criteria for me are: How well can you accumulate a gold lead or advantage over your counterpart, how well can you snowball your advantage and whether you are responsible with your gold lead. I also take into consideration how well a player can recover when put behind, or how well they can play to lose gracefully (in bad matchups). Though, it is hard to judge individual players since map misplays on weaker strategic teams can put even a strong player in an impossible situation.

Tim Sevenhuysen: My criteria for picking the All-Pro teams vary somewhat by position, but in general, I value players who understand what their team needs from them, and execute well within their role. That sometimes means high-resource damage dealers; sometimes it means playmakers; sometimes it means quieter, more supportive players who cover the risks being taken by their teammates. My personal preferences usually trend towards players who play cleanly and consistently, keeping their mistake count down, and those who know how to fit into a team concept, not just trying to solo carry.

Top lane

Feldkamp — Splyce's Martin "Wunder" Hansen​

My number one choice for top lane is Wunder from Splyce. If there would be an award for Most Improved Player I would most definitely give it to him. In the spring split, he often was given a very large amount of resources but never really pushed his lead or was irresponsible with his gold share. He most often died stupidly overextending and often looked clueless when it came to making the correct decisions. This split is the complete opposite: we've seen a very strong display of mechanical skill, innovative picks for Europe like Taliyah and Malzahar in the top lane and good sense of how hard he can push his lead with given resources. He also helps his team out a lot in the drafting because of his big champion pool and flexibility.

Honorable mentions: UoL's Tamás "Vizicsacsi" Kiss, H2K's Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu

Moser — Splyce's Martin "Wunder" Hansen​

Perhaps one of the most improved players in the EU LCS this year, Wunder went from a player who aimlessly split-pushed, occasionally getting caught out last split, to a player who pulls an exceptional amount of early game pressure for his team and holds the map in a 1-3-1 intelligently. Though Splyce’s main selling point is teamwork, Wunder has versatility, game impact and carry potential locked down well. He’s a refreshing new top laner to watch, and a large part of Splyce’s success.

Honorable mentions: UoL's Tamás "Vizicsacsi" Kiss, H2K's Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu

Sevenhuysen — The Unicorns of Love's Tamás "Vizicsacsi" Kiss

Vizicsacsi and Wunder were both able to impress on snowbally carries. Wunder had a very creative champion pool and made more big plays, but he was a bit more volatile, too. I give Vizicsacsi the edge because of his stronger lane phase, despite how ineffective his jungle help was, relative to the help Wunder got from Trashy. Odoamne’s tank play was as strong as ever — he was one of H2K’s most important players.

Honorable mentions: Splyce's Martin "Wunder" Hansen​ H2K's Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu

Jungle

Feldkamp — Fnatic's Lee "Spirit" Da-yoon​

The two most outstanding junglers were of course our super star imports Spirit and Trick. Trick played a very big part in his team's success earlier this year when they won the spring split title and has ever since then been one of the most consistent players in the league. Given Fnatic's really bad split it's actually more impressive that one player on the team seems to always show up as a very big threat.

Spirit has developed into such a threat that teams often use two of their three bans to target ban him out. Despite Fnatic's current internal struggles, which have obviously influenced their team play and horrible pick and ban phases that put the team at very disadvantageous positions, Spirit is the one player that can completely take over games. In my opinion, he's also the reason why Fnatic is still in the playoffs race. Spirit is my number one choice.

Honorable mentions: G2's Kim "Trick" Gang-yun and Splyce's Jonas "Trashy" Andersen

Moser — G2 Esports' Kim "Trick" Gang-yun

Not only is Trick an adept counterjungler like Spirit, but he’s also able to adapt when a lane requires pressure. A lot of Expect's struggles in adapting to G2 Esports were mitigated by Trick hovering around his lane and getting him leads with pressure. The problem, of course, is that when Trick hovers around Expect, he doesn’t use his pressure as much as he could to snowball G2’s strong mid or bottom lane duo. Overall, Trick shows the most versatility to play multiple styles and an impressive ability to control the jungle.

Honorable mentions: Fnatic's Lee "Spirit" Da-yoon​ and Splyce's Jonas "Trashy" Andersen

Sevenhuysen — Fnatic's Lee "Spirit" Da-yoon​

Jungle was by far the strongest position in the EU LCS this split. Spirit stood out most to me because of the insane weight he had to carry. Trick was able to play a cleaner, more consistent game, but he got far better contributions from his teammates. If not for Spirit’s heroics as a pressure jungler, a playmaker, and a carry, Fnatic probably wouldn’t have made the playoffs. Trashy is a rung below the two Koreans, but his supportive style adds a ton of value for Splyce.

Honorable mentions: G2's Kim "Trick" Gang-yun and Splyce's Jonas "Trashy" Andersen

Mid lane

Feldkamp — Giants Gaming's Na "NighT" Gun-woo​

Europe has always been the region that breads mid lane talent like nothing else and, no matter how shaky teams look, we can always count on our mid lanes performing. With Febiven having a relatively bad season and Perkz not being as dominant as before it's a pleasant surprise this split that a different mid laner has been taking over and making waves: NighT.

NighT occupies one of the import slots on Giants Gaming and, is in my opinion, the best performing mid laner this split. Even before Giants found their groove, he put his team on the back and carried multiple games single-handedly on champions like Viktor and Zilean. His impressive laning phase and decision making has helped Giants to be where they are right now and he has been one of Europe's most valuable players overall.

Honorable mentions: Schalke 04's Hampus "Fox" Myhre and Splyce Sencux

Moser — Giants Gaming's Na "NighT" Gun-woo​

NighT feels a lot like what Fox could have been, only taken much further. NighT’s clutch late-game plays compensate for the enemy team’s overwhelming need to focus him in the early game and occasionally set him behind. Reactive play is NighT’s primary strength, and he’s able to take advantage of slight mistakes and reverse situations for Giants Gaming easily. On top of that, NighT has a huge role in the team’s vision control, following Maxlore into the enemy jungler to ward with his leads. NighT seems to deliver for Giants a lot of what they need beyond just functioning as their mid laner.

Honorable mentions: G2's Luka "PerkZ" Perković and Schalke 04's Hampus "Fox" Myhre

Sevenhuysen — G2 Esports’ Luka "PerkZ" Perković​

This split, PerkZ’s aggression was punished a bit more, but he steadily improved as the weeks went by, and he was never invisible. Fox was one of the most effective laners and damage dealers in his role, and could be EU’s best mid if he was a bit more selective on his headlong dives into teamfights. I like NighT’s importance to Giants’ success, and I love his Zilean, but he has too many quiet games to be ranked top two.

Honorable mentions: Schalke 04's Hampus "Fox" Myhre and Giants' Na "NighT" Gun-woo

AD Carry

Feldkamp — G2 Esports’ Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen​

It's probably not the hardest job to determine who's our best marksmen this split. It has to be Zven once again taking the throne. He's one of Europe's most consistent players and is often very quick to pick up new champions or meta shifts. While Rekkles might have looked extremely good in the first three weeks of the LCS, Fnatics downfall inevitably had a huge impact on Rekkles' performance.

But it's not only those two big names who have had really great performances. Splyce's AD carry Kobbe has been performing incredibly well after changing his support and also Steeelback has had an incredible split despite being on the worst team in the whole league.

Honorable mentions: ROCCAT's Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi ​and Splyce’s Kasper "Kobbe" Kobberup

Moser — G2 Esports’ Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen​

Zven appearing on my list shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point. With absurd damage statistics, consistently high CS values at 10 minutes, and generally immaculate positioning, Zven is one of the world’s AD carry monsters. That was true on Origen, and it’s true on G2.

Honorable mentions: Splyce’s Kasper "Kobbe" Kobberup and Fnatic’s Martin “Rekkles” Larsson​

Sevenhuysen — G2 Esports’ Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen​

What can you say about Zven? From his lane dominance to his awesome teamfighting, no one in Europe comes close to matching him. Steeelback shone brightly despite his team’s overall ineptitude; he deserves much better from his supporting cast. Kobbe edges out Rekkles and MrRallez for number three, on the strength of the slippery kiting that makes him so effective in teamfights.

Honorable mentions: ROCCAT's Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi ​and Splyce’s Kasper "Kobbe" Kobberup

Support

Feldkamp — G2 Esports' Alfonso "mithy" Aguirre Rodriguez

Support this split has been rather underwhelming, not necessarily because of the talent Europe has in the role, but maybe because the game is going into a direction which doesn't allow supports to shine without an incredible performance. But the position is a pretty obvious choice for me — it has to be mithy, who has been the most influential support this split. There's also a wide gap to the second best support this split. No doubt in my mind that it would be stupid to tear up the West's best botlane: mithy and Zven.

Honorable mentions: Splyce's Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle​ and UoL's Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabov

Moser — G2 Esports' Alfonso "mithy" Aguirre Rodriguez

There isn’t a lot to say about Alfonso "mithy" Rodriguez that hasn’t already been said. The ideal support I described in my criteria fits mithy well, and if it weren’t for Trick’s vital nature to G2, he’d be an easy candidate for MVP of the league. mithy roams, he lanes, he wards, he engages, he disengages and by all accounts, communicates exceptionally well. It’s hard to ask for more in a support.

Honorable mentions: UoL's Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabov and Splyce's Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle​

Sevenhuysen — G2 Esports' Alfonso "mithy" Aguirre Rodriguez

From enabling Zven’s laning, to roaming with Trick, to pulling off great Tahm Kench plays, mithy stands out in his role just as much as Zven does in his. Mikyx’s proactive playmaking gave Splyce an important new dimension, but if he wants to rival mithy he needs to boost his vision game and map awareness so he doesn’t give up so many deaths on face checks. Hylissang has been the Unicorns’ MVP, in my opinion — his strengths as a playmaker have made up for a lot of weaknesses elsewhere on the roster.

Honorable mentions: UoL's Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabov and Splyce's Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle​

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