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The LFL or La Ligue Française or League of Legends French League is the highest tier league of competitive LoL esports within the French geographical region. The league serves as a feeder for elite international competition and serves as a proving ground for local teams who are a cut above the rest. Accordingly, it follows a tournament structure that roughly emulates the big leagues to help players get accustomed to the format of international League of Legends competition.
Interestingly, Gameward and IziDream’s upcoming match will be a part of the 2024 season, despite taking place in September of 2023. This is because every year, the LFL holds an Up & Down tournament, which serves as a relegation and promotional event, which helps introduce the top local teams to better competition, and demotes underperforming teams to more fairly matched tournaments.
As the two worst-performing teams across the recently concluded 2023 season of the LFL, they risk being relegated to Division 2, while two teams from the lower-tier league have the opportunity to enter a higher tier of competition.
As for the rest of the season, it follows the fairly standard format featuring a regular season and a playoff season. The regular season follows a round-robin format, where each team plays a set number of matches against the competition over the course of the season. The playoffs typically follow a single-elimination bracket, with wins leading up to the finals of that particular split.
Ten teams compete in the LFL; IziDream finished the summer split in 8th and the spring split in 10th, while Gameward came last in the summer split despite mustering a decent effort to secure a ranking of 6 in the 2023 spring split of the LFL. Overall, with the points adding up to 45 for Gameward and 24 for IziDream respectively, the two teams found themselves at the wrong end of the 2023 points table.
Despite being the two lowest performing teams of the 2023 LFL season, Gameward finished the season with nearly double the points as IziDream. Despite this, both teams had zero-point outings at some point in the season. IziDream failed to secure a single point in the 2023 Spring Split, while Gameward scored a zero in the Summer Split.
Despite the failures to launch, Gameward finished the season with 45 points against IziDreams’ 24. However, it’s important to note that the next team on the table, Team BDS Academy finished the season with 115 points. It might be worth noting that the two teams are considerably behind the others in terms of capability.
Accordingly, the oddsmakers have rated IziDream as a nearly 2.5 to 1 underdog, while rating Gameward as the clear favorite in this upcoming match. Gameward has been a regular fixture at the LFL, joining the league one year after its launch in 2019. On the other hand, IziDream only recently clawed their way into the league, despite finishing the 2023 promotion league in fourth place as a Division 2 team.
We can safely conclude that Gameward has more experience at the highest tier of competition. Despite their apparent and sudden dip in form, they look set to beat the inexperienced IziDream in this upcoming match in the 2024 LFL Up & Down tournament.
Gameward and IziDream have faced each other a total of 13 times in the past. Of these matches, Gameward has won a total of 10 games, while IziDream has won only three.
In the 2023 Summer Split, Gameward won six games and lost twelve. During the Summer Split, they dealt 1866 Damage Per Minute and drew first blood in 44.4% of their games. With 9.7 kills and 16.2 deaths per game, their average kill-death ratio of 1, aided by an average of 2.5 assists per kill. Their kill/death statistics are telling of their inability to launch any serious offensive strategies throughout the season.
In terms of economy, Gameward played fairly decently, although their economy stats are dwarfed by the teams in the higher standings in the league. They obtained an average of 1717 Gold Per Minute. However, their Gold Differential per Minute stood at -174 while the Gold Differential at 15 minutes stood at -1090. Despite the significant disparity in gold differentials, they were able to win 60% of their games when ahead at 15 minutes. Gameward destroyed the first tower in a third of their games and had considerably more success when playing as the blue side. They won 4 and lost 4 as blue, while winning 2 and losing 8 as red.
The current Gameward squad exclusively features players who joined in January 2023: Badlulu as top laner, Eckas as Jungler, twohoyrz as mid laner, Practice as Botlaner, and Raxxo as Support.
Like Gameward, IziDream finished the summer season with six wins and 12 losses to their credit. The team dealt an average of 1975 damage per minute and drew first blood in 50% of their games. With 9.6 kills and 15 deaths per game on average, their kill/death ratio stood at 0.8, with 2.4 average assists/kill.
Their economy stats, while comparable to Gameward’s, are slightly worse off. They acquired an average of 1711 Gold Per Minute. The team’s Gold Differential per minute stood at -192, while their Gold Differential at 15 minutes stood at a staggering -1723. The team could only manage to win 40% of their games when ahead at 15 minutes. IziDream destroyed the first tower in only 22.2% of all their games played during the 2023 LFL Summer Split.
The IziDream squad consists exclusively of members who joined throughout 2023, with Kio as Toplaner, Djoko as Jungler, Nomanz as Midlaner, Rayito as Botlaner and Klaj as Support.
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