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The LVP Super Liga summer kicks off from Monday. The 10-team event played over a double round robin format will see six teams make it through to the playoffs. If LVP Super Liga Spring 2022 is anything to go by, we should be in for some exciting action over the next few weeks. Both Giants and Movistar Riders were middling teams at best, putting up performances of note in patches without being able to build on it.
While Giants finished seventh with more losses than wins (8-10 win-loss), Movistar Riders ended with a 9-9 record. On paper and because of the personnel they have assembled together this time around, Giants are touted to be the slight favourites for the LVP Super Liga Summer of 2022.
Giants have signed bot laner Tim “Keduii” Willers and support player Henk “Advienne” Reijenga. This is after the side completed their buyout agreement recently with Excel Esports and Berlin International Gaming respectively. Advienne didn’t enjoy the best of times this spring split with Excel Esports after being benched following two weeks of play.
This is after the team signed support Michael “Mikyx” Mehle from G2 Esports. This upset Advienne, who even put out a long post on twitter. Since the shake up, several teams have expressed interest in signing the Dutch support player. Meanwhile, Keduii comes to the team from Berlin International Gaming. The prolific bot laner from Germany has also been a key interest for a number of teams.
He was understood to have been one of G2 Esports’ tryouts in late 2021 before their decision to commit to Victor “Flakked” Lirola. At Giants, he comes in for bot laner Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho. Keduii and Advienne will unite in the bot lane to form a formidable combine. The Giants will be looking to replicate last year’s success where they won the LVP SuperLiga 2021 Summer Playoffs.
Founded in 2016, Movistar Riders have taken giant strides towards becoming a global digital entertainment group. In addition to having a presence in the esports scene, they have set up subsidiaries such as Gaming House Media, 2.10 Talent Agency, an agency that specialises in streamer and talent management.
One of their goals is having to consolidate their presence in League of Legends, Valorant and CS: GO. They’ve already reiterated their vision of looking beyond short-term results. Don’t expect them to rehash rosters regularly, but eventually they will need to start delivering. And the summer split isn’t a bad place to start. Can they make up for their spring performance?
Mad Lions Madrid are seeking a reversal from the spring results, where they finished ninth in the ten-team pool. Five wins and 13 losses left them searching for options and answers towards the end of the league phase. Luck of the draw sees them play a higher-seeded opponent in G2 Arctic, who finished fifth in the spring season with nine wins and nine losses.
Purely on recent form, you would back G2 Arctic to win this match, but it could be a lot closer than you think. Only the lure for 2x returns on your investment could have you picking Mad Lions Madrid for this one.
Jungler Kristian “TynX” Østergaard Hansen is now part of the team, having joined from Misfits Premier, which plays in the Ligue Française de League of Legends. Misfits finished fifth in the LFL Spring Split following a 3-0 loss to Vitality Bee in the LFL playoffs, leading to them narrowly missing out on qualification for the EU Masters. Mad Lions have also made another strong signing in Ronan James “jinjo” Swingler from GamerLegion, the current Prime League champions.
TynX brings with him the experience of winning the EU Masters 2020 spring edition with LDLC OL. He was also picked up by SK Gaming for the 2021 spring split as a result. It’s this experience which Mad Lions Madrid will try and change as they chart a new road forward. This will be TynX’s second stint in the SuperLiga, having previously been signed by Movistar Riders in 2019. He featured in the spring split that year, with the team finishing seventh. So clearly there is some unfinished business for him at a personal level.
G2 Arctic aren’t known to make wholesome changes, and are dictated by a strong purpose of continuity. This means they will need their existing players to lift their level to ensure there is a collective improvement in performances. Supa showed the best offensive proficiency during the spring split, landing 5.39 kills, 3.56 deaths and 4.83 assists, along with a KDA of 2.88 and creep score of 286.6.
The bot laner is set to be with the team at least until November this year. He will be banking on some support from Alexx, who had formidable numbers with his kill participation rate in the sprint. Overall, he had 8.61 assists, which is the best for the team.
This isn’t a clash that will garner the kind of eyeballs Fnatic or Barca eSports do, and there’s a strong enough reason for it. Both Team Heretics and UCAM Tokiers are among the bottom-tiered sides in the Spanish scene, looking to climb the tricky slope upwards.
Heretics finished eighth in the spring, plunging into chaos after appearing to have made a terrific pitch to finish in the top five at one stage. With some luck, they could’ve ended third, too. In the end, they suffered five straight losses to finish with eight wins and 10 losses. The Tokiers were even poorer, losing 15 of the 18 matches.
There’s no doubt the odds are stacked heavily against them in this one. That said, with both bottom-ranked teams looking to start afresh, there’s a bit of scope for you to take a risk on the underdog and maximise your chance of winning some big cash.
UCAM Tokiers have made some key signings. Among the most prominent names is ‘Hatrixx’, who was previously a KOI Mid Laner, ‘DuaLL’, champion of the regular league in 2021 with Movistar Riders and ‘Motroco’, coach of teams such as CREAM Real Betis and Team Heretics in the past. Hatrixx will also lead the team and will be keen to prove he’s among the most talented players in his position.
The rest of the players who will defend the colors of the Murcian club are the jungler, Cantoursna ‘ Nji ‘An; Top Laner Rafael ‘ Doxy ‘ Adl Zarabi who has previously represented clubs like Gambit, NIP and Vitality Bee; and Polish Ad Carry Dominik ‘Zamulek’ Biela, a promising youngster who hails from the JD|XL academy and teams like Illuminar Gaming.
This one is billed as the clash of the titans. If the spring split contests were anything to go by, get ready for a thrill-a-minute ride. This one is so tough to call because it’s a contest between two teams who have the best offensive proficiency arguably in the league. In the spring split, Barca finished second with a 13-5 record, while KOI were hot on their heels at third with a 10-8 record.
Briefly it appeared as if KOI’s season had the potential to turn pear-shaped, until they got onto a bit of roll to win four games back to back and eventually pip Bisons Eclub, G2 Arctic and Movistar Riders – all of whom had nine wins – to the third spot.
SLT and Hatrixx – as mentioned above – are no longer with the team. They’re looking beyond. They are hedging their bets on Danish player WhiteKnight, who comes in having spent the past few seasons playing for Astralis in the LEC. His biggest strength is the ability to adapt to various styles of play without needing to receive resources in-game.
His signing could also free up Koldo to play a more enterprising style of play – essentially be fearless and aggressive. Then there’s Xico, who plays in the mid-lane to add more teeth to the side. The Portuguese player makes a move from Team BDS in an LFL.
This will be his second stint in Spain, having previously won a summer title in 2020 with Movistar Riders. He has also previously represented G2 Heretics , Giants Gaming or KIYF .
It’s only recently that the Spanish soccer giants Barcelona entered the League of Legends (LoL) esports ecosystem to compete in the Super Liga from this year, having occupied the Superliga space previously held by Catalan team S2V. And they impressed everyone immediately.
Now in a bid to grow from strength to strength, FC Barcelona and MAD Lions Madrid reached an agreement to transfer Maik “Hades” Jonker, with the player to join Barça in time for the Superliga Summer Split. He will be on a retainer until November 2023 and will begin pre-season with his new teammates with the target of improving on Barça eSports’ first ever Split results this year.
Fnatic TQ are looking to extend their domination from the spring split. The toppers there came into the summer split on the back of a dominating 16-2 win-loss record and looked primed to sustain the same level of performance and results. BISONS had a middle spring split by their standards, hamstrung by lack of consistency before settling for a 9-9 record that had them finish fourth. Fnatic TQ are the favourites by a long way for this one. They will be trying to defend their crown.
Bisons have no affiliation to big football clubs or esports organizations. They have bought the spot previously occupied by BCN for USD 216,000 approximately. Their roster is largely Basque region-based, where the organisation is headquartered.
Ahead of the spring split, they unveiled their roster during the course of an epic cinematographic content that showcased their five players hidden under cloaks making their way across the wilderness and breathtaking landscapes of the Basque region in Spain. Alejandro “Jandrolo” Reyes, Asier “AsiO” Corral, Adrián “Essential” Danlos, Martin “Machine” Danlos, and Eneko ” Enekoló Paganini” Rodríguez make up a developmental roster. Can they do one better than their previous performance? Only time will tell.
|LVP Superliga 2022 Information|
|Teams||Fnatic TQ, Bison Eclub, KOI, Barca Esports, Heretics, UCAM, Mad Lions Madrid, G2 Arctic, Giants, Movistar Riders|
|Time||Monday, May 30 at 12.00 PM ET|
|How to watch||Official Twitch channel|
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