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Our Pick: UCAM Tokiers to win.
The LVP Superliga or Liga de Videojuegos Profesional is the highest-tier league of professional LoL esports in Spain. The league serves as a bridge between regional and international competition by identifying teams and players who are a cut above the rest.
Winners of the LVP Superliga go on to play in the EMEA Masters Region, one step shy of the biggest stage in Lol Esports - the Mid-Season Invitational and the World Championships. The LVP Superliga is played out in two divisions, 1 and 2. The top two teams from Division 1 move qualify for the EMEA Masters while the bottom two are relegated to Division 2, and are replaced by the top two teams from the division.
The upcoming match between Wizards Club and UCAM Tokiers will be the start of the 2024 season since the Spring and Summer splits of 2023 have already concluded. The LVP, like the LFL, holds a promotion tournament at the end of the season to readjust the matchmaking of participating teams.
This is done to promote the best Division 2 teams to face better competition while helping underperforming Division 1 teams face more even opposition. During the promotion tournament, the matches follow a best-of-five format. The opening round follows a double-elimination format, where each team can get up to two chances to advance through to the next round by defeating their matched opponents.
The rest of the season follows the format that we have come to expect from LoL tournaments. The season is divided into Spring and Summer splits and the winner of the season is decided based on the number of points at the end of the season. Each split starts off with a regular season, where games are played in a round-robin format.
Each team plays a set of matches against every other team in the tournament, with the best-performing teams advancing to the playoffs. The playoffs follow a single-elimination bracket, where teams are eliminated as soon as they lose a match. Winning a game in the playoffs advances the winning team closer to the final round.
UCAM Tokiers and Wizards Club already faced each other in the opening round of the LVP Superliga 2024 Promotion Tournament. The match ended in UCAM’s favor with a score tally of 3-1.
However, they went on to lose their next game against Case Esports and got relegated to the lower bracket of the tournament. On the other hand, Wizards Club bounced back from their first defeat to UCAM by defeating Guasones Team 3-2 and advancing to the Upper Bracket Final. Here, they will face UCAM Tokiers for a second time, since the Tokiers lost against Case Esports in their upper bracket finals match.
While Wizards Club may be at the top of Division 2 of the LVP Superliga, they were not able to overcome the challenge posed by UCAM Tokiers in the opening round. While it’s commendable that they were able to beat Guasones Team, it’s important to note that Guasones Team went through the entire season without scoring a single point.
Therefore, their relegation to Division 2 thanks to their loss to Case Esports is great for the Spanish esports scene at large, as it will allow better teams to compete on a bigger stage. Based on how the rest of the tournament has played out, UCAM Tokiers have the best shot of beating Wizards Club and keeping themselves in Division 1 of the LVP Superliga 2024 season.
The two teams have faced each other only once in the past, during the opening round of the 2024 LVP Promotion Tournament, and UCAM TOkiers clearly emerged as the better team.
The upcoming match is a make-or-break moment for UCAM Tokiers, who will be looking to secure their spot in Division 1 of the 2024 season of the LVP Superliga. Further, the team is bound to be psychologically motivated by facing a Division 2 team that is threatening to advance to Division 1 at their expense.
During the recently concluded Summer Split, UCAM Tokiers dealt an average of 1994 Damage Per Minute, drawing first blood in 44% of all their games. With 12.9 kills and 14.9 deaths per game, their kill-death ratio for the split stands at 1.6, thanks to their decently high 2.4 assists per kill.
On the economy front, it becomes apparent why the Tokiers found themselves at the bottom of the table. They acquired an average of 1759 Gold Per Minute while their gold differential per minute clocked in at -104, with the gold differential at 15 minutes stood at a dismal -1262. The team showed a tendency to snowball when ahead, by winning 71% of their games when ahead at 15 minutes. UCAM Tokiers destroyed the first tower in 55.6% of their games while experiencing marginally higher success as the red side: they won 4 and lost 7 as red while winning 3 and losing 4 as blue.
For Wizards Club, the upcoming match could be definitive as a team, as they stand a chance to advance to Division 1 of the LVP Superliga. However, their confidence is likely to have been affected by their first loss to the UCAM Tokiers in the opening round of the tournament.
While their statistics from the Summer split are considerably better than UCAM Tokiers’, it’s important to note that it was achieved against Division 2 competition. Through the season, they racked up 14 wins and 4 losses, dealing 2438 Damage Per Minute and drawing first blood in 66.7% of their games.
With 18.1 kills and 9.8 deaths per game, they completed the split with a kill/death ratio of 3.3. It’ll be interesting to see if they’re able to get past UCAM Tokiers by implementing learnings from their first meeting.
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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