Ukraine and Russia are both part of Europe so it counts… right? Within the space of a week, Albus NoX Luna have evolved from a team most EU fans had never heard of, to the region’s newly-adopted favourite. The sudden shift in fan support reflects both the shining class of the wildcard roster, in addition to the depressing performance of the EU LCS teams – with the strongest record of any “European” team, Albus NoX are currently EU’s best shot at Worlds glory.
What a time to be an EU fan. One win and eight losses from the opening round of group stage matches, not a single performance of merit and G2 eSports’ Luka “PerkZ” Perković is flying the flag for what was supposed to be your regions’ strongest team. Season 6 has certainly been a low point for European League of Legends.
The only silver lining for EU fans is Albus NoX Luna… and they’re not even classed as a European team.
ANX are bringing the pain (gaming), innovating exciting pocket picks into the Worlds meta and over-powering their opponents with ruthless team fighting. After upsetting Counter Logic Gaming in only their second game of a World Championship, Albus NoX took a significant step towards the knockout phases, smashing an ostracised G2 eSports to form a three-way tie at the summit of Group A.
As European caster, Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels perfectly described it:
“If you’d have told me ahead of the tournament, that I would be happy to see the number one team in my region get smashed 0-3, I probably wouldn’t have believed it.
“But this is such a fantastic game and what an upset here for Albus NoX; what it means for their region, what it means for wildcard teams in general.
“They actually opted into potentially making it out of groups for the first time in Worlds history.”
Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels
Watching G2 eSports crash and burn at the hands of Albus NoX Luna was sadistically pleasurable – laughing maniacally as ANX poster boy Kirill “Likkrit” Malofeyev incinerated the entire roster of arrogant EU bad boys with his patented brand support.
Who needs assists when you do more damage than your mid laner?
The raw talent possessed by the ANX roster is awe inspiring – they’re not to be taken lightly. Every other major regional team prepared for the 2016 World Championship by scrimming until the early hours, with most teams flying out to bootcamp in Korea… not these guys.
Most of the perceived heavyweights refused to scrim the wildcard regions, thinking themselves to be divisions apart from the Ukranian/Russia squad and the Brazilian INTZ eSports. Without the funding available to travel to Korea and with every significant competitor out of town, Albus NoX Luna prepared for the World Championship in the best way possible… by not playing the game at all.
You gotta love these guys.
the funniest part is that me,smurf and likkrit were playing WoW 24/7 before worlds and they literally had 0 scrims and they go 2 place LOL
— Ilya (@Lasagnalol) 3 October 2016
As much as EU fans would love to lay claim to Albus NoX Luna squad, they sadly don’t belong to us – all the credit for such fantastic entertainment needs to paid to the CIS region.
Not since Moscow Five emerged from Russia, shocking the international scene in 2012, has the CIS region produced such a world class competitor. With the introduction of the LCL, the CIS region’s own, new and improved version of the EU LCS, the Russians have found their own launch pad to challenge on the international stage.
They may not ever fly the flag for the EU LCS, but for the next month, they’ll have the unwavering support of European League of Legends fans.