The first-ever UKLC split has spoilt us with solo kills, mechanical mastery, and incredible teamfights. But who came out of it looking the best?
With the Main Event for Forge of Champions Spring 2019 swiftly approaching, the time has come to recognise the hubris and dexterity of those individuals who dominated the opposition in the inaugural UKLC split, whether through excellently-executed takedowns or 200-IQ map movement. Players, head coaches, casters and analysts have had their say: this is your Spring 2019 UKLC Team of the Split.
WINNER: FNC SHIKARI – 90 POINTS
2ND PLACE: MNM MUMUS100 – 78 POINTS
3RD PLACE: DBL KERBEROS – 77 POINTS
A rock in the top lane, Shikari’s presence for Fnatic Rising has been one of stoicism in lane and reliability in teamfights. His decisive engages with Ornn ultimates and his devastating flanks on Kennen were quintessential of his role in securing Fnatic Rising the first UKLC title.
WINNER: DBL MUNCKIZZ – 93 POINTS
2ND PLACE: FNC DAN – 83 POINTS
3RD PLACE: ENC WYSEK – 46 POINTS
Diabolus finished first in the regular season after showing fearlessness in every game that they played. On champions such as his signature Rek’Sai, Munckizz’s early pressure allowed his lanes to push forward unrestrained—or scale safely when they fell behind.
WINNER: FNC MAGIFELIX – 106 POINTS
2ND PLACE: DBL KROGHSEN – 54 POINTS
3RD PLACE: MNM CHIBS – 46 POINTS
The only player to exceed 100 points in the vote, MagiFelix’s skill is widely respected as the undisputed number 1 mid laner in the league. Winning virtually every lane no matter the match-up, MagiFelix was a continuous thorn in the side of other mid laners in the UKLC.
WINNER: DBL YUSA – 94 POINTS
2ND PLACE: FNC XMATTY – 88 POINTS
3RD PLACE: MNM MONK – 59 POINTS
During the Spring Split, Yusa demonstrated exactly what he is capable of when given the tools to succeed. Alongside Hadow, the Diabolus duo formed one of the strongest bot lane pairings in the league; but Yusa’s talent really showed in the mid- and late-game, where his fluid dance around the edge of fights ensured he was always perfectly positioned to maximise his DPS.
WINNER: FNC PROSFAIR – 65 POINTS
2ND PLACE: XL MYSTIQUES – 56 POINTS
3RD PLACE: DBL HADOW – 49 POINTS
This season, Fnatic Rising’s stalwart support has shown that it’s not just his shotcalling that makes him a premiere UK talent. In a line-up full to the brim with skill, Prosfair was truly allowed to shine, utilising aggressive picks like Pyke to style on the competition.
WINNER: FNC MAGIFELIX – 11 POINTS
With 11 votes, Fnatic Rising’s mid lane prodigy earns the UKLC Spring Split MVP vote just ahead of Diabolus’s jungler Munckizz (10), as well as Yusa and Kerberos (5 each). “I do think the general assessment, that I’m better in Solo Queue, is probably true right now, but I’m really working to fix it,” MagiFelix said, in this start-of-the-season interview. Mission complete? Perhaps.
WINNER: DBL IHANSEN – 30 POINTS
At the start of the season, few thought there would be any realistic challengers to prevent a top-two chokehold from the LEC teams, Excel UK and Fnatic Rising. But despite the talent and resources at the disposal of the two European titans, it was Diabolus who reared their heads as the most consistent team in the UKLC regular season. While you can’t take credit away from his players, the votes were almost unanimous: the Coach of the Split title goes to iHansen, who exceeded all expectations in turning his gang of devils into the second-placed team in the UKLC.
WINNER: MNM CHIBS – 29 POINTS
Earning recognition from his peers as the third-best mid laner in the UKLC in his first competitive split (3 points ahead of even LEC veteran Exile), the sky is the limit for Chibs. Scoring 27 more votes than the next-highest Rookie of the Split contenders, the league is united in recognition of the local UK talent.
UKLC Team of the Split
TOP: FNC SHIKARI
JUNGLE: DBL MUNCKIZZ
MID: FNC MAGIFELIX
BOT: DBL YUSA
SUPPORT: FNC PROSFAIR
That wraps up our Spring 2019 UKLC Team of the Split! Feeling nosy? Check how each player, coach and analyst voted in this document. (Illegitimate votes have been removed.)
Now that the UKLC regular season has ended, we have the Forge of Champions Main Event to look forward to. Amateur teams and players from across the British Isles are competing in Open Tournaments in order to qualify for Forge. The four sides which successfully qualify will play against our UKLC teams in a giant cup format! UKLC teams which finished the season in 2nd-5th place will receive a bye past the first round, giving them a better shot at reaching the final. The winner of the final will go up against our first-placed team, Fnatic Rising, in the Grand Final for a chance to win the Forge of Champions trophy.
After that, there’s the Promotion Tournament, where Bulldog Esports and DarkSpawn Gaming will have to fight for their UKLC survival. They’ll be joined by teams from the Forge of Champions Open Tournaments and compete for two spots in the UKLC Summer Split.
The Forge of Champions Main Event will be broadcast in its entirety, so make sure you tune in to twitch.tv/lvpuk to catch all of the action. And stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates and announcements as all the season’s drama unfolds!