Summer’s come and gone, and with it, a medley of mechanical outplays, magical moments, and outright wizardry. But which individuals stood above the rest?
Forge of Champions’ Main Event is just around the corner, where Fnatic Rising will attempt to complete a clean sweep of trophies in the inaugural year of the UKLC. What better time to recognise the players who lit up the league by giving their all on the Rift? Players, head coaches, casters and analysts have had their say: this is your Summer 2019 UKLC Team of the Split.
WINNER: XL SEND0O – 104 POINTS
2ND PLACE: FNC SHIKARI – 46 POINTS
3RD PLACE: MNM ONLY ANGEL – 39 POINTS
After a somewhat shaky first split in the UKLC, Send0o obliterated the competition in Summer. With exceptional performances on comfort picks such as his signature Gnar and Cassiopeia—which he also took into the bot lane—Send0o was as much a carry threat as anyone on Excel UK’s star-studded lineup. Spring’s #1 Top, Shikari, admirably held on to second place despite not finishing the season.
WINNER: XL TAXER – 91 POINTS
2ND PLACE: FNC NJI – 82 POINTS
3RD PLACE: MNM NOLTEY – 34 POINTS
The closest race of any of the 5 roles in the UKLC Team of the Split was fought in the jungle. Winning a title on his debut split in the UKLC was not enough for Nji to nick it; instead, it was Taxer’s aggressive, punishing jungle style that saw him take the plaudits. Across the season, Excel UK’s early game was the strongest in the league, and Taxer’s proactive play was at the heart of that success.
WINNER: FNC MAGIFELIX – 112 POINTS
2ND PLACE: MNM CHIBS – 37 POINTS
3RD PLACE: XL EXILE – 31 POINTS
Dread him, run from him, MagiFelix still arrives. The only player to defend his spot on the UKLC Team of the Split from Spring, MagiFelix was a bastion of reliability for Fnatic Rising, a pillar of mechanical prowess and teamfight mastery that was stable enough to keep his team at the top despite multiple roster swaps. In Spring, MagiFelix raked in the most points of any player in the UKLC Team of the Split (106). It’s testament to his continued growth as a player that he’s managed to raise the bar even higher in Summer.
WINNER: FNC XMATTY – 101 POINTS
2ND PLACE: XL HJARNAN – 67 POINTS
3RD PLACE: DMS DENVOKSNE – 42 POINTS
After narrowly missing out on a spot on the UKLC Team of the Split in Spring (behind Yusa), xMatty found the perfect revenge in Summer. Sweeping away the competition, his dexterity and decision-making saw him dominate most lanes no matter which support he was paired with, and his teamfighting was exceptional as Fnatic Rising held on to their title.
WINNER: XL KASING – 84 POINTS
2ND PLACE: PHL VISDOM – 55 POINTS
3RD PLACE: FNC RONALDOOO – 48 POINTS
Excel UK’s Kasing came into the UKLC with a weighty reputation to uphold. As Excel strove to dominate the league and usurp Fnatic Rising’s grip on the top, Kasing led the charge, finding engage after engage and even pioneering Pantheon support. Though Excel was ultimately unsuccessful in taking the title, Kasing proved why his name was one worthy of respect.
WINNER: FNC MAGIFELIX – 15 POINTS
Winning the UKLC Spring and Summer Splits, Forge of Champions Spring 2019, and defending his title as the #1 Mid in the UKLC Team of the Split was not enough for Felix “MagiFelix” Boström; he’s defended his MVP title in Summer, too. His 15 points were enough to comfortably see him beat his closest competitors, KaSing (8), Ronaldooo (4) and Visdom (4). Incredibly, he’s won every domestic accolade and trophy available to him with Fnatic Rising this year—can he take home Forge of Champions Summer 2019, and complete his collection?
WINNER: FNC JANDRO – 23 POINTS
Despite more than their fair share of roster shuffles, Fnatic Rising only seemed to grow stronger under Jandro’s watchful eye. His head-to-head with the second-placed coach, Excel UK’s TimKiro (11), provided fireworks throughout the split. With Fnatic now in the final four of EU Masters, how far can the Spaniard take them?
WINNER: PHL BEARTREE – 11 POINTS
By far the most competitive category in the UKLC Team of the Split was for the #1 Rookie. With so many players changing between splits in 2019, and with a constant flow of new recruits entering the league throughout the season, we saw numerous new talents impress on the big stage. Fnatic’s multirole extraordinaire, Ronaldooo, and Demise’s mechanical whizkid DenVoksne tied for third with 8 points apiece. But it was Beartree who edged out competition from his teammate, Chemera (10), as the standout newcomer in the UKLC Summer Split. His fearless performances in the top lane helped propel Phelan Gaming to an incredible Gauntlet run, bringing them from the brink of UKLC relegation to 3rd in the league.
UKLC Team of the Split
TOP: XL SEND0O
JUNGLE: XL TAXER
MID: FNC MAGIFELIX
BOT: FNC XMATTY
SUPPORT: XL KASING
That wraps up our Summer 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. Four teams from four competitions held across the British Isles will compete 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 NVision Esports and Barrage will have to fight for their UKLC survival. They’ll be joined by teams from the Forge of Champions Open Tournaments and compete for promotion to 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/lvpuklol 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!