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The Dethroning of the LEC's Powerhouse Teams

Riot had its first League of Legends European Championship in the Spring of 2013. This saw eight teams competing against each other including big Esport names like Fnatic and SK Gaming. Fnatic ended up winning that first split and in the years to come, we would see Fnatic win another 7 European Championships. We would only see two other teams win the LEC, those teams being Alliance and G2 Esports. Alliance won one split back in 2014, whereas G2 Esports has claimed 8 European Championship wins. This makes them the team with the most championships in Europe. Although G2 only began to compete in the LEC in the 2016 spring split they rapidly rose to the top with their unique playstyle. G2 Esports won the first split that they competed in along with winning the following three splits until they were beaten in the 2018 spring split by Fnatic. For the seven years that the LEC has been running, it has been dominated by these two powerhouse teams until this year.
 

  
In the 2021 Spring split we saw G2 Esports end the split tied for first place with Rogue both having a record of 14W-4L. G2 Esports claimed first place in the end due to beating Rogue twice in the regular split. The other 4 teams that ended up making playoffs were Mad Lions in 3rd place, with a record of 10W-8L, Schalke 04 in 4th place, with a record of 9W-9L, Fnatic in 5th place, with a record of 9W-9L and lastly SK Gaming, with a record of 8W-10L. G2 Esport’s first round was against the fourth seeded team Schalke 04. Schalke almost won the series in spectacular fashion with a reverse sweep (coming back from a 2-0 deficit). G2 was able to clinch the series in Game 5 moving on to the Upper Bracket Final which would secure them a spot in the Grand Finals. On the other side of the Upper Bracket we would see Mad Lions face Rogue in what seemed like a clear win for Rogue. Mad Lions had other plans for Rogue though, winning the series 3-1 and securing the other spot in the Upper Bracket Finals against G2. Meanwhile Fnatic was competing for a spot in the Grand Finals through the Lower Bracket. They won the first round against SK Gaming 3-1 in a commanding fashion. In the second round of the Lower Bracket, Fnatic would be coming up against Schalke. Schalke proved to be too much of a challenge, sweeping Fnatic 3-0 and ending their 2021 spring split. In the third round of the Lower Bracket we saw Schalke and Rogue, the original losers of the Upper Bracket matches, compete to play against the loser of the Upper Bracket Final. The Upper Bracket Final would see Mad Lions facing G2 Esports. At this point, G2 Esports were still the favorites to win this series. In the Lower Bracket Rogue would beat Schalke 3-1 to make it to the Lower Bracket Finals, where to everyone’s surprise, they would be facing G2. G2 had not been able to beat Mad Lions in the Upper Bracket Finals, being absolutely dominated 3-1. To make things worse for G2 they ended the Spring split 2021 losing the Lower Bracket Finals 3-1. Rogue controlled the entire series outclassing G2 in almost every manner.
 

  
At this point now the League European Championship would be seeing a new champion for the first time since the Spring split in 2016. Of course, this was when G2 Esports beat Origen to become an exclusive member of the European Championship holders club. At the time this exclusive club only had two other members. The Grand Finals began with Rogue dominating the first two games with better team comps. This allowed them to easily win the first two games of the series. This meant that Mad Lions needed to try something different and try a riskier comp which would allow them to snowball harder if they did get ahead. They decided to give Armut, their top laner, one of his better picks, the Monkey King himself, Wukong. This pick ended up being one of the turning points for Mad Lions. Mad Lions proceeded to win both the third and fourth game bringing the series to a draw. Either team could still win the 2021 Spring Split and join the ranks of G2, Fnatic and Alliance as European Championship winners. It all came down to the final Game of the series, Game 5.
 
Game 5 of the series saw a lot of standard bans. Rogue looked to ban out Carzzy, Mad Lion’s ADC, banning Seraphine, Jinx and Ezreal in their first rotation. Mad Lions opted to ban out Trymbi’s playmaking supports banning Thresh and Rell. As for their third ban, they chose to ban out Orianna, a standard third ban on Red Side. Rogue, having first pick, decided to pick up the Udyr. This ensured that they had a strong early jungle presence having a jungler with both a  quick clear speed and a lot of early ganking potential. Both teams ended up picking both jungle and bot lane in the first three picks which is quite standard. The next bans for Mad Lions were Lucian and Tristana. This was to ensure that Larssen, Rogue's mid laner, would not be placed on a comfort pick that allows him to comfortably have lane priority in that mid lane. Rogue, on the other hand, decided to ban the Wukong after an incredible performance by Armut in both Games 3 and 4. Their fifth ban was Twisted Fate. This made a lot of sense due to Mad Lions having the first pick after the second ban rotation. Rogue did not want to allow Mad Lions to obtain Twisted Fate with the global presence that he possesses. At the end of the draft phase we see Rogue having opted into a team with a lot of global pressure with champions like the Ryze, Tahm Kench and the Senna. We see Mad Lions opting into a more team fight/dive orientated team comp with the likes of Gnar, Volibear, Viktor, Kai’sa and Rakan.
 
We saw the game begin with Mad Lions overcommitting on first blood onto Odoamne, Rogue’s top laner. Although they get the kill both Inspired, Rogue’s jungler, and Larssen are able to respond quickly and clean up the fight, killing both Armut and Elyoya, Mad Lion’s jungler. We saw Rogue in control of the early game with good map rotations and a good focus on objectives. It was all going well until the 26th minute. At this point, Rogue had taken down 4 of Mad Lions’ turrets along with three dragons meaning they were on soul point for the next drake as well as having built quite a hefty 7k gold lead. The game began to turn around when Mad Lions decided to engage a 4 vs 3 in the 26th minute in the mid lane. This immediately turned into a 5 vs 5 with the missing members from both teams teleporting in. This fight saw Humanoid, Mad Lions’ mid laner, pick up a massive triple kill. Rogue, by contrast, was only able to kill Mad Lions' bot lane. This allowed for Mad Lions to begin to bring back the gold deficit that had been built up by Rogue throughout the early game. 7 minutes later we would see both teams pushing the Baron pit with Elyoya beginning the baron for Mad Lions. Mad Lions however instantly turned their attention to Inspired catching him out. This was then followed up by a Flash Ult from Armut's Mega Gnar,  knocking both Larssen and Trymbi into the wall and securing the kills for Mad Lions. This was the final nail in the coffin for Rogue with the rest of the members falling shortly after. Mad Lions had pulled off the reverse sweep and joined the exclusive club of European Championship winners.
 

  
In the next article, we will be looking to analyze in-depth the downfall of both Fnatic and G2 Esports as well as looking at the potential future of the LEC with teams like Rogue and Mad Lions exceeding expectations as well as taking a look at Schalke 04 which did manage to pull off some upsets in both the regular split and playoffs!
 

TG's New Vice President

As  TG McPatchy decided to retire from TG (we thank him for all he's done), it's my task to find the person who's going to continue making me look good   . Lucky for me, I didn't need to look very far.  This person  has consistently and continuously displayed all of  TG’s values and mission in all aspects of the community ever since he join TG.  
 
Together, we will continue to make sure TG is running efficiently, staff are completing their duties in a timely manner, and ensuring roles and responsibilities are being fulfilled as established by TGEC. Furthermore, we will continue to provide guidance and vision to help direct the future growth of Tactical Gaming as a whole,with the intent of providing the best online gaming experience for its members.
 
Please help me congratulate  @TG HaloHobo as your new Vice President!!!! Well deserved and long overdue! 
 
 

ATO - TG HaloHobo

To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
I hereby award
 
 
@TG HaloHobo
 
 
One Instance's of the Tactical Warfare Medal of Honor 
 

 
 
This is the highest meritorious award bestowed upon Tactical Warfare members.
 
The Medal of Honor is awarded to a person who, while a member of Tactical Warfare, distinguishes himself or herself by self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades.
 
 
One Instance of the Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Medal
 

 
 
The Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Award recognizes an individual or group who has consistently and continuously displayed Tactical Gaming ethos in all aspects of the community.

The group’s contribution must be sustained throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted active Tactical Gaming service.

This award is given by Tactical Gaming Vice President only.
 
 
 
Given under my hand on this 1st day of May 2021.
 

TG McPatchy
Tactical Gaming Vice-President
Tactical Gaming Executive Committee
 

ATO - OhMcGawGaming & CjA1418

To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
I hereby award
 
@OhMcGawGaming & @CjA1418
 
 
One Instance of the Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Medal
 

 
 
The Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Award recognizes an individual or group who has consistently and continuously displayed Tactical Gaming ethos in all aspects of the community.

The group’s contribution must be sustained throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted active Tactical Gaming service.

This award is given by Tactical Gaming Vice President only.
 
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One Instance of the Outstanding Volunteer Medal
 

 
The Outstanding Contributor Award is to be automatically awarded in the name of Tactical Gaming, to members who have contributed financial resources to ensure the future and growth of TG.

It is also used as a token of Tactical Gaming’s appreciation for those individuals who are dedicated enough to spend their own money in order to proudly display their affiliation to Tactical Gaming, such as by adding “TG” in front of their gamertag.
 
Given under my hand on this 1st day of May 2021.
 

TG McPatchy
Tactical Gaming Vice-President
Tactical Gaming Executive Committee
 

Web Team is looking for Coders

The Web Team, in Particular, the Coding Team is looking for members to join and help with the site.  They are specifically interested in those with "Intermediate to advanced knowledge of PHP " 
 
If you think you have what it takes, we are looking for coders to join the Web Team!

We are currently searching for people who have one or more of the following skill bases:
Skill base in order of importance 
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of PHP  Intermediate to advanced knowledge of SQL Query Language Previous Knowledge of IPB is desirable  
Interested? Send an email to webteam@tacticalgaming.net with your TG gamer tag AND SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
 
 

Overwatch Lore - Part 3

Welcome to the 3rd and final part of our Overwatch Lore series! If you’ve missed the first 2, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here! 
 
The death toll for the Second Omnic Crisis hits over fifty thousand now! A Talon Team lead by Reaper goes after Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Reaper is stopped by Winston, but only after getting a list of former Overwatch members' addresses. Winston calls to reform Overwatch. Mei gets released from her ten year emergency cryofreeze, and decides to join the Overwatch Reform. Widowmaker kills Tekhartha Mondatta at Kings Row. Genji reveals to Hanzo that he's alive (no thanks to him). McCree eliminates a Talon Team that was attacking an American train, and dumps the thing they were after before they can come back in and snatch it. Reinhardt and Brigitte repair his Crusader's Armor and take out a small local gang; while Junkrat and Roadhog kill the CEO of Hyde Global and blow up their tower. The ‘Shrike’ Sniper starts disrupting Talon operations in Egypt. Soldier:76 attacks a criminalcompound in Giza, where he goes head to head with Reaper, and the Shrike stops them, and ultimately gets Reaper to leave. Shrike and Soldier reveal their identities (Ana and Jack) to each other and team up. 
 
Sombra leaks LumeriCo information, and protests start happening against the company. Due to Sombra, Junkrat, and Roadhog robbing from the LumeriCo, the CEO steps down. Reaper embarks on a Talon mission to try to kill Katya Volskaya, with Sombra and Widowmaker. The team fails because of Sombra's unprofessionalism. Torbjorn finds Bastion in the woods, and he discovers that Bastion is sentient, so he takes him home. Widowmaker and Reaper attempt to steal the Doomfist gauntlet, where they are foiled by Winston and Tracer, along with a couple meddling kids. Doomfist is imprisoned, but then he breaks out and meets with Maximilien. The two of them plot together the death of a fellow Talon member Viallis. Doomfist attempts to steal his gauntlet back all by himself this time, and kills every OR15 unit sent to stop him. Efi buys OR15 parts and creates a custom AI for this robot, whom she names Orisa. Zarya goes on a mission to capture Sombra, and fails. McCree defeats the Deadlock Gang, rescues Echo, and answers Winston's call. Baptiste helps two Talon agents invade Sinclair, owner of Sinclair Pharmaceuticals mansion. He then double teams them, and helps Sinclair escape on the promise that be provides free medical aid to all the clinics in Haiti that needed them. And now were all caught up on Overwatch... until Overwatch 2 comes out that is!
 
If you haven’t played Overwatch yet, or you do but didn't know the story until now, how do you feel about it? I think Overwatch does their story pretty well for what is primarily just a FPS/fighting game! You don’t have to know it to enjoy the game, which makes it even more interesting to hear the first time!
 
Let me know what games you would like to see us explore next time!

ATO - TG SirMadness

Without sir being in the PRO it would of made alot of things real hard for me and TG, Sir holds the PRO together and someone i also call a friend.
 
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
I hereby award
 
@TG SirMadness
 
One Instance of the Tactical Gaming Public Relations Medal
 

The Tactical Gaming Public Relations Achievement Medal recognizes an individual who has contributed to the continued success of the promotion growth of Tactical Gaming through competition management, written work, or video based support.

The individual’s contribution must be sustained throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted active Tactical Gaming service.

This award is given by Public Relations Office staff only.
 
 
One Instance of the Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Medal
 

 
 
The Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Award recognizes an individual or group who has consistently and continuously displayed Tactical Gaming ethos in all aspects of the community.

The group’s contribution must be sustained throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted active Tactical Gaming service.

This award is given by Tactical Gaming Vice President only.
 
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One Instance of the Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Coin
 

 
The Vice Presidential Coin of Excellence is given to the most valued of our members. Those who have earned this coin have shown dedication and loyalty to maintaining and maximising all that being a Tactical Gaming member embodies. This coin is awarded by the Vice President of Tactical Gaming only and can only be given once per month to the best member inside of the community.
 
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One Instance of the Outstanding Volunteer Award
 

 
 
The Outstanding Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has performed outstanding volunteer service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature, to further Tactical Gaming’s cause.

While there is no specific time threshold to qualify for the Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Chain of Command (CoC) shall ensure the service to be honored merits the special recognition afforded by this award.

This award is intended to recognize exceptional volunteer work over time and not a single act or achievement.
 
Given under my hand on this 30th day of April 2021.
 

TG McPatchy
Tactical Gaming Vice-President
Tactical Gaming Executive Committee
 

ATO - TG Epsi

TG Epis is what makes TG one of the greatest things around, This is just a small something to say thanks for the years and years of hard work for TW and now TG. His on going hard work in everything he does is enough for this alone and it would take forever for me to name everything epsi does around TG.
 
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
I hereby award
 
 
@TG Epsi

One Instance's of the Tactical Warfare Medal of Honor (Of course for going above and beyond like always when you was cc in TW but i never got a chance to do this)
 

 
 
This is the highest meritorious award bestowed upon Tactical Warfare members.
 
The Medal of Honor is awarded to a person who, while a member of Tactical Warfare, distinguishes himself or herself by self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades.
 
&
 
One Instance of the Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Medal
 

 
 
The Tactical Gaming Vice Presidential Award recognizes an individual or group who has consistently and continuously displayed Tactical Gaming ethos in all aspects of the community.

The group’s contribution must be sustained throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted active Tactical Gaming service.

This award is given by Tactical Gaming Vice President only.
 
&
 
One Instance of the Outstanding Contributur Medal (For paying for the Val Legion server to save more money for TG)
 

 
The Outstanding Contributor Award is to be automatically awarded in the name of Tactical Gaming, to members who have contributed financial resources to ensure the future and growth of TG.

It is also used as a token of Tactical Gaming’s appreciation for those individuals who are dedicated enough to spend their own money in order to proudly display their affiliation to Tactical Gaming, such as by adding “TG” in front of their gamertag.
 
Given under my hand on this 30th day of April 2021.
 

TG McPatchy
Tactical Gaming Vice-President
Tactical Gaming Executive Committee
 

Mass Effect Legendary - Updated Universe

Mass Effect Legendary
 
You may recall, a few months ago I dropped a tasty and teasing nugget of goodness for all those fellow BioWare fans regarding a remastered and improved version of the iconic original Mass Effect Trilogy. With the release looming closer, EA have finally given us a deeper look behind the curtain of Legendary, and they've sent out a list of fixes, changes and improvements ahead of its May 14th release. For starters, there have been many new changes added across the games. It will take me and you far too long to type and read across two stories, so at the end of the article check out the link to enjoy at your own pleasure.
 

 
The first fact I have to mention is not the first on their list, but my gosh I hated the Mako. For those few of us who never had to go through the bumbling random bouncing pain that was to drive the Mako it has been overhauled in every way you could imagine. Originally it felt like the Mako was driving in a different level of gravity than you were actually in, causing uncontrollable slides and traction-less turns were a constant issue. I like to drift a futuristic ATV over various alien landscapes as much as the next person but with an infuriating camera system and ice slick wheels with random bounces it did have its...shall we say tedious moments. With a promised overhaul over everything from camera control, shield recharge rate, and overall control over the infamous Mako, it should be a completely different experience now.
 
That alone is enough to make me get the game, my goodness I hated that bouncy, sliding, instant death mobile despite it actually looking pretty cool. Now during the trilogy they obviously made improvements originally from game to game, graphics, combat, and general movement were brought up so the differences between Mass Effect 1 and 3 is night and day. Pulling all those improvements and bringing them up-to-date now brings Mass Effect 1 into a new golden style of fluid brilliance that I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on. All those changes will be in the link below, but the main one I enjoyed will probably be a little different from most people.
 

 
Fallout, Skyrim, and FIFA all had fantastic character creation options, and so did the later installments of Mass Effect. The character creation options have been remastered, improved, and look incredible! They give you the option to make your own hero of the galaxy to take across all 3 stories. As you take your own personal character through the epic sage that is Mass Effect, you will also be taking them through all the DLC's from the original games at your own leisure. Talking about the fluid story, they have rebalanced the galaxy at war theme of Mass Effect 3. It actually ends up easier to get a good end game result without massive losses if you play all three games in order and build up more and more as you do so, giving you more of a reason to binge the trilogy to your hearts content.
 
I have to be truthful here, I honestly do not think I could give Mass Effect Legendary the honor it deserves. The team has literally fixed hundreds of items, practically remade the first game, and improved so many aspects that to list them over and over would be a dishonor to the team; so I encourage you to check out the link below so you can get a better handle of how much they have done for us Mass Effect junkies.
 
Gameplay Calibrations (ea.com)
 
So who else is suiting up and jumping in with me in May?

Streamer Spotlight - XX1DAVIRUS1XX

This is the first part of a series of articles highlighting each member of our amazing Stream Team! Today I (RY) talked to xX1DAVIRUS1Xx (DV) and learned a bit more about him and his experience with streaming! Let's have a look! 
 
RY: DaVirus, I know you are from the Werewolf Squad in CoD and on our TG Twitch you stream your squad practices. I was wondering, what made you decide to start streaming in the first place?
DV: I started streaming because I wanted to start sharing my experiences and game knowledge with everyone.
 
RY: That’s awesome! How long have you been streaming now?
DV: Only about 6 months.
 
RY: Your streams are amazing to still be so new! What’s the most exciting or fun part?
DV: The most fun part of streaming is always knowing that chat is better than you at every game you play no matter what and they will always clip your fail montages XD. But in all seriousness the best part is meeting and talking to people from all over the world and making everyone feel like they have a place to come to and feel welcomed.
 
RY: That sounds like such a nice community! What’s the most challenging part of it for you personally?
DV: It’s keeping people engaged when you really suck at a game... It then becomes all about how much you can laugh at yourself and still keep everyone engaged!
 
RY: I have never thought about that when it comes to having a live audience! Have you ever gotten burnt out from it? How do you deal with that?
DV: I have gotten burnt out from streaming multiple times, when that happens I go and take a break. I do community engagement, where I do discord meet and greet streams, or I play games and talk to everyone who wants to join. It’s more of a relaxed setting where I can just be myself and talk to new people.
 
RY: What a nice way to recharge and keep your community involved! Do you have any tips to new streamers or people who want to start?
DV: My most important tip is to never give up. Surround yourself with people who want to support you and see you succeed. Keep on going, it’s a very long and hard process. 
 
RY: That's very inspiring! I look forward to watching you grow! If we want to find you, where could we do that? What's your stream schedule?
DV: xX1DAVIRUS1Xx on twitch! I am live everyday after work!
 
And that’s it! If you’re looking for a streamer who’ll be very involved with their community and be refreshing to watch, you should check him out on his Twitch! Next month we will highlight another streamer from our team as well! 
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