In Pictures: Pre-Empting North America’s Excuses For Failing At Rift Rivals

As an international tournament, Riot Games forthcoming Rift Rivals event lacks the legitimacy or the gravitas of a Mid-Season Invitational or a World Championship. It does however, possess the ability to distribute bragging rights, a cause for concern for North American fans who have been preparing their excuses in advance.

Upon the announcement of the Rift Rivals ahead of the start of the 2017 Summer Split, both EU and NA LCS fans were optimistic of their regions chances on the battlefield.

Team SoloMid, Cloud9 and Phoenix1, the top three finishers from the Spring Split would travel to Berlin’s EU LCS studios to compete with G2 eSports, Unicorns of Love and Fnatic in a conquest to restore regional pride.

Source: lolesports

Each of North America’s top three finishers from the spring have misfired since returning from the mid-season break, though Cloud9 and Team SoloMid now appear to be finding their footing.

Phoenix1’s disastrous start to the Summer Split saw the third seeded team drop to the very bottom of the NA LCS, though with the addition of new rookie Michael “MikeYeung” Yeung, P1 have mustered two wins to climb one place in the standings.

Given G2 eSports’ strong performance at the Mid-Season Invitational and both Fnatic and Unicorns of Love’s impressive starts to the Summer Split, the European representatives are heavily favoured to emerge victorious from Rift Rivals. Fnatic are the favourites to win the event outright for Europe, given G2 eSports somewhat inconsistent start in the Summer.

Keen to deflect another potential international embarrassment, NA fans have already started preparing their excuses in the likely scenario that it all goes wrong overseas once again:

Predicting North America’s Excuses For Failing At Rift Rivals…

 

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