Category: Analysis

Roles in Vainglory: Captains of the Future

EZL is excited to return with the next installment in the Roles in Vainglory series. This article will focus on how the eventual release of 5v5 in Vainglory will affect the position of the Captain. As the public reveal of the new game mode is slated to occur during Worlds in December, changes to the captain role are quickly approaching. Super Evil Mega Corp (SEMC) recently announced that a 5v5 show match will take place during the year-ending event.

SEMC have consistently released information about the progress and construction towards 5v5. The map preview that was recently released showed a design consisting of three lanes and jungle between all of these lanes. When we consider this three-lane map-design, it suggests that a team composition of one captain, one carry for each lane and one jungler is likely, although the positioning of the captain on the map is yet to be finalized. To further explore the future of the captain position, we first need to consider two key earnings in Vainglory: gold and experience.

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Roles in Vainglory: Captain of the Fold

EZL is proud to introduce a new series of short articles that will focus on explaining the roles within Vainglory! Additionally, they will touch on the potential effects of 5v5 on the viability of heroes in each role. This article will be the first of the series, centering on the captain position.

While some of this information may already be familiar to many of you, we hope that this guide and analysis will prove beneficial regardless. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions or would like us to further explain any specific areas!

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EZL EU Master League Season 2

EZL is delighted to announce that Season 2 of the EZL Master League in Europe is about to begin! All 32 teams and their rosters have been confirmed and locked in, ready for the competition to commence. This season is sure to be full of intense battles and close series, so be sure to follow the action on Twitch, where the matches will be streamed when possible.

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Immortals on the Warpath

Immortals are now living up to their name. After a defeat at the hands of Los Baboons (now Echo Fox) during last season’s Challenger’s Split, they hit what seems to be their lowest point. Soon after, changes had to be made, and the Captain and Jungler (Vains and Aloh4) were dropped from the roster. Coach SuiJeneris and Laner DNZio were kept to rebuild the team. Surprisingly, Immortals acquired Hammers’ Jungler ttigers (proven aggressive jungler who won the first Vainglory live Championship), the new Captain MaxGreen (a “sleeping giant” of talent). They also acquired a newer face called Xelciar as a sub, and have thus brought new life into the team. Immediately following the news, this team was undoubtedly seen as being capable of easily making it through the Vainglory Invitational Series (VIS) league brackets to jump back into the Vainglory8 (VG8). Continue reading “Immortals on the Warpath”

Embrace your redemption – a guide to Grace in the Captain position

The new hero Grace has now been out on the Halcyon Fold for over a month, with her kit already making a significant impact on the meta. This analysis of the holy paladin will teach you how to stain the Fold red with blood, just like the flowers on the Grace Islands.  Continue reading “Embrace your redemption – a guide to Grace in the Captain position”

Reviewing the Gauntlet

Reviewing the Gauntlet

In a surprising turn of events, Cloud9 (C9) has beaten ROX Armada (previously Invincible Armada) in the final stage of the 2017 Mobile Masters Invitational at the Prudential Center in New York. Armada nearly completed the “Run the Gauntlet” challenge, defeating four teams in succession – Tempo Storm, Tribe Gaming, GankStars and NRG – before ultimately falling to the last boss of the gauntlet, Cloud9. This was surprising to me, as in my eyes, Invincible Armada had always been just that: invincible. So, what led to this outcome? Continue reading “Reviewing the Gauntlet”

Unravelling Update 2.6

Hey everyone! Time for EZL to breakdown Vainglory’s Update 2.6, in which we are introduced to the paladin of Gythia, Grace. She’s able to eradicate her enemies with her mace, while at the same time continually lowering her ability cooldowns with her heroic perk. She also comes packed with massive single target heals and the ability to generate holy shields to protect her team. Be sure to grab her for ICE to get ahead of the rest of the pack, and don’t forget about her Talents!
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Looking at the Laner

Who is the best laner in the world? Before Worlds, everyone had a different opinion. Laners such as Cloud9’s Oldskool (formerly of GankStars), TSM’s BestChuckNa and GankStar’s IraqiZorro were often mentioned in the debate, due to their high level of play across the board. However, following Phoenix Armada (now Invincible Armada) taking out the championship, it has been almost unanimously established that the true star laner of Vainglory is Druid. Surprisingly, many of us hadn’t even heard of him previously due to his team competing on the East Asian​ server. Sporting a 17.36 KDA ratio and averaging 147 CS per game, while also holding the #2 world rank on VGPRO and winning 98% of his ranked games, Druid is an unrivaled star whom no one would want to verse in ranked queue. Judging by his impressive accomplishments, I believe that everyone can learn more about laning by watching him in action and imitating some of his habits – according to my teammates, I definitely should. In this article I’ll be referencing some of his matches in public ranked queue. Let’s break down what it means to be a laner, and what it takes to be the best laner in the world Continue reading “Looking at the Laner”

Reflections on the future of Vainglory

With the presence of esports rising, it’s no wonder that all platforms have gained more exposure these past years. Consoles and PCs were always powerhouses, but recently they’ve been shown to an even larger audience thanks to being broadcast on television. With tournaments such as EVO being shown on Sportscenter, and the ESL CS:GO and Street Fighter V leagues appearing regularly on TBS, esports are now in a better spot than ever to grow and expand. Continue reading “Reflections on the future of Vainglory”