With the Vainglory Summer season starting this weekend, it will be interesting to see which North American teams go on to become the next champions. Quite a few changes happened over the break between the Western Unified Spring Championship and now. These team changes, acquisitions, and roster alterations have made the outcome of the North American Vainglory8 far less predictable than in the past.
The Unified Live Champions Cloud9, and the team that took out 3rd place, Team SoloMid (TSM), have not seen any changes to their starting rosters. Therefore, in conjunction with their dominant performances in the Spring Vainglory8 season, we can expect both these teams to stay out the front of the pack. Look out for them this weekend as they face off against each other.
Coming up behind them, I believe that GankStars and the Hollywood Hammers will continue fighting fiercely, and will round out the last of the top 4 spots. However, both teams have seen roster changes, and it is not clear as to whether this will help or hinder their performance. Hammers’ new jungler is now Arkaik, a role that was previously occupied by ttigers. GankStars, on the other hand, have had to let go of their old roamer R3cKeD, and brought in former Immortals roamer Vains. While the abilities of Vain have been seen before, Arkaik has yet to prove himself; however, he now has an amazing opportunity to do so in Vainglory8. If Arkaik synergises well with his team, Hammers may taste the success that they couldn’t achieve at the Unified Championship, in which they were knocked out in the first round by Immortals. On the other hand, GankStars’ overall play style will likely not change much, but it will be interesting to see if Vains’ style of roaming will match former roamer R3cKeD’s aggressive style.
Next up, I believe that out of the bottom four teams, Tempo Storm has the highest chance of success. They have already experienced the Vainglory8, and their starting roster is still the same, which may be a considerable advantage. Furthermore, while they were promoted last season from the Challengers battles, they were then able to build up enough points to avoid the relegation spots that demoted Rogue, Tribe, and Immortals. However, having been 3-0’d by GankStars at the Unified Championship, it is still unclear whether they will ever be able to perform well against the top 4 teams.
Finally, NRG, Nova Esports, and Echo Fox are the teams I’m hoping will surprise us the most. As none of these teams have taken part in Vainglory8 in previous seasons, there is no telling who will succeed, but it will be intriguing to see if they can shake up the standings. For anyone who might be confused at the moment, allow me clear up the team changes. NRG was previously a Vainglory Invitational Series (VIS) Challengers team, but acquired LOS BABOONS, who defeated Immortals. Nova Esports was formerly Rage Pingers, who knocked out Rogue. Lastly, the new Echo Fox roster is made up of the acquired team Giraffes, who defeated Tribe Gaming to secure their spot in the Vainglory8. In my honest (and biased, basically because I’ve watched the stream of Nova captain ‘starboi’) opinion, I believe that of these three teams, Nova will definitely be the team to watch this upcoming weekend, especially once we consider that they were ranked first in Challengers.
Summer season in North American Vainglory8 is set to be a blast! What are your predictions?
Article written by Ryann17 and edited by DarkSquall