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LCS SCOUTING GROUNDS 2020

Welcome to the 5th LCS Scouting Grounds, where professional teams look to add to their ranks with some of the best up-and-coming talent that North America has to offer.

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Gorica ADC

Alexander Gorica

Age: 19
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Vex ADC

Bradley Miller

Age: 4
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Julien MID

Julien Gelinas

Age: 12
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Wolfe MID

Michael Taylor

Age: 20
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Jenkins SUPPORT

Thomas Tran

Age: 33
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Expert 1

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Expert 1 review

Joey has great hands and learns incredibly quickly. He joined the amateur scene mid-Spring and instantly made his team better as a carry threat. He was a liability on tanks for the first couple of months, but found a comfort zone on Sion and Cho’gath and dramatically improved his map reads. He isn’t the most polished player here, and doesn’t have thebest stats, but his growth curve isphenomenal and he could really blossom with some Academy-level playing experience and coaching.

Expert 2 review

Joey has great hands and learns incredibly quickly. He joined the amateur scene mid-Spring and instantly made his team better as a carry threat. He was a liability on tanks for the first couple of months, but found a comfort zone on Sion and Cho’gath and dramatically improved his map reads. He isn’t the most polished player here, and doesn’t have thebest stats, but his growth curve isphenomenal and he could really blossom with some Academy-level playing experience and coaching.

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Niles TOP

Aiden Tidwell

Location: USA
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Tim Sevenhuysen

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Tim Sevenhuysen review

Niles team fights very well, dancing in and out of fights to avoid enemy threat ranges and cooldowns and then selecting the right targets to attack when he finds an opening. He plays well with a lead, especially, with a strong read on when to push his lane deeper, when to move onto the map to group with his team, and when to Teleport into a fight. Sometimes Niles tries to do a bit too much, though, which good opponents can punish. His rate of improvement over the past couple of years hasn't been the fastest, but he has been working through a college degree, so he deserves some leeway on that point.

Pastrytime review

Niles is the name on this list I’m best acquainted with and for good reason. I cast the Maryville University sweep of the 2019 collegiate finals and that whole event had the same player at the forefront of everyone’s minds that event. Niles is one of the few fresh collegiate talents that appears to be looking to make the transition into the North American pro scene. Extremely lane dominant, Niles is the kind of player that you just watch him play and realize why he’s so revered in the circles he competes in - he just oozes talent. In his HSG 2020 survey he said the reason he wanted to go pro was “to save NA”. Whether he’s serious or just flexing some of his personality, he certainly has the individual skill to make a claim so bold. Niles has only grown since that collegiate win and while his talent certainly is there, his drive and rapid accumulation of competitive experience makes me think he’s looking to make good on his promise this event.

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nxi JUNGLE

Xin Dinh

Location: USA
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Tim Sevenhuysen

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Tim Sevenhuysen review

Nxi is the physical incarnation of Lee Sindrome, and that is both his greatest strength and his biggest weakness. I’m not sure he’s ever landed a Nidalee javelin without transforming into a cougar and leaping in behind it afterwards. Kidding aside, when Nxi’s aggression pays off, it’s impressive to see, and it works more often than it fails -- at least at the amateur level. The main question is how well he can adapt to a higher level of opposition and rein himself in, adding more calculation and deeper game knowledge to his toolkit.

Pastrytime review

For all the credit we’ve given Cloud9 and Cloud9 Academy in the last few years for being perhaps the greatest single talent siphon the region has ever seen, as teams invest more and more into their infrastructure and the future of their organizations, we need to start adding 100 Thieves to that conversation as well. Specifically we need to add 100 Thieves Next who have seemingly pumped out nothing but amateur superstars since their recent inception, as well as a large number of the HSG 2020 prospects. As Kenvi moved into Academy, Nxi was right there waiting to take his place and boy did he make an impression - which is often the case when you get 15 kills on Kha’Zix your first time out with your new team. In a story we’re becoming happily familiar with in North America, Nxi appears as the next in a seemingly never-ending line of young NA junglers that play Nidalee, Lee Sin and Graves and wish you’d never queued up for solo-queue that day.100X miss very little when they bring in new talent and the stage couldn’t be more perfect for Nxi to demonstrate that the hype is a lot more than just that.

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Copy MID

Jouhan Pathmanathan

Location: Canada
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Tim Sevenhuysen review

Copy is primarily a control mage player, spending most of his time on Orianna, Azir, Syndra, and Zoe, with forays into Leblanc and Corki. He's a fill-in-the-gaps Mid laner, providing what his team needs and occasionally stepping up with big plays, but more often playing a solid, anchoring style that allows his teammates to serve as focal points.To take the next step, Copy needs to find his killer instinct and make more aggressive use of his strong mechanics.

Pastrytime review

Copy is yet another in the current lineup of the talent giant that is 100 Thieves Next. Perhaps to his detriment this year as he describes himself of more of a team or role player and some of his flashier teammates are in attendance. But, his attitude certainly seems excellent for a young player who is just starting to move forward towards a possible pro career. Listing Bjergsen as an influence on him makes sense when you look at his self-appointed champion pool (Zoe, Syndra, Twisted Fate) and the role he takes on within 100X, but I like a little more 1v9 in my mid-laners and I’m hoping Copy is able to show off some of that as well. Copy likely would’ve qualified via solo-queue anyway if 100X somehow weren’t as dominant in Amateur as they are, so Copy certainly has the chops to battle against the other mid-laners alongside him. Mid also might be the closest it’s ever been talent-wise at a Scouting Grounds, so everyone - including Copy - will have their chance to step into the limelight.

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Spawn ADC

Trevor Kerr-Taylor

Location: Canada
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Tim Sevenhuysen

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Tim Sevenhuysen review

Spawwwwn shows some strong awareness of what is happening inside his own screen, with smart outplays and step-up aggression, like a young WildTurtle. But he has a lot to learn about how to read what is happening off-screen, how to move to the right parts of the map at the right times, and how to communicate actively to his team. The good news is that his biggest weaknesses are exactly the things he would learn in an Academy environment. Spawwwwn could be a real diamond in the rough if he's given the right opportunity to learn.

Pastrytime review

Not to be confused with my good friend and Oceanic caster/analyst extraordinaire Jake ‘Spawn’ Tiberi, Spawwwwn has been around the amateur scene for awhile, most recently on Polar Ace, one of the more established Amateur orgs that has churned out quite a bit of talent within that scene. I’ve been told to watch for his teamfight positioning, particularly on the likes of Aphelios and Ashe. While his team despite lots of promise, did not fare well in the SGC 2020 Play Off, he more than made it on solo-queue points with more than 1.2k LP in Challenger. Bot lane is certainly on the less stacked end for roles attending this year, but all the more reason to shoot your (literal) shot.

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BMD TOP

Thomas Tran

Age: 33
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Expert 1 review

Joey has great hands and learns incredibly quickly. He joined the amateur scene mid-Spring and instantly made his team better as a carry threat. He was a liability on tanks for the first couple of months, but found a comfort zone on Sion and Cho’gath and dramatically improved his map reads. He isn’t the most polished player here, and doesn’t have thebest stats, but his growth curve isphenomenal and he could really blossom with some Academy-level playing experience and coaching.

Expert 2 review

Joey has great hands and learns incredibly quickly. He joined the amateur scene mid-Spring and instantly made his team better as a carry threat. He was a liability on tanks for the first couple of months, but found a comfort zone on Sion and Cho’gath and dramatically improved his map reads. He isn’t the most polished player here, and doesn’t have thebest stats, but his growth curve isphenomenal and he could really blossom with some Academy-level playing experience and coaching.

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RoseThorn JUNGLE

Tae Ho Kim

Location: USA
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Tim Sevenhuysen

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Tim Sevenhuysen review

RoseThorn is very “raw”, with minimal competitive experience, but he shows great potential. He has strong mechanics and he’s a very good communicator, which bodes well for his ability to learn from coaching. Look forward to his play on Kindred, in particular. RoseThorn still needs time to learn how to better recognize the map state and make cleaner decisions around where to move at different times, and when it is appropriate to invade.

Pastrytime review

Seemingly out of nowhere, RoseThorn ripped through solo-queue to land himself a spot at HSG 2020 as well as two different accounts in Challenger having none before that. On top of all this, the first time he hit Challenger he was taking a full course load at college and working part time with barely any time to dedicate to League as is the usual story of the lesser known Challengers players who grind games seemingly endlessly. While now he’s apparently flipped that idea with more free time and of his own admission, plays and watches around eighty hours of League a week. This tells me two things: 1) that he is a somewhat young player that found a way to successfully balance his life, something that many full-functioning adults can still struggle with and 2) that his work ethic is ridiculous. While the pedigree of a known organization or competitive experience doesn’t sit with him, RoseThorn embodies the Scouting Grounds story. Of a grinder that has landed in a spot where he has a week to prove it all to himself, his new pug teammates and then the world at large just how high his ceiling is.

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Joey SUPPORT

Joseph Haslemann

Location: USA
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Tim Sevenhuysen review

Joey has been in and out of Academy in the past, most recently playing with Clutch Academy in 2019, and he's back for another attempt to break into the pro scene. He struggles with putting his best foot forward in the most important games and didn't find much success in the amateur scene while playing with Wildcard Gaming this year. To earn an Academy offer, Joey will need to overwrite LCS scouts' pre-existing ideas about his potential as a player, which will require a very convincing Scouting Grounds performance.

Pastrytime review

A familiar face to many, literal MSI 2018 competitor Joey has gone through a lot since attending that event as Team Liquid’s sub. While he’s also had some strong showings in Academy as well it should go without saying that we didn’t get nearly enough time with Joey at the pro level. Consistently impressing with his playmaking, Joey is a player that has grown into the leadership roles he was thrust into on Academy teams and like many supports attending this event, he’ll want to show off that he’s far from past his time to compete. While he’s competing against a strong class this year, he should be on the radars of any team in need of a support player that’s here to show he’s still got it and then some.

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MistyStumpey TOP

Ian Alexander

Age: 20
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5fire MID

Aidan Reckamp

Age: 20
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EvanRL ADC

Evan Lawson

Age: 30
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Yeon ADC

Sean Sung

Location: USA
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Tim Sevenhuysen review

As part of 100 Thieves Next, Yeon had an excellent opportunity to develop this year. So far, he is rounding into a measured, intelligent player who At times, he's willing to step up into openings and chase a big play, but he's still finding the balance between overcoming his naturally conservative play style and learning to recognize the appropriate times to assert himself. That balance will come with time, as his confidence grows.

Pastrytime review

Surprisingly, despite being on one of the best known orgs within the Amateur scene, Yeon might actually have a disadvantage perception-wise coming into this event. While 100X are seemingly incredible at finding and nurturing talent, Yeon feels like he’s in the shadow of his more hyped teammates in some ways, some of which are also in attendance this year. That being said, not only should we trust in the 100X talent machine but Yeon has some wildcards looking through his match history. One of his main listed champions for his role, provided on surveys the players filled out themselves for this event is Taliyah! With his solo queue numbers supporting that as well as his most played champion this season. He’s also been playing Samira, so I have high hopes for Yeon to throw more than a few surprises during this event as well as be at least a solid looking bot laner. Perhaps being separated from 100X will actually help him when it comes to showing off his individual skill as he’ll need to prove he can play with very different teammates in a short amount of time.

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Andybendy ADC

Andrew Forman

Location: USA
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Tim Sevenhuysen review

There are ups and downs in Andybendy’s laning, and his play with Radiance in the Scouting Grounds Circuit didn’t really “leap out” with big highlight reel plays most of the time, but he plays at an above-average level pretty reliably, much like how Radiance was an upper/mid-tier team in the amateur scene as a whole. Out of all the roles, Bot lane is where I place the most value on reliability over pop-off moments, which is why I see some good potential for Andybendy to be a worthwhile player to develop, despite ranking him lowest of all the Bot laners at Scouting Grounds.

Pastrytime review

Apart from having perhaps the ‘funniest name but in a good way’ among the SGC 2020 attendees, Andy has actually been around the Amateur scene for quite awhile. Including recently being on Radiance before landing on the Columbia College team, one of the better known schools for League of Legends. He also apparently tried to qualify for EU Masters a short while back, which is almost unheard of for a NA player. To say that Mr Bendy hasn’t been trying would be a massive understatement and while he sits at the bottom for me based on what little information I could gather, bot lane does feel like it has a lot of unknowns going into this year of HSG. He’s also apparently sick of losing to 100 Thieves Next in the Amateur circuit, so this Scouting Grounds not only will provide a place to showcase his talent but perhaps enact a little revenge along the way.

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PieCakeLord TOP

Kostyantyn Dudarchuk

Age: 18
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Winston JUNGLE

Winston Herold

Age: 19
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Fanatiik JUNGLE

Gabriel Saucier

Age: 18
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