NA LCS Team Immortals; Will Their Nexus be Immortal for the entire Spring Split?

I know what you’re thinking. It is way too early to be discussing a possible perfect 18-0 record for the Spring Split. After two extremely convincing wins to open the season, I figured I would bring up the subject. Fnatic finished the 2015 EU LCS summer split with a perfect 18-0 record, the first of its kind. Spearheading that 18-0 run was the duo on the top side of the map, Huni and Reignover. Coming over to North America was a big move for the duo, but so far it has a great looking start.

Opening Weekend

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Immortals opened up their season with matchups against Cloud 9 and Team Impulse. Let’s go ahead and cover the Team Impulse game. Immortals completely destroyed an inferior Team Impulse lineup and earned the quickest win in LCS history. Immortals lived up to their team name and had 0 deaths in the Team Impulse matchup. They didn’t lose a turret or neutral objective either. It only took them 18 minutes to take every inhibitor down along with the nexus. Everyone expected an Immortals win going into the game, but nobody expected the most one-sided game in professional LoL history.

Moving on to their first game of the split. Cloud 9 is going to be a top 5 team this season and have a very talented roster. In their matchup with Immortals, they were outclassed all over the map and couldn’t win the team fights they built their team comp around. Reignover’s Rek’Sai play remains top class as he finished 2-0-10 in his first game with his new team. He was able to power farm his way to a massive gold lead in the jungle over Cloud 9’s Rush. He then abused his advantage and helped every lane with his pressure and ganks. His partner in crime, Huni, didn’t have the most impressive scoreline with his Cho’Gath (2-3-8), but he laned well against Ball’s Ryze and landed some important skill shots in the late game to secure team fight victories. The most impressive member of Immortals opening weekend for me was Adrian. He and WildTurtle played both games extremely well together and look to be a great pairing in the bottom lane. Adrian played Janna both games this past weekend and finished with a combined scoreline 0-0-22. Now that’s the type of support we all dream of. His disengages and skill shots were on point in both games and will have to continue his strong play for the rest of the split if they really do want to go 18-0. Next week will probably be their toughest week of the entire season with matchups against TSM and NRG.

Next week will probably be their toughest week of the entire season with matchups against TSM and NRG. TSM were the favorites along with Immortals at the start of the split, but TSM did not look together as a team in their opening weekend. Given some time, TSM should become much better, but I think Immortals will definitely have the advantage going into the game this weekend. NRG were not extremely dominant in their two wins last weekend like Immortals were, but they are the only other team to win both of their games so far. If Immortals come out of week 2 with a 4-0 record, look for the 18-0 talks to go ablaze. For that to happen, I’ll explain what the two parts of their team have to do.

Huni and Reignover

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Huni is the crowd favorite, but Reignover should receive just as much praise, if not more for what he does for his team. Reignover can play whatever jungler his team needs him to play and build that jungler any way his team needs him to build. He is a very intelligent player and always finds a way to impact games. He varies his gank paths and keeps enemies guessing, he farms extremely efficiently, and can team-fight at a world class level. In his matchup with Cloud 9’s jungler Rush, Reignover completely outplayed him all game long and helped his team much more than Rush ever could. One game does not decide the best jungler in NA, but Reignover made a statement that we may have to follow up on as the season progresses.

Don’t get me wrong about Huni guys, he is just as vital to his team as Reignover. I just felt that Reignover needed to be talked about first for once. Huni is still a force to be reckoned with. Huni can play almost any champ in the top lane and will counter-pick almost any chance he gets to win his lane as we saw with his Cho’ Gath in the first game of the season. Huni is a fantastic laner and almost unstoppable if he gets ahead. One successful gank from Reignover can win Huni his lane. Huni feasted on Balls against Cloud 9 and should be able to feast on many of the other top laners in North America. NRG’s Impact and CLG’s Darshan are the only other top laners in NA that can matchup with Huni I believe. Immortals may very well have the best jungler and best top laner in NA already, and it’s only been two games. I will not give them that title yet, but I might be willing to if there is a 4-0 record for Immortals after Sunday.

The Trio of North American Outcasts

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Pobelter (Mid), WildTurtle (ADC), and Adrian (Support) were all 3 disposed of this off-season as their respective teams decided to go in different directions. The performance by these 3 may very well decide if this team is a top 3 team or if they are the clear #1 team. Pobelter looked much more comfortable in this team than he did on Immortals. He played Twisted Fate and Lulu in his first two games, two champions he is really great at and has had success on. The question is how he will do if he is forced onto more mechanically intensive champions. He has a big test this week going up against Bjergsen and GBM in the mid lane, but this is a great measuring stick to see how good he really is against some of the best. The bottom lane of WildTurtle and Adrian were a fantastic duo opening weekend. With a matchup with Turtle’s former team TSM coming up, I’m expecting Turtle to play his absolute best. Adrian will just need to continue his exceptional warding and avoid mistakes for his team to succeed. He may not be able

The bottom lane of WildTurtle and Adrian were a fantastic duo opening weekend. With a matchup with Turtle’s former team TSM coming up, I’m expecting Turtle to play his absolute best. Adrian will just need to continue his exceptional warding and avoid mistakes for his team to succeed. He may not be able to play Janna both games this weekend, so look for what other champs he can show mastery of. He had struggles with Thresh and Alistar in the past, but he will not be scared to play them in any match. I think Adrian and WildTurtle make a great pairing given their playstyles and personality. They just have to step up when they are needed and avoid making game-breaking mistakes for this team to actually have a shot at going 18-0 and taking home the title at the end of the split.

So Can They Actually Have a Perfect Split?

They have a chance, but I’m not ready to say that they will go 18-0. I would be much more confident in making that statement if they managed to 2-0 this week against NRG and TSM. Huni and Reignover have done it before, they may just be able to do it again. I think other top teams in NA will continue to improve and make the second half of the split very difficult for Immortals. This team has the tools and players it needs to succeed, but will their nexus be everlasting? That is the question we will be asking every game until we see anything different. 8 more weeks of perfection to achieve. Keep watching.

By: Jeff “Gravy” Miskin

Twitter: @BigBadGravy