After Team Liquid benched Alphari following the first game of the 2021 LCS Summer Split, the majority of the League of Legends community got shocked.
The reason for the bench was not given by head coach Jatt, who said that the decision was based on multiple factors and not only gameplay. Doublelift chimed in on the discussion and said that TL should play Alphari based on his stats from his previous split, which ranked him first or second in most stats according to stats website gol.gg.
Alphari not only dominated his counterparts, but he was also one of the two contenders for the 2021 LCS Spring Split MVP. The other one was Blaber, who won it in the end for his dominant jungle performance throughout the split, which helped Cloud9 qualify for the MSI.
TL won one of the three matches during the first week of 2021 LCS Summer Split. One win was against Counter Logic Gaming while the two losses were against Cloud9 and Team Solo Mid. During the two games the new starting top laner Thomas “Jenkins” Tran played, he positioned himself as a top lane who sacrifices his resources to help his team. He is currently leading the stats of average kill participation at 87.5 percent and vision score per minute at 1.69 compared to his peers. His KDA, average kills, and average CS per minute was much lower compared to his counterparts, sitting at in the middle or the bottom rankings in these stats.
TL’s next matches are against Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, and Immortals. If TL shows signs of weaknesses against the those teams, it’s unlikely that they’ll be one of the contenders to win the 2021 LCS Summer Split.
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