Early in the split, I wrote a blog post talking about my faith in the Coast line-up. Cris looked like a fucking beast out there. Impaler was putting in good work. Mash and Sheep looked like they were going to grow out into a very strong bot lane. They were losing games, but they were mostly losing due to late-game shot-calling, not for lack of skill. I felt like they were going to become a solid middle-of-the-pack contender.
They did not. They did not do that thing. They did another thing entirely and it was much, much worse.
Coast is looking at auto-relegation right now. They need to win every match from now until the end of the split if they want to even be in contention. The best they can hope for is maybe-relegation. They are – without a doubt now – the worst team in the North American LCS.
So what happened? What changed?
Honestly, not much. And that’s a big part of the problem.
Cris and Impaler were carrying Coast in a huge way. While Mancloud was doing okay in the mid lane, and Mash and Sheep were developing in their roles, Cris and Impaler were propping the whole team up. And other teams got savvy to that and started to choke Cris out, camping his lane, holding him back and forcing him into a position where he would need to be carried by the rest of his team. The rest of his team simply wasn’t capable of filling in when Cris couldn’t hold them up.
I feel like maybe they need more time. Three of their five players are underdeveloped. And they didn’t have the time they needed to develop during their career in the LCS. Maybe another couple of splits in the Challenger Series are needed, maybe they should look at adjusting their roster in the near future. Either way, unless something spectacular happens in the next three weeks, they won’t be developing in the LCS.