The Team Coast Post: Going into Super Week

It’s Super Week in the LCS, and the final four games of the Split for Team Coast. Our 2-0 record from last weekend helped to put us three games clear of both XDG and EG with only four games to play. Because we have a 3-1 record against XDG and a 4-0 record against EG, we have the tie-breaker advantage over both teams. To move down from our playoff position, one of those teams would need to go 4-0 this weekend, and we would need to finish 0-4. While not impossible, this scenario is highly unlikely.

We are realistically playing for our seeding in the playoffs. Coast is currently tied with Team Curse for fifth place, and one game behind Team Dignitas for fourth. We play both of these teams this weekend, and hope to secure fourth or fifth place ourselves producing a better draw in the first round of the playoffs.

On Tuesday, we visited our friends at CyberPowerPC, and got to tour their facilities. We met the people that actually build the computers we use, and play a little League in a room set up just for us with five CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini Computers. Now that’s the red carpet service! Here we are having a great time playing Rapid Fire:

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It was In-And-Out Burger Truck Day at CyberPower, so we enjoyed a great lunch while playing. We even got to try our hand at putting a computer together on the assembly line. Check your serial number and make sure you don’t get this one! LOL.

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By the time we left, we knew the people at CyberPower were experts at computers, and felt really proud to represent them to the community. Here we are in front of headquarters saying goodbye to the guys. Special thanks to Joey Wang, Eddie Vong, and Stanley Ho who helped make us feel so welcome during our visit.

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This week’s blog will focus on what we do to get ready to play in the LCS. Super Weeks are particularly difficult and stressful, because instead of two games, we play four. Then to make things a little tougher, the matches start on Friday instead of Saturday. So you have one less day to prepare for twice as many games.

The team takes Mondays off after the weekend’s matches, but we generally play a little SoloQ on our own. We feel it’s important to decompress and get our mind and body prepared to compete. The day off helps us to refresh and reset for the week. On Tuesday, we get back to it. The team warms up late morning with some SoloQ. Scrims with other LCS teams are scheduled for two hour blocks after that. In between games, we discuss strategy, how to improve, and how we can apply our practice to the real games.

We use this time to solidify our picks and bans for the coming week, discussing the best strategy for each opponent, and what will work well for our team. We break for dinner, then come back to more scrims and SoloQ in the evening. We repeat this schedule each day in advance of the LCS. In general, we try to practice the Champions we anticipate using that week, and try out strategies that will be appropriate.

This week we will be playing Curse, Dignitas, TSM, and Cloud 9. It’s a tough schedule, but we are looking forward to the challenge. Tune in to watch us play our first match at na.lolesports.com Friday at 1 pm Pacific Time (Curse), Saturday at 1 pm (TSM) and 3 pm Pacific Time (DIG), and our last game of the Split Sunday at 3 pm (C9).

Thanks again to CyberPowerPC for their support as our Title Sponsor, and to our fans for cheering us on. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamcoastgaming, follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/teamcoastgaming, or on the web at www.teamcoast.net.

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