Team Aze is one of the newest additions to the LLA and they have done an outstanding job so far, beating the lol odds all the way to the top. This is their first time competing at the highest level of Latin America’s competition in the League of Legends competitive scene and Team Aze’s team history is quite an interesting one. Ever since they started competing in Divison De Honor, which is Mexico’s national league, they’ve found a decent amount of success. Now on their first split in the LLA, Team Aze has shown that you don’t need one or two star players to carry the rest of the team as they have shined because of their teamwork and their ability to work as a single unit.
They had an amazing playoffs run through the winners’ bracket where they didn’t drop a single series. It all started when they took down Infinity, one of the teams considered the strongest coming into the playoffs, but even then, no one was considering Team Aze to be a strong contender for the title. That changed when they convincingly defeated Estral in the second round of the playoffs. By the time the grand finals arrived, Team Aze had all the eyes on them as they would go on to face Estral for a second time. And just like they did the first time they met, Team Aze managed to take down Estral in a back-and-forth series, becoming the LLA champions on their very first split.
Team Aze’s Playstyle
As mentioned before, Team Aze rarely relied on a strong player to carry the rest of the team. If we look back at the majority of their games, Aze simply took over the matches through controlled plays and having a solid early game that enabled them to play mid/late game teamfights safely.
Their drafts mostly consist of having a scaling matchup in the top lane so Lonely can be in a comfortable position and have an impact in the late game. Aloned could be considered the team’s weakest point, but the mid laner knows how to play from behind and he can do so without many resources being funneled into him.
Bot lane is arguably the strongest lane for Team Aze. Even if Straight isn’t necessarily the strongest player on the team, 5kid has such a solid laning phase that it’s almost impossible for teams to target the bot lane. Straight might not be a defining factor during the early game, but he’s been consistently performing exceptionally well when the mid/late game arrives. His ability to identify when is the right time to engage is one of the main reasons why they can come out on top in late-game teamfights according to league of legends betting experts..
Player to Watch: 5kid
5kid wasn’t turning a lot of heads at the start of the split, but that changed quickly. The former KT Rolster ADC started to make a huge difference in the games where Aze had an equal footing. He had the highest DPM (629) of every single ADC in the playoffs stage and he also scored the highest KDA (4.6). 5kid has shown time and time again that he is more than capable of performing in clutch moments and he proved this clearly in the grand finals against Estral.
It’s going to be very important for Team Aze to not only put 5kid in a comfortable position but to secure a team composition based around teamfighting because that’s where 5kid shines the most. It’s safe to say that draft is one of the strongest points for Team Aze and it’s going to be hard for either DetonatioN FocusMe or the Saigon Buffalos to exploit Team Aze in this phase.
It’s definitely going to be very hard for Team Aze to place 1st in Group A considering that they would have to take down T1, which is arguably the strongest team in the world. But this time, Latin America has a clear shot at finishing second and finally making it out of the group stage, which would be the first time they do it on the international stage.
Team Aze has a big chance to upset their group and start a new chapter for Latin America in the League of Legends history books. If you want to know more about the teams participating in this year’s MSI be sure to stay tuned because we will be covering all of them.