Bombers are the OPL eSports premiers, but only beat two international teams


#803

Ladder currently sits with Mammoth on two wins, Gravitas on zero wins, and everyone else has gone 1 and 1.

We play Mammoth on Friday.


#804

Didnt get yo watch but glad we got a win, willbe good for morale.

Hoping we do well enough as i’d love to go watch us in the finals at the Melbourne Esports event later this year


#805

I got to watch both games.


Thoughts on the new team, and week 1 results

SoulStrikes (new coach): The OPL commentators (australians themselves) say SoulStrikes has a reputation as a hard-■■■. He’s pretty much Rodney Eade.
The old coach Westonway was more your Brendon Bolton type.
I have no idea what kind of effect that is going to have.

Mimic (top), ry0ma (mid), Rogue (support): Our returning members from last year. They are all consistently above-average to elite level players.

Wilder (new jungle). This is BalKhan’s replacement. BalKhan was elite during the last season, so Widler has a lot to live up to.
From what I can see so far, Wilder is pretty much the same as BalKhan. No obvious weaknesses, and he does the same job somewhat in the same way. (I’ve only seen 6 of BalKhan’s games, and 2 of Wilders).

Looch (new ADC). This is the biggest concern for our team.
Looch is FBI’s replacement. FBI was known as the best ADC player in Oceania, so Looch has even more to live up to.
Looch was a member of old-Bombers who finished 6th and 5th (of 8) in 2018. Which led to us firing the entire team. Looch later joined Bombers Esports Academy team.
Looch historically played (mid), but we’ve put him in the senior team as the new ADC.
So, we’re promoting a VFL player to the senior team, and we’re playing him out of position.
It’s going to be very hard for him.

Common LoL strategy has the ADC (Looch) and the Support (Rogue) playing in close proximity tandem teamwork. So Looch is not entirely on his own. Rogue’s main job is to help Looch out.
This pairing is known as (“bot lane”) since they assigned to operate in the bottom map lane.
But (FBI+Rogue) had been playing as a pair for 2 years+. That chemistry was very strong; they were even dominant at International-level.
(Looch+Rogue) is going to be a very different look. A LOT is going to rely on how much/if Looch has improved and if Rogue can raise Looch’s game.


Week 1 results.

General OPL link:
https://oce.lolesports.com/

Week 1, Match 1 video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efaBWzoV7gM

Week 1, Match 2 video:
(they have not uploaded it yet)

Match 1: ORD vs BMR .
Bombers lose 13-18 (kills)
We got floggeded. We were never really in this match, ORD got the lead early and that never changed.

  • Looch had a really bad time. The oppoenents bullied him around. Commentators mentioned that character selection really disadvantaged him.
  • ORD were effectively last season’s runner-ups. We were premiers, but we’ve lost half our lineup. ORD’s team cohesion looked a lot better than ours.
  • We were playing red-side.

Match 2: BMR vs AV
Bombers win… about 20-10 (cant check the VOD)
Dominant from us. Felt like win win win win all the way.

  • Looch managed to avoid getting into trouble, but he didnt get a lot of kills himself (which is normally what an ADC does).
  • ry0ma had a field day.
  • We were playing-blue side.


Oddly, blue-side won 7 of 8 games played in week 1…

Seems like Looch very obviously is our weak point, and other teams will be targeting him mercilessly.


#806

WTF do they do for a preseason?


#807

I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about but I’m curious.

Thanks for the write up.


#808

Yep.

I thought Wilder was a bit more circumspect than Balkhan was. That lad was all in all the time. This might prove a good thing, and should suit the new coach.


#809

I am currently overseas in a country that won’t let me use YouTube… but I note that the boys are now 2 and 2.

Lost to Mammoth who have won all 4 of their games this split, but managed to beat the chiefs.

Given the big lineup changes, they are tracking along ok.


#810

I was waiting for RIOT to upload the game videos before posting a report.
But they’re still not up, sheesh.

Week 1, Match 2: BMR vs AV (BMR win 19 - 10):

Week 2, Match 1: MMM vs BMR (BMR lose):

Week 2, Match 2: BMR vs CHF (BMR win):
VOD still not uploaded.

(Seems the Friday night games are uploaded Friday or Saturday.
The Saturday night games, are not uploaded Saturday, Sunday or Monday…)


Week 2
Match 1: MMM vs BMR
Bombers lose 7 - 22 MMM
Steamrolled. Mammoth look a really good team this season. They are currently undefeated at 4 W and 0 L.

  • Kill tally for our team was 5 to ry0ma and 2 to the other 4 players combined. Very uneven contribution
  • The Rogue+Looch combination on (Lux+Sivir) was ineffectual. Kinda felt like it was 3v5 out there all game long.
  • We were playing red-side.

Match 2: BMR vs CHF
Bombers win (comfortable score)
Big result for BMR as we’ve historically had problems dealing with Chiefs. (Chiefs have a long reputation as a top-2 team in Oceania since before Bombers existed. Chiefs vs Bombers last season was 2 wins to Chiefs and 1 to Bombers. Bombers record last season was 19 wins and 2 losses, so the only team we lost to last season was Chiefs.)

  • Looch had a good game. Made himself useful. Got some kills = Did his job.
  • We played tempo in this game. Made our plays slowly but surely. Didn’t look for miracle plays. Did the hard work early and mid-game. Built up a lot of pressure on CHF for the end-game and they cracked.
  • Wilder impressed me on the day… but without the footage, I cant remember why.
  • We were blue-team.


We’re now 2 W and 2 L.
We are smack-bang mid-table.

Bad news is we’ve equaled our total number of losses from last season (2).
Word is the team is still trying to gel.


Blue-side side won 7 of 8 games last week.
Blue-side won 6 of 8 games this week.
(2 of the red-side wins were MMM Mammoth.)
Playing red-side seems to be the equivalent of playing “Away”.


#811

Bit old, but good read.


#812

Old too.
FBI interview from America


#813

Red/blue side are different simply due to the pick order and ability to counterpick after opponent has already picked some lanes etc


#814

There’s also their proximity to the Baron\Dragon pits to consider, especially as the game goes on when Baron becomes more of a priority.


#815

Completely dominated Gravitas tonight to go to 3-2.

When we got in front last split we would often over reach. But this split we do not make many mistakes when we are in front.

Worth watching the game to see Mimic jumped by three of them. Special.

Felt that Wilder looked pretty good in the jungle.

This team is building nicely. Not sure they can be as good as last split, as FBI was such a quality player able to play so many characters. But they certainly look more reliable.


#816

Disappointing loss to Direwolves this arvo leaving us 3-3 and middle of the road.

Feels like we lost this one when we were picking champions.

We had a gold lead for most of the game. We took the first two dragons. We had champions with reasonable scaling.

However, we had no range. As such they just stayed at distance and took our towers. Very frustrating watching all 5 team members sit back and watch tower after tower fall.

I’m sure there was a way we intended to play that game. Fair to say it did not work.