After the 2016 Summer Split, Echo Fox placed last in the standings which placed them into relegations and the 2017 NA LCS Spring Promotion. From there, they beat Team Liquid Academy then NRG eSports to qualify back into the LCS.
In the offseason, changes needed to be made and they shook up the NA scene by signing top laner and former Worlds champ Looper. During the 2016 LPL Summer Split, Looper posted a KDA of 3.9 and kill participation of 57.3%. He replaces kfo, who did not perform as well as Looper with a KDA of 1.26, average creep score difference at 10 minutes is -0.8, an average gold difference at 10 minutes of -174, and kill participation of 52.1%.
Another addition to the team is former Support for Phoenix1, Gate. During the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split, Gate posted a KDA of 2.09 and kill participation of 71.6%. He will replace BIG, who has moved to Echo Fox’s NA CS team, Delta Fox. In the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split, BIG posted a KDA of 2.2 and kill participation of 71.3%. While their stats are similar in numbers, Echo Fox will observe if Keith and Gate will have better synergy in the bot lane.
Lastly, replacing Hard in the jungle is former Team Liquid Academy jungler, Akaadian. The upcoming Spring Split will be Akaadian’s first glimpse into the professional scene as he was with challenger teams in the past.
With the recent team changes, I feel as though Echo Fox will still finish last in the standings. Looper will make a difference in the team dynamic, but teams they will face will look into banning champs that favor Looper. Also, teams will look into locking down Looper whether it is constantly ganking him or attempt to tilt Echo Fox’s jungler so that help in the top lane is nearly impossible.
Echo Fox will need to look for Froggen and Keith to step up during the lane phase in order to finish games before late game. Their average game time in the 2016 Summer Split is 36.2, which places them in the middle of the pack at 6th. Top teams like TSM and Immortals had average game times at 32.2 and 33.0, respectively.
Echo Fox has a lot of work cut out for them, but with Looper in the team, they will pick out his mind and hope his in-game intelligence will communicate to the rest of his teammates.
Disclaimer: Stats were obtained from http://oracleselixir.com/