After a rough start with 2 blank defeats in VCS Spring 2022, SBTC Esports is coming back very strong with extremely impressive performance. The first is an unexpected but extremely satisfying victory against GAM Esports, a team that SE has not won a game since its inception.
Next, SE also got the first score in VCS Spring 2022 when defeating Luxury Esports. In the SEA Games Qualifiers for 31 of League of Legends, “Chicken Hong” still retains an undefeated record when winning 3 more matches, thereby almost firmly holding the ticket to enter the decisive round.
With 5 consecutive victories in all competitions, SE has somewhat satisfied the fans with the highly-anticipated lineup. However, there are still some doubts about the strength of the “circus” in the current season, and whether this is enough to give fans confidence in a better season. Specifically, the goal of reaching the top 4 of VCS Spring 2022 or higher is to win tickets to the 31st SEA Games.
Spot is SBTC’s successful contract this season
The first point that can be most noticeable is that SE has found the right lineup with nPer, Spot, 2T, Celebrity and Palette. Among these, all 3 rookies of SBTC have gradually proved their ability and secured their positions, the most impressive being Spot, who has been absent from the highest League of Legends tournament in Vietnam for many years.
Once considered a jungler who could inherit SofM or Levi in Vietnam, Spot made a great effort to overcome the difficult period of receiving the penalty, followed by the try hard period in VCS B. Now, when he returns to VCS, this 2000-born player still has a very good hand, and with a ready-made mindset, he quickly caught up with the rhythm of the game after only a few matches. Compared to its direct competitor, DNK, Spot is considered to have more composure, and always makes accurate decisions in combat. Many times this season, Spot is the driving force to help SE win.
It was Spot who held the game for SE before GAM in game 2 and opened the victory for “Red Chicken”
Next was a surprise from rookie 2T. This mid laner has only 2 game experience in VCS and brings a lot of doubt to SE fans, especially after the disastrous performance in the above matches. However, 2T suddenly changed in the following matches and became the new trigger in the SE lineup.
With 2T, coach Sergh clearly has more options in the pick and ban phase. Not only can he use pure mages like Ryze, Vex, Veigar, etc. SE’s rookie mid laner can still use cards like Akali, Irelia or even Vladimir well. It was this young player’s wide pool and confidence that brought a new breath of air to SE in the recent sublimation series.
2T has brought many surprises, from gameplay to champion pool
In the bot lane, Celebrity has always been a solid fulcrum for the team. With pressure from young talent Vinboiz, it is clear that the “International ADC” is also working hard to keep up. Meanwhile, Palette is more in tune with the whole team. At the same time, the calling ability of this Support gave SBTC something they were sorely lacking in last season.
The nPer player still proves to be a more prestigious pick than rookie Simon in Top lane, especially when using the champion Gwen. However, this player’s limited general pool is also something that SE fans are still afraid of.
SBTC’s communication has been greatly improved thanks to Spot and Palette
In general, SE has full potential to become a strong team in this year’s VCS Spring and fulfill the set goals. However, they still have a lot of work to do to prove their recent streak of form is not just temporary.
In addition to the surprise victory over GAM, the opponents that SE defeated, respectively, were LX, who were losing their form, along with two young squads of TS and TF. They also had many disadvantaged games and showed a lot of weaknesses from laning to the ability to deploy the game.
Looking ahead to SE will be higher doses of reagents, most notably the encounter with Cerberus Esports and Saigon Buffalo this week in the VCS Spring 2022. Just win any of these two games, Or at least with good games, SE can completely reassure fans and be recognized as a strong team, a real force in VCS.