Method to the Madness: How Echo Fox took over the NA LCS
It’s been an adrenaline-filled couple of weeks for fans of the orange foxes this Spring. As they cap another 2-0 week with wins over TSM and Cloud 9, Echo Fox sit at the top of the table with no looking back.
It starts with Huni
Echo Fox has been firing on all cylinders to start out the NA LCS in 2018 on the back of big wins over TSM and Clutch Gaming. The first game for Echo Fox was a commemoration of old demons for former Immortals Top laner Huni as he pulled out his infamous Lucian top pick that has been the subject of many memes making light of his playoff failures. In his first game back in NA, Huni encountered fellow Korean Top Flame on his patented Gangplank and it was still not enough to upset the roaring tide of Huni and Dardoch.
Whenever Huni wasn’t advancing with kills and CS advantages, he was drawing massive pressure to the top lane island as teams had to commit two to three players to put out his threat. In turn, that map pressure made the other lanes for Echo Fox free up for resources and roaming potential. In all four games thus far, Dardoch has excelled at putting his team needs ahead of his own in order to succeed and his efforts have been rewarded with stellar performances from FeniX, Huni and Altec as the carry threats.
Dardoch’s hallmark playmaking style of intelligent early ganking paths have only sharpened with his move to Echo Fox and his synergy with Huni is akin to the automatic synergy he was able to generate with Flame on an early Immortals roster. Dardoch has put in masterful performances on a number of champions that haven’t necessarily been his forte as of late. Whether it’s jumping in the fray with Zac or providing valuable CC with Sejuani, Dardoch has consistently been at the right place at the right time with no sign of letting up in his first four outings.
In the nail-biter game against TSM, it wasn’t Huni pulling his team ahead early as MikeYeung and Hauntzer did their best to shut down his Gangplank. As the game progressed, Echo Fox were able to stabilize off the back of stellar wave clearing and mid-game rotations from FeniX and Adrian. When push came to shove, it was Altec who became the star player for Echo Fox in a few team fights that could’ve gone either way. His powerful Tristana pick ended up paying dividends as he was able to catch key picks at the end of his auto range in a few teamfights.
Once the first kill gave way, the resets on Tristana’s Rocket Jump made it easy for Altec to swoop around and finish the fights decisively in his teams favor. Both Altec and Adrian deserves plaudits for pulling off teamfights better than the legendary duo of Zven and Mithy. Tight games like this prove that Echo Fox carry multi-pronged damage threats that must be accounted for.