In Pictures: The EU/NA LCS Player Nationalities Of Rift Rivals 2017

In the aftermath of North America’s victory over their European rivals, NA LCS fans and representatives were understandably vocal in their dominance. But after assessing the nationalities of the Rift Rivals 2017 competitors, perhaps it is the European region who should feel a greater sense of pride.

The inaugural Rift Rivals event was a resounding success. For the first time since the Battle of the Atlantic in 2013, European and North American fans’ appetite to discover which region was superior was finally satisfied.

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The bragging rights belonged to Europe heading into the tournament, following G2 eSports heroics and Team SoloMid’s contrasting failure at the Mid-Season Invitational. That narrative would soon be turned on its head as the top three teams from each respective region squared up in Berlin.

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An overall record of 22-7 (76% win rate), clearly established the NA LCS was as the stronger league… though whether North America can claim to be the stronger region remains a point of contention.

The influx of top European talent to the NA LCS has prevailed as a failsafe counter-argument to the claim that North America reigns supreme.

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NA’s dependance on overseas talent to fill out its rosters’ primary carry positions continues to undermine any claim to regional dominance: Of the 31 players who competed at Rift Rivals 2017 for example, less than 30% actually came from North America.

North America may have walked away from Rift Rivals as victors, but a glance at the nationalities of the tournaments competitors has reiterated the issues with developing home grown talent existent within NA:

The EU/NA LCS Player Nationalities Of Rift Rivals 2017