Will CLG Biofrost Become a Star in 2018?

Author’s Preface on Biofrost as of 11/30/2017:

2018 will arrive in only four weeks, and the NA LCS will be back in season soon after. Many LoL esports fans will see the above title and wonder, “Isn’t Biofrost already a star?” The answer is no. Despite becoming a household name amongst League of Legends fans during the summer of 2016, Biofrost still has a lot to prove on his own. This is not to discredit the player; he is a mechanical phenomenon within North America’s support hierarchy (even after Team SoloMid’s 2017 World Championship display). Thanks for reading and tweet any thoughts @SheenSah on Twitter. Enjoy.

Consider the nature of Biofrost’s relationship with Doublelift

Doublelift and Biofrost had a sort of big-bro little-bro aspect to their relationship as a bottom lane pairing. (Thus far) this has held him back from achieving his full potential, but that’s not a problem any longer. Biofrost hasn’t reached the creative-active phase of his journey toward League of Legends mastery yet. He has, however, been a diligent observer of his surroundings, conforming to other players’ styles and preferences.

In the coming splits, removed from Doublelift’s shadow, Biofrost will experiment more and take greater risks. He hasn’t discovered what makes him a special player yet, but 2018 will be a (real, actual) breakout year for Biofrost. At the moment, he’s still just a serviceable support player at the professional level. He lacks that intangible “x factor” that North American support players like Smoothie, Aphromoo, and even Olleh have at this point in their careers. That leaves a question begging to be asked: why hasn’t he developed these skills yet? Because at TSM he let the veterans chew his food for him (if you will). Biofrost’s LoL career has been smooth sailing from the start.

Hindsight: Summer of Season 6 — Biofrost wins his first title

Biofrost joined TSM during a critical point in the team’s history. Team SoloMid assembled a super team by pulling talent from Counter Logic Gaming (Doublelift) and Fnatic (YellOwStaR). However, the veterans were unable to synergize at a level that could push TSM to great heights. Someone had to go and YellOwStaR volunteered, making the decision a piece of cake for Andy Dinh. Following the dramatic 2-3 defeat to CLG, Team SoloMid went the complete opposite direction with their support acquisition. That’s how a no-namer reached the pinnacle of North American League of Legends. TSM had to accommodate Doublelift’s style by signing a highly talented sponge of a LoL player.

That was Biofrost mid-2016, and Reginald’s plan worked like a charm domestically. At the moment, he’s (primarily) teaming up with the guys that he swept 3-0 in playoffs of his rookie split. So in 2018, keep an on eye Biofrost’s progression. He’s certain to grow tremendously from the difficulty that comes with losing more games during the regular season. Given Team SoloMid have reached 10 consecutive North American playoff finals, his chances of winning another title very soon are quite slim. It takes a while for CLG to make a deep playoff run. If they’re going to make a run in either of 2018’s splits, it’s critical that CLG Biofrost is able to connect with two teammates in particular.

Chemistry between Biofrost and Stixxay is only 1/2 the equation

The Rush Hour apprentices become Shanghai Noon in 2018. Stixxay (mentored by Aphromoo) and Biofrost (mentored by Doublelift) is the closest Counter Logic Gaming fans will get to the Rush Hour glory days during Season 8. If Stixxay and Biofrost are able to create an early wave of momentum, they need to ride it out as long as they can to create an aura of confidence. More than any other lane, bottom lane is ruled by confidence. LoL is a game of nerves, and the weak tend to suffer defeat. Perhaps Shanghai Noon will eclipse their predecessor’s accomplishments. What do you think will happen?

There is one aspect of CLG’s bottom lane pairing that worries me. Neither of these players has consistently demonstrated intangible skills on the LCS stage. However, Stixxay and Biofrost have both had their moments of excellence. Counter Logic Gaming has the most serviceable bottom lane duo in terms of leadership and in-game impact. Though this may come off as criticism, I concede that this new pairing has immense potential to enable Reignover’s NA LCS resurgence. Biofrost and Stixxay have both proven themselves as adaptable teammates, able to adjust and work with the style their partner dictates. But, between Stixxay and Biofrost, which player will lead the way in the bottom lane? And furthermore, what role will the jungler currently known as Gameover play in Biofrost’s development?

Reignover can become the Tom Dey of esports

Behind every great film is a great director. Reignover will regain his star-level form in 2018. That’s not to shower him with expectations. It’s actually encouragement (and a reminder to the NA LCS fans that forget Immortals’s dominance in 2016). Beyond the laning phase, Biofrost and Reignover will act as Counter Logic Gaming’s playmaking engine. Jungle-support communication is more important than ever, especially in the NA LCS.

Let’s assume that Reignover is unable to flip the switch and instantly regain his superstar-caliber form of two years past. Eyes will shift over to Biofrost next, and his leadership and intangibles will come into question by popular LoL analysts. Such criticism would be fair, given the player’s accomplishments and experience. Biofrost’s League of Legends career is still in its infancy. However, he’s played in many more competitive matches (against much greater competition) than many of his North American opponents. Biofrost enters only his third competitive season, but he’s already reached two World Championships. Where does he go from here?

It’s about time that Biofrost takes his game to the next level by choosing one of two paths. On one hand, there’s the path of the playmaker. Playmaking supports expose their opponents’ missteps by interacting with them (generally out-playing them in an exchange). On the other hand, there’s the path of the shotcaller. Taking the path of the shotcaller is a much safer bet. It wouldn’t be a bad idea if Biofrost started modeling his game off of mithy, his replacement at Team SoloMid. If Biofrost desires a long League of Legends career, it’s important that he ages well. When his mechanics become stale and unimpressive, he’ll wish he spent more time improving his ability to lead the macro decisions on stage.

Conclusion

Biofrost thrived in Challenger as a laner. The same goes for his TSM tryout. If he develops his laning prowess or macro knowledge further, he can become one of those guys (in North America) that no one wants to match up against. That goes for AD carries and supports. Then again … CLG could place 4th again. We’ll see in 2018.

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