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Critical Strike: A League of Legends Esports Podcast
63 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Episode 41: A Wild and Wacky LCS and LEC Opening Weekend Prepper
Time is flying by. It feels like Edward Gaming just lifted the Summoner's Cup in Europe, but we're already preparing for the next LEC and LCS year. In today's episode, Tyler, Henrique, and Mike jump into a ton of discussions around the scene, including the LCS Lock In, the LEC's opening Spring Split weekend, and too-early predictions for Worlds.
84 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Episode 40: TSM and C9 Hopefuls, the Rise of the NA Rookie, and Why Evil Geniuses Could Win The LCS in 2022
It's been a busy offseason for LCS teams. After a significant hiatus, Critical Strike is back to preview everything that has happened in North America through the past two months. From Team Liquid's superteam forming, question marks across the board for Cloud9 and TSM, or Evil Geniuses' skyhigh ceiling, Tyler, Henrique, and Mike have brought a special extended episode to break down all the rosters we've seen as we head towards the new year.
62 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
Episode 39: Bjergsen to Liquid, SwordArt Says Farewell, and Perkz Misses Home
It's been one hell of a week for LoL Esports fans. Whether it's Bjergsen and SwordArt leaving TSM, Perkz reportedly leaving NA, or Bwipo leaving Fnatic, the Tyler, Mike, and Hank are here to break down the possibilities for you today. Also, a pretty bold prediction is made for where Rekkles might end up in 2022.
70 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Episode 38: Doses of Copium, Hopium, and Realism at Worlds 2021 ft. Munchables
With the group stage at Worlds 2021 finally over, we now know the teams battling it out in the knockout stage of the tournament. LPL caster and 2020 LoL Esports Prediction Champion Joe "Munchables" Fenny has joined Tyler, Hank, and Mike to discuss a plethora of things, including whether or not FPX is the biggest disappointment in Worlds history, the rise of the LCK, and the appropriate amount of copium that Western fans should take before the quarterfinals begins.
69 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Episode 37: DetonatioN FocusMe Make History, Group Stage Hopium, CBLOL Copium
On this week's episode, the gang is joined by a foremost expert on all things DFM and LJL, Alex "MaskedSwan" Swan of LJL Officially Unofficial for a fascinating deep dive on the history and context surrounding the history that the team's players and the org itself made in becoming the first Japanese team ever to make the Worlds group stage. And because he felt left out as another minor region homer, Hank gives a eulogy for RED Canids. Oh, and Meg's Game back :)
52 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Episode 36: Ranking the LoL Worlds Anthems from Worst to Best
Less than a week remains before the start of Worlds 2021, and Riot Games has injected even more hype into the fanbase by releasing the tournament's anthem, Burn It All Down featuring PVRIS. In celebration of the newest musical release, Critical Strike has ranked all 8 themes for you to enjoy.
47 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Episode 35: The Squad Reacts to the Worlds 2021 Group Draw
Well, boys and girls, get ready. Worlds 2021 is finally here and the Critical Strike crew has come together to give you the rundown of the group draw for both the Play-ins and Main Event. Our trio discusses multiple topics, including Hank's CBLOL Corner for RED Canids, Meg's EU copium for Fnatic, and Tyler's trust issues with Team Liquid and Cloud9.
68 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Episode 34: Three Pressing Questions about Worlds 2021, and the Best Possible Group of Death
Worlds is a few weeks away, but Tyler, Hank, and Mike are here to break down three of the most pressing questions before the tournament, including who will win MVP, which team will be the biggest underperformer, and who will win it all.
66 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Episode 33: How Rogue, MAD Lions, and PSG Talon Can Win Worlds 2021
As we approach Worlds 2021, Meg, Tyler, Hank and Mike all revisit their coldest takes of the year so far, including their never-ending faith in G2 and CLG. Afterward, they fire up the flames to give out their hottest takes for this upcoming Worlds event, including reasons why they believe Rogue, MAD Lions, and PSG Talon will all win the entire show this year.
53 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Episode 32: How Bad Is It for G2 and TSM? Plus LCS and LEC Playoffs, and Rough Worlds 2021 Predictions feat. Michael Kelly
In a week where G2 Esports and TSM both had their seasons ended after making huge moves in the off-season, where MAD Lions recaptured glory, and where Faker clinched a return to Worlds, the gang tries their best to fit it all into one episode. Michael Kelly joins the show, as do Meg and Ethan Garcia via audio snippets of their #spicy #esports #takes. If you enjoy the show, please rate, subscribe, and share!
53 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
Episode 31: The Totally Hypothetical 2021 League of Legends World Cup
In today's special episode, Meg, Tyler, and Hank go through the League of Legends rosters of 20 countries that would participate in a hypothetical World Cup in 2021. Join all the festivities, where the crew talks about the star-studded lineups, the randomized groups, and who would win the whole tournament.
57 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Episode 30: Predicting the 2021 LCS Championship and Early Worlds 2021 Talks ft. Michael Kelly
In Critical Strike's 30th episode, Michael Kelly joins Tyler and Hank to talk about the upcoming LCS playoffs, including how the first round will play out, and ultimately, who will win the tournament. Later on, the team hangs around to talk about this year's World Championship, and their thoughts on which teams could be representing their regions.
56 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episode 29: Esports Burnout ft. Lara Lunardi
In today's late episode, Lara Lunardi joins Meg, Tyler, and Hank to talk about something that has affected many people in the esports industry: burnout. The squad answers a few questions, like what burnout looks and feels like, how to avoid it, and what to do when you get that dreaded feeling of dissatisfaction.
48 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Episode 28: Reacting to the CLG Private Meeting Fiasco
In this episode, Meg, Tyler, and Hank react to the recent criticisms raised towards Counter Logic Gaming's "private team meeting" video. Afterward, they talk about the new blood that has entered the LCS and LEC, and how many stocks they'd buy in specific rookies.
58 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Episode 27: Akshan Saves the World and Critical Strike's Wishlist for League's MMO
In today's episode, Meg, Tyler, and Hank talk about everything Akshan, including a rundown of his kit, how broken he could be on release, and if Riot should start focusing on champion reworks rather than new releases. Afterward, the squad discusses all the things they want to see from League's lore and the upcoming Riot MMO.
76 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Episode 26: Team Liquid's Laments, G2's Lost Magic, and the Crew's Best Esports Journalism Advice
In this extra long episode, the team talks about Team Liquid's tumultuous season, and how G2 Esports' has lost their magic. The squad also reminisces about how the podcast first started, and their best advice for anyone who wants to get into esports journalism.
69 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Episode 25: The CLG Conundrum and Ranking the Top 5 of Every LCS Role for the 2021 Summer Split
In this special quadcast episode, Meg, Tyler, and Hank are joined by Michael Kelly to discuss the current happenings around the LCS and LEC, including the tragic tale of CLG, the worrying trend of roster swaps in NA, and naming a top 5 for each LCS role in the 2021 Summer Split.
61 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Episode 24: Alphari Loves Chipotle and Each LEC Role Ranked from Best to Worst
In today's spicy episode, Meg, Tyler, and Hank discuss the surprising roster moves that have gone on in the LCS, including Alphari and Zven's benching. Afterward, the squad ranks every role in the LEC from best to worst, where they get into some good debates on the best in the league.
54 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Episode 23: The Critical Strike Crew ranks the 2021 LEC Summer Split Junglers
In today's episode, Meg makes her triumphant return to the show as the team talks about the big roster shifts that have occurred across the LCS and LEC, including Zven leaving Cloud9's starting roster, Adam joining Fnatic, and SK Gaming's Treatz moving to jungle. Afterward, the trio ranks the junglers of the LEC.
45 minutes | May 20, 2021
Episode 22: A Eulogy for Cloud9's 2021 MSI Run ft. Michael Kelly
In today's episode, the lads take a somber moment to reflect on the life and times of Cloud9's 2021 Mid-Season Invitational run. Afterward, they talk about the exciting knockout stage matchups between RNG, MAD Lions, DWG-KIA, and PSG Talon. Critical Strike is a League of Legends podcast featuring Tyler Esguerra, Meg Kay, and hosted by Henrique DaMour. Catch new episodes every single week!
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