Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Week 1
As with every new split, there are new possibilities with teams. We’ll be exploring this for the first week of EU and NA LCS.
Europe Week 1
The most surprising results came from G2 Esports. This team had a successful 2-0 week 1 which is always good for a Challenger team coming into the LCS. I feel the additions of Trick and Emperor really helped this team out. Arguably they faced off against weaker teams of ROCCAT and Elements who both went 1-1. I’m not sure how I feel about ROCCAT’s and Elements’ rosters. They feel a bit weird. We’ll see how they shape out in the coming weeks.
Unicorns of Love had a really good week going 2-0. Diamondprox, Fox and Steelback joining the team made for some interesting swaps for jungle, mid and ADC respectfully. Again you can argue that they faced off against weaker teams of Splyce and Giants both teams going 0-2. Splyce I can understand being from challenger moving into LCS. Giants however I feel just won’t be able to compete again this time around; they can probably seat around the middle of the table if they’re on their game.
Vitality and Fnatic are teams I was looking out for. Both have an interesting roster with potential. Vitality did go 1-1 beating the new formed Fnatic and Fnatic went 1-1 beating Origen. I’m not sure what to make of that. Both teams do have some room for improvement but they can be surprisingly string teams down the road. Speaking of potential, H2K is the last team that went 2-0 in the first week. I honestly wasn’t sure how this team would do but they had some pretty high potential. And it showed in week 1. We’ll see if they can keep it up.
Surprisingly, Origen had just one change team roster wise and went 0-2 this week. PowerOfEvil is now the mid laner instead of xPeke. Now, I fel like xPeke was still holding his own versus mid laners. However, xPeke’s skills weren’t a sthey used to be and I think he knew he couldn’t play at the top of his game for long. Hence the PowerOfEvil pickup. I feel POE is a decent player but with such a small champion pool for a mid laner, it makes it easier to play against. Then there’s the shot calling. I’m pretty sure xPeke did most of it so with him out I’m not sure who’s doing it but it doesn’t seem to be too crisp at the moment. We’ll see how Origen works things out for Week 2.
North America Week 1
Teams to look out for in week 1 of LCS was definitely Immortals and NRG. Both rosters looks amazing on paper so I was really wondering how they’d do. Each team had a game where they just crushed the opponent. To be fair they fought against weaker teams with the exception of possibly C9 and Renegades. Have to admit thought, if you’re really good, you’d beat lower opponents straight up.
Let’s talk about C9 and Renegades for a bit while we’re at it. It seems Hai took LemonNations’s place as support and they now have Rush as a jungler. That’s pretty impressive of a roster. I think there will be some growing pains but it’s more or less C9 from last season so it shouldn’t be too bad. Renegades features the familiar faces of Alex Ich and Crumbz. This team has some potential but I’m not sure how far it’ll go this season with NRG and Immortals now in the game. However, I definitely think they can place some where the middle.
Teams I’m unsure of are Echo Fox and Dignitas. These teams have decent rosters and went 1-1 in the first week but I’m just not sure how they’ll do. Dignitas has a history of falling at some point and Fox is pretty much a brand new roster. We’ll just have to see.
Teams I’m worried for are Team Impulse and Team Liquid. Impulse had a lot of internal issues at the end of the split and right now they feel like a shadow of their former selves going 0-2, and not in the best way to be honest. Liquid, I’m worried about their 10 man roster. I understand the idea behind it, picking the best players for the given week but it will require a lot more work out of the players and there will be some lack of team coordination due to the variations of team setups that can happen each week as oppose to teams who play with the same roster every week. Going 0-2 in the week shows to me so far they need to figure out a better way to go about this idea.
Finally, we gotta look at TSM and CLG. TSM has a new roster with the exception of Bjergsen. This team you can consider to be the NA super team. I have to say, given the teams lack of playign together they did hold up agianst CLG decently even thought they lost but went 1-1 in the week. I think TSM will be fine in a few weeks. CLG I’m a bit worried about. Darshan seems to be the carry and when he’s not in a position to carry, CLG will have a harder time. We’ll have to see how the team progresses but right now it’s definitely feels like a weaker CLG than from last split.
Looking Forward To In Week 2
We’ll be seeing how teams progress in Week 2. What picks are trending like Support Poppy. Of course we’ll see if the teams with potential on paper can do more this time around.