Thoughts On League Of Legends Season 6 Spring LCS Week 9
I decided to release this post before playoffs to have a quick reminded of how teams are fairing. Week 9 of EU and NA LCS solidifies placements and overall how teams are doing before they practice for playoffs.
Europe Week 9
Elements picked up a surprisingly impressive win versus Fnatic. It felt like past 20 minutes Fnatic just couldn’t do anything and kept on getting steamrolled. Everyone on Elements was on point. Steve on Trundle in particular was quite a scary frontline to deal with. I’m wondering to myself, where was this team? In any case, Elements finished 7th and secured a safe spot for next split.
ROCCAT versus Vitality was another upset. The gold in this game was quite even given Vitality had twice as many kills. Then a good team fight engage got ROCCAT 3 kills and forced a defensive play from Vitality as minions flooded ROCCAT’s base. It’s at this point Vitality had to choose whether if it’s best to defend and wait for people to come back up or to make a teleport play and try to go for the win. Vitality decided the former and it didn’t matter as ROCCAT was able to push through the defenders, turret and kill the Nexus. I personally would have done the teleport play and risked it since there were only 2 defenders. It also forces one or two people to back to their base which makes your base easier to defend. Sacrificing one live for the teleport play when 3 others are coming up shortly would have probably been worth the risk.
North America Week 9
Renegades looked really good in the last week picking up only wins securing 8th and their first choice relegation match up pick. Granted the teams they fought were weaker ones but it shows promise if they make it back next season.
TSM versus NRG was one interesting game. NRG gradually found an opening to break the game wipe open with 4 kills and Baron but TSM hung on for dear life at their Nexus. They got 2 inhibs in replay and could have won the game but a bad engage pretty much cost them 3 people and the game at that point. TSM did lose both their games in the week, the other game was against Immortals where it looked like TSM couldn’t do much.
For Europe, it’s Team Vitality versus Fnatic. I think Vitality will be moving on from this bracket. Fnatic doesn’t feel as good as last season; the new roster may take a game but I think Vitality is a stronger team. Vitality versus G2 would be an amazing series in my opinion. Both teams are pretty similar in skill in my opinion. Origen versus Unicorns of Love, I can’t say. But if I had to choose I’d say Unicorns; Origen if they use xPeke. I don’t think it’ll really matter since H2K will probably win in the semi finals. I think G2 will take the split overall.
TSM may not make playoff finals this year which would be the first time ever in the history of League of Legends LCS seasons. They face C9 and if they win, face Immortals in semis. This bracket branch is hard to call since these 3 teams can win or lose against each other. On the other side we have Team Liquid versus NRG Esports. Again, this can go either way as the last week showed a lot of skill from both teams. I think Liquid has a bit of an edge though. In the end, I think Immortals will take the entire split here; if they play the way they have all split that is.