The third week of EU and NA LCS has concluded. Now I think is a good time to make some predictions of how the split turns out, provided things stay the way they are now.
Europe Week 3
Given the team rosters at the start of the split, the results of this week are pretty much straightforward with no surprises. It is sad to see that Giants, given the teams experience in the LCS has not garnered them a single win. It’s pretty bad and it looks like they’ll finish last this split. G2 Esports on the other hand is looking very strong and is the likely team to finish first with H2K, Unicorns of Love and Team Vitality as contenders. The other teams such as Fnatic and Origen may pull something off for playoffs but that’s what they’re going for at the moment: a playoff spot. The top 4 teams are pretty much locked in at the moment (G2, H2K, Unicorns, Vitality). Which means the mid to lower teams are vying for a play off spot.
North America Week 3
The surprising thing from this week is Team Liquid going 2-0 versus NRG and a surging Team Impulse. Against NRG, the game sarted to break open around 25 minutes as Team Liquid kept winning team fight after team fight. Versus Impulse, it looked like Liquid was actually losing but they once again flipped the switch and snowballed it into a win in the last 5 minutes.
Anyways, Immortals & NRG looks like the top two teams in NA. The middle of the pack is a blend between CLG, TSM, and probably Impulse and Liquid. Dignitas can find it’s way in there. Echo Fox and Renegades will probably be bottom two. Despite having veterans on Renegades, I think the vision changes this don’t really blend with the play style of the team. Fox just doesn’t have the roster to compete for a playoff spot in my opinion.
Looking Forward To In Week 4
Not many interesting matchups in Europe as I see clear wins but in NA there’s Liquid versus Dignitas which could prove to be interesting. CLG vs Immortals could be good as well. What I really want is an upset match. I really like those because it throws off predictions for the split and makes it more interesting to watch teams and see what happens. Hears hoping.
EU and NA LCS continues in Week 2. We take a look of how teams are progressing and growing in the LCS.
Europe Week 2
The teams are bunched up in a few areas. G2 Esports, Vitality, Unicorns of Love, H2K and Elements are all in 1st place with a 3-1 record. Elements did face ROCCAT and Giants two teams that are struggling really hard. Giants more so. Due to the history of the team, I think they’ll be out next split at this rate unless they change something for Week 3. Splyce, a new LCS team finally got a win versus ROCCAT who, again, has a weird roster.
In the cases of G2 Esports, Vitality, Unicorns of Love, and H2K, these teams have good rosters that work together well in addition to a good coaching staff. Interestingly enough each of these teams lost a game in Week 2. Out of the matchups, I think G2 Esports did the best seeing that they lost to H2K while the other teams lost to new rosters or some under performing teams.
Fnatic, still learning with their new roster went 1-1. All things considered, I think that’s decent as the team still learns to work together. Finally, Origen did pick up a win this week versus Unicorns of Love which is good considering last week’s performance. It seems they worked on their shot calling somewhat.
North America Week 2
For NA, I first want to talk about Team Impulse. They did a 180 in week 2 going 2-0. Now this week’s schedule was more balanced in difficulty (faced off against teams at similar skill level) but the games went better. They beat Cloud 9 quite handily even though CS was more or less even. They need to keep it up because I was ready to count them out if they didn’t perform well in week 2.
Let’s talk about Cloud 9 for a bit. For that Impulse game, Hai wasn’t there. For the CLG game which C9 won, Hai was there. Exactly the same story as last week. This shows that Hai is still the most integral part of Cloud 9 due to the shot calling. I wonder if Hai will be on Support the games in week 3 due to this or are C9 slowly grooming someone to be the shot caller.
TSM, CLG and Dignitas aren’t looking half bad with their rosters at the moment but they still need some work. I will say that DIG really needs to step it up when it comes to the higher tier teams.
Team Liquid & Echo Fox . I’m still not sure what to say. For Liquid, with IWillDominate retiring I’m not convinced the team will go far this split. Echo Fox can’t say since 3 subs filled in week 2.
Renegades I still think can be decent. I think the vision mentality might be out of place but I could be wrong as it helped them get this far.
Immortals and NRG are pretty much the teams to beat sitting in 1st and 2nd place respectfully. I knew NRG would be a strong team but my hat’s off to them. Immortals I knew would be a good team but I didn’t expect for them to be this good so fast.
Looking Forward To In Week 3
Week 3 I’ll be looking at the middle tier teams and see who will improve. I’m not convinced the lower tier teams will make it to playoffs unless something changes for the better. I think we’ve seen enough games to understand what teams will run but there maybe a few pocket picks left.
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.
In one of the most interesting splits for NA and EU LCS we have quite a bit to talk about the finals. Let’s starts with the EU LCS then shift to NA.
So the EU finals were between Fnatic and Origen. These two teams were pretty dominant in the split coming in and in the finals they put on quite a show. I think it’s save to say a majority of people were expecting Fnatic to win given their perfect split, dominant play and strength in each role being pretty much the top 2-3 in the EU LCS. It was up to Origen to step up and bring strategies that would help win games; and so they did.
Early game was key in determining the pace of the game and pretty much who’d win overall. If Origen could punish early well enough, they went into mid game strong enough to take the game. If they didn’t punish enough, Fnatic were able to pull the game back into their favor or even run with their lead for the win. Also, early game is was “Gank Top Lane” pretty much all 5 games. Origen was doing well getting Soaz ahead most of the time. However, It seemed Fnatic evolved with each game and somehow pulled through the early game, even if they weren’t ahead.
Overall both teams put on a good performance. In the end, Fnatic took it 3-2. Some individual misplays happened with both teams; Fnatic at least will need to fix them going into Worlds.
This was one series that was quite frankly disappointing to watch. CLG won with a surprising 3-0 sweep. It wasn’t disappointing in terms of TSM losing but more in terms of TSM not even putting up a good fight.
The first game is when a surprise Yasuo pick top for ZionSpartan came out vs Dyrus’s Gnar. And it crushed hard. So much that in team fights Zion melted everything. Doublelift was doing work on Tristana takiing out turrets rather quickly. The second game Zion was on Gnar and he survived numerous ganks and even turned ganks into kills for the team. This lead to great kills for Doublelift and even a pentakill. The third game Zion got Gnar again and did great. The other members of CLG played well too. Aphromoo made some great engages on Braum, Pobelter was melting health bars on Viktor. Even Xsmithie had great games on Gragas and Ekko.
TSM’s best performers was honestly Wildturtle and Santorin. Bjergsen played well too but couldn’t do much on Yasuo. Dyrus was either a meat shield or couldn’t do much due to getting out farmed or out harassed. Lustboy, in my opinion, played the worse. He couldn’t play Alistar well at all and had a rather lackluster Janna in game 1. The issues were that the picks and bans TSM had in games 2 and 3 were plain bad. They didn’t punish Xsmithe’s current pool of Gragas and Ekko, they didn’t take Viktor for themselves, they made comps with no reliable wave clear. Most of all, they focused ganks top too much and couldn’t secure kills; most of the time the person getting ganked on CLG got away.
Fnatic losing a few games before going to Worlds is good for them. It will help them work on the weaknesses they showed, mainly their early game, so that they can have a good run at Worlds. Origen should get 2nd seed since the played really well and are the only team to take games off this split’s dominate Fnatic team.
In a way, CLG winning is good for both teams. CLG because it’s a great motivational boost to beat TSM in such a fashion; securing your spot at Worlds. For TSM, it’s a big wake up call. They’re putting in the work but something went wrong in planning and in champion picks. They’re not going to take this lost lightly in the slightest and will be working their butts off for Worlds.