This weekend, the LCS is going to hold their 2018 Spring Split Finals for both the EU and NA regions. For different reasons, these matches are bound to be exciting; the best Finals we could have hoped for before the split started.
In Europe, G2 Esports will face Fnatic to determine who are the true reigning kings of Europe. Since the EU LCS began, Fnatic has won five Finals, with only Alliance interrupting their streak for a split, before another team, G2 Esports, took over and won four splits in a row.
If Fnatic wins the upcoming Finals match, they will stop G2 from nipping at their heels and will be able to sit on the Iron Throne of the EU LCS comfortably. On the other hand, G2 will essentially surpass Fnatic as the greatest EU org of all time if they win this weekend, because five titles in as many splits trumps five titles and a 2nd place finish.
We couldn’t even begin to guess who’s going to win this weekend in EU. Fnatic slightly edged out G2 in the regular season and their roster has been playing together for a longer time. Unlike G2 Esports, Fnatic hasn’t been picked clean by the NA LCS orgs in a while. They may have an edge against the new iteration of G2, but Carlos "ocelote" Rodríguez Santiago’s team shouldn’t be written off by any means.
In the NA LCS, the matchup is no less exciting, yet also much more sombre. One of the Team Liquid players will play against 100 Thieves in the Finals despite going through a crushing personal tragedy.
With that said, the match would be exciting ignoring these circumstances. For the first time in the history of the NA LCS, Team SoloMid isn’t playing in the Playoffs Finals. That should give a breath of fresh air to the fans.
To make it even more interesting, this is a historic split for Team Liquid (formerly Curse). In the early days of the NA LCS, the team was known as the “forever fourth” team before starting to go through some hard times and having a period where they weren't a very strong team.
When they received a franchised spot in the NA LCS, however, they gathered a strong team of NA LCS veterans, who eventually gelled well and defeated the undisputed surprise team of the Spring Split, Echo Fox, to make it to the Finals.
Their Finals’ opponent, 100 Thieves, is headed by Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black, one of the best and most-liked veteran supports in the league. He’s also famous for playing for years with the current Team Liquid AD Carry, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng in what was called the Rush Hour botlane.
The team is also new to the NA LCS, having come in with the rest of the newly franchised teams.
To make it even more interesting, Team Liquid features two more Aphromoo’s former teammates from his CLG days, Eugene “Pobelter” Park and Jake “Xmithie” Puchero. This Finals is almost going to be like a CLG reunion.
Comparing the current rosters, Team Liquid looks stronger than 100 Thieves but IRL issues might flip the script. This Finals will be fascinating either way. In the end, both teams have had great splits, TL made the NA LCS for the first time in their history, while 100 Thieves achieved the same in their debut split. Fans of both teams should be happy with their team's results no matter the outcome of the match.