The 2017 NA LCS Spring Split has begun. Probably the strongest and richest it’s ever been, the league is more exciting than ever. It’s also hard as hard as ever to predict which teams are going to do well and which ones are going to struggle. The outcomes of the matches in the first week don’t really make it much easier either.
Looking at the standings after the first week of play, one team immediately surprises. Sharing the first place with Cloud9 is FlyQuest eSports with a 2-0 score after winning the series against both of their opponents. Of course, their opponents, Team EnVyUs (which used a sub, Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin) and Team Liquid aren’t what you would call all out favorites of the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split. To see what the team can really do, we will have to see how they fare against Team SoloMid and Cloud9, which, interestingly, was the former team of the nucleus of FlyQuest eSports, An “Balls” Le, Hai “Hai” Lam, and Daerek “LemonNation” Hart. Dropped from C9 for not being up to scratch mechanically at one time or another, they are showing that they actually still have enough in the tank to compete at the LCS.
C9’s standing as the first place team together with FlyQuest stands as no surprise, however, even if they faced some stronger competition, having to play against Team SoloMid in the season opener and Team Dignitas later. They showed that they only got stronger in the offseason. While definitely not at the level of superstar Junglers like Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett or Kim “Reignover” Ui-jin just yet, C9’s Juan “Contractz” Garcia did not impede his team, doing his job in the game on champions like Kha’Zix and Lee Sin.
The next big surprise came from the 1-1 record of Team SoloMid. They played and lost against C9 and won a three game series against the new Immortals roster. While TSM losing in NA is not what fans expect to see from their team, it’s not a tragedy either. Without Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, the shot-calling duties are probably less than satisfactorily covered. While Jason “WildTurtle” Tran is one of the better AD Carries in the region, it seems that AD Carries aren’t plug and play pieces of a puzzle they are often thought to be, at least not in a team like Team SoloMid. If TSM struggles in the future, the owner of the team, Andy “Reginald” Dinh, will bring Doublelift back or find some other solution in time for the split that actually matters. If TSM can find a way to get better and start winning now, that will be a good thing as well. Whatever the case may be, it’s waaaay too early to worry about all of this now.
As for the rest of the matches, they went more or less as you would expect from the middle of the pack teams like Team Dignitas, Phoenix1, Team Liquid, Immortals and others. They won some, lost some. It’s way too early to make conclusions right now. More will become cleared in the second week of the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split. We will update you onece the matches are over.