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EU and NA LCS Week Two Preview

January 24, 2017 - Esports
EU and NA LCS Week Two Preview

The League of Legends Championship Series in Europe and North America is a gift that keeps on giving us several days of hyped up League of Legends action. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in the second week of play in both regions.

Europe

The EU LCS Week 2 will take four days to complete. Each day, two matches will be played, starting with a match between revamped Origen and Unicorns of Love, which remained more or less the same in the preseason. By all rights, Origen should lose the series, even though they might be able to take a game if they are lucky. Next, Misfits will face and probably crush against ROCCAT.

On the second day, Vitality will face Splyce, while GIANTS! Will play Fnatic. While the Fnatic team is arguably weaker than it was in the last season where they didn’t do anything noteworthy, which is unusual for the once-upon-a-time kings of the EU LCS, GIA isn’t the team which could be reasonably expected to win against them. More than likely, Fnatic will finally get their first series win of the season following their understandable loss against G2 Esports in Week 1. The match between Vitality and Splyce is much harder to call, however. Either team could win, however, we’re leaning more towards Splyce. Don’t quote us on it, however!

The third day will feature an easy opponent for H2K, Unicorns of Love, and the first big challenge for Misfits—G2 Esports. With the relative weakness of their bottom lane, UoL definitely has some avenues of attack, leading us to consider that H2k-Gaming might not be able to sweep their opponents, however, the overall strength of their roster is bigger. They should be able to win. On the other hand, Misfits are probably screwed. Their roster is strong, but it’s not likely to be strong enough to stand up to the reigning EU LCS champions, despite their international gaffes.

The final two matches of EU LCS Week 2 will have Vitality facing Origen and GIANTS! versing ROCCAT. The last day will be a bit of a letdown, to be honest. Vitality should win against Origen, while GIANTS win against ROCCAT, though it could go the other way in both matches too, depending on what the teams learned from their Week 1 matches.

North America

Over in North America, the action should be a little bit more exciting, due to the fact that the teams are generally richer, leading to more stacked rosters.

On the first day, FlyQuest will play Counter Logic Gaming, followed by the match between Team Dignitas and Team SoloMid. Even though FlyQuest managed a 2-0 in Week 1 after defeating Team EnVyUs and Team Liquid, it’s likely that they will fall to Counter Logic Gaming. With that said, CLG is a notorious slowstarter with weaknesses in several lanes. It should actually be a more or less equal match with a hard-to-call winner. We’re leaning towards FlyQuest, to be honest. The match between DIG and TSM will be another interesting one. Normally, TSM would win hands down, however, it remains to be seen if they managed to solve their problems from Week 1. Discounting Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho is not something we are prepared to do, but TSM should be able to win on the back of their Mid Lane dominance, unless Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell shits the bed completely.

On the second day, Immortals should get run over by Cloud9, Phoenix1 will probably win against Team EnVyUs, TSM should be able to win against Team Liquid, unless they managed to find their footing already, which is not likely when you remember that their Mid Laner, whoever it is, is going to have to stand against Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. The only position where Liquid far outstrips TSM is the Jungle, with Jason “WildTurtle” Tran trailing behind Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin a little bit, made up by the Support Vincent “Biofrost” Wang. In the final match of the day, Team Dignitas should run over Echo Fox and smash them into the ground, even though the match WILL feature a fascinating Top Lane matchup between Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok and Ssumday.

The final day of games in the NA LCS Week 2 will probably have Phoenix1 losing against Liquid, FlyQuest winning against Echo Fox despite An “Balls” Le getting smashed in lane by Looper, Immortals winning against Team EnVyUs, and Cloud9 destroying Counter Logic Gaming. All in all, it will be an exciting week in the NA LCS. TSM will try to recover from the underwhelming week before while facing true tests in their weakest lanes, making them actually work on strategy instead of relying on skill superiority, FlyQuest will have its mettle tested against CLG, and two of the most exciting additions to the NA LCS, Looper and Ssumday, will fight to the death in the Top Lane, by which we mean that they will farm on tanks for 20+ minutes.

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