The second week of LCS was this weekend. Volibear looks incredibly broken, Olaf is still a stud in the jungle, and Aphelios still does Aphelios things. We have 4 teams tied for 2nd place, and 2 teams tied for last place. Lots more to discuss, so lets get straight into the rundown.
The Good: Cloud9 Still Speed Running The LCS
The Cloud9 squad are making North America look like the collegiate scene. Evil Geniuses (EG), Team Liquid and FlyQuest are a strong teams. They are showing good macro and a more aggressive play-style than what was seen in the Spring Split. Cloud9 still demonstrated that they have the strongest mid jungle duo in the LCS through their win against EG. The whole team played incredibly well, with Robert “Blaber” Huang dominating the jungle against EG. Cloud9 ended the week with a total record of 4-0. Cloud9 is not invincible however, as Golden Guardians did look impressive in the early game in their loss to Cloud9. Also, let’s not forget to celebrate EG and FlyQuest, who continue to prove why they belong at the top of the league.
The Bad: TSM
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng unfortunately did not have a great game on Syndra. He is such a mechanical god on traditional AD Carry champions. Unfortunately, his performances on mages do not reach those same highs. If the composition requires Doublelift to play mages, perhaps sending more resources topside would have been the path to victory. Sergen “Broken Blade” Celik is a carry player, and has led TSM to victory countless times. Hopefully TSM will rely on Broken Blade again, especially if he is playing a broken champion like Volibear. On paper, this lineup should be a top 3 team, so something needs to change because the talent is there. Doublelift’s former squad, Team Liquid, is continuing to put out strong performances. So one would imagine he is extremely motivated to push Team Solo Mid higher in the standings. TSM is currently 6th with a record of 2W-2L.
Unlike TSM, Immortals are just not a good team. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer has such a storied carrier so to see him lose lane every time, feels extremely bad. It could be argued that he does not receive resources nor the counter picks which is certainly a fair argument. However, the rest of the squad dies whenever a dive is attempted in the botlane.
There are a lot of questions as to why Jake “Xmithie” Puchero is on the academy team. However, Potluck is playing relatively well and is definitely not the weakest part of the team. The blame could fall upon the coaching staff for fielding a noncompetitive line up, or the organization for not opening the war-chest to recruit a stronger team. The Immortal squad is tied with Dignitas for last place.
Final Standings – Week 2
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