With week 6 of the North American League of Legends Championship behind us, lets take a look at the state of the LCS. FlyQuest’s AD Carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran hit 1500 career kills. Jungler William “Meteos” Hartman is no longer on 100 Thieves. Evil Geniuses ‘locked in’ the ‘Swole Bros’ Greyson Gregory “Goldenglue” Gilmer and Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen. Two teams have already clinched their spot for the LCS summer split playoffs, so lets get into it.
The Tale of Two Cloud 9s
Cloud 9 is one of the two teams that has already clinched their playoff spot this split. However, C9 has no longer looks like the invincible team we have come to expect. They lost their first game of the weekend, and second in a row, versus Evil Geniuses in a back and forth match. Early on EG seemed to hold their own or have a slight advantage in almost every lane. After a bad dive top by C9, Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon got overly aggressive and ended up donating a kill to Robert “Blaber” Huang. Vulcan had an uncharacteristically poor game on bard against the Evil Geniuses. Blabber has also been a point of inconsistency for the C9 squad. This may also be Eric “Licorice” Ritchie’s worst split ever. On Day 3, C9 had a dominant game, defeating FlyQuest in under 28 minutes.
TSM is now in sole possession of third place. The solo mid squad looked good with their new support Erik “Treatz” Wessén. Doublelift has definitely been trying to carry, which has resulted in a high risk style of play. The TSM AD carry has both the highest amount kills and deaths as an AD carry in the league. Despite his efforts, the squad is simply very depndent on the success of their renowned mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. TSM jungler Mingyi “Spica” Lu did not have a great start against 100 Thieves. As he entered the enemy jungle without any lane priority, he ended up dying in a 1v3. Despite a couple good engages by 100T, TSM methodically out macro’d their criminally inclined opponents in a slow and steady victory.
Team Liquid is now tied for first place with Cloud 9 and the second team to have clinched their playoff spot for the summer LCS split. Impact has been team fighting amazingly well, however he still does find was to die solo as well. Tactical has looked great the last couple weeks. Former Fanatic junlger, Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, has not found the level of synergy that one would expect to see from a top team. Several analysts have rated Broxah as a bottom tier jungler, and the weakest performing member of team. Against 100 Thieves, Broxah was 0/0/0 31 minutes into the game with 16 kills on the map.
Final Standings – Week 6
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