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EU LCS Predictions, Week 6

Going into week 6 of the Summer split, with the competition going full speed, let’s take a look at the standings and the matches from this week:

The Bo2 format is definitely making a difference. Last week, we could see exciting ties, unexpected losses and new rosters finally shining. After the 4-0 from last week, all eyes are set on Giants Gaming, who took the victory against Fnatic, and will face G2 Esports this week. They are determined to escape relegations and aim for playoffs this split, and they seem to be on the right path to do so. However, G2 will not make things easy for them. Even though they lost a game against Origen last week, G2 is still one of the strongest teams in the EU LCS. As for Origen, they are facing Unicorns of Love and Vitality this week, two teams that have been quite inconsistent lately. If Origen manages to step up their game, they will definitely have a chance to break the “tie curse”, but it depends on their synergy and the focus on the macro play and rotations.

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Overall, this will be an interesting week to watch. Both G2 Esports and Fnatic should not have any problem winning, but Giants Gaming could make a comeback, consolidating their improvements. H2K, Splyce and Schalke 04 will fight to keep their position or even advancing in the standings, with Splyce having the best chances of winning both of their matches. On the lower part of the standing, we have an Origen eager to climb, and this will probably be the best time for it. As for Unicorns of Love, Vitality and Roccat, it will be a rough week if they do not manage to solve their issues.

EU LCS starts today at 5 CET with Fnatic vs Vitality and OG vs UOL.

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EU LCS Predictions, Week 2

The second week of Summer Split is here, and things are starting to get serious! Take a look at our predictions:

download (4)Origen: As you read here yesterday, we had to say goodbye to Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou due to personal reasons. For this week’s matches, the starting AD Carry will be our Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez. It’s not the first time that xPeke plays this role on a competitive level, and even though it is not his primary one, his presence in the game always helps the team to have a better synergy, so it will definitely be interesting to watch their Bo2 against Team Vitality on Thursday and FC Schalke 04 on Friday.

download (2)Fnatic: After a 3-1 last week, and with Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim back in the team, Fnatic is ready to reach the split finals this year. Facing Unicorns of Love on Thursday and H2k Gaming on Friday, it should not be a complicated week for them, since both teams have been inconsistent for now. If they can solve the macro play mistakes they made in the last games, they definitely will be a team to fear. Still, the first weeks are the most unpredictable ones, but Fnatic will probably win both Bo2 this week.

download (9)G2 Esports: The unstoppable G2 Esports keep dominating the EU LCS standings. Their new roster seems to be working even better than the last one, and they look confident enough to keep winning this week against Roccat on Thursday and Splyce on Friday. With both teams tied at 5th place, they should not be a threat for G2. If they keep managing well the objective control and the team synergy like they did last week, they will not have problems to win, but they should be careful not to be too overconfident, since any of the teams can be the surprise of the week.

download (8)Team Vitality: Vitality is one of the teams to follow this split. After ending last week with two ties on both Bo2, they surely are going to face this week with more determination. They are playing against Origen on Thursday and against Roccat on Friday. Most of the eyes will be on the Thursday game, due to the Origen’s roster changes, but for Vitality it will be more important to win against Roccat to solve the 5th position of the standings tie. They will probably have a good week if they can focus and if the other teams let Vitality’s bot lane shine.

am-a.akamaihd.netFC Schalke 04: After being bought by the German soccer team, FC Schalke 04 (former Elements) seems to be stronger than ever. It looks like it is Erberk “Gilius” Demir’s time to show his full potential, and he surely is motivated to demonstrate what can he do. They are facing Splyce on Thursday and Origen on Friday. If they are able to play like last week,they should win at least a few games in their Bo2s this week, but is still a mystery as to how Origen‘s new roster will work out. It is still early in the split, and mistakes can be made by any team.

download (1)H2k Gaming: After two ties on last week’s Bo2, H2k needs to step up their game if they want to reach a better position in the standings. They showed an inconsistent playstyle, with a poor performance in some games and a better one on another, so everything will depend on how they can take advantage of the two games format. They are facing Giants Gaming on Thursday and Fnatic on Friday. Even though Giants have improved a lot since the last split, H2k should still be at a superior level, and winning those two games could be the motivation boost they need to beat Fnatic.

downloadUnicorns of Love: After a messy first week, losing one of the Bo2 and winning the other, Unicorns of Love needs to focus on not to make the same mistakes again. Facing Fnatic on Thursday and Giants Gaming on Friday, everything will depend on Fabian “Exileh” Schubert. If he manages to adapt to the LCS format, they can at least get the two wins against Giants, but Fnatic will be a harder rival for them.  Anything better than a 2-2 this week will be the best outcome for Unicorns of Love right now.

download (7)Roccat: Tied with Splyce and Team Vitality on the 5th position of the standings, Roccat have a difficult week ahead of them. They are playing against G2 Esports on Thursday and Vitality on Friday. Since Splyce is also facing G2 this week, those matches will be decisive to show which team of the three is the best one. Anything could happen, but it will not leave anyone indifferent. The odds appear not to be on Roccat’s favor this week, but if they let Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi do his magic, they have a chance not to lose everything.

download (5)Splyce: As it was said about Roccat, it will not be the best week for Splyce. Also trying to climb on the standings leaving the 5th position behind, Splyce will face FC Schalke 04 on Thursday and G2 Esports on Friday. Any win would be welcome, but Schalke looks stronger right now, and G2 is always an enemy to fear. They should focus on improving their macro play and not letting the other teams to take early advantage and objectives. We will be watching the outcome of that triple tie, things will start to get serious!

download (6)Giants Gaming: The new roster looks better than ever for Giants Gaming. The addition of Gun-woo “Night” Na to the mid lane was an improvement for sure, if they can manage to develop a better synergy around his playstyle, they will definitely have a chance to escape relegations this split. This week they are facing H2k Gaming on Thursday and Unicorns of Love on Friday. Both teams have been inconsistent for now, so it could be possible for Giants to win some of the games.

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NA LCS Predictions Week 9

In the last week of the Spring Split, we take a look at the North-American LCS and try to determine the outcome and who is going to take the medal and who is going to get the boot. A few ties need to be solved, since not everything is settled yet. Who will keep their playoffs spot? Who will have to go to relegations? Take a look at our predictions:

download (3)Cloud 9: After a 2-0 last week, Cloud 9 seems determined to stay at the 2nd position of the NA standings. On a tie with CLG, Cloud 9 needs to win both games to make sure they keep their position. On Saturday, they are facing Echo Fox and on Sunday, they will play against Team Liquid. The odds should be on Cloud 9’s favor, since they are performing better than their opponents. Having Hai who shotcalls and the synergy will definitely be good for them, but since Echo Fox and Team Liquid are fighting for a playoffs spot, it should not be the easiest task.

download (5)Counter Logic Gaming: Tied with Cloud 9 on the 2nd position of the standings and after a 0-2 last week, CLG need to focus if they do not want to give their position to their direct rivals. On Saturday they are facing NRG, one of the teams that really need the victory this week, so they will fight hard for sure. On Sunday, they will play against Dignitas, one of the teams of the lower part of the standings, that have not performed well lately. Saturday will be harder than Sunday for CLG, but they should win both games if they manage to focus.

download (8)Echo Fox: It is an important week for Echo Fox. The possibility of reaching a playoffs spot is tiny, but it is still there, so they need to step up their game and win both matches this week. On Saturday, they are facing Cloud 9, a difficult rival that will definitely be a challenge for them. On Sunday, they will play against Renegades, the team on the last position of the standings, but a rival to fear due to their last roster changes. If Echo Fox can overcome their difficulties, and if NRG or Team Liquid lose both games, they still stand a chance.

download (6)Immortals: Immortals can be calm this week, with the 1st position already secured. They had an amazing Spring split and they deserve to be there for sure. Even though the other teams start to know how to play against them, they still have a superior macroplay and outstanding mechanics. On Saturday, they are facing TSM, and on Sunday they will play against TIP. Even though they do not have to prove anything this time, they should not put things easy for their rivals.

download (9)NRG Esports: NRG can already taste the playoffs position, but they still need to fight for it. This week would not be easy for them, on Saturday they are facing CLG and on Sunday, they will play against TSM. Both games are challenging, both rivals are from the upper part of the standings, and an enemy to fear. NRG have showed before that they can have amazing games, leaded by GBM, but this week they need to shine. If they lose both games, there is a chance that they lose the possibility of going to playoffs too.

download (4)Renegades: Last week, Renegades showed that the last roster changes were what the team needed. Seraph and Ninja had a great performance, especially against TSM, giving Renegades a victory. They cannot escape from relegations this split, but they can try not to end at the last position of the standings. On Saturday, they will play against TIP, one of their direct rivals for that. If they win, they will be one step closer to climb the ladder a little bit. On Sunday, they are facing Echo Fox and it should not be an easy game, since Echo Fox should be motivated enough trying to reach playoffs.

download (2)Team Dignitas: The bad streak for Dignitas is still there and they need all the luck this week, if they want to avoid relegations. On Saturday, they are facing Team Liquid, a team that would not put things easy for them, since they need the victory if they want to keep their playoffs spot. On Sunday, they will play against CLG, one of the best teams of this split. Even though Dignitas managed to play better and almost won a game last week, they still lack the synergy they need to win. This is definitely the most important week for them, so we will have to wait and see on that one.

download (10)Team Impulse: TIP’s objective this week is to try to avoid relegations, even though that would not be an easy task. On the 8th position of the standings, they need to win both games this week if they want a chance. On Saturday, they are facing Renegades, first time since they changed their roster, so anything could happen. On Sunday,they will play against Immortals, which does not sound good for TIP. They really need to step up their game, but things do not look good for them this split.

download (1)Team Liquid: Tied with NRG on the 5th position of the standings, Team Liquid need to have a good week if they want to keep their playoffs spot. They lost against their direct rivals last week, but watching their performance, it looks like they will be able to do it. On Saturday they are facing Dignitas, a game that they should win. On Sunday, they will play against Cloud 9, a more challenging rival, but after winning against CLG last week, Team Liquid might be motivated enough to prove again that they deserve the spot. It will definitely be interesting to watch.

download (7)Team Solo Mid: After all the Katowice hype, TSM started to be inconsistent again. The loss against Renegades last week was hard and the team kept lacking good synergy once again. This week, they are facing Immortals and if they keep playing like last week, it will probably be a victory for their rivals. On Sunday, they will play against NRG and everything will depend on which team is more motivated and focused. Being on the 4th position of the standings and with the playoffs spot secured, TSM still need the victories, but everything will depend on their attitude.

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