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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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