LCS Top 5 Overview and Projections
With the close of the first round robin and the first LCS “Superweek” over, the standings now, at the midway point of the split, are usually a good indicator as to how most teams will perform in the second half of the split. In case you’re unfamiliar, superweeks occur at the end of each round robin where each team plays one additional game against their final opponent of that cycle. After this weekend’s games, the current standings are as follows:
1. Team Liquid (7-2)
1. Cloud9 (7-2)
3. 100 Thieves (5-4)
3. FlyQuest (5-4)
3. Golden Guardians (5-4)
6. Dignitas (4-5)
6. Evil Geniuses (4-5)
6. Immortals (4-5)
9. Counter Logic Gaming (3-6)
10. Team SoloMid (1-8)
Unsurprisingly, NA superteam Team Liquid top the bracket at the end of the first round robin. Boasting one of the most decorated and honored rosters in the LCS, it would be shocking to see them anywhere else. This offseason’s acquisitions of NA legend “Bjergsen,” LEC prodigy “Bwipo,” and LEC bot lane god “Hans sama” have proven to be some of the most lucrative and efficient roster additions of all time. Despite dropping their opener to Golden Guardians, TL’s veteran experience allowed them to easily silence DIG and TSM and maintain their impressive winning record.
Based off of their current standings, roster depth, and Lock-In performance, Team Liquid will likely end the Spring Split in first place and a spot at MSI. My predictions for their record at the end of the split will be 15-3. This TL roster is undoubtedly one of the most talented rosters the LCS has ever seen. I believe that, with the first round robin concluded, TL has figured out their weaknesses and is the best team in the LCS. While this may be the case, I still think they will drop a game likely to either 100 Thieves next weekend or Cloud9 in week 6.
Tied with Team Liquid, Cloud9 also demonstrated quite the showing this weekend. Continuing their win streak from last weekend, C9 was the only team to go 3-0 this weekend. Even more impressively, they did that against 100 Thieves, FlyQuest and Dignitas: some of the top ranked teams this Split. With a roster full of predominantly LCK imports such as top laner “Summit” (who is yet to lose a laning phase), ADC “Berserker,” and support “Winsome,” C9 have had a similarly impressive offseason recruitment to TL.
Cloud9 are a very scary team. Currently boasting the best top laner in the LCS, they are a serious force to be reckoned with. While they certainly are one of the best teams in the LCS, I don’t think they’ll be going to MSI this year; that spot belongs to Team Liquid. Cloud9 are a difficult team to predict a record for. As one of the few teams to lose to CLG, one of the most inexperienced teams in the LCS, C9 definitely has some weaknesses that need to be sorted and can be exploited by other LCS contenders. I predict a record of 13-5 by the end of the split. While I believe they are a top team, they do not have the consistency that TL has and I feel that they will drop more matches in the second half of the split due to the inexperience of their mid laner “Fudge.”
100 Thieves had a less than stellar showing this weekend. After swiftly dismantling TSM, like most other teams in the LCS, 100 Thieves were just as handily obliterated by Cloud9. Projected to be ranked in the top 3, with the likes of C9, a loss of that magnitude does some serious damage to the difference between the first place and third place teams. Although 100 Thieves are known for their hyper-aggressive “get back in the game” plays when losing, Cloud9’s ADC “Berserker” seriously punished them and inflated the loss margin significantly. To make matters worse, 100T then lost to Dignitas, something they can’t seem to shake from Lock-In. While definitely still a top three team, the path to MSI (Midseason Invitational) is going to be arduous and starts with top seeded TL next week.
As the defending LCS champions and one of the only teams to defeat Team Liquid, 100 Thieves are one of the most dangerous teams in the LCS. At their best, 100 Thieves are the best team in the LCS; however, their inconsistency and failure to perform against teams they should beat is one of the most detrimental parts of their play. Being the only team not to make any roster changes this season, 100T have the most chemistry and experience (together) in the playoffs of the LCS. I predict a final record of 13-5, tied with C9 due to their chemistry and incredible coaching staff.
It was about time FlyQuest fell to their accurate standings on the leaderboard. After an impressive 5-1 record in the first three weeks, analysts and fans alike were waiting for an accurate adjustment. While FlyQuest definitely belongs in the top five, they are a serious contender for 4th place at best. The difference in skill between 100T, C9, TL, and the rest of the LCS is too great for FlyQuest to hold on. Unfortunately, they fell quite fast with a 0-3 performance this weekend. Now tied with 100T, FlyQuest lost to Evil Geniuses (4-5), Immortals (4-5), and C9 (7-2), losing the title of best record of the split to C9 and TL. I predict a final split record of 11-7, just behind 100T and C9 in the standings.
Golden Guardians are one of the most inconsistent teams in this split. Despite opening games with incredible laning phases, it almost seems like they are a brand new team at the 20 minute mark. While their lack of mid to late game performance makes them an easy victory against every team above them except for TL. While their early game is definitely indicative of their current standing, they will likely fail to climb any higher as the split continues because of their lack of depth following the end of the laning phase. I predict a final split record of 9-9, as teams with greater roster depth (namely EG and Immortals) will likely outperform them in the second half of the split.
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