NA LCS Spring Split week 1: What to watch for

We go over what to watch for in the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split’s week 1, including matchups.

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The NA LCS Spring Split begins next week on January 20th, and most of us are of the opinion that it can’t come fast enough. But until Saturday, we’ll be left with our thoughts and speculations on the announced schedule.  

This article will lay out what games will be the most entertaining matchups to look out for, and recap what changes to the format are coming as we move forward into the season, which you can see in depth in our NA LCS Survival Guide.

Weekends and Bo1

Some of you might be pleased to know that the NA LCS is returning to its Bo1 format, meaning you will usually never have to watch more than 45 minutes to know the outcome of a matchup whereas last season you may have had to sit through 2 hours of gameplay to find out which team ultimately wins. 

Due to the change in time consumption, each match will take place only on the weekends, no more Fridays. With Sundays and Saturdays having all of the matches packed up in groups of single clashes, you can expect the weekends to have short and explosive bursts of action leaving a lot of room for discussion the following week. 

This is how Riot will advertise the new system, anyway. A fair amount of hardcore LCS followers have big issues with the format, but that’s a topic for another time.

What to watch for

For those new to the NA LCS and want to see the best that the region has to offer, be sure to check out the first game at 2 p.m between TSM and Team Liquid, rwo teams who have long standing history in the league and will certainly create an entertaining match for viewers of both sides. 

Alternatively, you could spectate the 6 p.m. match between CLG and Cloud 9, two powerhouse teams that will be looking for the title themselves (and will provide a lot of action doing it.)

For those of you who’ve been around for a while, those big matches are probably already on your list. Thusly, taking a look at the little guys who are either fighting to keep themselves from (what would be) relegation or to knock a title contender from its pedestal is what you should be on the lookout for. If you’re in this category of fan, be sure to tune in for 100 Thieves first LCS game against Optic Gaming. Both teams might prove to be a giant or a flop, and we could be seeing the answers to both questions in their first Rift meeting.

Another option is definitely any game with Echo Fox as a competitor. The team, who has been fighting to climb up from their lower positions in the league since their debut, has recently acquired new talent and is showing themselves to be a real threat this season. So if you’ve nothing else to do, open up the NA LCS stream at 5 p.m. on Saturday or 6 p.m. on Sunday if, for nothing else, to watch the recently SKT-sold Huni smash in the top lanes of North America once again.

These are all suggestions, mind you. If you want to decide what’s worth tuning in for yourself, you can visit the official schedule here…or you can just make some popcorn and watch everything with the rest of us!

That’s what weekends are for, right?