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League of Legends 2016 Summer Week 1

With week 1 of the 2016 summer split of League of Legends just around the corner, it's time to look at the schedule, and our picks at Real S


With week 1 of the 2016 summer split of League of Legends just around the corner, it’s time to look at the schedule, and our picks at Real Sport for games to look out for.   TSM vs. CLG The first match of the weekend will be defending Champions CLG against their ever popular rivals, TSM. Last time the two met was in the final of the Spring Split, where CLG took the victory after a gruelling five game series. CLG come into the match-up as favourites, especially considering their strong performance at their Midseason Invitational, where they finished second, only faltering in the final against the tenacious SK Telecom. The featured match-up for this match is in the botlane, with Aphromoo and Stixxay taking on Doublelift and TSM’s shiny new support player Biofrost. Aphromoo and Stixxay established themselves internationally at MSI, showing that they can contend with the best in the world. In addition, Aphromoo’s years of experience playing with Doublelift should give CLG the edge in the lane phase. After defeating TSM in the Spring playoff finals, he remarked that Peter (Doublelift) had always had a hard time dealing with high range AD carries, which is why they prioritised Caitlyn in their draft. Caitlyn is coincidentally one of Stixxay’s best champions, as well as a top tier AD carryon the current patch – meaning that CLG should look to prioritise her in pick/ban. The extraneous factor, however, is Biofrost. Although he is new to the pro scene and has only been playing with TSM for a few weeks, Biofrost is a great solo queue support player, who could look to surprise CLG in the botlane. If TSM are to gain an edge it will be, as usual, in the midlane. This is where the greatest mismatch occurs as Huhi, whilst playing well from behind, did fall behind in lane in most of CLG’s games at MSI, and we all know what can happen when Bjergsen can get ahead in lane. There are few western players who can match Bjergsen in his ability to solo carry games and play with a lead. Overall, I predict that the games will be close, but I think CLG will win the series 2-0.   IMT vs. C9 During the regular season, Immortals and Cloud 9 looked like two of the best teams in NA, albeit with two distinctly different styles. Immortals play with unrelenting aggression, focused around their top/jungle duo Huni and Reignover. Whereas Cloud 9 play a strategic, rotation based game founded in solid team play and clean drafts. However, things have changed in the Cloud 9 camp and the only returning members from their Spring Split roster will be midaner Jensen and AD carry Sneaky. Joining them will be Impact in the toplane, Meteos in the jungle, and Bunnyfufu in support. Normally, with this many changes, a team will have to take time to adjust to their new players, but this will be less of an issue for Cloud 9 as both Meteos and Bunny have played with C9 before. By contrast, IMT will be fielding the exact same roster they did last split, with Huni in the toplane, Reignover in the jungle, Pobelter in midlane, with Wildturtle and Adrian in the botlane.   Jungle The hyped match-up here is in the jungle. Spring split MvP Reignover against former MvP Meteos. Meteos stepped down from pro play in favour of Hai halfway through last season, but as his appearance at All-Stars showed, he hasn’t stepped down his practice. Meteos is a jungler who is very good at reading the game and making plays, especially on tanky champions such as Zac and Sejuani. He is also very good at calling small skirmishes, and tends to favour a farm heavy style of jungling. Reignover is known for his ability to suppress the enemy jungler, in terms of map pressure and farm. He consistantly gains a gold lead over his opponent and has world class synergy with toplaner Huni. This is the edge which IMT should look to exploit, as although Meteos has been playing and living with Cloud 9 during his time off, he has only been playing with Impact for a few weeks. It will be interesting to see how these two – who on paper are very similar – match-up. Another area to watch will be in the toplane. Korean legend vs Korean prodegy. The two players boast contrasting styles, as Huni likes to play carries, carries and more carries in the toplane, whereas Impact is mainly a tank player. The Meta right now is definitely in favour of Impact, although Huni did show in the playoffs’ third place match that he can play a utility role, and he is not the one trick pony that he was once thought to be. Huni is also prone to tilt however, whereas Impact is a level headed player, with years of experience and titles to his name. Look for Ekko and Poppy as top picks for both players. It will be a volatile and exciting match-up to behold, but I predict IMT will take the series 2:1.   NRG vs. Team Envy NRG and Envy both have largely new rosters, but feature familiar faces to the NA LCS as well as some promising newcomers. This game will probably be scrappier than the other two featured matches, but it will be no less exciting as both rosters look very strong on paper.   Seraph and Ninja Team Envy are fielding Seraph and Ninja as starters. They arguably make up two of the strongest in the region, in their respective roles, although they have yet to find a steady team. Both have played on TDK and Renegades in the past, and have built up an impressive synergy between top/mid over the past year. They are known for their aggressive carry champions, Ninja being a famous Zed and Diana player, and Seraph recently favouring Graves top and demolishing the competition on the pick. Although all members of Envy are veterans, none of them have previously played together, and the history between Ninja and Seraph could give Envy the edge. The featured match-up here is undoubtedly in the midlane, where Ninja will have to take on fellow Korean GBM. After first establishing himself in Jin Air Green Wings in 2015, GSM moved to NA at the start of the 2016 season and quickly cemented himself as one of the first to challenge Bjergsen for the title of best mid NA. He can play it all, although he is particularly famous for his Gangplank and his Oriana. Another match-up to watch out for will be Ohq vs LOD in the botlane. Ohq is a highly mechanically skilled AD carry from Korea, and although his NA career had somewhat of a rough start in TDK (he’s a former teammate of Seraph and Ninja) he will be looking to show off his skill in the botlane with his favourite champions, Lucian and Ezreal. LOD on the other hand is a relative rookie in the NA LCS, having only played on challenger teams before. Despite this, he is already being tipped as one of this split’s strongest new players, and his Kog Maw and Lalista are already striking fear into the hearts of his opponents. Although both of these teams are essentially new I predict that Envy will take the series 2:1.


League of Legends 2016 Summer Week 1

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