League of Legends NA LCS Week 5 Preview
Match of the week: Cloud9 vs Immortals
Cloud9 vs Immortals was a hyped matchup the first time it rolled round this split, and now that we’re half way through the split, it’s even more interesting. Cloud9 and Immortals have been jousting for the second place spot for a few weeks now, and the winner of this match should definitely prove who is the better team.
An interesting matchup to watch last time was Huni vs Impact in the toplane, and it will be even more pivotal this time around. Impact has been looking increasingly more like the great toplaner he once was in the past weeks, having great performances on tanks and utility champions alike. His Trundle and Shen have been pivotal in Cloud 9’s victories, and he is a versatile player who can fill whatever role his team needs. The opposite can be said of Huni. Huni has also been playing Lissandra and Trundle lately, however his Trundle game against CLG was probably his worst game of the split so far. His Lissandra however, is very good, and he is currently 3-0 on the champion. Another noteworthy point in this matchup is the fact that Rumble and Hecarim are now back in the meta, which are two of Huni’s signature champions. Will Impact’s consistency beat out Huni’s erratic play? Only time can tell.
There are so many interesting matchups to highlight here, it’s hard to pick another one, but we’ll look at Sneaky vs WildTurtle. Sneaky and Turtle are two of the longest standing members of the LCS, both having played in teams since season 3, and managing to stay on top of their game. Where in actuality, the players are of approximately equal skill, Turtle is having a mediocre split whilst Sneaky is looking like he’s on the best form of his career. In terms of form, the AD carry position is where the biggest mismatch occurs, in terms of stats at least, as Sneaky beats Turtle in all important areas including KDA, kill participation, and even CS per minute. Especially considering Bunny’s aggressive laning and Adrian’s passive style, the botlane is where C9 can look to gain an advantage in standard lanes.
I predict that C9 will take the series home with a 2-1 record.
Phoenix1 vs TSM
This match is interesting not because it is close, in fact far from it. This game will likely be a stomp in TSM’s favor, but if they are able to win, it will mean that TSM will be half way through the split, undefeated in a series. Likewise, if Phoenix1 lose, as they are expected to, they will be half way through the split without a single series win to their name.
Now, as someone who loves an underdog and someone who loves a great story, what better a time for Phoenix1 to step up and take their first series? They have taken games from teams in the same tier as TSM, in the form of C9, so it’s not impossible.
TSM’s most exploitable point has been their botlane. Not that they are bad, they are in fact very good, but if P1 are to play to their strengths, it will be around Gate. Gate is a great support player, and is a huge playmaker in the team. He was the main reason for P1’s surprise victory against NRG last week.
Unfortunately for P1 though, it will be an uphill fight, but if they were to upset TSM, it would cause huge repercussions in the standings, bottom and top.
TSM to win 2-0
Liquid vs Envy
Liquid seem to have finally got their heads together, and have been climbing in the ranking steadily for the past few weeks. Last week, they were able to knock Apex from the 5th place spot, and the next team in their sights is Envy. Envy have an opposite story, unfortunately. Week 1, they looked like the best team in the League, but they have been dropping and were smacked down by their top their rivals, Cloud9 and TSM last week.
One of the most interesting match ups will be in the AD carry role. LOD has been a huge carry for Envy this split, and is arguably their most consistent player. On the other hand, TL have been suffering from inconsistencies in the botlane of late with Piglet taking a break from playing and substitute, Fabbbyyy filling in for him. Fabbbyyy has defied all expectations, and is playing extremely well, albeit only really on Ashe who he has shown a strong preference for. This could be an exploitable factor in pick/bans.
Another mismatch in Envy’s favour occurs in the toplane, Lourlo has become known as a consistent tank player, but not much else. He serves the utility role for his team and rarely anything else. By contrast, Seraph is one of Envy’s biggest carries. He loves to play champions that he can take over the game on, such as Irelia and Hecarim. It’s always exciting to watch “tank player” vs “carry player” matchups, as there is rarely middle ground. One player wins hard, and the other is crushed into the ground.
I predict that Envy will take the series 2-0