Week 2 LCS NA Preview
Week 1 of the Summer split was as unpredictable and exciting as any fan would have hoped it to be, but coming into week 2, teams will really be tested as the good teams will begin to separate themselves from the lucky ones. Game of the Week: Apex vs Envy Two of week 1’s biggest surprises are set to clash on day 1 of week 2 of the NA LCS. Apex and Envy managed to sweep 2 of last split’s strongest teams, CLG and Liquid respectively, and look to be two of the split’s most promising teams. The most exciting matchups in this series will definitely take place in the solo lanes. Seraph and Ray both looked phenomenal in week 1, and were big carries for their teams. Seraph showed that he can be relied upon by his team to be the primary engage force, carrying teamfight after teamfight on Lissandra and Maokai, both of which are big picks for him. Ray, on the other hand, showed preference towards a tanky Fizz, and excelled at being pesky and annoying in teamfights, constantly applying pressure to the back line. The clash of styles will certainly be interesting to watch, and promises to be an explosive lane matchup. In midlane, we have Seraph vs Keane. Keane is a player known for his “cheese” strategies, but showed that this also means he is always 1 step ahead of the meta showing comfort on Vladamir and Swain, both of whom are powerpicks on the current patch. His opponent, Ninja, also showed his own skill on Swain, which will definitely be a contested pick between these two players. Another thing to watch will be how well the two Envy solo-laners synergise with each other. Ninja and Seraph never hesitate in following up on each other’s calls and are a force to be reckoned with. I think Envy will take the series 2-1, unless Apex play Diamondprox and he solo carries on Annie jungle, or whatever he’s been theory-crafting during his time away from LCS. TSM vs IMT Another clash between week 1 powerhouses, Team Solomid look to be in their best form in a long time, whilst Immortals look just as good as they always have. Huni vs Hauntzer in the toplane will be a matchup to watch out for. Hauntzer is definitely the more diverse player of the two, as his willingness to play tanks was a big factor in TSM’s defeat of Immortals back in the Spring playoffs. When if comes to mechanical power and carry potential however, Huni has the edge, especially when you consider that Fiora is back in the meta and he showed that he is not afraid to play his somewhat out of meta Riven against the toplaners of today. Whether Huni has picked up Swain or Vladamir will be a deciding factor in this matchup as Hauntzer has already showed that he can play Swain. Whilst Reignover will be looking to snowball Huni in the toplane, Svenskerin will likely be looking to do the same for Bjergsen in the midlane. A dominating force in week 1, the Bjerger King will be looking to take a chunk out of Pobelter on his famous Azir and fear inducing Ryze. Pobelter is a player, however, who is very good at playing safe in lane, and rarely falls too far behind. He will be looking to stand up to Bjergsen on teamfighting mages such as Victor or high map pressure champions such as Twisted Fate. Another game to be decided in the sololanes, I predict that IMT will take the series 2-0. CLG vs Cloud9 Cloud9 look to be on top form narrowly missing out on a 2-0 week due to a close series vs pack leaders Immortals. CLG, however have something to prove this week and if they want to show that they are still a top team this will be the game to do it in. Impact looks to be back on top form favoring Maokai in most of his games last week, and looking unstoppable on it. Darshan is another of NA’s players who likes to play splitpushers and will be delighted that Fiora is a viable pick again. Another important lane here will be the botlane. Although CLG played poorly in week 1, their botlane of Stixxay and Aphromoo was a spark of hope in the darkness. Between Stixxay’s mechanical skill and Aphromoo’s level headed temperament and shotcalling, they will be looking to exploit any weakness they can find. Cloud 9’s botlane has been hit or miss so far. They have been getting used to the format of rotating support players with both Smoothie and Bunnyfufu playing alongside Sneaky in the botlane. Personally, Bunny has impressed me the most so far with his Bard in particular. Bard is also one of Aphromoo’s best champions, so look for a priority on this champion during pick/ban. Sneaky is a diverse player, who can shine on virtually any pick, but plays best when he is put in the position to carry. Although he can play utility picks like Sivir and Ashe, I much prefer to see him on something Lucian, or even Twitch. I predict that CLG will be better this week, but they will ultimately not be able to weather the Cloud9 storm that’s coming their way. 2:0 victory for Cloud 9.