LoL NA LCS Week 4 Preview
After 3 weeks of action, the standings have evened out a bit with a definite top 4, middle 2 and bottom 4 teams forming in the NA LCS. However, this is far from set in stone, as this week there are important clashes at all parts of the table and plenty of scope for change in the standings. Apex vs Team Liquid Sitting at joint 5th place are Apex and Team Liquid. Apex have been a consistent presence in this spot since week 1, whereas Team Liquid join them as a result of their recent surge, going 2-0 last week. Both teams have very individually talented players, which will make for some exciting lane matchups. In the toplane, we have Lourlo taking on Ray who has become infamous this split for his aggression in team-fights and relentless back-line dives on Fizz and Jarvan. Ray definitely likes to be one of the carries for Apex, and when he gets rolling, there isn’t much that can stop him. Lourlo had a good performance last split, if one dimensional. He became known as a tank only player, but a role which he excelled in, a trend which he has continued this split. Interestingly though, he has found more success in duelist/split-pushing style champions such as Trundle and Irelia than he has with more traditional tanks like Maokai. He is currently 3-0 this split on the Troll King, and sports a monstrous 32 KDA of the champion. The other matchup to watch out for will be in the midlane. Last week Apex’s Keane was a monster, especially when he showed his Cassiopea. He showed his ability to singlehandedly take over a game against Cloud9 and will probably look to do the same against Fenix. Fenix himself has been looking a lot more like his old self lately showing dominance on Vladimir, who is a must ban against teams who can play him as well as his favourite Azir. Will Keane be able to cheese himself into another victory, or will Fenix’s preference for the meta prevail? I predict that Team Apex will take the series 2-1 Live Game Feed Here! Envy vs Team Solomid At the top of the standings, Team Envy will take on the undefeated Team Solomid. Envy have a really tough week overall, as their other series will be against Cloud9, but TSM will definitely be their toughest challenge to date. Envy have so far shown a preference towards longer, macro oriented games, whereas TSM play a game of aggression centered around Svenskerin’s heavy jungle pressure, and their strong laners. Bjergsen is an obvious focal point as TSM’s star player has not slowed down at all this split. He has shown that he can still excel at any style, and loves to bully his opponents in lane. So far, he is undefeated this split on Azir and Zilean, and will look to assert his dominance against Ninja in lane. Ninja is no pushover though. Although his numbers are less impressive, he is 4-0 on Lissandra this split and Envy love to flex this champion between the midlane and the toplane, as Seraph is also fantastic on the champion. Outside of Lissandra, Ninja has also showcased an excellent Anivia and Swain. In the jungle, Svenskerin has been a total force this split. After a disappointing Spring, he has dominated the competition with an undefeated Rek Sai, as well as more carry style picks such as Graves and Nidelee. His map pressure is key to TSM’s success as he is always in the right place at the right time, and loves to invade his enemy’s jungle. Proxin is another player who loves aggressive picks. He has more Graves games than almost anyone else in the League, and has had great showings on the champion. He is also proficient in Elise and Nidalee, which will be priorities this week. Envy should look to secure Proxin a strong champion if he is to keep down Sven, but even then it will be no easy task. I predict that TSM will win 2-1.
Phoenix1 vs Counter Logic Gaming
And finally at the bottom of the table, we have CLG vs P1. Whilst this might not be a hyped match in the traditional sense, as both teams have looked pretty abysmal so far this split, it is a very important match for both teams. For P1, picking up their first potential 2-0 week would mean rising from last place into potential playoff contention. For CLG, it would be the boost the team sorely needs if they hope to catch up with their rivals at the top of the standings. These teams represent two of the only teams where the supports are the star players. Aphromoo is (well, was until recently) considered one of the best supports in the world, respected for his skill on skillshot champions and his shotcalling. Although he is key to pick up a victory on his bard this split, he has found success on Alistair. Aphromoo has been playing Alistair for years, even before he was popular, and the pick always has the potential to turn the tide of a game. His opposite number, Gate has had a chequered history with the LCS. Originally a midlane sub for TiP, he transitioned back to his main role of support, but to mixed success. Another prolific Bard player who is win-less on the champion this split, Gate will be looking to prove that he can stand up against the best. In the toplane, we have Zig against Darshan. On paper this meta should be perfect for Darshan, as split-pushing champions like Irelia and Trundle currently hold high priority. Darshan has however had one of the worst splits of his career, and is a major factor in CLG’s losses. That said, he is currently 3-0 on his signature champion, Jax, something that P1 will have to look out for. P1’s toplaner, Zig Zig, has failed to make much of an impact on a struggling team, but not for lack of effort. In the games where P1 have gained a lead he has actually looked pretty good, and he, like so many other toplaners, have been playing a lot of Trundle and Irelia, which suit his solo-queue style. I predict that P1 will pull an upset out of the bag, and take the series 2-1. Related Reading LoL EU LCS Week 4 Preview LoL NA LCS Week 3 Power Rankings LoL EU LCS Week 3 Power Rankings