*) , , (*/*) The LCS summer championships are underway for one week now and the heat is building. The first four games of the LCS summer championships were held Friday, with the stakes higher than ever. Eight teams are still in the running to claim the coveted $100,000 prize, and three spots at the Worlds are up for grabs.
Counter Logic Gaming v Golden Guardians Pick
Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming v Golden Guardians Prediction
Counter Logic Gaming will face Golden Guardians on Saturday in the second match of the loser’s bracket. CLG wants to get back to winning ways and they should support themselves against the team that they have already defeated twice during regular season.
CLG suffered a demoralizing loss to Cloud9
CLG was knocked out by Cloud9 in round two. This result saw them fall to a 2-4 defeat, which sent them down to the losing bracket with TSM and Golden Guardians. They were joined by FlyQuest who lost a crushing defeat to Team Liquid. From start to end, the first playoff match against Cloud9 was intense. The skill-matching was very close between the two teams, with both sides being aggressive and skilled. It went back and forth throughout five games.
Cloud9 led the first game. CLG took control of the second. The second contest was a bloodbath, witnessing over 40 kills between both sides. Niship “Dhokla” Doshi and Cristian “Palafox” Palafox were the main aggressors, taking 14 kills between. They were then attacked by Fudge, Berserker and Cloud9 in the following game. It went back and forth, but eventually Cloud9 won the game, and booked their spot in the next round. The turnaround of
CLG this year was nothing less than inspirational. It is hard to believe they are the same team who has been struggling on the LCS sidelines for many years. They were always at the margins of playoffs, but have been treated with contempt by larger teams. They completely restructured their roster last year, adding Fatih “Luger” Guven, Philippe “Poome” Lavoie–Giguere, and Juan Arturo “Contractaz” Garcia to the team in November.
It took this group of players some time to adapt, but Dhokla’s addition was the catalyst for a paradigm shift in their strategy and their results. They have been one of the most interesting teams to observe this split. Many will be interested to see how they build on their success in the future.
Golden Guardians Looking To Continue Momentum
Golden Guardians were the very last team to qualify for the playoffs, finishing eighth on the rankings. This was possible due to a completely unexpected win in the final game of their regular season. They defeated Dignitas, and were promoted to eighth place. Most people dismissed the bottom-of the-table match at the close of the split as irrelevant to the standings. But GG was different.
Dignitas lost their heads, while Immortals dropped from ninth to ninth, despite having been securing that spot for several weeks. GG was in a rut for the second half of this season. After beating Dignitas the fourth week, they were dealt heartbreaking losses after that.
After eight consecutive losses, their playoff prospects looked grim. They were then beaten in the final week by Immortals. After two demoralizing losses to Evil Geniuses, and Team Liquid that seemed to put the final nail in their coffin, GG still had one chance: beating Dignitas.
Dignitas wasn’t going to let GG go or just give up on her chances. Both teams scored 17 kills each, but GG came through in the end after nearly 40 minutes of a difficult, high-stakes contest. They’ve not been able beat CLG once yet this season but they will feel more optimistic after last week’s high-pressure win against Dignitas.
100 Thieves vs Team Liquid Pick
100 Thieves vs Team Liquid Predictions
Round two of the upper bracket will get underway on Sunday, the first contest to take place between 100 Thieves and Team Liquid. They have both been part of the best teams in this division, so at least one team will likely be present in the grand final. The winner of this match advances to round 4 and faces the winner of the battle between Evil Geniuses or Cloud9. FlyQuest TSM, GG, CLG, and FlyQuest will be the next bracket. The contest between the two most prominent teams in the LCS promises to be an intense one.
Team Liquid Must Break Title Rut Seed number three, FlyQuest, faced off last week in round one of the upper bracket. They lost their first round game unexpectedly, but that served as a wake up call. They pulled together and won the three remaining games. It was a simple, straightforward victory for TL and it was wrapped up in just four games.
Throughout the summer, they were early aggressors and eager to get first blood. Soren Bjergsen Bjergsen and Steven Han Sama Liv maintained that same approach and didn’t lose a single game.
TL’s new signings showed their intent at the beginning of last year. The topic of their star-studded roster was much discussed, and everyone agreed that they had created North America’s best team. Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau joined Santorin, Hans Sama (and Bjergsen) were also signed.
27-year-old Bjergsen gave up his role as head coach of TSM to resume competitive play, and his experience and acumen have served Team Liquid extremely well so far. Although his spring split performance was not great, Bjergsen has shown that he can shake off the rust to come through for Team Liquid in the crunch times.
TL finished third in round robin. However, they’ve not maintained the consistency one would expect of a team this talented. They’ve won 12 and lost six of their games in the regular season, a shock defeat to TSM in the early stages of the split raising several eyebrows. 100 Thieves have beaten them twice this season, and though TL certainly possess the skill set to blow past any team they’re up against, they’ll be nervous heading into this game.
100 Thieves One Of The Best In LCS
Over the last couple of years, 100 Thieves have evolved into one of the best LoL teams in North America. In the summer of 2021 they were crowned LCS champions for the first time in their five-year history, and looked well on course to making it a double set this past spring. They – as well as everyone else, in truth – weren’t responsible for the rapid rise of Evil Geniuses who came from the shadows and clinched their maiden LCS title.
That final instilled an intense hunger that is evident throughout every single game since. The 100 finished as second seed on the summer standings, with only 4 losses from the round robin. They ran wild during the middle of the split, winning seven consecutive games before FlyQuest broke their golden streak.
No other player in the split, except for maybe EG’s Danny, has been able to hold a candle to the 100’s ultra-aggressive bot-laner Ian Victor “FBI” Huang. FBI has an average of 4. 72 kills per game, accounting for a third of 100’s 13.8 kills per game. They have been adroit and calculated in their game this season, preferring to be cautious than taking the initiative.
They’ll be excited to take on TL who they have already beaten twice in this season’s tournament. Considering that their opponents haven’t always held their nerve in tense moments, the 100’s steady approach to their game will give them the edge in this contest.
Evil Geniuses vs Cloud9 Pick
Evil Geniuses vs Cloud9 Predictions
The second match of the upper bracket features Evil Geniuses and Cloud9, the top and fifth seeds respectively, squaring off on Monday. EG was seeded straight into the second round due to their top-place finish. CLG lost five matches to Cloud9 in a slugfest. While reigning champions EG will not be in doubt, they should keep in mind that Cloud9 are uncanny at knocking out top teams.
Evil Geniuses to Continue Impressive Form
Tournament favorites EG have dominated this summer and it would be foolish to think that they will not win the playoffs. They have conducted a near-perfect defense of their spring title, having lost just three of their eighteen games in the round robin, one each to CLG, 100 Thieves and Team Liquid.
All eyes were set on EG following their shocking win in spring, to determine if they can maintain this high standard of play. Their LCS title qualified them for the Mid-Season Invitational in Korea, and they seeded 3rd-4th, bringing home $25,000. Their young players had a great experience at international levels, which was a huge plus. EG came back stronger and more successful than ever.
Although EG’s regular season was not spectacular, it is hard to forget what a wild ride they had at the playoffs. Least of all Team Liquid and 100 Thieves, both of whom had been favorites to win all along. They’ve changed everything and have been the boss of the rest this summer.
They’ve topped the charts across practically every metric – most gold per minute (1877), most kills per game (15.6), most towers destroyed (8.1), and highest damage per minute (2400). There are volumes to be written about Kyle Sakamaki, the bot-laner. He is a player that can walk in any team around the globe.
He tops the kills charts at 4. 98 kills per game, with Kacper “Inspired” Sloma, and of course, Joseph Joon “jojopyun” Pyun, not far behind. EG is the definition of a champion and no other team can stop them from bringing home the second title.
Cloud9 Aiming For Consistency
Cloud9 have had a mixed summer. They finished fifth on the rankings with 10 wins and 8 losses, but had to secure that with a tie-breaker against FlyQuest. Cloud9 has put in varied performances throughout the year.
At times, they have appeared determined, deadly, and like nothing could stop them. On other occasions, they looked as though they were struggling to get out of a nightmare. Cloud9 have won the LCS twice in the last three years, and while they’ve shown glimpses of the same brilliance that brought them the trophy in the spring of 2021, it hasn’t been often enough.
Cloud9 started their tournament with a rough start, dropping their first three games. They finished bottom of their group at the end. It feels as if they have been playing catch-up ever since. Due to visa problems, they were left without Jesper “Zven”, a support Jesper Svenningsen, and Kim “Berserker,” Min-cheol as star bot laners in the first few games. Berserker was absent for the first week and had a significant impact, however his immediate return has brought about positive results. Cloud9’s star has been Berserker this season with 3. 69 kills and 6. 25 assists per game.
On a positive day, Cloud9 seems like they can stomp on any opponent in their way. They’ve lost to Immortals and Golden Guardians on the good days. Because they’ve never been able to defeat them this summer, the team will be hoping for another win against Evil Geniuses.
How To Watch The LCS 2022
Teams Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, Golden Guardians Location Conducted in North America Time Saturday, August 27 at 1 pm EST onwards How to watch Official Twitch channel