Week 2 – LCS NA Summer Split 2016

A few teams managed to achieve things that they’ve never been able to in the LCS before, the games are hyped and the players are ready! Most of them anyway, a few surprising performances but overall the strength of the teams are beginning to show and a few of them have improvements to make if they’re striving to come out on top. The NA LCS will be kicking off on Friday, June 10th, so make sure you catch the games! Especially when they’re on multiple streams during the weekend!

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LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 2 | Day 1

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Match #1: NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports vs. Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals    1   2  
June 10, 05:00 PM PDT/ 08:00 PM EDT/ 02:00 CEST next day

Match #2: Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming vs. Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy    1   2  
June 10, 08:00 PM PDT/ 11:00 PM EDT/ 05:00 CEST next day

LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 2 | Day 2

Battle Arena (Live Stream: NALCS1)

Match #1: Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid vs. CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming    1   2  
June 11, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #2: Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1 vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9    1   2  
June 11, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Battle Theater (Live Stream: NALCS2)

Match #3: NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox     2   0  
June 11, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #4: TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid vs. Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming     2   0  
June 11, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 2 | Day 3

Battle Arena (Live Stream: NALCS1)

Match #1: TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid vs. Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals     2   1  
June 12, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #2: Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox vs. Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid     0   2  
June 12, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Battle Theater (Live Stream: NALCS2)

Match #3: Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy vs. Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1     2   0  
June 12, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #4: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9     0   2  
June 12, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

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NA LCS Summer Split Week 2 – Day 3:

So far for week 2 we’ve correctly predicted every game, let’s see if we can continue this trend to finish off an amazing week of games! On day 3 I’ll be focusing on Team Solo Mid vs. Immortals along with Counter Logic Gaming vs. Cloud9, I chose these games because they represent some of the most talented teams in the region and I think they’re going to be the most watched games of the day. Make sure you catch them on both streams on Sunday, June 12th!

Team SoloMid vs Immortals NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 3 – Match #1: TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid vs. Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals

Start Time: June 12, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Both of these teams are currently undefeated in the summer split but only one of them can come out of this series unscathed. One of the teams will take a loss here but they’re both aiming for the top and will do everything they can to take the win, Immortals have packed some punches in the summer split but Team Solo Mid have looked like a more dominant and oppressive team; but who will come out on top?

I think Team Solo Mid are at a slight advantage here, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering they’ve been performing so dominantly. Immortals have had some great matches, without a doubt, which were extremely impressive showings from them but they’ve made more mistakes so far and given away more advantages.

Logo of LCS NA Team TSMTeam Solo Mid are likely to pick up Rek’sai in the jungle, it’s been a pretty key pick for them and has opened up room for the laners so I think it’s a keeper, which will be paired with a Swain or Fizz in the top lane; oppressive and annoying. The middle lane of Team Solo Mid has favoured control mages over the assassins played in the current meta so we’re likely to see Viktor and Azir picked throughout the series. When it comes to the duo lane of TSM we’re more than likely going to see some Lucian making an appearance, paired with the likes of Bard or Karma. When they’re on the rift they’re going to want to play the map, keeping vision close to objectives whenever the time feels right to contest or take them. They’ll want some early wards around their middle lane and defensive wards on the bottom side of the map; extending their vision on the top side of map into the opponent’s jungle can give them information to rotate or start favourable engages. They have a fairly strong skirmishing composition with a lot of potential for picking off their opponents so when the middle stages of the game rolls around they’re going to want to deny vision and try and catch a few people out. Smaller skirmishes should favour them early in the game but they’re going to need to watch out for counter engages as extended fights might not go so well for them; if the skirmishes go well then they should have a slight gold lead, funnelling this lead into controlling the map will be extremely important in denying Immortals an opportunity to come back. They’re going to want to deny as much vision as possible around the objectives when they take them as it’ll give them an opportunity to strike and fight before their opponents catch on. Losing to Immortals in the earlier stages of the game is easily possible so if they’re not confident in their abilities then waiting to scale is always an option, however I don’t expect to be waiting too long before the action kicks off. If TSM can take those skirmishes, control objectives and rotate around the map they should be able to take the game in a very oppressive manner, giving them the opportunity to quickly take the series.

Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoLImmortals should look to pick up Irelia in the top lane as their player has found great comfort on that champion and it currently works really well against a lot of favourable champion picks. Pairing this with a Rek’sai or Olaf in the jungle would give them fantastic skirmishing and a lot of early game power. Their middle lane has played an extensive amount of champions so there’s a large variety of options but I think they’ll settle with Anivia, Viktor or Twisted Fate. The bottom lane of Immortals has picked Sivir most often so seeing it again wouldn’t be surprising; pairing this with a Nami or Soraka can yield fantastic results for them. After they’re ready and on the rift they’re going to want to keep their vision around the lanes for the earlier stages, with some sprinkled throughout the river and even near their opponents jungle entrances to watch for any potential fights. They’re going to need to scale up slightly before they begin taking fights but they’ll thrive eventually. If they find their opponents near a choke point then they should take the fight and control the area, with their likely champion picks taking a fight around an enclosed point such as either objectives pit or locations in the jungle; they’re at a huge advantage in the enclosed spaces. If they manage to find a fight in a small space then they should be able to have a fairly clean fight, giving them a huge amount of gold and pushing them into a lead. With a small lead then can begin controlling the map and forcing their opponents back, this will open up sieging opportunities for them and much more. Following this style of play can be fairly slow at the start but explodes rapidly when team fighting begins to occur; which should set them up nicely to take a win and give them the opportunity to take the series.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. I think they’ll come out on top of the series with a 2:1 score. Immortals are a fantastic team and will certainly contest the games but I think Team Solo Mid’s performances have been so good recently that they’ll come into this series with confidence and take it over.

Echo Fox vs Team Liquid NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 3 -Match #2: Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox vs. Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid

Start Time: June 12, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Echo Fox are currently sitting with a 1:2 score, those 2 losses are really dragging them down and equalising there score here can give them a boost up the ladder which they’re craving. Team Liquid are yet to take a series victory which I would consider fairly surprising considering their organisation and team status, their talented players are going to put up one hell of a fight here to possibly take their first victory of the split.

Prediction: Team Liquid. I think this could be one of the closer series’ of the day but Team Liquids score doesn’t accurately represent their abilities as a team considering the losses were against 3 of the most likely top teams in the region. I think Team Liquid will come out on top of a close series with a 2:1 score.

Week 2 | Day 3 -Match #3: Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy vs. Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1

Start Time: June 12, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Phoenix 1 is currently sitting without a series victory, as the days pass and the losses roll in they’re getting stuck in an extremely difficult position. If they continue on this downward path then they’re going to find themselves at the bottom of the ladder, regardless of their few good performances. Team Envy are still full or surprises and are performing really well, taking 3 wins and not losing a series so far in the summer split.

Prediction: Team Envy Victory. I don’t think Phoenix1 are going to put up much of a fight here, they might scrape a game if Team Envy take a few rough hits but I think this is Team Envy’s game to take; looking at a 2:0.

Counter Logic Gaming vs Cloud9 NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 3 -Match #4: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9

Start Time: June 12, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Counter Logic Gaming have looked surprisingly rough, they’ve been losing to teams that are yet to take a single victory and they’re only on a 1:2 score themselves. Cloud9 are sitting on a comfortable 2:1 score and have had some really good performances against teams that were arguably stronger than the opponents of CLG; if that’s the case then CLG could be in a lot of trouble here.

Logo of LCS NA Team CLGCounter Logic Gaming is going to look to take Ezreal or Caitlyn in the bottom lane, paired up with an Alistar or Karma; all of which have been consistently picked. Their top lane has shown a deep champion pool but I’ll be looking for more Swain or Fizz, paired nicely with a Kindred or Elise in the jungle. Swain could be flex picked for the middle lane however Vladimir or even Varus could be picked up once again. When they’re locked in and ready they’re going to want to get a fairly default line of vision across the river to gather information on their opponents movements. They could either choose to avoid the fights, which I think would be better for them in the earlier stages, or they could take the risk and try and gain an earlier advantage. If they do avoid the fights then scaling up should be their aim, they may even need to ignore contesting early objectives unless they find an extremely advantageous fight. They will have the potential to lock down and remove their opponents from the game if they find them in a favourable situation; these are the things that CLG are going to need to look out for. This match could become extremely slow paced but if CLG work on pressuring the top lane then they’ll be able to split the pressure of their opponents and then create a lot of favourable situations through split pushing and maintaining a consistent pressure in the side lanes. This is how I think they’ll gain a lead and take the win, giving them available options to take the series.

Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoLCloud 9 will more than likely pick up Maokai in the top lane, It’s been a consistent pick from then and it’s been working out really well; if it’s not available then Trundle is the most likely second choice. Their jungler has picked a variety of champions but I’d like to see Olaf make another appearance along with their Rek’sai. The middle lane of Cloud9 has picked up 2 champions regularly which I think will make appearances once again so Viktor and Azir are to be expected during this series. Their bottom lane has regularly picked up Bard as a support, which can have significant impact in terms of early pressure along with team fighting and objective control, and when paired with the likes of a Sivir or Caitlyn it can be difficult to manage. When they load in and are ready they’re going to want to get vision around their opponents jungle entrances, watching carefully for any ganks on the top side of them map where they should have a lot of defensive vision. The bottom side of the map will be slightly more lenient but they’re going to need to try and use their support to roam and assist the middle lane, getting their middle lane ahead could give them a fantastic advantage in the team fights to come in the later stages. Cloud9 should be able to gain an advantage through small skirmishes in the lanes, with added jungle pressure, which will give them a small but noticeable lead. This could quite easily translate into an early dragon or turret, if they’re lucky then a good dragon would have spawned and they’d be able to impact the outcome of the game significantly quicker. If they’re able to take small skirmishes throughout the lanes with added jungle pressure, or even around objectives when forcing their opponents hands, they should be able to gain an advantage but a large portion of this game will come down to their later game decision making. They’re going to want to stay ahead on vision as much as possible, this is how they will control their lead and catch out their opponents to begin control the game, taking the win and contesting the series.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. I think they’ll come out on top of the series with a 2:1 score. Originally I’d have preferred siding with CLG but they’ve looked rough, especially taking a loss to Phoenix1 during their series. Cloud9 have looked like the more consistent and slightly stronger team so I’ll be expecting their victory.

NA LCS Summer Split Week 2 – Day 2:

An exciting pair of matches has concluded for the Week 2 Day 1, teams are looking surprisingly strong and the majority of the competitive teams are able to hold their own regardless of their opponent’s strengths or advantages. On Day 2 we’ll be choosing 2 focus matches and concluding the remaining ones, the focus matches will be Team Liquid vs. Counter Logic Gaming and Phoenix1 vs. Cloud9; don’t forget to catch the games on both streams as they’re being played out live!

Team Liquid vs Counter Logic Gaming NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 2 – Match #1: Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid vs. CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming

Start Time: June 11, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Team Liquid are yet to take a series victory so far but it’s still early in the split and there’s plenty of time for them to start climbing the ladder, it’s going to be getting more difficult if they’re aiming for a top position though. Counter Logic Gaming have also had the misfortune of being unable to take a series but at least they’ve won a single match in comparison to Team Liquid not even being able to contest a series yet.

I think Counter Logic Gaming is at a slight advantage here but it’s only a small advantage. Both teams have encountered issues when facing off against teams often considered weaker than them and it’s been a struggle for them. This is the series where one of these teams will be able to finally take their first win but who will it be coming out on top at the end?

Logo of LCS NA Team CLGCounter Logic Gaming have often picked Ekko in the top lane but I’d like to see other appearances from them such as Vladimir, Swain or even another Trundle. This will help them pressure side lanes and try to force their opponents into rotations; this top lane will be complimented nicely with a Kindred, Rek’sai or Gragas in the jungle. Their middle lane has shown a preference for Viktor but could also take Vladimir as a flex pick; they also have the option to pick Twisted Fate once again. Their bottom lane has preferred Bard or Karma as support and I’d like to see them more often, especially when paired with the likes of Ezreal or Caitlyn. Once they’re on the rift they’re going to want to focus on getting their top lane ahead, getting a defensive line of vision across the bottom side of the map to make sure the dragon doesn’t get pressured too early. If they manage to get their top laner even slightly ahead then they’ll be able to pressure the side lanes and force objectives of sieges on the opposite side of the map; this’ll make it extremely difficult for their opponents to react appropriately and can force them into making mistakes. Gaining advantages will be a slow process for them unless they win early skirmishes and the first set of team fights. Sticking with a separate 1-3-1 formation across the lanes is likely to give them the best outcome for pressuring the map, leading to favourable fights and a gold lead. They can use this gold lead to funnel more pressure into the lanes and when their opponents try to reply they’ll have a choice to take the fight or pressure a different objective. They can be extremely difficult to deal with if they start to take strives forward with a gold lead so playing things out slowly is beneficial for them. Following a similar style of pressuring the map through splitting up, sticking to a solid formation and making sure they react quickly to fights is their key to taking the series handily.

Team Liquid - NA LCS Team LogoTeam Liquid has stuck with Ekko or Maokai in the top lane, both of which can pressure team fights with disruptive skills and positioning, which will work extremely well with the familiar Lee Sin or Kindred in the jungle. This start to the composition will give them a lot of pressure in team fights and even a good early game strength to skirmish or fight with. The middle lane of TL is likely to pick up Viktor, Vladimir or Anivia and all of these champions work extremely well in the large scale team fights. Team Liquid’s duo lane has picked Nami often and I’d like to see it make another appearance but other teams have shown a lot of Karma and Zyra which would work well. When they’re on the rift they’re going to want to try and force skirmishes in the earlier stages of the game along with getting a few aggressive pieces of vision in and around their opponent’s jungle. They should be able to use this information to counter-gank and pick off their opponents to try and gain a lead. Gaining a lead through skirmishes in the earlier stages of the game can set up a snowball of pressuring and gaining advantages; this sort of style can work with them extremely well but has more risk than the slower scaling styles. If they try and hold a consistent line of vision around the areas where they’re planning on fighting then they should be able to come out on top of it the majority of the time. Once they’re able to gain a lead through pressuring the lanes and picking their own fights they should be able to start taking hard engages, even tower diving, to force their opponents into the fountain and opening up their base to be sieged. Once they get to a point where they’re able to siege comfortably they’re going to be extremely difficult to play against but TL is going to need to watch out for any strategy adaptions from CLG. TL does however have a great possibility of taking a game with this style and adapting it throughout the series could get them their first victory.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. I think they’ll take the series 2:1 because Team Liquid is far from a bad team. TL could easily contest this if they’ve planned for multiple difficult situations and work aggressively to play against them however Counter Logic Gaming has always adapted a strategic split pushing style which I think will work extremely well against TL.

Phoenix1 vs Cloud9 NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 2 – Match #2: Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1 vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9

Start Time: June 11, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Phoenix1 are yet to take a victory but they’ve certainly put on some fantastic performances. They were able to hold their own most of the time but eventually fallen, maybe they should adapt and pick up a bit more early aggression but that’d be hard to execute against Cloud9. C9 took down Echo Fox but it certainly wasn’t a clean series for them; there’s still some clear improvements needed for both teams but I expect this series to be fairly exciting.

Cloud9 look like they’re at an advantage here, they’ve got a victory already in their picked and they’ve got a very adaptable set of plays on their roster who can adapt and react to situations extremely well. Phoenix1 are going to need to beat C9 to the punch and try to take an earlier lead through the vision control and skirmishes just so they can come out on top. Even if one of these teams gets ahead, in terms of gold, they’re going to be challenged a lot.

Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoLCloud9 have picked up Maokai in the top lane with extremely consistency, I think it’ll make more appearances with champions such as Trundle and Ekko being other possibilities for them. The middle lane of C9 is a very skilled control mage player who I think is going to try and pick up Viktor, Azir or Vladimir; this will be assisted by a Rek’sai or Gragas in the jungle. The duo lane of C9 have recently favoured Ashe over other marksmen and I think they’re going to be aiming for it again, if it’s not available then we could be looking at more Sivir or Lucian; these champions are likely to be paired with a Karma or Bard support but I’d like to see a Zyra show up for them. When they’re on the rift they’re going to want to get a lot of defensive vision around the middle lane; this will stop them pressuring the middle lane and allowing their control mage to farm and scale which will be an extremely important factor in the middle and later stage team fighting. They’re going to want to take a few skirmishes or fights early but pick them carefully, if any of their lanes get ahead then they’ll quickly gain the ability to pressure objectives and take more favourable fights. They’re going to need to draw in the attention of their opponents so they can take the fights that look good to them, this will also let them rotate around their opponents to make the most of their open time. They should try and work around their opponents in the earlier stages and slowly conform to the skirmishes and team fighting, playing slowly until they’re ready to take team fights with scaled champions is a likely and highly possible strategy for them to gain a lead and begin controlling the game. They can adapt the strategy throughout the series and I think it will let them contest it to take their 2nd victory.

Phoenix1 NA LCS Team LogoPhoenix1 are in a bit of a predicament with 0 wins under their belt but this could be their time to shine and their chance for glory. They’ve taken Trundle often in the top lane along with Swain, both of which are fantastic champion picks for their multitudes of potential impact. Their top laner will be assisted often by a Rek’sai or Elise in the jungle which will also spend a lot of time around the middle lane; the middle lane of Phoenix1 looks most likely to pick Azir if possible but has shown a variety of possible champions such as LeBlanc, Fizz and I think Vladimir could work well for them. The bottom lane of Phoenix1 has taken Sivir more often than not, often falling back on Ezreal, which I think will be paired with a Braum or Zyra. When they’re locked in and ready they’re going to want to take the initiative, they’ve got a lot of early game control which is extremely potent, this will let them find skirmishes fairly easy but they’re going to need to keep a deep control of vision around areas where they’ll plan on fighting. Forcing things in the earlier stages of the game could set them ahead quickly and with a gold lead they’ll be able to take more of their desired fights; this is a good strategy for them to start a snowball or to take hold of an early advantage to slowly set up a victory for the match, possibly even the series.

Prediction: Cloud9 Victory. I think Phoenix1 might be able to scrape away a game from the series but I think Cloud9 will come out on top. Phoenix1 are yet to take a single match victory and have looked rough in places where Cloud9 is well cut, I think this is going to play in favour of C9 quite heavily as they take the series away with a 2:1.

NRG eSports vs Echo Fox NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 2 – Match #3: NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox

Start Time: June 11, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

NRG Esports came close to taking the series off of Immortals on day 1 and even though they didn’t take the victory they were able to come close and that on its own says a lot about the strength of this team. Echo Fox managed to take a series victory off of Phoenix1 but that certainly won’t make things easier for them if NRG are playing like they did during their winning match from Week 2 Day 1.

Prediction: NRG Esports Victory. I think they’re going to have a bit of a hard time but they’ll come out on top of the series with a 2:1 victory; giving them the victory they need to start making their climb up the ladder.

Team SoloMid vs Apex Gaming NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 2 – Match #4: TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid vs. Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming

Start Time: June 11, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

TSM are yet to be defeated and they’ve looked quite strong, especially seeing as they were able to take down their rivals, CLG, right at the start of the split which would be a huge morale boost for them. A problem CLG are going to run into is that Apex has looked strong in every single one of their matches and have played consistently. If the consistency of TSM isn’t up to scratch then we should see clear signs of that against Apex.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. TSM have looked like the stronger of the 2 teams so far, they’ve adapted extremely well to their new support player and they’re a strong unit. Their roster has players that can thrive in different aspects of the game and this diversity can give them huge advantages throughout a series. I think they’ll take the series 2:1.

NA LCS Summer Split Week 2 – Day 1:

We’re heading into the second week of the NA LCS and we’re going to start building ideas as to who the strong teams really are. Some teams have been proving their strength already and others have put on surprising performances, I expect to see more this week so let’s dive in! Make sure you don’t miss the games on Friday, June 10th!

NRG eSports vs Immortals NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 1 – Match #1: NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports vs. Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals

Start Time: June 10, 05:00 PM PDT/ 08:00 PM EDT/ 02:00 CEST next day

Immortals have managed to win both of the series’ they have participated in and I think they’re looking like their former glorious selves before the fell in the spring split. This spells trouble for NRG who have been looking a bit troubled, they’re going to really need to step up their game if they want to take or even contest the series.

Immortals are at a definite advantage here, they’ve taken both victories in the series they’ve played so far and it didn’t look like they were challenged too much. NRG Esports however were unable to take a single series win, unlike a significant amount of the competing teams.

NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo LoLNRG Esports are going to need to build a strong composition to get them through the earlier stages of the game but they’re going to need some later scaling champions too. I’ll be looking for a Vladimir picked for the top or middle lane, possibly swapped out for Maokai in the top lane or Gangplank in the middle lane. This will give them great team fighting potential as long as they don’t fall behind. Their jungler could look to pick up Gragas for positioning control, engages and to pressure the map but if it’s not available then Rek’sai is a good fall-back option. The bottom lane of NRG hasn’t shown preferences yet other than Zyra support, which could work extremely well with a Sivir or Lucian. When they’re on the rift they’re going to want to set up early defensive vision; possibly even around the entrances of their own jungle to avoid any early pressure from Immortals. When they feel like they’re scaling they can start to take small skirmishes and team fights but they’re going to need to keep tabs on their opponent’s summoner spells, choosing to disengage and take a fight later on could be advantageous. Immortals have multiple little strategies they could use and NRG are going to need to watch out for them, making sure they have access to a variety of scattered vision once they’ve made a decision on what they’re going to achieve at certain points throughout the game. If they play through things slowly they could find openings to gain a lead; such as catching out the opposing team with a player advantage or choosing their own fights to lay down as much damage and force their opponents back. Doing things like this will allow them to siege and contest the matches and also set them up nicely to contest the series but it’s certainly not going to be easy.

Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoLImmortals have a very strong preference for Viktor in the middle lane and I expect it to make more appearances here, along with Ashe in the bottom lane paired with a Karma or Zyra. Rek’sai is still a favoured jungler for the team as their jungler is extremely proficient on that champion but if it’s picked away, which it has been on numerous occasions, and then Olaf is currently a strong replacement pick. The top lane of Immortals has stuck comfortably on 2 champions, Riven and Ekko, which I think will pop up more from them as those 2 champions are capable of pressuring the top lane and bringing a lot to team fights or skirmishes. When they’re on the rift they’re going to want to set up vision across the river with wards close to or around the opposing team’s jungle, this will let them pick off opponents or find skirmishes which will open up objectives for them. Immortals have shown that they can be extremely decisive and if they think they can take something then they will. I think they could start a lot of fights across the map and will often come out on top of them, giving them a significant lead which will allow them to pressure objectives and structures, setting them up nicely to take victories. Doing something similar throughout the series is likely to give them a positive outcome and possibly another series victory added to their collection.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. I’m not even sure NRG can take a single victory of this series, Immortals have been an extremely strong team so far in the summer split and they’ve improved on some of their odd decisions from the spring split. This makes them a formidable team and one likely to push ahead on the ladder.

Apex Gaming vs Team Envy NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 2

Week 2 | Day 1 – Match #2: Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming vs. Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy

Start Time: June 10, 08:00 PM PDT/ 11:00 PM EDT/ 05:00 CEST next day

Both Apex and Envy have taken both of their series’ victories so far and are looking like good contenders for places at the top of the ladder but this is a deal breaker here. Only one of these teams can come out on top and take that slightly higher place; but who’s going to come out on top?

I think Team Envy is at a slight advantage here, they took convincing victories over Team Liquid which is essentially the parent team of Apex. This could actually be favourable for Apex however because they’re going to know exactly how to play against Envy now.

Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoLApex Gaming should look to pick up Fizz or Ekko in the top lane as they’ve had strong performances on those champions and Fizz works well against current favourable picks such as Swain and Vladimir. Picking up a Nidalee or Kindred in the jungle will help them pressure the earlier stages of the game and could either boost their team fighting or sieging potential. The middle lane of Apex has favoured Swain when possible but falling back to Zilean, depending on their opponent’s composition, could give them a favourable set-up. The duo lane of Apex has consistently picked Caitlyn as their marksmen but has a strong Ashe pick if they’d prefer, pairing this with an Alistar or Thresh could give them extremely strong team fighting control and pick potential. During the match they’re going to want to start picking fights around the middle stages of the game, early skirmishes aren’t guaranteed for them but they could come out on top of them. Using their champions symbiotic abilities to pick off and remove opponents could give them huge advantages during team fights, even picking off a single opponent puts them in a significant position of power; both of which will allow them to take objectives whenever they see fit. They’ll have a strong composition to dive and ignore turrets or siege them with significant speed, Envy could be in a whole lot of trouble if they fall behind at all and this is what Apex should look to achieve as soon as possible. If they can pressure Envy into making small mistakes then they’ll only be able to take the games more quickly. Picking off opponents or taking strong team fight engages is their most likely strategy to come out on top in the middle and later stages of the game and I think it’s going to occur quite often throughout the series, putting them in a strong position to contest matches and possible come out on top of the series.

Team EnVy NA LCS Team Logo LoLTeam Envy will want to pick Graves in the jungle as it’s been a regular pick for them, falling back onto Rek’sai if it’s not available. They’re able to flex pick Lissandra for both the top and middle lane much like Vladimir; I think both of those champions are going to make appearances this series but Swain has also been a consistent pick and can be used to deny from Apex. Their bottom lane has favoured Caitlyn so far, especially when paired with the likes of a Karma or Zyra, but they’ve also had a few good performances on Lucian. When they’re on the rift they’re going to want to get a safety net in place, their scaling champions could play poorly in the earlier stages of the game when it comes to skirmishes and team fighting so they’re going to want to stall out and scale up. A line of vision across the river, around choke points and close to the lanes is what’s going to be a necessity for them to survive. If they can patiently wait for Apex to make their objective decision Team Envy will be in a strong position to engage for a favourable team fight, their composition is likely to complement their strengths as a team and other champion picks. Waiting for the right time to strike is how I think Team Envy can stride ahead in terms of gold and start to contest the series. Their favoured champions work extremely well at picking off opponents around the middle and later stages of the game along with controlling small areas of the map; if they’re able to pick a fight around a choke point or in the jungle then they’re going to be in an extremely strong position to come out on top, giving them a huge spike in gold and map control which will essentially open up a victory for them. Following a similar style of play, passive early and waiting for opportune moments to strike, is how I think Team Envy could come out on top of this series.

Prediction: Team Envy Victory. I think Apex is going to take a game in the series but Team Envy is, in my opinion, the most likely victor. They’ve shown, even as a fairly new team, that they are difficult to overcome and take down which will work in their favour, they also have a good strategic style which will work nicely against Apex; I think Team Envy are going to come out on top 2:1.

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