Week 3 – LCS NA Summer Split 2016

Welcome to week 3 of the NA LCS Summer Split 2016! Week 2 of the NA LCS went extremely well for our predictions which I’m extremely glad about, here’s to hoping we can achieve something similar this week! However there are a lot matches occurring in week 3 that will include teams on closer skill levels so we could be met by a few surprises. Make sure you tune into both streams starting from Friday, June 17th.

Schedule Menu:
NA Week 2 > NA Week 3 > NA Week 4

LCS NA Season 6 – Summer Split Week 3 | Facts:

Betting / LivestreamLive Stream Button for LCS 2016
Betting Odds Link Button
Special bets Link Button

Schedule and Results – 2016 LCS NA Summer Split Week 3

LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 3 | Day 1

Battle Theater (Live Stream: NALCS1)

Match #1: Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9 vs. TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid    1   2  
June 17, 05:00 PM PDT/ 08:00 PM EDT/ 02:00 CET next day

Match #2: Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid vs. Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1     2   0  
June 17, 08:00 PM PDT/ 11:00 PM EDT/ 05:00 CET next day

LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 3 | Day 2

Battle Arena (Live Stream: NALCS1)

Match #1: Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals vs. Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy     2   0  
June 18, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #2: Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid vs. NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports     2   1  
June 18, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Battle Theater (Live Stream: NALCS2)

Match #3: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox     2   0  
June 18, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #4: Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1 vs. Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming    1   2  
June 18, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 3 | Day 3

Battle Arena (Live Stream: NALCS1)

Match #1: NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports vs. TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid     0   2  
June 19, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #2: Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox vs. Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals     0   2  
June 19, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Battle Theater (Live Stream: NALCS2)

Match #3: Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9    1   2  
June 19, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #4: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy    1   2  
June 19, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

-> View full Schedule of the 2016 NA LCS Season Summer Split

Substitutes and Roster Changes

currently none evident

>> Find out more about the Summer Split 2016 pre-season roster changes

>> Teams and Players: NA LCS Summer Split 2016

Week 3 of the NA LCS Summer Split will play a significant part in the weeks to come. On the schedule is a list of the upcoming matches. There will be multiple streams where the matches are played out at conflicting times so make sure you tune in on Nalcs1 and Nalcs2. The 3rd Week of the North American Summer split kicks off on Friday, June 17th with the first 2 series’ while the rest are played over the weekend. The live stream broadcast is starting at 17:00PDT | 02:00 CEST (the next day) on both match days. Please be aware that the starting times of the matches are estimated and can vary from the schedule. Below you can find an overview of the available betting odds. If you are interested in placing a wager with one of the sports books, you might want to check out our eSports betting sites overview. The betting market for the outright winner of the Summer Split is open so make sure to take a look.

Betting Odds Comparison*

Bet365 Logo2 BET365 Bet365 Logo2LCS NA 2016 Summer Split Week 3 Schedule and betting odds by bet365 check current odds at Bet365 >>

BET365 INFO: Find LCS betting in the menu on the left: E-Sports (LoL – LCS Summer Split)

Pinnacle esports Logo Pinnacle Sports Pinnacle esports Logo

check current odds at Pinnacle Sports >>

Please notice! Odds shown might have changed in the meantime. Follow the links to take a look at the current betting odds.

Preview and Predictions:

NA LCS Summer Split Week 3 – Day 3:

The NA LCS week 3 is coming to a close and our predictions have been pretty precise so far. During Week 3 day 3 we’ll be focusing on 2 of the 4 games being played with the remainders being concluded in their own small sections. The 2 focus games of the day will be Cloud9 vs. Apex Gaming followed by Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Envy. I chose these games because they feature teams either close in the standings or close in apparent skill levels. Make sure you tune in on both live streams on Sunday, June 19th, to catch the matches!

Team Liquid vs NRG eSports NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 3 – Match #1: NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports vs. TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid

Start Time: June 19, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

NRG Esports have had a bit of a hard time this week, falling to Team Liquid on day 2, but they’ve shown improvements and are become a bit more of a challenge for their opponents. Team Solo Mid are sitting at the top of the standings and are yet to lose a series so they’re looking extremely promising this split. NRG are going to be challenged here but as long as they keep improving they’ll become more formidable.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. They’re definitely at an advantage here, being the undefeated and top standing team, and with NRG being in a troubled position I think TSM have the ability to take the series 2:0.

Echo Fox vs Immortals NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 3 – Match #2: Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox vs. Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals

Start Time: June 19, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Immortals ran into a bit of trouble against Team Envy but managed to pull themselves together and close out one of the closes matches I’ve ever seen on day 2, this could be troublesome for them but they’re looking like they’re in a pretty good position at the moment. Echo Fox have only taken 1 victory so far this split and they’re going to be challenged a lot here but they’ve got a talented roster that could surprise us.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. I think Immortals are going to take this series pretty convincingly, as long as they don’t get too greedy of aggressive. They should be able to build leads in the earlier stages of the games and I think they’ll take another 2:0 series.

Apex Gaming vs Cloud9 NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 3 – Match #3: Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9

Start Time: June 19, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Apex looked promising during their games on Day 2 but will it translate into their day 3 series against Cloud 9? After taking down Phoenix1 I think they’re going to be feeling confident and morale is going to be high which will be needed here on Day 3. Cloud 9 recently took a pretty rough loss to Team Solo Mid but had moments in which they shined during the series, they’ve been slowly improving and now is their chance to show just how much has changed.

I think Cloud9 are at a minor advantage in this series, they contested the series against Team Solo Mid and that’s a loss against the current top standing team. They’ve been able to take down every other team they’ve encountered so far, apart from Immortals who are sitting high and mighty, and are still improving at a consistent pace, because of this I think they’ve got an upper hand against Apex who has been struggling fairly often against the majority of their opponents.

Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoLApex have shown a few niche champions that have worked fairly well and it could come as surprise to their opponents, having a lack of experience playing against them, giving them an upper hand. This means we could be looking at more Fiora in the top lane, unless they got for the Irelia instead, and it could be paired nicely with an Evelyn or Gragas. I’d like to see the Evelyn more often because of the early power it can bring along with the pressure it passively applies. The middle lane of Apex has shown comfort on both Zilean and Twisted Fate, I expect to see both of these champions make more appearances as they’re both able to compliment and assist the team. The duo lane of Apex has picked Caitlyn extremely regularly so I have no doubt it’ll be an option here, pairing it off with the likes of Braum or Karma. When they’re ready and on the rift they should aim to build a wall of vision throughout the river, aiming to get a few extra pieces scattered around their top lane to avoid the early pressure from their opponents. They’re going to want to apply as much pressure as they can in the earlier stages of the game using their jungler, this means having their jungler rotate around the lanes often and try to create skirmishing opportunities along with ganking to try and build a small lead for the team. Cloud9 has often run into trouble when they’re not able to match jungler aggression so it’d be a nice way to take that step ahead of their opponents. If they’re able to create these skirmishes then they should be able to come out on top of them due to their champion picks, thriving in the earlier stages of the game on champions such as Evelyn. They’ll also be able to create a lot of opportunities to catch out their opponents in the middle and later stages of the game, giving them the necessary time to contest and take objectives with a minimal amount of conflict. When the later stages of the game roll around they should aim to take team fights whilst setting up a flank from the jungler or top laner, this will give them easy access to the back line and main damage sources of the enemy team; which when quickly removed will give them a fairly easy time fighting. Through small skirmishes, pressure the lanes with their jungler and creating flanks for team fighting I think Apex could take control of the game, setting up a victory and opening up the series for them.

Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoLCloud 9 have recently shown comfort when pairing Jhin and Bard in the bottom lane, I expect this pairing to make more appearances as it can be fairly oppressive and gives them control during a lot of stages of the game. The jungler of Cloud 9 has stuck to 2 champions, Rek’sai and Elise, which I think will show up more throughout this split. On the top side of the map Cloud 9 has regularly picked up Trundle recently, which I think we’ll see more of during this series, but if it’s not available then we could see more Shen showing up. Cloud 9’s middle lane has picked Viktor extremely often, falling back onto Azir, but I’d like to see them take advantage of other champion such as Anivia during this series; it’ll help them throw off their opponents preparations. When they’re locked in and ready I think they should set up a line of vision that will assist them in controlling portions of the map, this means that when they’re focusing on the top side of the map they should try and get some vision scattered in their opponents jungle to give them information on just how safe they are to engage or skirmish there; doing something similar on the bottom side when they decide to go aggressive there. They should take a few skirmishes to evaluate their opponents strength and pressure the top side of the map, creating a lead between the 2 top laners will not only help the laning but will create a phenomenal amount of pressure when team fighting comes around. It’d be extremely valuable for them to have a big front line of champions protecting their main damage sources. For them to come to a larger lead they’re going to want to pressure objectives and structures, catching out their opponents around the rotations and building a small lead when taking those fights. With that lead they should be able to get a deeper line of vision and safely pressure more often, taking big fights when they feel they’re at an advantage. Playing fairly calculated I think Cloud 9 could come to a fairly big lead during the first match which will open up the series for them after taking a victory.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. I think Cloud 9 are the stronger of the 2 performing teams here, only having taken losses to 2 of the higher standing teams this split. They’ve shown great dominance in their previous matches and have improved after each and every loss whereas Apex has been struggling; I think Cloud9 will take the series 2:1.

Counter Logic Gaming vs Team Envy NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 3 – Match #4: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy

Start Time: June 19, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Team Envy are no longer an undefeated team after Week 3 Day 2, they came close to reaching a 3rd game against Immortals but couldn’t quite make it. They’ve shown promise and improvement already but so has Counter Logic Gaming. CLG may be behind Team Envy in the standings so far but they’ve had some phenomenal performances recently which put their strengths into perspective.

I think Counter Logic Gaming might be at a minor advantage here; they’ve taken a lower position on the standings so far but have shown great improvement. They took a fairly unexpected loss to Apex during week1 but have since taken steps forward, only losing to 2 of the higher standing teams. Team Envy has been able to take down lower standing teams but how will they do against this veteran team?

Logo of LCS NA Team CLGCounter Logic Gaming should try and get their hands on the champions which will let their top lane thrive, with so many being strong at the moment their options are open. I think they should try and take hold of the Jax once more but if it’s not available then it could be time to bring out more Swain or debut an Irelia pick. The jungler of Counter Logic Gaming has picked Kindred very often, still, and it’s managed to have good impact during their matches so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it again. The duo lane of CLG has picked Tristana very often and paired it with a tanky support such as Alistar or Braum, so seeing that or a Sivir pick is to be expected. Their middle lane has shown a variety of different champion picks but I think we’re going to see more Azir and Zilean from them with a possibility of Lissandra showing up once again. When they’re ready and on the rift I think they should set up a fairly safe and defensive line of vision, they’re a team that thrive in the later stages of the game when shot-calling and objective control can be abused to create leads. Having vision across the river and close to their lanes in the earlier stages of the game should assist them in avoiding any unwanted fights or skirmishes which they’ll be able to turn around once they’re ready. I think they should focus on pressuring the top side of the map when possible, getting their top laner ahead has worked wonders for them in the past and when he’s on a champion that scales well in to the later game it has often translated into dominance for them. To gain a lead they’re going to want to scale until the middle stages of the game, at a minimum, at which point they will start split pushing and starting skirmishes where they’ll be able to pressure multiple points of the map at any given time. This will throw their opponents into a conflict where they have to make split second decision, which is extremely difficult and can lead to many mistakes. Doing this should give them the lead they need to press objectives and the base of their opponent to come out ahead and take a win, contest the series.

Team EnVy NA LCS Team Logo LoLTeam Envy has picked Ezreal as their marksman extremely often recently, in both victories and defeats, so they’re obviously extremely comfortable on that champions. This is likely to be paired off with a Karma as the support however I’d like to see some more picks thriving in that bottom lane such as Braum and Zyra. The jungler of Team Envy has shown a very deep champion pool but with how strong Olaf has proven to be recently I’d like to see them pick it up and show it off once again, falling back onto Rek’sai if it’s unavailable. The top lane of Team Envy is going to have a tough job, not only do they need to survive the laning but they’re going to need to be able to hold their own for a large portion of the game, picking Irelia once again could be promising but it’s going to need some assistance in the earlier stages of the game. Their middle lane has also shown a wide variety of possible picks however I think we’re likely to see more Anivia, Viktor or Lissandra from them. Their composition could be favoured when team fighting as long as they can keep their opponents top lane under control, to do this they’re going to want to set up defensive vision on the bottom side of the map whilst having a slightly aggressive line of vision on the top side, trying to scatter some in their opponents top side jungle or around the entrances to their opponents jungle. This will give them information of incoming top lane pressure and will assist them in either avoiding it or turning it around. They’re going to need to spend some time stabilising that lane but if they’re able to then they set themselves at an advantage. They’re going to want to spend the early stages of the game scaling, following jungle pressure and adapting to the aggression of their opponents; waiting for the later stages will be a key part of taking victories for them but with how well they’ve been able to stall out matches recently it should come as too much of a problem. Later stage team fighting is where their gold lead will be but they’re going to be challenged by split pushing and map rotations, they’ll need to keep up but if they can then they’ll set themselves up nicely to gain a lead, control of the map and eventually a win. This is how I think they’ll be able to open up the series to take another win.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. I think Counter Logic Gaming will be able to come out on top of the series with a 2:1 victory. Team Envy had a lot of trouble against Immortals, who were below them in the standings at the time, and I think they’re going to face trouble more often as they face the stronger teams. Counter Logic Gaming should be able to abuse their strength in the top lane along with their map control to take the series.

NA LCS Summer Split Week 3 – Day 2:

Heading into day 2 means we’ll be looking at an entire day of NA LCS games, most of which look extremely exciting. For day 2 we’ll be focusing on 2 of the 4 games being played with the remainders being concluded in their own little segments, our focus matches will be Immortals vs. Team Envy quick followed by Team Liquid vs. NRG Esports. Make sure you catch the games on both live streams as they roll out on Saturday, June 18th!

NA LCS Summer Split Week 3 – Day 2:

Immortals vs Team Envy NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #1: Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals vs. Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy

Start Time: June 18, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

In my opinion this is going to be the most exciting game of the day, Team Envy have looked promising and are sitting on a 4:0 undefeated score whilst Immortals are on a 3:1 score after losing to TSM last week. Both teams are packed with talent and surprises and we’re going to get a really good idea here of just how strong Team Envy is.

Team Envy is currently looking really strong but all of their victories are against the teams sitting on the middle or bottom side of the standings so this will be a true test of their skill. Because of this I think Immortals are at an advantage here, they’ve already managed to take down one of the higher standing teams along the same lower standing teams and they’ve proven themselves as a high standing team this split.

Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoLImmortals are likely to pick up the Irelia in the top lane, they’ve had a priority on it and it’s also made an appearance in the last 4 games for them; it’s likely to be paired with Reksai or Olaf from the jungle which will be able to apply a lot of pressure around the map. The middle lane of Immortals has found great comfort on both Anivia and Viktor which I expect to be picked throughout the series, this will give them great team fight control in the later stages of the game. The bottom lane of Immortals has had fairly good performances on Ashe but I think we’re also going to see Caitlyn show up during this series paired with a Zyra or Karma, we could also see the Soraka pick come back. When they’re locked in and on the rift they’re going to want to test the strength and confidence of their opponents through skirmishes in the earlier stages, making sure they don’t overextend and fall behind. To do this they’re going to want to get a slightly aggressive line of vision placed near and around their opponent’s jungle whilst having their own lanes covered in the river. Doing this will give them the information they need to pick off opponents and find small fights, possibly opening up the chance to take small objectives or structures in the earlier stages and building a small lead. A large part of this series will be team fighting, catching off their opponents will be an option but there will be substantial and game changing team fights occurring, for Immortals to come out on top of them they’re going to want to keep tabs on their own and their opponents champion scaling; picking their fights around item power spikes could give them a small advantage which could open up the map and game for them. If they pressure the top lane during earlier stages of the game and pick their skirmishes on the top side of the map then they’ll be able to translate any gold lead onto their top laner who will scale to become a huge factor in controlling this match. If they focus on scaling their dominant laners and control the map, carefully picking their fights around power spikes, they should be able to come out on top of their opponents during nearly any stage of the game; this is how I think they’ll work their way through to contest this series.

Team EnVy NA LCS Team Logo LoLTeam Envy are yet to lose a series but they’re not invincible, they’ve lost games already when working on champions that they didn’t look as comfortable on. For this series they’re going to want to contest the Irelia pick in the top lane, which they’ve previously used quite well, and falling back onto Renekton or Fizz is an option; which will be partnered by their jungler, who has shown a multitude of champions, on an Olaf, Kindred or Nidalee. The middle lane of Team Envy might want to contest the Anivia champion pick, falling back on Lissandra or Viktor if it’s unavailable. The duo lane of Team Envy has had fantastic performances on Ezreal when paired with Karma so I’d like to see them utilize that lane once again. When they’re locked in and ready they’re going to want to set up a default line of vision throughout the river and fairly close to their lanes, this will let them avoid any unwanted skirmishes, work around their opponents and pressure opposite sides of the map to make their opponents slowly fall behind in tempo. If they can play around their opponent’s aggression and apply pressure around the map then they’ll create very small leads for their laners which could translate into a very apparent lead when team fighting begins. They’re going to want to get a lot of vision around objectives during the middle stages of the game as to not get caught out or surprised, this also opens up the option for them to pick a fight that favours them. I think Team Envy are going to need to siege often, pressure multiple parts of the map and make their opponents move often in attempts to stop them, quickly working around them and keeping the pressure going, this’ll keep them ahead until team fighting begins and this is how I think they could take away a victory and possibly the series.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. I think Immortals are going to come out on top of the series with a 2:1 score. Immortals have shown that they’re difficult to overcome, they’re already taken down one of the top contending teams and when they’re on comfortable champion picks they reign over the rift.

Team Liquid vs NRG eSports NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #2: Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid vs. NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports

Start Time: June 18, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Team Liquid is in the same seat as NRG here; both teams are sitting close to the bottom of the ladder and are in need of more and greater performances to really make a stand for what they’re aiming to achieve. A difficult time is ahead for one of these teams as they could be set back for weeks to come.

I think Team Liquid is at an advantage here, they’ve shown in previous performances that they’re able to withstand a lot of pressure and with NRG losing to an allied team, Apex Gaming, things are certainly looking favourable for them.

Team Liquid - NA LCS Team LogoTeam Liquid should look to pick up Irelia or Trundle in the top lane, both of those picks have been played recently by them and they’ve had good performances; this’ll be matched nicely with an Elise in the jungle, which I think is one of this teams more consistent and reliable options. The middle lane of Team Liquid has shown a large variety of possible champions picks but I think we could be looking at a Vladimir or Zilean in the middle lane. The duo lane of Team Liquid, a place where a lot of their power lies, has regularly locked in fairly oppressive support picks such as Zyra and Karma, which I expect to see more often, and both of those work extremely well when paired with the likes of an Ezreal or even an Ashe. After the champion select and when they make it onto the rift they’re going to want to set up a slightly aggressive line of vision, not pushing it too far because the earlier risk isn’t worth it. They should aim to get some vision around the entrances of their opponent’s jungle along with scattering wards throughout the river and close to their lanes. Maintaining vision control around their preferred objectives in the middle and later stages of the game could open up a lot of options for them so it should also be a strong focus. As for gaining a lead it’s likely that TL will take earlier skirmishes but not too many, focusing on picking ones that seem more favourable or when they have a player advantage. They can also build small leads through pressuring the bottom side of the map, with the player match-ups I think the bottom side of the map is in favour of TL so they should be able to work their way to a small lead using pressure from the bottom lane to start small fights and to control the areas around the dragon pit. I think they’re going to need to find a small lead in the earlier stages of the game as the later stages can become more volatile and less stable for them, their team fighting is good but it’s a 50/50 that they shouldn’t risk unless they’re at a significant advantage. I think Team Liquid are going to come into a lead through patient playing and working their opponents, playing around their mistakes and taking any possible opening they find. It’s a safer and less dangerous option for them but as they’re making strives to work their way up the ladder it’s what I would expect from them. If they’re able to achieve this patient style of play they can mix things up throughout the series and open up the possibility of them climbing with yet another series victory.

NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo LoLNRG Esports have regularly picked up Maokai in the top lane and although it’s being picked less often it’s still a fantastic champion which I expect to make a few more appearances, it’ll be paired with a Gragas or Nidalee in the jungle which will pressure the lanes in the earlier stages of the game. The middle lane of NRG has used a large variety of champions already but I think we could be looking at more Viktor and Ziggs from them, falling back onto a Vladimir if needed. The bottom lane of NRG has brought out a few surprises but they’ve had good showings, I’d like to see them utilize Vayne more often but a Sivir paired with Karma or Zyra is more likely. When they’re set up and ready they should focus on getting a strong line of vision around the bottom half of the map, getting some wards close to their opponents jungle to avoid any possible pressures, they’re going to have a hard enough time on the bottom side of the map without the addition of junglers so staying safe should be a big priority. NRG have shown potential when it comes to skirmishes, they’ve got good mechanics and are able to make their opponents play into their hands. They’re going to want to utilize this in the earlier stages and try and pick up a few kills through jungle pressure or skirmishing. If they manage to take a small lead in the earlier stages they should focus on maintaining it, trying to expand it too quickly could bring a lot of issues so using it as a way to force their opponents back and ease their scaling is their best bet. They should be able to make it to the later stage team fights where I think they could be at a slight advantage, mechanically at least. For NRG to take this series they’re going to need to try and take advantage of their great skirmishing potential, it could propel them ahead fairly quickly and give them control of large portions of the map which then gives them even more ability to take and control team fights. They should be able to contest multiple victories here and pressure the series.

Prediction: Team Liquid Victory. NRG should be able to give Team Liquid a hard time but I think they’re going to fall a bit short here. Team Liquid have managed to show improvement already and I think they’re on the right track to end in a slightly higher place on the ladder. I’ll be looking for a 2:1 victory for Team Liquid.

Counter Logic Gaming vs Echo Fox NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #3: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox

Start Time: June 18, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Both Counter Logic Gaming and Echo Fox are sitting on a single victory, this is fairly rough on both teams as they’re striving for greater things but this series will be a step forward for one of them. Counter Logic Gaming managed to take down Team Liquid for their single victory whereas Echo Fox took down Phoenix 1, this gives us a small idea of basic team strengths but it’s going to be tough on both of them.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. Counter Logic Gaming have been able to hold back their opponents much easier than Echo Fox, contending more games and proving their strengths whereas Echo Fox are having a harder time. Because of this I think Counter Logic Gaming will take the series 2:0.

Phoenix1 vs Apex Gaming NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #4: Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1 vs. Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming

Start Time: June 18, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Phoenix1 are yet to take a single series and are in dire need to making a step forward. This is their chance, Apex Gaming is in the middle of the standings so it’s going to be a challenge for them but it’s not impossible. Apex Gaming have managed to balance their wins and losses, this is a pretty stable place to climb from once they start making significant improvements but they shouldn’t underestimate their opponents and get careless.

Prediction: Apex Gaming Victory. I think they’ll take away the series fairly convincingly, Phoenix1 have been having trouble contesting single games and have looked fairly weak compared to the other competing teams this split whereas Apex have been holding their own fairly well. I think they’ll come out on top of the series with a convincing 2:0.

 

NA LCS Summer Split Week 3 – Day 1:

We’ll be starting off Day 1 with 2 very exciting games! Cloud9 vs. Team Solo Mid will be starting off the day and is often considered the most exciting match of this week and it will be followed by Team Liquid vs. Phoenix1. Make sure you tune in late on Friday, June 17th!

Cloud9 vs Team SoloMid NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 1 – Match #1: Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9 vs. TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid

Start Time: June 17, 05:00 PM PDT/ 08:00 PM EDT/ 02:00 CET next day

Both of these teams are sitting fairly close in the standings with just a single game between them, this could be the game that ties these 2 teams together close to the top of the ladder. Team Solo Mid have been fairly dominant recently and even managed to take the series off of Immortals but Cloud9 have also shown great strength in their matches.

TSM appear to be at an advantage here but for no other reasons than they’re sitting right by the top of the ladder after taking down one of the favourite contending teams. They’re looking strong but not in a significant way over Cloud9 so this could be a close series.

Logo of LCS NA Team TSMTeam Solo Mid have shown significant ability to adapt throughout a series and have champion pools deep enough to achieve this, in the middle lane they’ve stuck with Azir and Viktor which is the lane that’s changed the least. Their bottom lane has picked Lucian often which I expect to make more appearances, especially when paired with a Karma or Bard, I think we could be looking at more Nami though. The jungler of Team Solo Mid should aim to pick Reksai away from Cloud9, as TSM have already shown a significant amount of comfort on that champion and it’s worked well for them, and fall back onto Graves or even Elise if their first choice isn’t available. This will be able to assist a Swain, Fizz or Vladimir which could be picked for either the top or middle lanes. The middle lane of Team Solo Mid is also able to pick Zilean or Viktor to fit the style of the team. When they’re on the rift they should set up deeper vision on the bottom side of the map to avoid jungle pressure there, having a fairly default line of vision on the top side of map close to the middle and top lanes. They should aim to take skirmishes when they have a player advantage or are able to rotate more quickly to gain an advantage during the fight, avoiding skirmishes that they’ve not specifically chosen. Skirmishing on the bottom side of the map could open up the possibility to push structures in the earlier stages of the game along with taking a scaling dragon to help them reach those later stages of the game. Having a counter-focus on Cloud9, stopping their plans in their tracks, could slow down the entire pace of the game which means Team Solo Mid will need to be ready with reliable vision around objectives when it comes to the later stages of the game. I think we’ll reach those later stages and Team Solo Mid could use deeper vision to flank their opponents for an advantage, this is one of the small ways they could open up the victory if they’re unable to propel ahead. This match could play out in many different ways but as long as Team Solo Mid adapt throughout the game and take a hold of any advantages they see they should be able to come out on top in the earlier stages and pressure for those later team fights. This is how I imagine them taking the series away from Cloud9.

Cloud9-Team-Logo-HearthstoneCloud9 have often picked Maokai in the top lane but I think they’ll try and pick Fizz against Team Solo Mid, who have often picked sustain champions. Fizz will work well with many different possible champion picks in the jungle, Cloud 9 have used the likes of Olaf and Gragas which I would like to see more often from them as they’re both able to impact team fights in a significant way along with bringing great early pressure. The middle lane of Cloud 9 has regularly picked up Azir and Viktor without many changes so I think they’ll show up during the series. The duo lane of Cloud 9 has changed up their picks slightly but I think we’re like to see Caitlyn make an appearance with Nami or Karma as the support. When they’re ready and on the rift they should look to maintain a defensive line of vision around the bottom side of the map whilst pressuring the top side of the map. Throwing off the defences of the TSM top laner could give them multiple openings in team fights and skirmishes to gain a player advantage and propel themselves ahead quickly. I think they’re likely to gain a lead through skirmishes if they play them out patiently and this’ll open up opportunities for them to push or control objectives, it’ll be a fairly slow process but it’ll be one that gives them an advantage when it comes to later game team fighting. They’ll need to be careful during the team fighting and only engage when they’re well positioned, this is where the game could be made for them if they’ve not already gained a significant lead. I think they’ll be able to gain a small lead through skirmishing if they play it out confidently and patiently but they’ll always be able to fall back onto their strong team fighting if things play out slowly. This gives them many good ways to gain leads throughout the series and possible walk away with a victory.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. I think they’ll claw away the victory after coming out ahead of a few skirmishes, taking later game team fights and playing around their patience when it comes to objectives. They might take a few risks and they could lose a game but I think they’re the most likely to come out on top of the series.

Team Liquid vs Phoenix1 NA LCS Summer Split 2016 Week 3Week 3 | Day 1 – Match #2: Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid vs. Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1

Start Time: June 17, 08:00 PM PDT/ 11:00 PM EDT/ 05:00 CET next day

Both of these teams have been having a hard time, Team Liquid only have 1 victory under their belt and Phoenix1 are yet to take a series. This is Phoenix1’s chance to finally take a stand and start their climb up the ladder but is it too late for them? Team Liquid are full of experience players that all want that second victory as it’s extremely important this early in the split.

I think Team Liquid are at a bit of an advantage here but seeing as most of their played matches have been them losing it’s fairly difficult to tell just how strong these teams are in comparison to each other. Phoenix1 have shown potential but haven’t yet thrived and shown just how strong they can be, this is their opportunity to finally shine.

Team Liquid - NA LCS Team LogoTeam Liquid have shown comfort on the recently change Zyra and the increasingly popular Karma in the bottom lane which I expect to be paired with an Ashe or Ezreal. Their middle lane has shown a deep champion pool but I think we’ll be looking at some Vladimir and Ryze during this series, which could be nicely complimented by an Elise or Kindred in the jungle. The top lane of TL has regularly picked up Maokai but has recently used Irelia which I would consider a stronger pick at the moment and one that I’d like to see more of. When they’re on the rift TL are going to want to get a fairly default line of vision across the river and close to their lanes but they’re also going to want to scatter some close to and around their opponents jungle, out of the 2 teams I think they’re the most likely to come out on top of skirmishes and with their most likely champion picks they’ll create a huge advantage if they can gain even a small early game lead. With a small early game lead they’ll be able to comfortable set up their scaling and quickly get into the driving seat of the game, a controlling position where they maintain vision around the large objectives and pick fights whenever they’re confident. Small early skirmishes followed by pressuring objectives on the map is how they should aim to create the early advantage and they’ll be able to use this advantage slightly later In the game when they’re able to pick off the entire team of their opponent. It might take some patience and they might not create a large lead if they’re not confident but they’ve got 3 matches to get this right, I think they’ll be able to adapt nicely throughout the series with their deep champion pools and I think they’re at a pretty good advantage to take the series.

Phoenix1 NA LCS Team LogoPhoenix1 are in a rough place, even against Team Liquid, because they’re yet to take a win so they’re going to want to pick champions that they’re comfortable and confident on. The comfort and confidence is how they’re going to maintain an equal gold level to their opponents and try and pull ahead. They’re likely to pick up Zyra or Bard in the bottom lane as they’re the most recently pick comfortable champions, these support picks are likely to be paired with a Sivir who’s been picked extremely regularly. The top lane of Phoenix 1 will attempt to pick up Irelia which I think could be the saving grace of the team if they do manage to pull ahead, I think they should priority pick this champion. The jungler of P1 has shown comfort and confidence on Kindred but if it’s unavailable then Elise will be able to have a significant amount of impact in the earlier stages of the game. The middle lane of P1 has shown many different champion picks but they’ve had a great showing on Varus and I think it could be a strong pick once again here, falling back on the likes of Vladimir or Viktor. When they’re ready and on the rift they should set up a nice defensive line of vision to avoid the possible early pressure of TL and they’re going to want to focus on getting their top lane ahead. This can be achieve fairly easily with patience, they’re going to want to set up a significant amount of vision around an objective in the middle stages of the game and pressure it without putting themselves at a disadvantage, using their top laner to split push could be useful but when push comes to shove they’re going to want to get that teleport in as a flank which will break the positioning of their opponents. If their opponents choose to not take the fight then P1 will be able to walk away with a free objective which will set them ahead anyway. I think P1 are in a tough position but if they play things out patiently they’ll be able to build a small lead and slowly create a larger lead which can set them up to take a victory and possible even give them what they need to take the series.

Prediction: Team Liquid Victory. I think Team Liquid are the more experienced team here and will be at an advantage throughout the series because they’re better at adapting. They’ve also got a victory under their belt and have shown that they can contest or take a series, which is difficult to say for P1.

Follow us on TwitterFacebook or G+ to get a note as soon as new predictions are live!

You might also be interested in:

EU LCS 2016 – Week 3 | Summer Split

League of Legends betting

LCS 2016 – Season 6 | Overview

more eSports predictions and betting tips

*.) Odds may have changed by now – no guarantee! The predictions are the opinion of the author. 

Addam ‘Canvas’ BurrowsAbout The Author: 
Predictions by Addam ‘Canvas’ Burrows, English Literature and Journalism student of 2013. Diamond League Marksman. Contact Addam ‘ Canvas’ Burrows on Twitter!