Week 9 – LCS NA Summer Split 2016

Clash of the titans is upon us! We’re in the final week 9 of the NA LCS and there are still a few things that can severely shake up the ladder. There are a vast amount of possible outcomes so keep a close eye on the game. We’ll have the likes of Immortals vs. TSM to start the week off; this is followed by Phoenix1 vs. Team Envy on day 1. We’ll follow this up with Counter Logic Gaming vs. NRG Esports and Phoenix1 vs. Immortals on day 2. Day 3 will be a focus on Team Solo Mid vs. NRG Esports along with Team Liquid vs. Cloud9. This will let us keep our eyes on the top teams in the region from Friday, July 29th, so make sure you don’t miss out!

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LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 9 | Day 1

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Match #1: Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals vs. TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid    0   2  
July 29, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST next day

Match #2: Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1 vs. Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy    2  1   
July 29, 06:00 PM PDT/ 09:00 PM EDT/ 03:00 CEST next day

LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 9 | Day 2

Battle Arena (Live Stream: NALCS1)

Match #1: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports    2  1   
July 30, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #2: Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9 vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox    2  0   
July 30, 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. Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid    2  1   
July 30, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #4: Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1 vs. Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals    1  :  2   
July 30, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

LCS NA Summer Split 2016 – Week 9 | Day 3

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Match #1: TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid vs. NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports    2   1   
July 31, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #2: Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9    0  :  
July 31, 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. Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming    1  :  
July 31, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Match #4: Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox    2   0   
July 31, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

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NA LCS Summer Split Week 9 – Day 3:

There were a few surprising performances but some of the competing teams on day 2, Phoenix1 giving Immortals a hard time was certainly exciting to watch and I hope more of that excitement continues into day 3. For day 3 we’ll be looking more deeply into Team Solo Mid vs. NRG Esports along with Team Liquid vs. Cloud9. These games are a few that could change the outcome of the ladder so keeping an eye on them is extremely important.

Team SoloMid vs. NRG Esports NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 3 – Match #1: TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid vs. NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports

Start Time: July 31, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Head to head record: Team Solo Mid 1:0 NRG Esports

NRG Esports haven’t been able to have much impact recently and their position on the ladder is pretty much set, they’ll need to take this series as it’s their last hope to overtake Phoenix1 who are sitting a single win ahead of them. Team Solo Mid are in a similar position, they’ve got a tied score with Immortals and will need to battle it out to take this series so they don’t fall behind. If they can take this series then they’ll be the #1 NA team once again.

Team Solo Mid are very clearly at an advantage here, they’ve only lost a single series and that seemed to be because of their over confidence. If they’re staying level headed then they should be able to utilize their advantage over NRG, with their head to head record along with their standing on the ladder, to bully them around.

Team Solo Mid have often picked for comfort and strength so there are a few repeated picks. I think these champions will continue to show up for this final day, this means we’ll be seeing more Hecarim and Nidalee in the jungle; this is likely to be assisting a Shen or Gnar in the top lane, both of which can significantly impact team fights and skirmishes. The middle lane of TSM has favoured Zilean recently, which is a fantastic pick for team oriented utility, similar to Karma. This will be used to propel ahead their marksman which is likely to be a Sivir or Ashe, pairing this with a Braum or Bard could give them an extremely difficult to catch composition. They’ve got a lot of tools to engage, disengage and work around their opponents. Because of this they’re going to want to set up aggressive lines of vision across the majority of the map, this will let them find skirmishes in the earlier stages of the game and try to work out a small advantage. If they can’t find one they can always rely on their engagement tools around the middle stages of the game to find advantageous fights or even push their opponents back and begin sieging. Because of how much their composition relies on macro management they should thrive with late game team fights, especially when close to taking objectives. They’ll be able to force their opponents into split second decision making and TSM will be significantly better prepared for any conflicts, this will give them an easy way to gain access to a lead; this lead can then translate into more sieging along with easier objectives. Once they’ve found their lead I think TSM will be able to methodically push for victory and work their way into a lead in the series.

NRG Esports will need to fall back onto their comfortable champions, they could pull out a few unexpected picks or even pick away from TSM seeing as they’re close to the end of the split and don’t have much to lose but I think they’ll find more success with the first option. They’re going to want to pick up a tank in the top lane such as Maokai or Gnar, I’d like to see them take away Shen as an option for TSM though. This is likely to be assisted by an Olaf or Reksai in the jungle but once again, they have the ability to take away a champion from TSM so taking away Hecarim could give them a small advantage. The middle lane of NRG has pick of Xeratch fairly regularly recently and I’d like to see them utilize it more often, if they can’t pick it up or aren’t confident with it in their desired composition then Viktor or Vladimir could always work nicely. The duo lane for NRG Esports has picked up Karma extremely often as a support and it’s got a significant amount of utility to help champions lacking in mobility, because of this their bottom lane can thrive with a champion pick such as Jhin. This will give them an extremely potent bottom lane which can dominate skirmishes on the bottom side of the map. They’re going to want to get some defensive vision around the top side of the map and play fairly reserved with their top laner. This will open up room for them to play more aggressively on the bottom side of the map and utilize their potent duo lane; this could quickly open up opportunities for them to take a few turrets or take an early dragon. Utilizing the buff from the dragon could be difficult but they should be able to find a few advantageous fights around the middle stages of the game using their variety of utility and their engagement tools, this will propel them ahead quickly and open up room for them to take turrets, objectives and essentially their opponent’s base. This will set them ahead in the series and open up their options to contest it.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. Team Solo Mid have already proven to be a significantly better team than NRG Esports and even if NRG find their advantageous situations I’m not confident in their ability to shot call during the later stages of the game. With TSM also holding the head to head and a much stronger position on the ladder I think they’ll take a fairly convincing win here.

Team Liquid vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 3 – Match #2: Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid vs. Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9

Start Time: July 31, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Head to head record: Team Liquid 1:0 Cloud9

After Team Liquid lost their series against Apex on day 2 of the NA LCS they’re in a worse position coming into this series. If they’d won that series they’d be in a position to contest Cloud9’s place on the ladder. Cloud9 managed to hold onto their position but Team Liquid will be aiming to throw them off, this could let CLG knock them down.

Cloud9 look to be in an advantageous, they may not hold the head to head but they’ve been performing better more recently and hold a strong position on the ladder. They’ve got a lot to lose here but if Team Liquid aren’t stepping up the Cloud9 shouldn’t feel challenged.

Team Liquid - NA LCS Team LogoTeam Liquid are going to want to draft for confidence, finding a few champion picks that work well together and can be utilized to counter their opponents will be advantageous for them. Team Liquid have had a bit of trouble recently but some of their more common champion picks such as Vladimir in the middle lane will let them have some line of defence if things look bad. They’ve shown extreme comfort on Ashe as their marksman and pairing it with something like Sona or Braum will give them the utility need to peel, disengage and engage. Having so many tolls to pick or avoid fights from a single lane can open up their options drastically when heading into the middle and later stages of the game. The TL jungler has often drafted for tanky bruisers in the jungle, they can have fairly good impact in the earlier stages of the game so seeing a Reksai or Gragas from them wouldn’t be surprising. Their top laner has shown a few different styles with champions to match that, they could draft for team fighting with a Rumble or they could draft for a mix of team fighting and split pushing with a Gnar; either options are suitable but I think a Gnar will give them more to work with in this match-up.  Once they’ve made their way onto the rift I think they should set up an adaptable but slightly defensive line of vision, they’ll be able to quickly change it if they find they’re in a lead or if they’re confident they can pressure their opponents. They’re going to want to try and stay away from skirmishes and conflicts in the earlier stages of the game, their composition is more likely to thrive in the middle and later stages of the game. They shouldn’t run into much trouble at all when looking for advantageous fights; they’re able to draft for a significant amount of engagement tools which will help them find the fights they’ll need to take objectives. After finding fights around the middle stages of the game they’re going to want to prioritize drakes if they’re favourable spawns, this will let them siege with efficiently in the later stages of the game; giving them a much easier time breaking through the base of their opponent and working their way into a victory.

Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoLCloud9 have had a few regular picks of their own but I also expect to see a few of their niche picks make an appearance. This means we could be seeing more Velkoz in the middle lane, I would however like to see them utilize Zilean more. Their jungler has often swapped between Gragas and Reksai so seeing them during this series wouldn’t be surprising at all, with how much experience their jungler has on those champions they should be able to create a mass of pressure in the earlier stages of the game to get a lead for their top lane. Their top laner is likely to draft into a tanky bruiser, I’d like to see them pick up an Irelia or Trundle but Gnar has been an extremely comfortable champion for many top laners recently and it’s also a contested pick, which means we’re also likely to see it show up. The Cloud9 duo lane is where a lot of their late game impact will come from, I would love to see them bring out more Jhin as they’ve often had the best performances on that champion, if they’re not confident with it in their composition then falling back onto a Sivir or Ashe is always a fairly safe option; pairing any of these with a Bard or Thresh will give them the necessary tools to pick or avoid fights along with creating areas on the map that will be advantageous for Cloud9. After loading into the game they’re going to want to set up an aggressive line of vision on the bottom and top sides of the map, this can work both offensively and defensively. They will want to get a few defensive wards around their middle lane as it’s often been a focus point for their opponents. To gain a lead in the series they’re going to want to impact the map as much as possible during the earlier stages of the game, gain a tempo advantage for their bottom lane who can then rotate around the map to siege structures. They should be able to find a few advantageous fights once the middle stages of the game rolls around and this will lead them to objectives such as Dragon or even Baron if the timing calls for it. This will quickly put them in a controlling position over the game and get them ahead during the series.

Prediction: Cloud9 Victory. There’s quite a lot on the line here, I think Cloud9 will come out on top of the series because they’ve been performing better than TL recently. They may not hold the head to head record but plenty has changed in the recent weeks and Cloud9 have proven to be the stronger of the 2 teams; this is evident when looking at the ladder. Because of the small advantages they hold over TL I think they’ll come out on top after a close series.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. Apex Gaming NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 3 – Match #3: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming

Start Time: July 31, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Head to head record: Counter Logic Gaming 0:1 Apex Gaming

These teams haven’t faced off since the 1st week of the split, there have been significant changes to the teams since then and there have also been many changes to positioning on the ladder. Counter Logic Gaming looked a bit weaker during the beginning of the split but managed to repair their issues and now sit close to the top, Apex have been pushing their potential but are still in a less comfortable position than they’d like to be in.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. They’ll be looking to take a revenge win to equalise the head to head record, they’ve been holding a stronger position on the ladder for a while now and have made significant improvements since their last encounter. Because of this I think they’ll come out on top of the series but it certainly won’t be easy.

Team Envy vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 3 – Match #4: Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox

Start Time: July 31, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Head to head record: Team Envy 1:0 Echo Fox

Echo Fox are already in a bad enough position but now they’re facing off against Team Envy. Team Envy are contending a position on the ladder against Apex and they’ll need to come out on top of this series to claw their way ahead; this is only if Apex run into trouble earlier in the day. Echo Fox are all the way at the bottom of the ladder and don’t have a way back up it but maybe they’ll earn a few strikes on their way out.

Prediction: Team Envy Victory. Team Envy have proven to be the stronger team for the entirety of the split, Echo Fox run into trouble against every opponent they face. Team Envy also holds the head to head and have proven time and time again that they’re the more reliable team. Because of this I think they’ll come out on top in a confident victory.

NA LCS Summer Split Week 9 – Day 2:

The NA LCS kicked off with some phenomenal matches, having 2 titans go head to head was truly a sight to behold. Now we’ll be continuing the excitement in day 2 as teams remain scrambling to improve their scores in a final stretch. For day 2 we’ll be taking a deeper look into Counter Logic Gaming vs. NRG Esports along with Phoenix1 vs. Immortals. I chose these games because CLG are still in a strong position to make changes to the ladder and what better team could there be to take down Immortals? The phoenix could continue rising.

Counter Logic Gaming vs. NRG Esports NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #1: CLG NA LCS Team Logo LoL Counter Logic Gaming vs. NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo NRG Esports

Start Time: July 30, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Head to head record: Counter Logic Gaming 1:0 NRG Esports

NRG have certainly hit hard times recently, unable to take away single games during a series and losing in spectacular fashion. When against Counter Logic Gaming they’re going to need to play the map and work to their advantages. Counter Logic Gaming contrast NRG, they’ve happily taken series victories fairly dominantly and continue to push up the ladder.

Counter Logic Gaming look to be in a fairly advantageous position heading into this series, they’ve got a stronger track record across the split and have proven to be more consistent. They’ve also had better success recently and I expect that to show during this series.

Counter Logic Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoLCounter Logic Gaming should take hold of a strong bruiser in the top lane, they can easily adapt to strong team fighting if they’re not finding much success when split pushing. To do this they’re going to want to take hold of a Gnar, Irelia or Trundle in the top lane. Pairing these with a Gragas could give them phenomenal skirmishing potential in the earlier and middle stages of the game. The middle lane of CLG has picked Cassiopeia often but I’d like to see more Malzahar from them as their previous use of him was fairly dominating. The duo lane of CLG has regularly picked up Ashe and I expect them to pair it with a Karma, possibly picking up Sivir throughout the series. Once they’ve made their way onto the rift they’re going to want to set up an aggressive line of vision on the top side of the map, they’re going to want to aim to get their top laner ahead so they can pressure heavily in the middle stages of the game. As for the remainder of their vision it would be advantageous for them to have a few aggressive wards close to their middle lane that push close to their opponent’s jungle and have some defensive vision on the bottom side of the map. During the earlier stages of the game they should look to take a few skirmishes, using their middle and top laners to create or take over these skirmishes will net them a gold lead significant enough to impact the middle stages of the game. When the middle stages of the game roll around they’ll want to wave clear significantly whilst letting their top laner pressure a side of the map, when the time arouses they should be able to find advantageous engagements to take down their opponents and make their way clearly to objectives. Continuing this pattern should set them far enough ahead to take control of the game and start dictating its pace. This will give them ease of access to their opponent’s base and give them a lead in the series.

NRG Esports NA LCS Team Logo LoLNRG Esports may be having a hard time recently but they’ll need to pull themselves together, take hold of a few comfortable champions and try and skirmish their way into a lead. For this they’re going to want to take hold of a strong top laner such as Gnar, who has the ability to bully if he gets ahead. This will be assisted by a Reksai or Graves in the jungle, both of which can pressure the early stages of the game and try to set them ahead. The middle lane of NRG is going to want something that can create impact and give them advantages in team fights, this can come from both a Malzahar and a Viktor in a big way so seeing them in the hands of NRG would be phenomenal. NRG’s bottom lane is likes to swap between 2 styles of lanes; they’ve regularly combined either Lucian with Braum or Jhin with Karma. I expect both of these lanes to show up during the series as both can be played in different styles and adapt fairly well. When ready and loaded into the game they should look to build some defensive and adaptable vision on the bottom side of the map and close to their middle lane, holding some aggressive wards on the top side of the map to anticipate their opponent’s aggressive movements. They’re going to want to look for early skirmishes; they should aim to get ahead during the earlier stages of the game to give them a position over the game in which they can dictate the pace of it. Once they’ve found a few key skirmishes in the earlier stages of the game they’re going to want to force fights around the middle lane when they’re confident, this will give them access to easier sieging and quick objectives. This is how they can gain a lead over Counter Logic Gaming and get their foot in the door for the series.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. I think Counter Logic Gaming is in an overly advantageous position and this will be their series to throw. They’ve got a significantly better match history; have had stronger performances recently and hold a much better track record throughout the split. Because of these few reasons, not including many others, I think CLG will take a convincingly victory.

Cloud9 vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #2: Cloud9 NA LCS Team Logo LoL Cloud9 vs. Echo Fox NA LCS Team Logo LoL Echo Fox

Start Time: July 30, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Head to head record: Cloud9 1:0 Echo Fox

These 2 teams haven’t clashed since the 1st week of the split. It’s been such a significant amount of time and so many things have changed, Cloud9 have clawed their way into a highly contest position on the ladder so this series holds extreme importance for them but Echo Fox will be looking to make a statement on their way out. Echo Fox is at the bottom of the ladder and in an extremely volatile position but they can still go down whilst packing a few punches.

Prediction: Cloud9 Victory. Cloud9 are a significantly more stable team, they’ve had stronger performances throughout the split and are so far ahead on the ladder that I don’t expect there to be much competition during this series. I’ll be looking for Cloud9 to take this series fairly dominantly.

Apex Gaming vs. Team Liquid NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #3: Apex Gaming NA LCS Team Logo LoL Apex Gaming vs. Team Liquid NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team Liquid

Start Time: July 30, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CEST

Head to head record: Apex 0:1 Team Liquid

Both Apex and Team Liquid have been performing fairly well recently, Apex have claimed that they’d like to push past their potential and climb higher but we’re in the final week. They’ve still got quite a stand to make for that final impact but Team Liquid stands in their way. Team Liquid is sitting in a contested position on the ladder so this series is extremely important for them.

Prediction: Team Liquid Victory. With a lot on the line I think Team Liquid is going to be extremely prepared for every encounter they will face during this week. Along with their stronger performing lanes and better use of macro management I think they’ll come out on top after a few difficult moments.

Phoenix1 vs. Immortals NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #4: Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1 vs. Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals

Start Time: July 30, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST

Head to head record: Phoenix1 0:1 Immortals

Immortals fell to TSM on day 1 after an excruciating loss but this is their chance to tie up the scores once more. Phoenix1 have proven to be a possibly volatile team that can pull off unexpected things but will it be enough to take down Immortals? We’ll have to wait and see what they pull out but I’m confident we’ll see some clear cut games.

Immortals are in a very clear advantageous position, they’ve held onto extreme consistency throughout the split which puts them ahead of Phoenix1 in significant ways; along with their standing position on the ladder and their overall performances.

Phoenix1 are going to need to draft into their strengths. They’re no longer the bottom standing team and should be able to pack a few punches during the series so I’d like to see a few champions that can thrive during skirmishes in the earlier stages of the game. This could come in the form of a top lane Gangplank and a middle lane Azir; these are likely to be assisted by a Reksai or Olaf in the jungle which will be able to push our formidable amounts of pressure in the earlier stages of the game. The duo lane of Phoenix1 has often picked Braum, which can have a fairly dominant laning phase, and paired it with a multitude of marksmen however I’d like to see them utilize more Sivir. When ready and on the rift they should look to find early skirmishes, they’re going to want to set up some aggressive vision on the top side of the map along with a few pieces scattered around the middle lane. They’re going to want to apply pressure on the bottom side of the map a few times during the earlier stages of the game; this will open up skirmishing opportunities for them along with giving them a few openings to take objectives on the bottom side of the map. This will give them a tempo lead which can be easily capitalised on if they begin rotating around the map, these rotations will open up opportunities for them to skirmish more regularly or pick off opponents; eventually taking turrets around the map and creating a lead for themselves. With this lead they’ll be able to extend their aggressive line of vision and systematically take down their opponent’s base, setting them up to contest the series.

Immortals ran into a difficult time during their day 1 series against Team Solo Mid but they certainly showed promise. They’re in a great position on the ladder and will look to solidify their chances with this series. They’ll be picking up their confident and comfortable champions so we’re likely to see more Rumble and Gangplank in the top lane along with some Malzahar and Vladimir in the middle lane. These are likely to be assisted by a Reksai or Gragas in the jungle, they can use these junglers to get lane advantages along with trying to create opportunities for the team to fight. Immortal’s bottom lane is often where a lot of utility is drafter so we’re likely to see a Soraka or Sona make an appearance as their support and it could be aiding a Jhin or Ashe; this will give them many different engagement tools. Once they’ve locked in and made all of their preparations they’re going to want to get ahead of their opponents and assert some dominance, this will come easier with an aggressive line of vision. Placing a vast amount of wards into their opponent’s jungle will give them information which they can use to rotate around their opponents or find advantageous skirmishes. They’re going to want to spend some time in the earlier stages of the game assisting the solo laners, this will be done by their jungle who I think should spend some time rotating around the top side of the map and waiting for opportunities whilst pressuring the top lane and opposing jungler. Immortals should be able to make their way out of the earlier stages of the game unscathed and they’ll begin to thrive as the fights begin. Immortals are a dominating team when it comes to team fighting as their positioning is often phenomenal, I don’t think Phoenix1 will be in a position to contest a 5v5 fight so if Immortals can continue engagements they’ll be able to make their way into a strong position to begin pressuring objectives. This is how they’ll gain their leads and make their way through the series.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. Immortals are in such a highly admired position, there’s no reason they should fall during this series. They may have had a hard time against TSM on day 1 but with their standing on the ladder and their dominating performances throughout the split I expect them to take a dominating 2:0 victory over a team close to the bottom of the ladder.

NA LCS Summer Split Week 9 – Day 1:

The NA LCS will be exploding with excitement as we begin their week with an extremely anticipated face off. Immortals will be facing off against Team Solo Mid in what could be considered the most important series of the entire split for the participating teams. This will be followed by Phoenix1 vs. Team Envy which I’m sure will bring some extra excitement. Make sure you catch the games as they kick off from Friday, July 29th!

Immortals vs. Team SoloMid NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 1 – Match #1: Team Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoL Immortals vs. TSM NA LCS Team Logo LoL Team SoloMid

Start Time: July 29, 03:00 PM PDT/ 06:00 PM EDT/ 00:00 CEST next day

Head to head record: Immortals 0:1 Team Solo Mid

Team Solo Mid managed to claw their way to the top of the ladder for quite a while, being known as the undefeated team in the NA LCS. This all came to a close when TSM lost their 1st series in a very dramatic series, now Immortals have their chance to climb to the top of the ladder and claim their place; if only it were as simple as it sounds.

I think Immortals are at a slight advantage here, Team Solo Mid has looked surprisingly roughed up and I’m confident that Immortals know exactly how to get ahead in the series. Immortals have had a good few weeks and I think they’re going to be even more of a challenge now than they were previously.

Immortals NA LCS Team Logo LoLImmortals are going to want to draft into one of their many comfortable compositions, they’ve shown an overwhelming comfort on Rumble in the top lane and pairing it with an aggressive early game jungler such as Gragas or even Nidalee. Their middle lane will be something with area control, aoe and wave clear which could come in the appearance of a Vladimir or Taliah. The bottom lane of Immortals has recently been utilizing Sona in the bottom lane, as it’s currently and exceptional pick and pairing it with an Ashe or Jhin could yield them phenomenal results. Once they’ve loaded into the rift they’re going to want to set up an easily adaptable line of vision across the river, this will give them an acceptable amount of vision to avoid unwanted early aggression. It will also be easily adaptable so they can counter or quickly react to their opponents to get a vision advantage. Using this vision advantage they’ll be able to pick off opponents or set up for objectives at an earlier stage, this will give them an upper hand when choosing their team fights around the middle and later stages of the game which is how I think Immortals will capitalise on any gained lead and take control of the game, giving them a step forward through the series.

Team SoloMid NA LCS Logo LoLTeam SoloMid have had a more difficult time than usual recently and I think it was simply down to some poor play. Their champions and compositions are strong and are able to thrive but they were unable to capitalise during any point of their previous games and they’re going to need to find opportunities here if they want to come out on top. I’ll be looking for a significant amount of utility in the bottom lane with champion picks such as Braum and Sivir, Karma is also a possible champion as is Sona for viable support champions. They’ll want a team fighting specific champion for the middle lane so a Malzahar or Karma could assist them in taking control of the middle stages of the game. TSM has had regular appearances in their jungle in the form of a Nidalee or Gragas, both of these can assist then solo lanes in the earlier stages of a game so a bruiser such as Irelia or Gnar in the top lane could give them a significant amount of late game impact. Once they’ve loaded into the rift, and are set up with an adaptable but slightly defensive line of vision around their middle and top lane, they’re going to want to give their middle laner a significant amount of room to play, in their previous series’ they’ve had lower impact games when everything unfolds around the middle lane so they’re going to want to make that situation suit them. After things have unfolded around the middle lane they’re going to want to get their bottom lane in a comfortable situation in which they can rotate with some freedom and begin creating fights or skirmishes around the middle stages of the game. Doing these things can set them up to be in an advantageous position in the later stages of the game but they’ll need to develop extensive lines of vision throughout their opponents jungle, this will let them quickly crush objectives and begin sieging to take a lead in the series.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. It’s their time to shine. Immortals lost in the earlier weeks of the split but they’ve buckled down and take a top position. I think they’ve been the more reliable and confident team in the more recent weeks and I’m confident they’ll be able to come out on top this week.

Phoenix1 vs. Team Envy NA LCS Summer Split Week 9

Week 9 | Day 1 – Match #2: Phoenix1 NA LCS Team Logo Phoenix1 vs. Team Envy NA LCS Logo Team EnVy

Start Time: July 29, 06:00 PM PDT/ 09:00 PM EDT/ 03:00 CEST next day

Head to head record: Team Envy 1:0 Phoenix1

Phoenix1 have looked like a fairly difficult team to overcome, they’ve been taking a few hits this split but now things have come to a close they’ve been bringing their A game and showing some of their true potential. This potential will be put to the test as a rough Team Envy will look to come out on top of the head to head with a significant lead.

Team Envy look to be in an advantageous position but I would take it with a grain of salt; they’ve looked more rough than usual recently and haven’t managed to pull of any decent performances lately. This is contrasted by Phoenix1 who were able to take down Team Solo Mid.

Team EnVy NA LCS Team Logo LoLTeam Envy will want to pick for comfort, it’s still likely that they can pull ahead in the earlier stages of the game and this will give them easy access to a quicker finish or a more dominating game; this can only happen if they utilize their opportunities properly. To do this they’ll want to take hold of a jungler that can kick out a lot of pressure in the earlier and middle stages of the game such as a Gragas or Elise; this will likely assist a tank or bruiser in the top lane, avoiding the Lulu, which could be covered by a Gnar or Maokai. The middle lane of Team Envy should draft for wave clear and team fighting, as many teams often do with their middle laners, so a champion such as Anivia or Malzahar could create a lot of opportunities for them or keep them relatively safe. Their duo lane has tried and failed a few things recently so I think they should make a few changes. Picking up a Sivir as their marksman could give them a phenomenal utility in the middle and later stages of the game, even more so if they paired it with a Sona or Karma. Once they’ve built their composition and are ready to contest the series they’re going to want to go ahead and build an aggressive line of vision in the earlier stages of the game. Team Envy should be able to build a small but noticeable lead during the earlier stages of the game if they use aggressive vision to pick off their opponents or start impactful skirmishes. During the middle stages of the game they’re going to want to get control of the areas around the dragon and baron objectives whilst pressuring the middle lane with sieging; this will either turn into fights in which Team Envy could come out on top of or it will create opportunities for Team Envy to fall back and take objectives. Doing this will set them ahead of their opponents and give them an upper hand which will be used to take the game, setting them ahead during the series.

Phoenix1 NA LCS Team LogoPhoenix1 have done what no team before them could do, they managed to take down Team Solo Mid. They did so after pressuring one portion of the map and continuously capitalising on it; doing something similar against Team Envy could open up the exact opportunities they need to take more wins but it’ll be challenging. Phoenix1 should look to build a composition similar to what they used when taking down TSM; this means we’ll be looking at more Reksai or Rengar in the jungle which will be assisting a Malzahar in the middle lane and an impactful top laner such as Rumble. The duo lane of Phoenix1 has made great use of the Sivir and Braum combination and I’d like to see them utilize it more as it opens up opportunities for them or is able to give them freedom from unwanted fights. Phoenix1 are going to want to build a fairly defensive line of vision across the majority of the map, having a few aggressive pieces around the middle. Phoenix1 should be able to utilize this style of vision to create multiple advantageous skirmishes across the map; this will give them small advantages which they can then use to create a tempo advantage. This will let them begin setting the pace of the game, in doing so they could potentially create uncontested objectives or easily sieged structures. This could be a fairly reliable way for them to claw their way to victory but they’ll need to shake things up to come out on top of the series.

Prediction: Team Envy Victory. As much as I love the fact that Phoenix1 took down TSM and have looked stronger recently I don’t believe they’ve improved their consistency enough to take down middle and top placed teams on a regular basis; this is also influenced by performances in which Team Envy looked strong recently and throughout the split. I’m confident they’ll come out on top fairly convincingly.

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