Week 2 – LCS NA Spring Split 2016

We’re starting to get an idea of who the strongest team in each region is and after this week it’ll start to set in stone. North America has 2 undefeated teams that are looking significantly stronger than their opponents so far! Of the 2 matches I made predictions for last week I got one right and Cloud9 disrupted me with a phenomenal and dominating victory with Hai starting as support, that’s changed for week 2 as they’re going back to their starter support BunnyFuFu! Many changes have been made to rosters for this week, Team Liquid’s jungler IWillDominate has retired so TL Dardoch will be taking his place and due to existing synergy between him and TL Matt TL Smoothie will be sitting this week out. TiP has changed the majority of their roster for this week with Gate in the mid lane, beibei in the jungle and Ken in support. Dignitas also opted to make a change and have Billyboss covering the top lane!

For this week I’ll be covering all 5 matches on each day with a larger focus on the more popular matches of each day; recapping the remaining 3 matches. For this week I’ll set my focus on TSM vs. Immortals and NRG vs. Echo Fox seeing as both Immortals and NRG are yet to be defeated and they’re going against teams that are popular with the fans. Update: NRG vs. Echo Fox got canceled because Echo Fox failed to submit an eligible roster for their first match of week 2!

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Schedule and Results – 2016 LCS NA Spring Split Week 2

LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 2 | Day 1

Match #1: Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9    1  0  
(January 23, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)

Match #2: TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals    0  1   
(January 23, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)

Match #3: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming    0  1   
(January 23, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)

Match #4: Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas vs. Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades    1  0  
(January 23, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)

Canceled* Match #5: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox    1  0    
(January 23, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)

*Ruling by Riot Games: Echo Fox has failed to submit an eligible roster for the match against NRG and will forfeit that game

LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 2 | Day 2

Match #1: TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas    1  0  
(January 24, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)

Match #2: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals    0  1   
(January 24, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)

Match #3: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9    0  1   
(January 24, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)

Match #4: Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox vs. Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid    0  1   
(January 24, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)

Match #5: Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse    0  1   
(January 24, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)

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Substitutes and Roster Changes

According to Riot Games the following players will start this week (make sure to adapt your fantasy rosters!):

Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo smallTop Lane: Seraph (Day 1) / Gate (Day 2),
Mid Lane:
Gate (Day 1) / Pirean (Day 2),
Jungle: beibei (Day 1) / Procxin (Day 2),
ADC: Mash, (both days)
Support: Ken (both days)

Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo smallJungle: Dardoch,
Support: Matt

Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo smallSupport: BunnyFuFuu

Logo of LCS NA Team DignitasTop Lane: Billyboss

Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo smallADC: LOD

Echo Fox - LCS NA Team LogoRoster for Day 2
Top Lane: 
Solo,
Mid Lane:
 Goldenglue,
Jungle: Grigne,
ADC: Keith,
Support: BIG,

>> Teams and Players: NA LCS Spring Split 2016

As we enter week 2 of the Na LCS we’re finally getting an idea of the strongest teams. On the schedule is the second set of matches for Season 6 where teams will finally meet some of their final opponents, for the first time! (90 matches in total are played in the Spring Split). Every team plays twice – one match on each day. The second Week of the North American Spring split kicks off on Saturday, January 23rd with the first 5 matches while the other 5 matches are played on Sunday, January 24th. The live stream broadcast is starting at 12:00 PST | 21:00 CET 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 and bookmaker overview.

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Preview and Predictions:

Week 2 | Day 1 – Match #1: Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9

Start Time: January 23, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET

Both teams had a fairly rough time in the first week but Team Impulse barely made an impact at all, this week they’re changing up 3 of their team members and Cloud 9 are looking to change their support back to BunnyFuFu who appeared in Week 1 Day 1. Cloud 9 is currently sitting at 1-1 and Team Impulse is at the bottom with a 0-2 score.

I think Cloud 9 is at an advantage here, they’ve shown that their ability to perform is still there whereas TiP have had trouble making any form of impact. Cloud 9 have had a bit of trouble with shot-calling which is why they looked significantly stronger with Hai in the support role but this week I expect them to have really improved.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. Team Impulse is in an extremely tough position and they’re changing 3 of their members that may not have much practice together! If they can’t snag a win here they’ll be at the bottom of the ladder for a while. I expect Cloud 9 to opt for a few early rotations and snowball the game from early advantages.

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

Start Time: January 23, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET

Team Solo Mid managed to take a victory against Team Liquid but they’ve still not managed to convince us that they’re a top team, yet. They’ve got a few obvious improvements to make and going against Immortals will be tough but they could come out on top if they’ve refined their strategy enough. Immortals are currently undefeated and have phenomenal matches where they dominated both of their opponents but their opponents seem to have been a bit behind the curve. Can Immortals stay undefeated?

Team Immortals - NA LCS team LogoImmortals: Sitting at the top with NRG, Immortals have paved their way to greatness but they need to stay ahead of their opponents and this week they could have a much harder time. Starting off against Team Solo mid, they’re going to need to gain and press an early advantage to keep TSM behind. They’ve shown that they can play amazingly with a lead but how well do they fair while at a disadvantage?

Logo of LCS Season 6 Spring Split Team TSMTeam Solo Mid: Going against an undefeated team could be worrying for them, they’re sitting on a 1-1 score which isn’t too bad but TSM are a well-known organisation and have consistently been at the top of the ladder, contesting the top positions or taking them. They’re going to need to improve their communication and positioning to not fall like Immortals other opponents.

Immortals are coming into this game with an advantage, sitting on a 2-0 score is no easy feat regardless of their opponents, they’ve had an entire week to prepare for this match and understand the weakest points of Team Solo Mid, which happens to be their top lane and macro management. When TSM fall behind they have an extremely difficult time coming back but it’s not impossible and they’ve shown that! TSM are going to want to really force Immortals back in the early game, apply as much pressure as possible. It could be advantageous for them to take the lane swap and trade early turrets to open up the map but if Immortals manage to pick up a few early kills it could spell disaster for TSM.

Immortals are going to want to force pressure into the top lane, when the top laner of TSM gets behind the team struggles to keep up and stay relevant. If they manage to force TSM into a lane swap they could pull off a 3-4 man dive in the top lane and set TSM on the road to defeat.

Team Solo Mid are going to need to get early vision, avoid falling behind so quickly and try to pick some champions that would benefit them earlier in the game without falling off too hard, Bjergsen on Syndra could be strong as she’s currently seeing a lot of play on the Solo-queue ladder and getting Svenskeren on an early game jungler like Elise or Lee Sin would be extremely beneficial to them.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. The Immortals have shown that they can force strong opponents into weak positions, out draft their opponents in champion select and always seem to have a game plan. I expect them to not be able to apply as much pressure in the early game as they did against their previous opponents but they’ll win through maco management and rotations, giving them enough advantage to push against TSM.

Week 2 | Day 1 – Match #3: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming

Start Time: January 23, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET

Team Liquid are in a tough position, changing out 2 members and not having a significant time to practice can be troublesome for them but they’re bringing in a new shot-caller and a reliable jungler to try and close out any gaps left after IWillDominate’s retirement. Counter Logic Gaming are sitting on a 1-1 score with a pretty rough loss weighing down their morale. They took a strong victory against TSM on Week 1 Day 1 but it didn’t come easy, in my opinion they only managed to take that game through miss-positioning from Svenskeren on TSM that really threw the game into favour of CLG.

CLG are at an advantage, communication is in their favour and they know they’re good enough to take down a few of the stronger teams if things go right for them! Team Liquid however have had a rough time against any opponent, hopefully the roster changes made work for them and bring us an exciting game but they’re really going to need to try and abuse any miss-plays from TSM as quickly as they can to gain an advantage.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. Team Liquid was having a hard enough time and now they’ve change a few of their team members their macro-management and shot-calling is being brought into question, how well can they play with just days of experience playing together? CLG are at a very clear advantage and if they manage to abuse this new weakness of TL I don’t see why they couldn’t finish the game before 30mins.

Week 2 | Day 1 – Match #4: Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas vs. Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades

Start Time: January 23, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET

Dig had a fantastic game last week and really shocked a lot of viewers because they played so well, a lot of people including myself were expecting CLG to take the victory but they took a hard hit and fell to Dignitas at 31mins. Renegades put up a good fight against NRG but eventually fell, losing their second game of week 1 but it’s not all bad! NRG look extremely strong and Renegades still have a victory under their belt after they took down Team Liquid on Day 1 Week 1 of the NA LCS 2016.

Team Dignitas are going to want comfortable picks, escape mechanisms and plenty of gold spent on vision. Renegades have no fear of fighting and will often use their entire collection of cool downs just to find a single kill. If Dignitas fall behind early we could be looking at a quick loss as Renegades have no fear and will tower dive their way to victory but Dignitas are extremely familiar with playing from behind and could make a phenomenal comeback! Dig are going to want to try and get the bottom lane of Renegades behind early, their duo lane synergy is strong and is often used as an engagement tool. If they can disrupt the engagements of Renegades they could build a composition to poke and siege, giving them a good advantage. Ezreal and Lux could be strong picks here.

Prediction: Renegade Victory. I think Renegades have an advantage here, they use a lot of tools to engage and try to stick to their enemies, forcing them into bad fights or dismantle them through global pressure, this’ll take its toll on Dignitas as I think their macro management is lacking.

Predictions LCS NA 2016 – Week 2 | Day 2

After Week 2 Day 1 we’ll finally know who the top team is! North America has 2 undefeated teams that are looking significantly stronger than their opponents, even more so on day 2 this week! Of the 5 matches I made predictions for yesterday I got 3 correct but Team Impulse really showed up with their substitution squad to surprise us all! Many changes have been made to rosters for this week, Team Liquid’s jungler IWillDominate has retired so TL Dardoch will be taking his place and due to existing synergy between him and TL Matt TL Smoothie will be sitting this week out. TiP has changed the majority of their roster for this week with Gate in the mid lane, beibei in the jungle and Ken in support along with Seraph in the top lane, who made phenomenal plays in the 1st day. Dignitas also opted to make a change and have Billyboss covering the top lane!

For this week I’ll be covering all 5 matches on each day with a larger focus on the more popular matches of each day; recapping the remaining 3 matches. For day 2 I’ll be focusing on the matches between NRG vs. Immortals and Counter Logic Gaming vs. Cloud9.

Week 2 | Day 2 – Match #1: TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas

Start Time: January 24, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET

Dignitas managed to take a victory on day 1 against Renegades and although it wasn’t an amazing performance by them they managed to come out on top in the later stages of the game, superior positioning and shot-calling led them to victory. Team Solo Mid have been having a rough time but their loss against Immortals shouldn’t be taken too hard, they performed extremely well in the earlier stages of the game and really kept Immortals in check but they lost the game due to poor shot-calling and macro management which they should aim to improve.

Prediction: One of the more difficult ones to predict, both teams have shown that they are fairly strong but neither of them have performed outstandingly. If TSM can gain the early lead then they should win but if Dignitas can survive they just need to wait for TSM to miss-play in the late game as they have done regularly so far. Dignitas Victory. Their performance against Renegades warrants this, they played extremely well and avoided a mistake they’re known for. It could be rough early but their late game should make up for it.

Week 2 | Day 2 – Match #2: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals

Start Time: January 24, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET

This could possibly end up being one of the most exciting games of the season so make sure you catch it! Both Immortals and NRG are undefeated and one of them is coming out of this with a loss whilst the other is taking 1st place on the ladder so far in the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split. Both teams have had fantastic performances against their opponents so far but NRG took a free victory due to an Echo Fox player error, meaning they could have taken a loss already but they’ve been given time to observe and adapt to how Immortals played on Week 2 Day 1. Who will come out on top?

NRG Gaming - NA LCS team LogoNRG Esports – Without them having actually played a game in week 2 so far it’s more difficult to give them the praise they seemingly deserve. They’ve had great performances and both victories they had in week 1 were taken against teams sitting in the middle of the ladder so it wasn’t exactly easy, but how well can they perform against another top team this season?

Team Immortals - NA LCS team LogoImmortals – Having taken all 3 of their victories by thoroughly defeating their opponents and asserting their dominance the Immortals are about to walk into a challenge as they’re going up against the only other undefeated team in the NA LCS and they’ve not seen them play in week 2 to gain any extra information. It’s going to be tough but can they come out on top as the #1 team?

It’s difficult to come to a conclusion as to who’s at an advantage here; Immortals played an extra game in comparison to NRG this week because they got a pass on their game against Echo Fox. This means that NRG got to observe the Immortals and take the time to come up with strategies to bring to the table when they finally meet however the Immortals gained more valuable experience and the morale from taking yet another victory.

This match is going to go one of 2 ways, either one of these teams really is superior and we’ll be looking at a fairly quick game or the more likely outcome is that we’ll be watching a long game where both teams manage to come advantages in the earlier stages of the game but neither team can use their advantages adequately to pressure the map.

I think Immortals have a slight advantage, the majority of their players in my opinion are more mechanically skilled and they have a more refined form of macro management. If things go bad for them in the earlier stages of the game I expect them to have drafted ways in champions select to open up their options and shine a light on a possible come-back. NRG are going to need to build an early advantage, no matter how slight, because Immortals have a way of getting their carries extremely fed and if NRG can’t contain them then things could go badly extremely quickly. The top lane could certainly be interesting in this game, Impact for NRG is a phenomenal laner and can often be dominating if left with a lead however Huni is quite the play-maker and isn’t afraid of going aggressive. If Huni makes even the slightest mistake in lane then it could spell trouble for Immortals as Impact for NRG knows how to translate a lead into a team advantage.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. A difficult choice but I think that they have the better of the two rosters playing, NRG could get ahead early but Immortals know how to play a slow game and to fix their in-game issues to close the gold gap and even take a lead, if they manage to take a lead early I could see them holding it and finishing the game by 35mins.

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

Start Time: January 24, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET

Cloud 9 took another rough loss this week, losing to a team made entirely of substitute players that have little experience playing together. They really need to make a few improvements to make an impact this split so they’ll be looking to Hai, as a team co-ordinator, to help them improve. Going against Counter Logic Gaming who has a victory lead in comparison to them will be difficult as they’ve shown stronger performances and more refined strategies. Can Cloud 9 bring things back like they did in 2015 or will they struggle?

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Cloud9Cloud 9 – Not only are they taking knocks on stages as they’re losing games they’re starting to take a few hits from the fans as their performances have been lacklustre in comparison to the games in which they played to make it to the World Championship 2015. They’re going to need to improve their macro-management when Hai isn’t playing as support and they’re going to want to avoid unnecessary fighting because it often leads to negative things for them.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team CLGCounter Logic Gaming – A few good performances have CLG sitting on a 2-1 score but things are going to get more challenging for them as they’ve got plenty of matches where they will go against teams that are sitting at the top of the ladder. CLG are going to want to avoid any risks in the later stages of the game, they can often make it through the earlier stages equally or with a lead but can risk their lead and possibly throw it away with unnecessary map movements.

Hai will be playing support on Week 2 Day 2 which will make things more difficult for CLG but I think that CLG are coming into this match with an advantage as they have shown stronger and more consistent performances although they’ve been far from perfect. Aphromoo is going to want to avoid dying randomly while trying to ward and Xmithie is going to want to try to match Rush, the Cloud 9 jungler, in terms of aggression and early game map movements. With Hai in the support role for this game the Cloud 9 team are definitely going to be more confident and will be making better map movements with overall improved macro management. Hai brings a lot to the table when he plays for his team and he’s proven that time and time again.

Cloud 9 are going to want to draft a team for strong team fighting and objective control as both of these teams often find themselves in skirmishes around objectives. I expect this game to draw out quite long unless the introduction of Hai gives C9 such an advantage that they take the early rotations through lane swapping and gain an early advantage that snowballs extremely quickly.

Counter logic Gaming are going to need to take their time with their decisions, Cloud 9 with Hai can be tricky to deal with but if they plan ahead they should be able to follow up on any of Cloud 9’s decisions. Setting them behind in the earlier stages of the game with aggressive map movements would set them up for victory as Cloud 9 at a deficit often have trouble making their way back.

Prediction: CLG Victory. I’d love to say Cloud 9 would take the game because Hai makes the most phenomenal improvements to the team when he plays but CLG are familiar with them, their play style and the way that they handle the macro management so I can see them figuring out a way around it. CLG could have trouble early as the C9 jungler can be extremely aggressive but I think CLG can pull out a victory in the later stages of the game.

Week 2 | Day 2 – Match #4: Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox vs. Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid

Start Time: January 24, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET

Echo Fox missed out on their previous game due to issues with their players, giving a free victory to NRG, so we’ve not been able to witness any changes or improvements they would have made over the past week. However we can expect them to be ready, unless they’re still having player issues, for anything that TL can throw at them. Team Liquid have had to make a few sudden roster changes with the retirement of IWillDominate and although they looked quite strong in their game against CLG on Week 2 Day 1 they made a fatal mistake that cost them the game entirely and the snowballing of CLG was just too strong. If they can avoid a mistake like that again they could certainly take this game.

Prediction: Team Liquid Victory. With sudden changes being made to the Echo Fox team they’re at more of a disadvantage and TL is looking stronger with these new players. Their late game improved and their macro management got stronger, now they just need to avoid making those mistakes that cost them games.

Week 2 | Day 2 – Match #5: Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse

Start Time: January 24, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET

Team Impulse has been making changes to their roster regularly recently and it really throws off trying to make these sorts of predictions. Renegades had a good match on Week 2 Day 1 where they got the game to a point where it was either win or lose in a single team fight; however they got caught out and sadly lost the game. If they can avoid these sorts of mistakes and turn the aggression on against Team Impulse they could build a large lead early and run away with the game however Team Impulse are thirsty for another victory and could well make those early aggressive plays themselves. With Gate in the top lane again I’ll be looking for a Lissandra ban or pick and hopefully some great early to mid-game plays that throw the game suddenly in a single teams favour.

Prediction: Renegades Victory. Suddenly changing a roster on multiple occasions often spells trouble, the players going against Renegades have a bad track record so far in the LCS and Renegades have the ability to punish them with their aggressive fighting and skirmish style of play. I think the earlier stages of the game are going to play out better for TiP than a lot of people think but eventually RNG will turn the aggression on and run away with the game.

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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!