Week 3 – LCS NA Spring Split 2016

With exactly half of last week’s predictions going we aim to step up our game as more information can be gathered about each team with every game they play. During Week 3 we’re met with some exciting games such as NRG vs. Team Liquid, after TL had an amazing come-back game against Echo Fox, and the ever growing Team Impulse vs. Team Dignitas, both of which have been having extraordinary performances lately. Who will climb, come-back and surprise? Don’t forget to watch the stream to find out!

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LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 3 | Day 1

Match #1: Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse vs. Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas    1  0  
(January 30, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)

Match #2: Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9 vs. TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid    0  1   
(January 30, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)

Match #3: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports    1  0  
(January 30, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)

Match #4: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox    1  0  
(January 30, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)

Match #5: Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals vs. Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades    1  0  
(January 30, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)

LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 3 | Day 2

Match #1: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse    1  0  
(January 31, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)

Match #2: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid    1  0  
(January 31, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)

Match #3: Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9    0  1   
(January 31, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)

Match #4: Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals    0  1   
(January 31, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)

Match #5: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades    1  0  
(January 31, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)

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Substitutes and Roster Changes

Logo of LCS NA Team DignitasTeam Dignitas: Billyboss is starting Top Laner from NA LCS week 3. SmittyJ moved to Substitute Position and is moving back to Europe due to disciplinary issues. > Source

Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo smallCloud9: Hai will be starting Support this week

Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo smallEcho Fox: Solo is starting Top. Grigne is starting Jungle. Goldenglue is starting Mid Lane.

Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo smallRenegades: Ohq is starting ADC this Saturday. Freeze might return on Sunday. > Source

Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo smallTeam Impulse: According to Riot Fantasy LCS, Gate is starting Top and Ken is starting Support. Tip tweeted that Seraph will be starting this week, so there might be a switch in positions. > Source  Update: Gate is playing Support and Seraph is starting Top for Team Impulse in week 3.

>> Teams and Players: NA LCS Spring Split 2016

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Preview and Predictions:

During week 2 of the NA LCS we sat on a 50% prediction rate but this week, with more team information and analysis we’ll be aiming to improve on it! A few teams have had shifting members and it could be difficult to keep track of as they’re changing from day 1 to day 2 also!

For Week 3 Day 1 we’ll be focusing on Team Impulse vs. Team Dignitas and Cloud 9 vs. Team Solo Mid, both of which are right at the start of the stream so don’t forget to tune into the stream quickly and enjoy the games! All of the remaining games will be quickly concluded with predictions for all matches below.

Week 3 | Day 1 – Match #1: Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse vs. Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas

Start Time: January 30, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET

Both teams are sitting in an equal position on the ladder with a 2:2 score however Team Impulse have been making a fantastic impact and climb recently which leaves us to question, was their original starting roster doing something wrong, as their substitute players are doing amazingly, or was it an internal issue? DIG will need to stop the TiP top laner, Seraph, getting a champion like Lissandra but this game could go either way which is exciting!

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Impulse Team Impulse: The roughest start at the beginning of the season left people assuming that TiP was going to be the NA Giants. However TiP made quick improvements and their roster changes have had a huge impact on their play style and ability to impact that game, hopefully these improvements carry over into week 3 where they have the change to climb to the middle of the ladder!

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team DignitasTeam Dignitas: With some fresh skill in the top lane Dignitas have been able to pressure their opponents more and it seem like they’re making the correct steps in improving to contest the matches they’ve been having. They’ve still got a way to go to get to the top of the ladder but they’re against an equal standing team here and should be able to lay down the pressure.

I think that TiP is coming into this game with an advantage, which could seem odd. Dignitas won a game against Renegades in Week 2 Day 1 but ended up losing their game on day 2 to TSM. If they’d won that second game they’d have proven that they’re at a clear advantage here but with the massive improvements in performance from TiP members and substitutes I think they’re going to give Dignitas a run for their money and make them bite off more than they can chew.

Team Dignitas are going to need to build a strong composition in the drafting phase, TiP have shown that they can shut down siege compositions quite easily with some of their comfortable champion picks so DIG should focus on some team oriented compositions or champions that excel at taking global objectives. Team Impulse are going to want to get their top laner on a strong pick like Lissandra once against and build a composition to counter their opponents. They’re quick to pull the trigger to fight and their explosive actions often pay out for them. Dignitas will need to have deep ward vision for the majority of the game and if it’s lacking the I expect TiP to press advantages quickly, if Team Dignitas manage to hold out past the aggression that Team Impulse will exert in the earlier stages of the game then their composition will come into play and possible net them the game.

Prediction: Team Impulse Victory. They’ve been on the ball lately and have been making very few mistakes, their week 2 performances were phenomenal and I think they can easily give Dignitas a run for their money, not only contesting the game but this is a time for them to show how strong they really can be.

Week 3 | Day 1 – Match #2: Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9 vs. TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid

Start Time: January 30, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET

Cloud 9 will have Hai as their support for this game which means they’ll be performing at their best, taking a look over their team performances and how well they’ve been playing with and without Hai this move definitely helps them step up for this game. Team Solo Mid took a hard loss against Immortals in Week 2 Day 1 but bounced back with a win on day 2. Expect them to show up here, get ready for an exciting game.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Cloud9Cloud 9: With Hai as their starting support against TSM they’re ready to show up and perform. The shot-calling and macro management of Hai gives them great laning confidence which usually shows during the game, they’ve had a few rough days but the team tends to show up in situations like this, with Hai in the support position.

Logo of LCS Season 6 Spring Split Team TSMTeam Solo Mid: A rough loss against Immortals was quickly made mute as they took victory over Dignitas on Week 2 Day 2. Team Solo Mid are working through their issues slowly but their improvements are starting to show up in-game. These small improvements are all this team needs to really start performing and showing just how much potential they have.

I think Cloud 9 are coming into this game with an advantage, their biggest strength right now is their macro management and control of global objectives and with Hai in the support position they’re going to be working more symbiotic as a team. TSM could bring a difficult early game to C9 if Svenskeren turns on the early aggression but unless a large gold lead is accumulated then Cloud9 should be able to climb back as their strength, in rotations and working the map, seems to be Team Solo Mid’s weakest point. TSM can often take a lead only to throw it away with bad position on odd shot-calling in the later stages of the game, if they can build that same lead and make safer decisions to secure objectives then Cloud 9 could be looking at trouble

Cloud 9 are going to need early vision to stop the aggression of the TSM jungler and TSM are going to want to focus on the 3-4 man dive that usually occurs in the top lane when C9 roams.

Lane swaps seem likely here as TSM Doublelift often finds a bad match-up and would rather make a tempo play on the map then wait around in a losing lane. Cloud 9 are a team that adapt quickly so if the decision for the swap is made you can expect them to react quickly and accordingly.

If TSM want to get over the advantage that I think Cloud 9 has then they’re going to want to gain temp through a lane swap, transition into a global objective or into the middle lane and draft mid to late game power picks with an early game jungler. Cloud 9 are going to want to pick up Alistar for the support role and focus on picking wave clear in the middle lane on a champion like Viktor or Ahri unless they’re feeling confident enough to pick an assassin.

This game could extend for quite some time if both teams draft for wave clear but I expect there to be a very clear winner by the end of the game.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. Their ability to adapt throughout the game will let the change their style depending on the composition and drafting of TSM. Doing so will let them make more sophisticated macro decisions which will propel them into a lead which I expect them to slowly grow into a victory.

Week 3 | Day 1 – Match #3: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports

Start Time: January 30, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET

TL are in a tough spot, they’re sitting by the bottom of the ladder with a 1:3 score and they’re really in need of a victory but it’s going to be extremely tough against NRG who’re sitting by the top of the ladder with a 3:1 score. NRG are at an advantage here but if they don’t pressure the earlier stages of the game the carries on TL could take advantage of their comfort picks in the later stages of the game and for NRG back into their base.

Prediction: NRG Esports Victory. They’re at a clear advantage in terms of overall victories this season along with player stats such as KDA and creeps per minute, although some of the stats are similar NRG are definitely ahead here.

Week 3 | Day 1 – Match #4: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox

Start Time: January 30, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET

Counter Logic Gaming are sitting with a higher score than FOX but considering they had to forfeit a game due to player issues means that they could be on an equal skill level to CLG or even better. In terms of player statistics for the games that they managed to play FOX hold a higher average KDA across their team but CLG are significantly better at farming.

Prediction: CLG Victory. If we consider these teams as equal in skill, even though FOX are behind CLG on the ladder, then CLG still hold higher average gold, farm and a few of their players have a significantly better KDA. This isn’t even taking into consideration CLG’s ability to adapt, team fight and chisel away at their opponents.

Week 3 | Day 1 – Match #5: Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals vs. Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades

Start Time: January 30, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET

Renegades have had it rough, they looked strong when they first showed up this season but have struggled since. In comparison to Immortals, who are sitting as the undefeated NA team at the top of the ladder, they’re far behind. Renegades are going to have had to have made massive improvements over the break to stop the solo lanes of Immortals running away with the game.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. They’re undefeated. They’re significantly better in terms of individual player statistics and they’ve been performing on a phenomenal level. It’s been difficult for any team to contest a victory against them yet alone a team at the bottom of the ladder.

Predictions NA LCS Week 3 – Day 2:

Predictions for Week 3 Day 1 of the NA LCS went quite nicely with 3/5 correct which means things are starting to improve as we’re able to access more information on the current teams. For Week 3 Day 2 we’ll be focusing on 2 matches with the remaining 3 being quickly concluded, the 2 matches we’ll be looking into are NRG vs. TSM and Team Dignitas vs. Cloud 9 as these teams are in equal standings as their opponents and are likely to bring us the closest, most exciting games.

Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #1: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse

Start Time: January 31, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET

Sitting closely in the standings both Team Impulse and Team Liquid are looking to climb out of the middle of the pack, to do so they need to prove just how much they’ve improved since the start of the season. Team Impulse has taken an extra victory over Team Liquid but with TL’s most recent performance we’re going to conclude that these teams could bring us an explosive match. Drafting phase will be important, picks and bans could make or break this game.

Prediction: Team Liquid Victory. I think that after their most recent performance they’ve been working out their internal issues that they’ve suffered from since the retirement of IWillDominate. Having a new support and jungler playing for them applied a bit of strain but it’s being worked through and they’re looking more than comfortable. Out of these 2 competing teams I think that TL are the most likely to take victory because of how well they’ve been performing and improving recently.

Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #2: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid

Start Time: January 31, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET

NRG have been on a bit of a tilt, having lost 2 games in a row now after their clean 3:0 streak at the start of the season, their weaker points are starting to be discovered and they’re being punished for their mistakes which could give TSM the opportunity to capitalise on it and take yet another victory to climb the ladder.

NRG Gaming - NA LCS team LogoNRG Esports: A clean 3:0 start to the season was quickly disrupted as they were beaten by Immortals in week 2 and Team Liquid in week 3, could this be the start of their downfall? or can they work their way back up? They’re going to have to focus more intently on their drafting phase and make sure they’re comfortable with their composition, reduce their risk taking and try to apply tempo in the earlier stages of the game to gain an advantage as they’re having trouble when playing from behind.

Logo of LCS Season 6 Spring Split Team TSMTeam Solo Mid: After a rough start to the season they’ve been picking up the pace of their games and finally taking advantage of their individual player skill. Doing so has opened up their options in the pick and bans phase of drafting and has allowed them to build strong and reliable compositions that they use to gain tempo at the start of the game and often transition into a gold lead but can they do the same thing against a team like NRG who’ve already had time to adapt to similar styles of play?

I think TSM are coming into this match with an advantage, they’ve been performing well recently and have made a few necessary improvements that have stopped them making as many mistakes. Their macro management and late game shot-calling has started to improve and although it’s not refined yet it’s definitely had a positive effect on the entire team.

NRG may have had a bad time recently but that doesn’t mean they’re not ready. Strong compositions with early game aggression could quite easily sway the match in favour of NRG and if I were a part of TSM I would fear NRG having even the slightest lead. NRG know what to do with a lead, how to pressure it and when they’re able to finish a game with it. Their weakest points come from playing when behind in gold because they often overestimate their own ability or scaling, meaning that if TSM can gain such a lead through early tempo plays like lane swapping to push turrets or global objectives like dragon in the earlier stages of the game then they should be able to keep NRG behind.

NRG are going to want to prevent the lane swap, take a safer start to the game and leave their jungler to make the necessary movements around the map to assist the lanes in gaining and advantage. Doing so would prevent them from making any mistakes that would give up a lead and would also open up an option for the team to gather early for fighting, which they might be able to force TSM into to gain a sizable lead.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. With how both teams have been performing recently I think that TSM are definitely in a better position to take the win here. They’ve improved their late game performances drastically since the beginning of the season already and NRG have been on an extremely bad streak where they’ve not been able to perform, taking a crushing defeat to Team Liquid.

Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #3: Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9

Start Time: January 31, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET

Both Team Dignitas and Cloud 9 are sitting on a 2:3 score nearing the bottom of the ladder, the victor of this game gets to take that extra step forward and assist them in pushing their way out of the middle of the pack. Both teams have been fairly inconsistent taking comfortable wins or miserable losses, but against each other here we might be able to sum up the abilities of these teams. Cloud 9 will be using Hai in the support position and Team Dignitas will have their most recent roster addition Billyboss in the top lane.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team DignitasTeam Dignitas: With Billyboss in the top lane Dignitas are ready to pressure but they’re going to need to keep an eye on their bottom lane. Team Dignitas are the type of team that will press hard when they’ve got a lead or they’ll fail miserably and there’s not much ground in-between for them. They’re going to need to avoid ridiculous mistakes and stick to their guns when making decisions, the slightest mistake could cost them the game here.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Cloud9Cloud 9: They’ve shown that they can take phenomenal victories as well as showing that they can fall to crushing defeats, C9 are going to need to watch out in the earlier stages of the game and get their jungler to apply as much pressure as possible to assist the team with global pressure. Cloud 9 is currently following a pattern of losing on Saturdays and winning on Sundays, will this pattern continue?

I’ll be giving the advantage to Cloud 9 here; even when they’re behind they find a way to share their gold through kill participation and macro management, often out manoeuvring their opponents to scrape by and pick up a few objectives when they’re really needed. Team Dignitas often fall hard when they get behind and this could lead to some extremely upsetting losses for them which can then carry over into their next games

Team Dignitas are going to need to focus on preventing any advantage gains by Cloud 9 early; pre-minion spawning vision on the lanes to watch for lane swapping will assist them in this. Along with getting their jungler to assist the bottom lane to avoid Cloud 9 gaining an advantage there. But the most difficult thing that they’re going to need to achieve is slowing down the scaling of Jensen in the middle lane, chances are he’s going to pick a mage with lots of wave clear which will interrupt any attempts at DIG sieging and if they manage to slow down his scaling they could push for a victory much easier, however Jensen had shown us in Week 2 that he’s got happy feet and is quick to react to skill-shots.

Cloud 9 are going to want to force the DIG top laner into sorry situations where he’s force away from minions and experience, he often picks a slow scaling top laner like Poppy or Tahm Kench and champions like that often fall easily if denied. Their stats often come from building and acting as a tank but if they’re denied gold then they’re easy to handle. C9 are going to want to focus on objectives to a point where Dignitas are going to need to fight them, at which point they could be ahead enough to take team fights and push for a victory.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. I think they’re in a better situation to pressure their opponent’s weaker points, against Dignitas it should be slowing down their top lane and forcing their hand when it comes to team fighting, making them take unnecessary fights which give up leads. Cloud 9 should be able to slowly build a lead and transition that into sieging and global objectives, eventually taking the win.

Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #4: Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals

Start Time: January 31, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET

Echo Fox have had a hard time so far this season, taking their single victory on the very first day of the season and only falling since. They’ve run into trouble with players and visa issues along with having a list of internal issues that are affecting their gameplay. Immortals are currently on a 5 win streak going undefeated so far this season, they’ve shown that they can play multiple styles and build many compositions to work against their enemies.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. They’re at a very clear advantage here and FOX haven’t been able to step up yet to take victories off of the other competing teams, even the ones at the lower end of the ladder. Immortals might play with a slow early game but I expect them to explode in the mid game and take a pre-30min victory.

Week 3 | Day 2 – Match #5: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades

Start Time: January 31, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET

Renegades have been stuck in a rut, taking their first victory against Team Liquid on the very first day of the season and failing to take any after. I expected them to perform significantly better than they have but whilst they’ve had to swap around their marksman player often they’ve been in trouble. Counter Logic Gaming have been playing surprising well after their changes over the pre-season and their improvements haven’t gone unnoticed. They’re taking unnecessary deaths less often whilst maintaining their vision along with pressuring the map globally and more consistently. They might not be taking all of the wins but they’re definitely taking steps forward.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. The steps they’ve been taking to improve set them apart from Renegades, giving them a 3:2 score in comparison to the 1:4 of the Renegades. They’re more consistent and have superior laning in my opinion. When a team has an advantage like superior laning the game often spirals quickly and in this situation I expect it to be in favour of CLG.

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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!