Week 6 – LCS NA Spring Split 2016

9/10 predictions correct for week 5 but not quite the perfect week we’re looking for. During week 6 we’ll be focusing on 2 games per day with in depth analysis with composition discussions and the remaining 3 games on each day will be quickly concluded with a prediction. The chosen focus games will be TSM vs. Cloud 9 and Team Liquid vs. Echo Fox on day 1 which will be followed by Cloud 9 vs. NRG Esports and Team Liquid vs. Immortals on day 2. These games were chose to follow the progression of the top team on the ladder along with letting us focus on the games where teams of nearly equal or apparent skill level will be facing off to give us some exciting games! Don’t forget to tune into the stream on February 20th for some North American LCS action!

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LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 6 | Day 1

Match #1: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas    1   0  
(February 20, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)

Match #2: Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals    0   1  
(February 20, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)

Match #3: TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9    0   1  
(February 20, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)

Match #4: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse    1   0  
(February 20, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)

Match #5: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox    0   1  
(February 20, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)

LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 6 | Day 2

Match #1: Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades vs. CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming     0   1  
(February 21, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)

Match #2: Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas vs. TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid    1   0  
(February 21, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)

Match #3: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9     0   1  
(February 21, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)

Match #4: Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse vs. Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox      0   1  
(February 21, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)

Match #5: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals
(February 21, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)      0   1  

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Preview and Predictions Week 6 | Day 1:

After an exciting set of games for the European LCS where many upsets were had, at least in my opinion, we’re met with the North American LCS! Where there is a definite #1 team that is yet to be beaten! For Day 1 we’ll be setting our gaze upon TSM vs. Cloud 9 and Team Liquid vs. Echo Fox. I believe these are the games that will give us the most excitement and although I’d love to keep my eye on the undefeated Immortals I think we should give some of these other teams the attention and analysis. Don’t forget to tune into the stream on February 20th to watch it all happen live!

Week 6 | Day 1 – Match #1: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas

Head to head record: NRG Esports 1:0 Team Dignitas
Start Time: February 20, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET

Both of these teams have been having underwhelming performances lately and it brings into question what they’re aiming to improve on. NRG have slowly fallen from being a dominating team at the beginning of the split to being a mid-tier team at best. They’re going to need to focus and reapply their skill to try and climb back up the ladder. Team Dignitas have been slowly improving but in such minor ways that it’s having no impact on the outcome of games, they’re going to need to focus on more significant things such as their macro decision making.

Prediction: NRG Esports Victory. Because both teams have made little improvements over the split I’ll be siding with the team that has had the best performances. NRG have been able to stick comfortably at a 50% win rate this split and that’s certainly better than DIG. They should be able to gain an advantage in the mid-game and take the game with their superior use of map pressure.

Week 6 | Day 1 – Match #2: Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals

Head to head record: Renegades 0:1 Immortals
Start Time: February 20, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET

Renegades have run into trouble time and time again, after a successful and fairly strong showing at the very beginning of the split they’ve failed to live up to the hype. Shortly after things started going badly they had to replace their support player Remilia and have yet to find their groove. Immortals have been putting out dominating performances against just about every team they’ve faced and they’re certainly coming into this game strong.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. With an undefeated record, superior mechanical skill, better macro management and phenomenal team fighting I expect Immortals to take an early lead and show us once again just how dominating they are as a team. I’ll be waiting for this game to finish before 25mins unless Renegades pull something out to surprise us all.

Week 6 | Day 1 – Match #3: TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9

Head to head record: Team Solo Mid 1:0 Cloud 9
Start Time: February 20, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET

Both teams have been playing significantly better recently and their match histories prove this. Cloud 9 have won 4 of their last 5 games and only dropped to the undefeated Immortals and Team Solo Mid have taken their past 5 games, claiming 1 spot higher than Cloud 9 on the ladder. I expect this game to be exciting with a lot of potential explosive fights that could be quite decisive so keep an eye out.

Logo of LCS Season 6 Spring Split Team TSMTeam Solo Mid: Improvements have been made; they’re becoming more consistent however they’re still falling into old habits and are often giving away kills when they’re completely unneeded. If they can overcome these issues then they should be able to build a sizable lead significantly quicker even against some of the more difficult teams.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Cloud9 Cloud 9: Very precise, decisive and difficult to overcome. At the beginning of the season I didn’t think those words would be used to describe Cloud 9 but they’ve really stepped up and have shown that they’re ready to take victories off of just about anyone. They’re more consistent now they’re not swapping out their support and the team’s confidence radiates throughout the game as they make their plays.

It’s difficult coming to a conclusion as to who would have an advantage between these 2 teams. Only 1 victory separates them and both teams have made improvements enough to stand out. Both teams have become more consistent, more precise and have shown that they can take leads and run away with them. However with TSM having taken that 1 extra win and with the potential they still hold as a learning team I’ll state that I think they have a minor advantage.

Team Solo Mid are likely to pick up Alistar as a support, it’s a comfortable pick that they’ve used in their 5 most recent games, of which it has had outstanding performances. If they can’t get a hold of it then we’re likely to see another tank show up such as Braum or Thresh. Their marksman will aim to pick up Kalista to complete the bottom lane combo but if it’s unavailable or an unreliable pick at the time then they might fall back onto Lucian or Corki. The middle lane will have an AoE wave clearing mage that provides utility throughout a team fight, Zilean or Lulu seem like strong picks but with a champion pool so deep we could see Bjergsen bring out Zed, Lissandra or even Syndra. Their jungler has been playing comfortably on marksmen and is likely to pick up either Kindred or Graves and if both of them are unavailable then Elise is probably the fall back pick. Their top laner has been having phenomenal performances on Fiora and that is likely to be the pick they’ll want but if it’s unavailable, being a contested pick, then Poppy seems like the best second choice for them. Once they’ve built their composition they’re going to want to aim to take control of early game vision, all members of the team should invest in pink wards to clear objectives, denying the vision will apply pressure and give them an advantage that they can work with, possibly leading to catching out their opponents.

Cloud 9 have made some odd compositions lately but they’ve been working nicely, wave clear in the middle lane on a champion such as Viktor or Orianna seems the most likely and Hai on support will probably look to take Morgana unless he aims to take away the Alistar from TSM. Their marksman has proven to be versatile and has had great performances on Jhin but after sinking a lot of practice into Kog’maw I’ll be expecting it to be a contested pick between these 2 teams. A tank in the top lane has been a common occurrence with picks such as Malphite or Poppy but if they’re lacking threatening picks then Fiora will being a contested pick between the teams. Their jungler has shown great proficiency on multiple champions and if I’m thinking along a similar line I’ll be looking at a Nunu to be showing up in their jungle. If they don’t build the Kog-Nunu composition then a Nidalee or Lee Sin seems like the best options for their jungler. Once they’re ready and set to go they’re going to want to force TSM into as many early game scraps as possible as they seem likely to get greedy and give up any advantage they might obtain. This gives C9 an edge in earlier aggression as their precise and more strategic style of play will allow them to overcome any disadvantage that might occur whilst also being able to pressure if they take even the smallest of advantages.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. I think Cloud 9 are going to draft extremely well in the champion select, play it fairly safe for their bottom lane and get their mid lane on a roll. This creates a multiple threat composition and TSM have shown that quick decisions come difficult to them. I think C9 will be able to take the game through early small advantages that slowly translate into something uncontrollable.

Week 6 | Day 1 – Match #4: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse

Head to head record: Counter Logic Gaming 1:0 Team Impulse
Start Time: February 20, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET

CLG are at an advantage here, they’ve been playing extremely precisely and have been reducing the chances of them giving up an early game advantage. Team Impulse have been performing oddly, their performances with substitute players was significantly better than with their official roster but that could just be coincidence. TiP are going to need to shut down the CLG top lane whilst creating an advantage in the middle lane, if they can do that they should be able to avoid falling to macro pressure and split pushing.

Prediction: CLG Victory. TiP has been fairly underwhelming lately and CLG have been performing increasingly better, slowly. I expect CLG to take a mid-game advantage, possibly after some turret trading and gaining a small tempo advantage, which will allow them to force team fights and build their lead.

Week 6 | Day 1 – Match #5: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox

Head to head record: Team Liquid 1:0 Echo Fox
Start Time: February 20, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET

Echo Fox is back together with their intended roster and they’ve been having significantly better performances. However this was against a lower tier team and a middle tier team, their performance against NRG should not be looked over though, a dominating game which lead to them having a near perfect score shows just how strong they could be. TL have been having a harder time but have been able to put out some strong performances of their own but just how well can they handle the Echo Fox squad now they’re back together?

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Liquid Team Liquid: Falling to Cloud 9 in a humiliating loss surely struck a chord with the team but they were able to bring it back with a dominating victory over Renegades. If they can continue to produce early game pressure and force their opponents to fight when they’ve got even a minor advantage they should be able to back their opponents into a corner and slowly build the lead they need to take down this new FOX squad.

Echo Fox - NA LCS team Logo Echo Fox: They looked quite good at the very start of the season but some unforeseen circumstances left them in an extremely difficult position, they’ve only got a few weeks left to climb up the ladder and it’s going to be a challenge but the original Echo Fox roster has been performing extremely well and I expect to see more great things from them. They’re going to want to stick to what has worked for them and avoid straying into any risky picks or positions.

My choice in the advantageous team might come as a surprise but I think Echo Fox have a slight advantage. Due to the problems they ran into at the beginning of the season the other competing teams haven’t been able to properly analyse FOX because they’ve not been using their intended roster, this gives them a minor advantage in terms of team analysis. Their mechanical skill has been on par with the teams they’ve competed against so far and their strategic plays have been better than I had expected. As time passes the teams will adapt as per usual but for the time being it’s going to be a tough ride.

Team Liquid are certain to pick up Bard as a support if it’s not picked or banned away from them, their support player is extremely proficient on that champion and has shown true mastery of that champion. If it’s unavailable then Alistar seems like the most likely secondary option. Kalista is a common marksman pick for TL but I’ll be looking for an Ezreal or Caitlyn pick as it’s a more reliable blind-pick that can work nicely in multiple compositions. Their jungler should aim to pick up something that can be aggressive in the earlier stages of the game such as Nidalee but after a recent strong showing on Graves that’s also another available option, although it’s been hit with a nerf. Their top laner should stick with tankier champions that can engage or peel for the carries, this type of champions has shown great success on the team so a Nautilus or Poppy, maybe even a Maokai, seems likely to show up. For the middle lane I’ll be expecting a Corki if it’s available and if it’s not, which seems likely, then a Lissandra or Viktor could work nicely to cover wave-clear and burst potential. Once they’re all sorted and the game is under way they’re going to want to pressure the lanes, get deep vision as early as possible and force FOX to play defensively, this will allow them to gain a tempo advantage that they can translate into picking off their opponents or gaining an early advantage through objective control.

Echo Fox are likely to try and pick up Malphite in the top lane, it’s what they’ve been using since their team reformed and it’s been a key par to them taking their wins. If it’s not available then a Poppy or Trundle might make an appearance. As for their jungler it seems like Elise is a comfortable pick for them and I expect it to be considered, if not then Graves could be their best option. Their middle lane has shown great comfort on Corki and is likely to attempt to pick it up, if it’s unavailable because it’s been banned or picked away then something with AoE wave clear and burst potential will fill the role such as a Lux or Viktor. Their bottom lane has shown a preference to marksmen that rely heavily on auto attacking, such as Caitlyn or Kalista and I expect either of those to show up with an Alistar or Janna to assist them. After they’ve built their composition they’re going to want to try and pick TL apart, denying vision and making the team split apart seems like FOX’s best option to gain an early advantage. If they can do so then they should be able to continually deny vision to gain objective control and force Team Liquid into bad positions.

Prediction: Echo Fox Victory. I’ve got a good feeling about FOX, with their team together once again they’ve shown confidence in their strategies and have been performing significantly better throughout their lanes. Their strategies improved and they seem more consistent. I expect this game to be tough, it could swing either way, but I think Echo Fox are going to gain an advantage around an objective in the mid-game and use it to gain tempo that will help them in the later stages of the game.

Predictions NA LCS Week 6 – Day 2:

After a perfect day of predictions for day 1 we’re heading into day 2 with high hopes for that perfect week! On Day 2 we’ll be taking a look at Cloud 9 vs. NRG Esports and Team Liquid vs. Immortals as our main focuses with the remaining games being quickly concluded. I decided to stick with these focus games because Cloud 9 have been on a strong upswing and are currently in second place, trailing behind the Immortals. Cloud 9 could run into trouble against NRG and after the Day 1 performance Immortals might just slip up. Don’t forget to tune into the stream on February 21st for the live matches!

Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #1: Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades vs. CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming

Head to head record: Renegades 0:1 Counter Logic Gaming
Start Time: February 21, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET

Renegades are on a 10 loss streak and are desperately looking to throw off some of their opponents to take another win. Their performance against Immortals on Day 1 has shown us that Renegades can certainly take fights, advantages and survive laning against the most difficult of opponents but their decision making and macro management let them down. Counter Logic Gaming took their win on Day 1 against TiP in an incredibly calculated and well thought out style of play that was precise and strategic; Renegades are going to need to give it their all to work around CLG.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. They’ve been performing significantly better than Renegades across the board and their style of play lets them avoid small errors and mistakes because their cohesion gives them space to cover each other. I expect a calculated and methodical game where CLG take the win through smart and precise rotations, juggling tempo around the lanes.

Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #2: Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas vs. TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid

Head to head record: Team Dignitas 0:1 Team Solo Mid
Start Time: February 21, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET

Both teams lost their games on Day 1 but Team Solo Mid put up one hell of a fight in their game. Dignitas took a rough loss to NRG which quickly fell from their grasp. Both teams are going to need to give these next few games everything they’ve got, playoffs isn’t far from TSM’s grasp and if they can perform as well as they did in Day 1 they should be able to take this game. DIG are going to need to improve on their awareness and reaction time, not letting TSM take things for free will certainly slow them down and open up opportunities to capitalize on.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. They’re superior in laning, their strategies are a bit rough around the edges but are getting there. I expect this game to go in TSM’s favour fairly early and they’ll take a large advantage through superior team fighting.

Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #3: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9

Head to head record: NRG Esports 0:1 Cloud 9
Start Time: February 21, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET

Clouds 9 had a phenomenal comeback on Day 1 and are sure to be feeling good about it. Bringing that confidence through to Day 2 against NRG will be of great use. NRG had a few odd picks on Day 1 but took their match by storm, proving that they are a versatile and capable team. This match is sure to be exciting with the possibility of odd champions being picked that we wouldn’t normally see so make sure you take a peak!

NRG Esports - NA LCS team LogoNRG Esports: A strong performance sets them up to come into this game with confidence, which will surely assist them in a possibly difficult laning phase. Their mid-laner, GBM, has a lot on his shoulders as he seems like the teams most efficient play-maker. If they can harness GBM and get him onto a strong and comfortable champion then things will certainly come easier to them.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Cloud9Cloud 9: On Day 1 they gave as possibly the most exciting and thrilling game of the split as they were neck and neck for a significant amount of time and then fighting for their base with little hope only to bring it back and show us just how phenomenal their team fighting can be. They’re going to want to pick fights as a team and play off of their superior ability to work together to take down NRG.

Cloud 9, in my opinion, are coming into this game with an advantage. They’ve got superior early game aggression, at least that’s what they’ve shown recently, and their team fighting is formidable. If they can get NRG to take fights then they should be able to crush and take a lead however they’re going to need to watch out for the NRG mid-laner as he can cause trouble for just about anyone.

NRG are likely to pick a strong utility mid-laner such as Karma or Zilean paired with a strong and aggressive jungler like Kindred or Nidalee. Their bottom lane is going to pick up a tank support such as Alistar or Braum and they will be keeping an Ezreal or Lucian safe in lane. Their top laner has been performing best on tough and tanky champions such as Poppy or Malphite and with both of those champions being strong at the moment they seem like good picks for NRG to take. After NRG have completed their draft they’re going to want to attempt to get some early deep vision on C9 to keep track of their movement, doing so would allow them to take a proactive step towards objectives and possibly catching out members of C9, giving them a small advantage. They’re going to want to work on maintaining vision around objectives where fights are likely to start; this would give them an upper hand and will give them the opportunity to choose when to fight. This greatly increases their chances of taking a lead which NRG have proficient at extending and growing.

Cloud 9 should stick with what they know works. Their Soraka pick on Day 1 was extremely useful and game-changing. I expect them to pick it up if they stray away from their usual Alistar and Morgana picks. As for the marksman it seems like their most comfortable pick with the best performances has been Kalista, failing to acquire that will more than likely lead to a Kog’maw or Lucian. Their middle lane is likely to draft for wave clear and burst potential, Viktor and Orianna prove what they’re looking for but a large variety of champions could be picked here. Their jungler is likely to stick with the Lee Sin pick of fall back to Nidalee, unless they acquire Kog’maw and go with a Nunu jungle. Their top lane should stick with carry champions! I cannot express that enough. Get him on a Gangplank, Rumble, just something that can make things happen for the team. Failing that then a Poppy should be able to do the job. Once they’ve built their composition they’re going to need to slow down any advances from the NRG middle lane, early game aggression forcing him out would greatly assist the team. After achieving that they’re going to want to gain vision across the river, slowly increasing its depth into the enemy jungle as they take advantages or gain tempo. They should be able to use their extended vision to rotate around the map safely and pressure objectives, safely securing a lead until the time comes to fight.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. I think C9 are the superior team here, they’ve got phenomenal macro management. Pretty solid laning and they don’t often slip up. Their team fighting will be a challenge for even the strongest of teams and I think they’re going to work their way around NRG to take a fairly quick victory.

Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #4: Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse vs. Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox

Head to head record: Team Impulse 0:1 Echo Fox
Start Time: February 21, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET

The head to head record was set when both teams were participating in their first competitive game of the season. Echo Fox were using their official starting roster at the time and they made it look easy. They may not have finished the game until 37mins but with a 13k gold lead they probably could have ended it sooner. Team Impulse is going to need to really take advantage of anything they can get their hands on. Taking an early game vision advantage and using it to trap or work around FOX could be a necessity.

Prediction: Echo Fox Victory. Echo Fox are working their way back up the ladder now their roster is complete. They’re on a win streak and I think they could make this game similar to their 1st encounter of the season. I expect the game to play out slowly to start but to explode in FOX’s favour, allowing them to take the win.

Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #5: Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals

Head to head record: Team Liquid 0:1 Immortals
Start Time: February 21, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET

Immortals are coming into this undefeated but after their performance against Renegades we’re going to need to consider the possibility of them falling apart. The beginning on their game on Day 1 had a lot of questionable decisions made and if they were facing a more experienced team it’s likely that those mistakes would have been heavily punished. Team Liquid can be that more experienced team; if Immortals start to fall apart once again we can count on TL to take advantage of it. Watch out Immortals!

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team LiquidTeam Liquid: Having faced a rough few matches recently the TL squad is going to need to really pick up the pace and this could be the time to do it. Immortals have fallen short recently and if TL can take advantage of the small mistakes that IMT make they could come out on top and be the first team in NA to claim a victory over the currently undefeated team. It’s going to be a challenge and they’re going to need to make improvements to their vision control along with their tempo play but it is certainly possible.

Team Immortals - NA LCS team LogoImmortals: Day 1 left us wondering if IMT are starting to get a bit sloppy, they’re going to need to come into Day 2 with less mistakes if they’re serious about taking the win. TL will punish the mistakes that IMT make and it could lead to them losing their first game of the season. IMT are going to want to stick with their comfortable champions and win through their superior tempo play and map pressure.

Immortals are at a clear advantage, undefeated with a strong strategic mind-set that allows them to take huge and unforgiving leads. TL is going to be challenged but we could be looking at a huge upset. Immortals are superior with tempo play, vision control and macro management and that’s what they’re going to need to utilize to take this game.

Team Liquid are likely to pick a wave clearing burst mage in the middle lane such as Syndra or Twisted Fate, however Corki has been one of their most common picks for the middle land and if it’s left open I could see them picking it up early in the draft. Their jungler has been utilizing the recent buffs to Gragas and could pick it up once again; if he doesn’t then it’s likely that he’ll fall back to using Graves or Elise. Their top laner has been using tanks extremely well and with a few recent changes to items he’s been able to create huge amounts of pressure on champions like Nautilus and Poppy. Their bottom lane has stuck with comfortable picks throughout the split so an Ezreal or Kalista paired with an Alistar or Thresh seems like their most obvious bottom lane. After they’ve drafted they’re going to want to play the laning phase fairly safe, the jungler is going to want to gain vision across the map so TL can react to anything that’s going to occur. That vision could be used proactively around objectives to gain an advantage which could lead to an increase in tempo, allowing them to extend their lead.

Immortals are going to want to stick with what they know works, Soraka or Braum in the bottom lane with a Lucian or Kalista will allow them to play comfortable and make fewer mistakes in comparison to Day 1. Lux in the middle lane, possibly Lulu, is likely to be picked because Pobelter has shown great ability on these champions and has played them consecutively. Their jungler is likely to pick up Nidalee or Rek’sai but after the Rumble in the jungle pick on day 1 we can’t be certain. Their top laner is going to want to stick with a carry champion such as Gangplank, Ekko or Quinn because he’s one of the play-makers on the teams. Once they’ve got their draft set they’re going to want to get deep vision in the earlier stages of the game, pressure the map and possibly opt for turret trading. Doing so would open up the map a lot and give them space to deny vision and catch people out. With super macro management they should be able to build tempo in the lanes and translate that into objectives or favourable team fights, gaining them a lead.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. Day 1 was likely over-confident and after possible worries during the game I think they’re going to stick with their more comfortable champion picks and play out the games in their more precise and strategic style. Doing so will slowly build a lead against TL in the earlier stages of the game which will translate into won team fights and eventually a won game.

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*.) 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!

 

  • ben

    wheres the predictions mate
    ty

    • eSports Fever

      Big sorry, we are late this week – NA predictions will be live by tomorrow morning (CET).

      From next week on they will be online sooner, we moved the schedule to Monday EU and Wednesday NA

      • Ben

        It’s alright man, anyway thanks for ur previous predictions, very detail and accurate

  • PapiSmurf

    Will there be predictions for day 2?