Week 8 – LCS NA Spring Split 2016

For week 8 we’ll be looking to improve on our 50% prediction rate from week 7 which was fairly upsetting in comparison to our previous weeks of high prediction rates. We’ll be focusing on 2 games per day during Week 8 and the remaining games will be concluded as per usual, the games we’ll be focusing on are Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Liquid along Echo Fox vs. Team Dignitas for day 1 and will be followed by Cloud9 vs. Team Impulse and NRG Esports vs. Team Liquid on day 2! Don’t forget to tune in on March 12th to watch the games live!
Preview, predictions and more information about NA LCS Week 8 will be added when the previous week and the IEM World Championship 2016 in Katowice  are over.

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LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 8 | Day 1

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

Match #2: Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals vs. NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports    1   0  
(March 12, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)

Match #3: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid    0  1  
(March 12, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)

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

Match #5: Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox vs. Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas    1   0  
(March 12, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)

LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 8 | Day 2 

Match #1: Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9 vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse    1   0  
(March 13, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)

Match #2: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid    1   0  
(March 13, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)

Match #3: TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades    0   
(March 13, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)

Match #4: Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals    0   
(March 13, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)

Match #5: Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox vs. CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming    0   
(March 13, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)

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Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades: According to an article by dailydot Seraph (Top Lane) and Ninja (Mid Lane) are joining the Renegades for the rest of the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split. In exchange Alex Ich and Flaresz are starting in the NA Challenger Playoffs for Team Dragon Knights.

NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports: After not playing in Week 7 for personal reasons, Altec (ADC) has returned and will start in Week 8.

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Preview and Predictions Week 8 | Day 1:

Week 8 | Day 1 – Match #1: Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades vs. Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9

Head to head record: Cloud9 1:0 Renegades
Start Time: March 12, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET

C9 have been performing fairly consistently recently, that was until they took a loss to the power of CLG’s split pushing. If they can recover comfortably they should be able to put on quite a dominating performance here against the Renegades. Renegades are going to need to be more precise with what they’re doing in the earlier stages of the game and not executing themselves by mistakes. If they can play patiently and funnel gold onto their marksman they might be able to take control of the game in the middle stages of it.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. I expect them to build quite a lead and fairly quickly too. The earlier stages of the game have been turning out quite unlucky for Renegades recently even when they’ve been able to build a lead. I think C9 are going to build an early advantage and force themselves into the base of Renegades with it at a fairly quick pace.

Week 8 | Day 1 – Match #2: Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals vs. NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports

Head to head record: Immortals 1:0 NRG Esports
Start Time: March 12, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET

Immortals took their first loss recently and have been looking fairly rough against quite a few teams but they’ve been able to come out ahead nearly every time. I expect NRG to put up a really good fight in the earlier stages of the game but will they be able to handle the coordination of Immortals? They’re going to need to play this out extremely methodically and punish any over extension that Immortals make through over confidence, this could give them the edge they need.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. They may be over confident and they might even underestimate their opponents from time to time but I think that even if they fall behind in the earlier stages of the game they will be able to claw their way back through their superior laning and coordination. It’s brought them back from difficult games before and I don’t expect it to be any different this time.

Week 8 | Day 1 – Match #3: CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid

Head to head record: Counter Logic Gaming 1:0 Team Liquid
Start Time: March 12, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET

Their scores may not be as close you’d expect, Team Liquid have been performing quite well but they’re only sitting on a 7:7 score in comparison to CLG’s 10:4. Team Liquid are going to need to play out the earlier stages of the game methodically in a manner that will deny the top laner of CLG a lot of experience and farm, this way they have an overall advantage but CLG have handle things like this before and could do it once again.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team CLGCounter Logic Gaming: With phenomenal performances appearing recently this collective group of players have shown that the improvements you can make over the course of the split can get you into a top position to contest the playoffs. They’ve taken a victory against the reigning top team in the region and look prepared for just about anything.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team LiquidTeam Liquid: They are irrefutably in a tougher position here than CLG but they’re been pumping out extremely strong performances, they nearly took a perfect game against TSM during week 7 and could pull out another surprise here against CLG to claim the game. They’re going to need to watch out though because CLG have shown that they’re got tricks up their sleeve to take a game when things look bad for them.

I think CLG are at an advantage here but it’s probably smaller than you’d think. Their top laner has proven to be a significant split pushing threat but if TL can find an answer to it they might be able to force CLG into uncomfortable situations. CLG are going to want to make sure they get their top laner on a good path to gold gain so he can become a reliable carry later on.

Counter Logic Gaming are going to want to get their top laner of a strong scaling split pusher such as Jax or Fiora, if the picks don’t fit and they want to skirmish then a Pantheon might appear. Their bottom lane is extremely likely to pick up Bard as a support paired with either Ezreal or Corki however I think we might be seeing a Lucian from them soon. Their middle lane should aim to pick something with high and reliable burst such as LeBlanc or Corki, opening up their options to roam and giving them times of overwhelming control. Their jungler has often picked up Udyr in the jungle and if it’s unavailable I expect to see a Gragas appear for them. Once they’ve got the composition sorted they’re going to want a safe line of vision in the earlier stages of the game, control on the skuttles in the river will assist this along with the warding item on their jungler If possible. They should focus on assisting their top laner stay relevant whilst scaling. Once they hit item powerspikes they should opt to either roam or start small skirmishes that could net them a small lead, this will allow them to pressure objectives after taking vision control. Once a lead has been created they should grow it through slow and methodical split pushing.

Team Liquid is likely to pick a tank in the top lane either as a Nautilus or a Poppy. Their support has often pick something with utility that can peel and crowd control so a Janna or Alistar seem likely to make an appearance, this will be paired with a possible variety of marksmen but I expect Lucian to be their priority pick. Their jungler has shown great comfort on Lee Sin and I expect it to be their priority pick for the jungle. Their middle lane has shown great versatility and a deep champion pool but for this particular match I think it’d be wise to pick a utility mage such as Lulu or Zilean to mitigate any possible mistakes and to empower the team. Once they’ve got their draft sorted they’re going to want to opt for the lane swap, if they can pull it off they should be able to deny the CLG top laner a lot of farm and experience, making him leave lane and enter the jungle with his jungler. This will allow them to create tempo through taking structures and swapping lanes, if they can take the outer turrets of CLG then they can start laying deep wards which can open up their options to either take objectives such as Dragon and Baron or to pick off their opponents. They’re going to want to find a way to push a lead before their top laner manages to scale in the later stages of the game.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. I think they’ve got a superior strategy and with their jungler focusing on assisting their top laner they’re going to be difficult to shut down. They’ve proven to be a nuisance when it comes to split pushing and I don’t think TL has an answer for it so they’ve should be able to slowly break the base of TL with little trouble if they play it out methodically and patiently.

Week 8 | Day 1 – Match #4: TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse

Head to head record: Team Solo Mid 1:0 Team Impulse
Start Time: March 12, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET

Team Solo Mid have been very hit of miss, they’re either on the ball and are performing extremely well of they’re in a situation where nothing seems to be going right for them. If they fall behind in the earlier stages of the game they could be facing another loss as playing from behind is difficult for them. Team Impulse have shown that they’re capable of adapting to their opponents recently and it’s going to pay off extremely well against TSM here.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. Even when they’re playing inconsistently they’re often able to contest games or hold out for extreme lengths against better performing teams and in this situation against TiP, who are a worse performing team, I expect their early aggression to pay off and for the game to quickly sway in their favour.

Week 8 | Day 1 – Match #5: Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox vs. Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas

Head to head record: Echo Fox 0:1 Team Dignitas
Start Time: March 12, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET

Echo Fox have been on a bit of a ball recently, performing well against lower and middle tier teams but failing to perform against teams closer to the top of the ladder. Against Team Dignitas they could stand a fairly good chance but they’re going to need to watch out for any abrupt fights or engagement and that’s usually when Team Dignitas are prepared. This match could swing either way and is sure to bring some excitement.

Echo Fox - NA LCS team LogoEcho Fox: Still having better performances since their roster got back together they’re standing pretty good chances here but they need to watch out for Dignitas as they’ve shown that if they get a lead early on they can go aggressive. If Echo Fox want to take this game they’re going to need to play comfortable and patiently, waiting for their time to strike.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team DignitasTeam Dignitas: If they can gain a lead they’ve proven that they can push their advantages with great success. It’s not going to come easy and they’re going to want to build a composition that can thrive in both the earlier stages and later stages of the game. Filled with crowd control and possible burst damage is their best bet at taking an early advantage and being able to scale enough just in case anything goes wrong.

I think Echo Fox have a minor advantage here, they’ve been performing better against the stronger and middle tier teams but they’re definitely susceptible to early game aggression. They’re going to need to watch out for early aggression from Team Dignitas as an early lead in their hands will be detrimental but I they can stall the game out they certainly have a superior late game.

Echo Fox are going to want to get a carry in the top lane, they’ve had a good performance on Kayle and I’d like to see it once again but I expect either Fiora or Nautilus to make an appearance. Their middle lane has shown that they’re not afraid of picking something that’s previously not shown up this season but I’d like to see more Twisted Fate. Their jungler seems likely to pick up Gragas if it’s available and will use Elise if it’s not available. Their bottom lane will be sure to pick up Lucian if it’s available and will use it with a tank support such as Braum or Alistar of possible. Once they’ve drafter they’re going to want to focus on getting past the early stages of the game as safely as possible and should capitalise on the mistakes that Team Dignitas makes. If they play reactive during the earlier stages and get a safe line of vision in the river they should be able to push their line of vision into the DIG jungle by the middle of the game and capitalise with pressure in the lanes and roaming to pick off opponents. Once they gain a lead they should be able to slowly take structures and objective so safely push for the win.

Team Dignitas are likely to pick up some strong wave clear in the middle lane and I expect Ahri to make an appearance, if it doesn’t fit the team’s plans then maybe we’ll see more Viktor or Lulu from DIG. Their jungler, like most others, will aim to pick up Gragas if it’s available and will likely fall back to Kindred if it’s not. Their top lane should try and pick up something with potential to carry such as Fiora but could quite safely fall back to Poppy depending on the lane match up. Their bottom lane has shown versatility in the support role but I expect them to fill it with a tank such as Alistar or Braum paired with Lucian or Ezreal. After the drafting phase they’re going to want to pressure things early, if they can use lane aggression and map pressure to force fights they should be able to pull Echo Fox into uncomfortable fights where they can gain a lead. Once they’ve gained a lead they’re going to want to force a line of vision across the enemy jungle and deny as many resources as possible. Using this superior vision they can force more fights or rotate through lanes to force objectives and take structures fairly safely.

Prediction: Echo Fox Victory. I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult a match for them, Echo Fox should be able to adopt a reactive play style early to avoid falling behind and once they get item powerspikes or advantages through the lanes they should be able to start playing proactively to force fights or rotate to take objectives, giving them a lead enough to push for the game.

Predictions NA LCS Week 8 – Day 2:

After some extremely exciting games in day 1 of the NA LCS we’re heading into day 2 after getting 4/5 correct! To uphold our average prediction rate we’re going to need to aim for another 4! For day 2 I’ll be focusing on 2 games out of the 5 with the remaining games being concluded in their own paragraphs, the 2 focus games will be Cloud9 vs. Team Impulse and Echo Fox vs. Counter logic Gaming. I chose these games because they’re quite important for the split standings and could be some of the most equally matched games of the day. Don’t forget to tune into the live-stream on March 13th to see the games as they unfold!

Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #1: Cloud9 - LCS NA Team Logo Cloud9 vs. Team Impulse - LCS NA Team Logo Team Impulse

Head to head record: Cloud9 0:1 Team Impulse
Start Time: 
March 13, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET

Cloud 9 looked a bit rough when going against the improved Renegades line-up, whether that was because of RNG improving or C9 playing it badly we’re not quite sure of, and they nearly lost their 2nd place tie with CLG because of it. Team Impulse might have lost their game on week 8 day 1 but they could still cause a lot of trouble for C9 here.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Cloud9Cloud 9: Their day 1 performance was a bit shaky and we’re all eager to see their marksman play Jhin however it’s still likely to be banned against them. They’re going to need to get comfortable and get ready for this possibly difficult game ahead of them if they want to hold onto that 2nd place spot by the top of the ladder. As long as they get comfort champions and play the map exceedingly well then they shouldn’t run into many issues.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team Impulse Team Impulse: They had a strong composition and played it well in day 1 but their lack of global pressure really let them down and so did their laning. They’re going to want to focus on keeping even with their opponents here and trying to deny objectives in a more calculated manner, this could put them in a nice position where they can take control of the match and the game.

Cloud 9 appear to be at a fairly stable advantage here however there are a few doubts because of their performance on day 1. With Hai, their support, falling ill they’ve reverted back to playing with Bunnyfufu and although I’d love to say he’s on the same level as Hai he’s not quite got the same level of shot-calling and that could give TiP exactly what they need to gain control of this game, let’s not forget that they took down C9 before too!

Cloud 9 are going to want to get their bottom lane rolling, a focus on picking up Jhin as their marksman is obvious but if it’s banned away they’re going to want to pick up either Corki or Lucian and pair it up with a support that can enable him such as Morgana, if they’re missing a front line however they’re going to want to pick up a Braum or Alistar. Their middle lane has shown an extended champion pool however I’ll still be keeping my eye out for his roaming LeBlanc and Twisted Fate picks. The C9 jungler has been able to pressure the map and lanes efficiently and they’re going to want him on something that can enable his play style, Nidalee or Lee Sin would be fantastic but if they’re both banned once again then the Gragas as a fall back would work nicely. Their top lane, depending on the composition focus, is going to want to pick up either Lulu or Trundle but I’ll be looking for that Nautilus as it’s such a strong pick right now. Once they’ve got their champions locked in they’re going to want to get a deep line of wards early, invading their opponents jungle will pressure the lanes and allow C9 to take a small early lead. It will also open up the objectives for them. If they opt to take the lane swapping then they’re going to want to get their duo lane on the top side of the map to take an early rift herald which should be used to push the middle or bottom turrets. Once they’ve pressure the lanes they’re going to want to focus on picking off their opponents or taking a fight when landing their crowd control spells, giving them a fighting advantage. They should be able to build an early lead by doing this which will accelerate their ability to pressure the structures of their opponent and force their way into the base for a win.

Team Impulse should look to pick up a wave clearing middle laner such as Viktor, Karma or Zilean however he’s been leaning towards Twisted Fate fairly often which also fits nicely. Their bottom lane is likely to pick up either Braum or Bard as the support to assist a Sivir or Kalista. Their jungler is going to focus on picking up NIdalee or Gragas with Elise as his fall-back choice and this could open up their options to invade early or pressure the lanes with ganks to stop their opponents pushing. Their top lane will probably focus on picking up either Graves or Nautilus but I’d like to see them pick up Poppy once again. After they’ve got onto the rift they’re going to want a safe line of vision across the river, avoiding any confrontation in the earlier stages of the game. They’re going to want to focus on their scaling and picking fights around item or level power-spikes which will allow them to take global objectives. Depending on how comfortable they are with the lane swapping they might attempt to avoid it, if they do they’re going to want to clear waves as quickly as possible and defend the bottom side of the map which is likely to be under pressure from the enemy jungler. If they have a 2v2 in the top lane they’re going to want to invade their opponent’s jungle and get deep vision, focusing on getting the rift herald for themselves to take the top and middle turrets. If they can build this lead and gain tempo they should be able to get all of the outer turrets before their opponents and open up a front line of defence before engaging in favourable fights. If they can get through the earlier stages of the game they’re going to put up one hell of a fight and with a gold lead they should be able to slowly push into the base of C9 to claim victory.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. Depending on what champions they get to lock in this could end up being quite a long match however I think that their lanes can win on an individual level and that will translate into larger and easier leads for them. They’re got great awareness and objective control which will assist them in gaining the lead needed to claim victory.

Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #2: NRG Gaming - LCS NA Team Logo NRG eSports vs. Team Liquid - LCS NA Team Logo Team Liquid

Head to head record: NRG Esports 0:1 Team Liquid
Start Time: March 13, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET

TL managed to put on a fantastic performance during week 8 day 1 and that was against a team sitting higher than them on the ladder. Their team has grown together nicely and I expect them to put up an extremely tough fight against NRG. NRG have been on a bit of a tumble recently and have only managed to claim 1 win from their past 4 matches. TL are going to want to watch out for early aggression and play the game out safely whereas NRG are going to want to pressure the map as quickly as possible to force skirmishes to take a lead.

Prediction: Team Liquid Victory. I think that they’ve been performing on a higher level as a team and as long as they can push past any early aggression from NRG they should be able to play out the game comfortably and methodically to take a lead and eventually the game.

Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #3: TSM - LCS NA Team Logo Team SoloMid vs. Renegades - LCS NA Team Logo Renegades

Start Time: March 13, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET

TSM have still been having a bit of a hard time but their improvements are becoming more obvious with each game that they play. They’re still lacking a definitive shot caller and this can lead to a few issues that Renegades might be able to take advantage off, along with the TSM support player often being aggressive in bad situations, and the Renegades might be able to actually take control of this game with their improved line-up of players. It’s actually a tougher decision than I’d like to admit and I expect this game to swing fairly often, we could be in for a long one if TSM don’t bring their A game.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. I’ve got an inkling that Renegades might actually take this but I’ll be sticking with what we know about the teams. TSM have been better across the board, have made improvements to their inconsistency and are likely to take a lot of skirmishes in the middle-game to take a lead which they will expand into global objectives and eventually the game, Renegades might be able to put up some good split pushing but I don’t expect it to last too long.

Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #4: Team Dignitas - NA LCS team Logo Team Dignitas vs. Team Immortals - LCS NA Team Logo Immortals

Head to head record: Team Dignitas 0:1 Immortals
Start Time: March 13, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET

Immortals are still standing clearly at the top of the ladder with a 14:1 score and could end up achieving one of the best scores during a split that North America has ever seen. Will Dignitas be able to put a stop to it? After their 70minute game against Echo Fox on day 1 I think they’re going to be in for a hard time. They’re not as pro-active with an advantage as they should be and this can lose games. Immortals know how to play from an advantage and a disadvantage; I expect a slow and methodical style from the early in the game that will lead to them taking explosive fights. DIG are going to want to be more proactive to try and gain a lead in the very early stages of the game.

Prediction: Immortals Victory. With them being at the very top of the ladder against some extremely talented teams I don’t think they’re going to have too much trouble against Team Dignitas. DIG are quite a reactive team and this leaves Immortals to take advantages wherever they see them, this will give them a quite lead which will grow explosively in their favour and give them the game.

Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #5: Echo Fox - LCS NA Team Logo Echo Fox vs. CLG - LCS NA Team Logo Counter Logic Gaming

Head to head record: Echo Fox 0:1 Counter Logic Gaming
Start Time: March 13, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET

Echo Fox went through hell to take their win over Team Dignitas on day 1 and if you didn’t see the ending of the game I urge you to watch it. They’re going to have a harder time here against the ever improving CLG however after a rough day 1 they’re not looking up to scratch and FOX might be able to take advantage of this lapse. I don’t expect this game to be as drawn out as the FOX game from day 1 but it might still be longer than the average game here in the NA LCS.

Echo Fox - NA LCS team LogoEcho Fox: After breaking the world record for CS killed during a professional match they must be quite happy coming into day 1 however they’ll be facing off against tougher opponents here and are going to need to do as much as they can in the earlier stages of the game to ensure that they’re able to stall it out to their strongest point. If they can make some proactive plays to deter CLG then they might be able to set up a few good positions to take fights or pick off their opponents which would do wonders for the team.

Logo of LCS NA Season 6 Spring Split Team CLGCounter Logic Gaming: They took quite a rough loss on day 1 because they started to just concede their global pressure and vision, they’re going to want to make sure they avoid that mistake here because losing to FOX could lose them their 2nd place on the ladder. They should consider earlier vision on objectives and only take fights where they’re not desperate, avoiding the mistakes they made on day 1.

I think Counter Logic Gaming is at an advantage here regardless of their sloppy plays from day 1. If they can keep their vision up and pressure their opponents and global objectives around the middle of the game then I expect them to get into a comfortable position before taking any risky fights. Echo Fox might be able to avoid those fights but they’re going to need to choose to either fight or lose objectives.

Echo Fox might want to consider sticking with scaling champions; they play significantly better in the later stages of the game because their team fighting is possible their strongest point. Their top lane is going to want to pick up something that can scale into the later stages of the game but can also be relevant earlier on, I’m expecting either Nautilus or Fiora to make a showing. Their jungler is going to want to grab something her can perform on and I think he should take Gragas if it’s available unless he’s opting to deny an option from their opponent. Their middle laner is going to want to pick something that can farm easily and can pressure the side lanes so a Gangplank, Twisted Fate or Corki seem like his best option. Their bottom lane should pick up a tanky support such as Alistar or Braum and pair it with a Kalista or Lucian, this gives them either objective control or lane pressure which can lead to objectives. Once they’ve locked in and are ready they’re going to want to get a mixed line of vision in the river and their opponents jungle, pressuring the side-lanes with their middle laner could propel them into an early lead but they’re going to need some good objective control here. Depending on their win condition they’re going to want to rotate their duo lane around the map, picking up an early dragon or rift herald will assist them greatly in closing this game out. If they can take small skirmishes before focusing on objectives they might be able to force CLG into desperate team fights where FOX can take a lead. They’re going to want to pressure the outer lanes as much as possible to force structures; we certainly don’t want to have to wait through another 70minute game.

Counter Logic Gaming should focus on their split pushing strategy that they’ve shown to be a dominant style for them. They’re going to want to get their top laner on something that can scale and duel so a Jax or Fiora are their best options. They’re going to want to pick up either Udyr or Gragas for their jungle so they can pressure lanes early and provide a front line for their carries along with some strong CC. Their bottom lane is going to want to pick up Bard or Morgana support with either Ezreal or Kalista which are their best performing marksmen. Their middle lane is going to want to pick up something with burst which has the potential to roam, a LeBlanc or Corki would be fantastic. After they’ve drafted they’re going to want a line of vision in the enemy jungle, avoiding the lane swap and focusing on scaling. If they can take skirmishes in the mid-game they should be able to come out of it on top as long as they head into it with either a player advantage or with a focus on their split pushing top laner. They’ve going to want to get Darshan rolling so pressuring his lane early will open up the teams win conditions. They should be able to pick off their opponents around objectives any time they go to force one and if things look bad for them then they should rely on the split pushing to break into the base of FOX. It could be a fairly slow game but I think CLG can take quite a large lead and use it to proactively take down Echo Fox.

Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. After their rough day 1 they’re going to want to re-think what they’ve been doing. If split pushing has worked for them then they should stick to it, and I really hope they do, because it gives them that extra win condition. I think they’re going to take that win condition and pressure with it, reducing the proactive moves that FOX can take and I expect them to slowly win the game with it.

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