Week 9 – LCS EU Spring Split 2016

Welcome to the Week 9 of the European LCS Spring Split 2016 – the last week before the 2016 Spring Playoffs! After a rough week during the EU LCS we came out with a 60% prediction rate for the week, not too bad but it certainly doesn’t live up to our previous weeks. For week 9 we’ll be aiming to improve on that and as always we’re looking for that perfect week. I’m fairly confident about this week and our 2 focus matches for each day will be at Fnatic vs. Elements and H2k vs. Unicorns of Love on day 1 followed by Origen vs. Fnatic and G2 Esports vs. Unicorns of Love for day 2. Don’t forget to catch the games live on the 17th and 18th of March, support your favourite teams near the end of the spring split!

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LCS EU Spring Split 2016 – Week 9 | Day 1

Match #1: Giants - LCS EU Team Logo Giants vs. Origen - LCS EU Team Logo Origen     0   1  
(March 17, 10:00 AM PDT/ 01:00 PM EDT/ 18:00 CET)

Match #2: Elements LCS EU Team Logo  Elements vs. Fnatic - LCS EU Team Logo Fnatic    1  0  
(March 17, 11:00 AM PDT/ 02:00 PM EDT/ 19:00 CET)

Match #3: H2K Gaming LCS EU Team Logo  H2K vs. Unicorns of Love - LCS EU Team Logo Unicorns of Love    0   1  
(March 17, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 20:00 CET)

Match #4: Rroccat - LCS EU Team Logo Roccat vs. Vitality - LCS EU Team Logo Team Vitality    1  0  
(March 17, 01:00 PM PDT/ 04:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CET)

Match #5: Splyce - LCS EU Team Logo Splyce vs. G2 Esports LCS EU Team Logo  G2 eSports    0   1  
(March 17, 02:00 PM PDT/ 05:00 PM EDT/ 22:00 CET)

LCS EU Spring Split 2016 – Week 9 | Day 2 

Match #1: H2K Gaming LCS EU Team Logo  H2K vs. Elements LCS EU Team Logo  Elements    1  0  
(March 18, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EDT/ 18:00 CET)

Match #2: Vitality - LCS EU Team Logo Team Vitality vs. Splyce - LCS EU Team Logo Splyce    1  0  
(March 18, 11:00 AM PDT/ 02:00 PM EDT/ 19:00 CET)

Match #3: Origen - LCS EU Team Logo Origen vs. Fnatic - LCS EU Team Logo Fnatic    1  0  
(March 18, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 20:00 CET)

Match #4: Giants - LCS EU Team Logo Giants vs. Rroccat - LCS EU Team Logo Roccat    1  0  
(March 18, 01:00 PM PDT/ 04:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CET)

Match #5: G2 Esports LCS EU Team Logo  G2 eSports vs. Unicorns of Love - LCS EU Team Logo Unicorns of Love    1  0  
(March 18, 02:00 PM PDT/ 05:00 PM EDT/ 22:00 CET)

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EU LCS Week 9 – Preview and Predictions

After a acceptable week 8 of predictions we’re heading into week 9 trying to improve on our 60% prediction rate from week 8. For week 9 we’ll be focusing on 2 games per day and the remaining games will be quickly concluded in their own paragraphs. For the focus matches we’ll be looking at Fnatic vs. Elements and H2k vs. Unicorns of Love on day 1. These games are likely to be the closest games of the day and the competing teams are closest in skill level and ladder position compared to their opponents. Make sure to tune in on March 17th when the games go live!

Week 9 | Day 1 – Match #1: Giants - LCS EU Team Logo Giants vs. Origen - LCS EU Team Logo Origen

Head to head record: Giants 0:1 Origen
Start Time: March 17, 10:00 AM PDT/ 01:00 PM EDT/ 18:00 CET

Giants have a new starter on their roster, HustlinBeast will be replacing G0DFREDLOL, but just how much will this improve their performances? Origen has been a little shaken up but overall they’re staying on an equal level. This is still a level above Giants and they’re going to have a rough time but maybe this new blood to their roster will bring us some good quality games.

Prediction: Origen Victory. Giants are sure to be making improvements as the end of the split is coming but they’re still a bottom of the ladder team and bringing down a middle tier team such as Origen is going to come as a challenge. I’ll be expecting the game to start out slowly but quickly spiral in Origen’s favour.

Week 9 | Day 1 – Match #2: Elements LCS EU Team Logo  Elements vs. Fnatic - LCS EU Team Logo Fnatic

Head to head record: Elements 0:1 Fnatic
Start Time: March 17, 11:00 AM PDT/ 02:00 PM EDT/ 19:00 CET

It’s difficult to imagine what Fnatic’s skill level would be like after facing Giants during Week 8 but their match against VIT showed us that they’ve certainly improved after they managed to contest that game against them for so long and even held a lead during it for quite some time. A few mistakes lead to their defeat but it was certainly better than the loss that Elements took to Splyce. Elements did however redeem themselves on Week 8 Day 2 where they managed to take down Unicorns of Love by picking off their opponents and making the best of bad situations. This match could give us great insight to how these teams adapt and how they’ve improved.

Logo of LCS EU Season 6 Spring Split Team ElementsElements: Their Week 8 Day 1 performance looked okay until the 30minute mark where they started to be dominated by the proactive plays of their opponents and if they’d had better control and pressure they’d have survive the relentless pushing. They’re going to need to adapt to the global pressures of Fnatic if they want to crawl through the game and come out on top.

Logo of LCS EU Season 6 Spring Split Team FnaticFnatic: Their match against Giants was quick and it’s difficult to gather much information from it, it was a near perfect game and there was an obvious skill difference between the teams. Their day 2 match against Vitality was closer than a lot of people thought it would be and Fnatic certainly showed off some improvement. These improvements are going to come in handy over the next few weeks and they might be able to show it off here against Elements.

The following weeks after IEM, having given Fnatic so much practice against some of the best performing teams across the world, Fnatic are certainly at an advantage here. They also hold the head to head record between the teams and sit quite a bit higher on the ladder than Elements.

Elements are going to want to get champions with good team fighting, wave clear and the ability to pick off their opponents. Their bottom lane is likely to pick up either Thresh or Morgana as support however I’d like to see the Alistar show up for them; this’ll be matched with their Lucian or Corki unless they opt for the Miss Fortune pick once again. Their middle lane is likely to pick something with utility and / or wave clear so I’ll be looking for a Corki or Karma pick, we might even see another Zilean appear. Their jungler has consistently picked Gragas and Elise which are both comfortable for the team and we’re likely to see them show up once again. Their top lane will be one of the most difficult; Trundle has been a good previous choice and is certainly strong in the meta so I’d like to see it picked up once again. Once they’ve locked in and ready to play they’re going to want a safe line of vision in the river and are going to be prepared to rotate. As soon as the turret trading starts they’re going to want to get a head start and either attempt a Renegades style mega push or back off early and save their own turret to gain a tempo advantage. If they can do this they’ll get their foot in the door to gain a lead and if they stay proactive, make good use of their tempo and rotate accordingly then they might be able to force Fnatic into a corner.

Fnatic should power-pick their best champions and try and force their way through the Elements line-up. A Rammus or Poppy in the top lane could do phenomenal things for the team fighting potential which will likely be matched with a Lee Sin in the jungle, unless Nidalee makes it through the banning phase. Their bottom lane will likely have a focus on picking Jhin, if not then we could be seeing a Kalista once again and it’ll be paired with a Braum, Thresh or Alistar as a tanky support has been their forte. Their middle lane will more than likely pick something with burst or roaming potential so I expect a Corki or Lissandra pick to show up for them. After their lock in and preparation they’re going to want to prepare their lane swap and rotations, force pressure in the middle lane and take the rift herald as soon as they feel they can. Once they take the rift herald they’re going to want to run the buff to a lane to force a push away from their opponents, this will give them a tempo lead and with the skill difference between the teams they should be able to come out on top.

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. They’ve been performing on a higher and more consistent level than Elements, they’ve nearly perfected the lane swapping and rotations which is significantly better than Elements and they’ve got a better understanding of how and when to play the map. Their proactive plays will run Elements down and I expect a win around 30mins for Fnatic.

Week 9 | Day 1 – Match #3: H2K Gaming LCS EU Team Logo  H2K vs. Unicorns of Love - LCS EU Team Logo Unicorns of Love

Head to head record: H2k 1:0 Unicorns of Love
Start Time: March 17, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 20:00 CET

H2k are a team tied for 1st place and this game here could set them up to stabilize 1st or drop down the ladder. H2k have been performing consistently and have been showing that even when they’re under a tremendous amount of pressure they can step up and perform. Unicorns of Love have been hit a bit rough after taking 2 losses in week 8 to teams that they should have been able to out-perform, was it just a bad week and can we expect more from them?

Logo of LCS EU Season 6 Spring Split Team H2K GamingH2k: Strong and adaptable, H2k have shown slight improvements after their tough break where they nearly lost their marksman and were under a lot of stress and are sure to keep on improving. This could prove troublesome for the Unicorns of Love who have been running into trouble but H2k are going to need to sort out the slight kinks in their works to really step up for the end of split playoffs. This could be their chance to show off what they’ve learned.

Logo of LCS EU Season 6 Spring Split Team Unicorns of LoveUnicorns of Love: Inconsistent would be an understatement, their good performances can be great however it doesn’t make up for their bad performances which they’ve been having a lot more of recently. It might have just been a bad week for them but if they don’t adapt accordingly to what the other teams are showing they’re going to have an extremely difficult time staying by the top of the ladder.

I think H2k are coming into this with an advantage, although their victories in Week 8 were against teams nearing the bottom of the ladder they managed to pull out some extremely strong performances and have shown why they’re a team at the top of the board. Week 8 went sideways for Unicorns of Love after they took 2 losses; they’re also behind on the head to head record so things are looking rough for them.

H2k should look for their comfort picks, they’ve got the mechanical skill and macro management to maintain a consistent style against the majority of teams and this should be no different, I’ll be looking for a Sivir or Lucian to appear in the bottom lane which is likely to be paired with a Thresh or Braum, unless we see Janna picked up due to the synergy and peel for the marksman. Their middle lane has favoured burst champions over the course of the split and has picked up Corki often so it could show up once again, or we could be looking at the LeBlanc that’s been played recently. Their jungler will probably pick up Nidalee if it’s available and should fall back to Lee Sin. Their top laner has had phenomenal performances on tanks that can lock down opponents such as Rammus and Nautilus so they’re definitely favoured picks for H2k. Once they’ve locked in they’re going to want to lock down UoL as soon as possible, force the lane swap and take advantage of their better mechanical players. Get their marksman to the bottom lane early for the turret trade and have the support assist the jungler to take the rift herald, quickly grouping in the bottom lane will let them quickly push and then make a move in the middle lane. UoL seems likely to crumble under the global pressure as their macro management has been really bad lately. H2k should be able to pick off opponents with this tempo advantage and are unlikely to fall to quick sieges from UoL due to a significant amount of wave clear. After taking an advantage they should Baron as soon as it’s deemed safe and push for a quick win with the buff.

Unicorns of Love will need to pick for strong laning and team fighting, if they can force fights when H2k are rotating or out of position they should be able to gain a lead. To do this they’re going to need champions that can lock down opponents such as Alistar or Thresh as the support, paired with an Ezreal or Lucian in the bottom lane. Their middle laner is going to want to pick up some burst on a Gangplank, who can stop the turret trading with his ultimate, or LeBlanc however I could see them opting for significant wave clear and falling back onto Viktor. Their jungler is going to need to be something that can quickly move across the map with some mobility, Gragas and Lee Sin supply this with Rek’sai being a safe pick just in case. Their top lane will need to be a CC heavy tank so much like the H2k pick they’re going to want to focus on Rammus or Nautilus, falling back on Malphite or Poppy is a possibility. After the drafting phase they’re going to want to choose carefully, assess their opponent’s champions and either risk the turret trading or try and find the standard lanes. If they pick for standard they’re going to want mid lane pressure early to allow their middle lane to roam, 4 man goon squads are no joke and can give UoL a huge tempo swing. If they go for the turret trade they’re going to want to avoid risking any extra damage on tier 2 turrets, possibly backing early or sending their middle lane to hold it and rotating for the middle lane with the remainder of the team. If they can avoid the tempo play from H2k they might be able to pressure a dragon fight, if they pick small skirmishes they can come out on top with a small lead each time, slowly building their advantage. After an advantage has been gained they can start to pressure structures and force their way through the game.

Prediction: H2k Victory. I really want to believe in the Unicorns of Love but they’ve been performing quite badly lately and it’s going to be difficult for them to start their come-back against a team as consistent and well performing as H2k. I expect the earlier portions of the game to be slow and methodical until skirmishes start to break out, regardless of how the small skirmishes go I expect H2k to come out on top by the end-game.

Week 9 | Day 1 – Match #4: Rroccat - LCS EU Team Logo Roccat vs. Vitality - LCS EU Team Logo Team Vitality

Head to head record: Roccat 1:0 Team Vitality
Start Time: March 17, 01:00 PM PDT/ 04:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CET

After we saw the split progress the head to head record can really throw off the opinions of the teams. Yes, Roccat hold the head to head record, but they’ve been performing significantly worse than VIT throughout the spring split and I expect the skill difference between the teams to really show up here. Can Roccat hold their own and take the head to head or will Vitality bring it back? It’s going to be tough for Roccat but we’ve been seeing teams pull out surprising things lately.

Prediction: Team Vitality Victory. Roccat might hold the head to head but that doesn’t suddenly excuse their poor performances throughout the split. They’ve been having a rough time against the majority of competitive teams and with Team Vitality standing by the top of the ladder I expect them to really bully around Roccat.

Week 9 | Day 1 – Match #5: Splyce - LCS EU Team Logo Splyce vs. G2 Esports LCS EU Team Logo  G2 eSports

Head to head record: Splyce 0:1 G2 Esports
Start Time: March 17, 02:00 PM PDT/ 05:00 PM EDT/ 22:00 CET

Splyce have actually made visible improvements, is it enough to bring down a #1 contender though? I’m not so sure. They’ve been bringing down teams around the same skill and performance level as them but doing the same thing against top standing teams is more than just difficult, it’s a mission. G2 have consistently given their opponents a hard time and even though they have a few losses to their name they certainly made it difficult and I expect this match to be no different.

Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. It would be an oddity for them to take a loss here, they’ve been outperforming nearly every team this split and have shown that they shouldn’t have been considered underdogs at the beginning of the season. I expect them to make quick work of the early game and really show us what they’ve got here, nearing the end of the split it would certainly be a good time to put on a show.

Predictions EU LCS Week 9 – Day 2:

Our day 1 predictions went worse than expected so we’re going to need to come into week 2 with a better hit, hopefully with less upsets as the casters were calling Week 9 Day 1 “Reverse day”. 2 focus matches as per usual with the remaining games being concluded and the 2 focus games will be Origen vs. Fnatic and H2k vs. Elements. I chose Origen vs. Fnatic because of the rivalry between the teams and the fact that due to recent performances by the teams they’re looking quite close in skill level, both teams can be inconsistent and they are sure to bring us some serious excitement. H2k vs. Elements was picked because as a top performing team we’re going to need to keep an eye on H2k before we head into the playoffs! Make sure you tune into the live games on the 18th March to see how things roll out!

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #1: H2K Gaming LCS EU Team Logo  H2K vs. Elements LCS EU Team Logo  Elements

Head to head record: H2k 1:0 Elements
Start Time: March 18, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EDT/ 18:00 CET)

Elements are certainly looking stronger after they put up a really good performance on Day 1 but will that continue, even against a top performing team? H2k are going to need to watch their maps as they’ve been prone to over extending and Elements could quite easily take advantage of it, if both teams bring their best this could be one of the best games of the day.

Logo of LCS EU Season 6 Spring Split Team H2K GamingH2k: One of the best performing teams took a bit of a hit on Day 1 after they kept overextending and it really set them back, they’re going to need a better line of vision if they’re pushing forward but with how passionate and adaptive the team is these issues might not continue through the rest of the week.

Logo of LCS EU Season 6 Spring Split Team ElementsElements: A victory on day 1 against a significantly better performing team has given them the morale they need to continue to push this through for a perfect week. It’s not going to get any easier though as H2k are looking to take hold of the #1 or #2 seed for the split heading into playoffs.

H2k are coming into this with an advantage, they’re an overall stronger performing team and although their recent performance has been a bit rough I have no doubt they’re going to really step up as playoffs draw even closer. They hold the head to head record and are still in a significantly better position than Elements.

H2k are going to want to draft for comfort, a nice combination of split pushing possibilities with team fighting capabilities should give them the variety they need to adapt to however the game plays out. If they can get a hold of the Rammus that’s been giving them strong recent performances they’re going to want to snatch it as quickly as possible, if it’s not available then picking up Nautilus or even Trundle could be good to cover them. Their jungler is likely to pick up Lee Sin or Nidalee as it has the ability to influence the earlier stages of the game and that’s where their jungler thrives. Their middle lane has played extremely well on mages with wave clear and burst potential so sticking with those Is likely to give them an advantage when team fighting, Azir, LeBlanc or Corki seem to be the most likely options. Their bottom lane should attempt to pick up Sivir If it’s open as it’s so strong at the moment and will complement the team however a Lucian seems more likely to be paired with an Alistar or Thresh. Once they’ve drafted they’re going to want to get a deep line of vision and maintain it, their biggest weakness has been falling to flanks and surprise engages and avoiding them gives them the opportunity to make the proactive plays to gain the lead they need.

Elements really know how to take control of a situation if they go into it with a lead, handling a 1-3-1 composition has shown to be comfortable for them so they’re going to want to stick with it until it runs dry. Their top lane is going to want to stick with something that can push, is adaptable and can fill multiple roles. Sticking with the Trundle for the top lane will work well, if it’s not available then falling back onto the Graves or Poppy previously shown can work just as well. Their jungler is likely to pick up Gragas as it has good team fighting impact, the ability to pick off opponents and can apply pressure early, if it’s taken then we could be looking at an Elise. Their middle lane will pick a wave clearing mage such as Lissandra or Karma that can help keep the push in check. The bottom lane might look to pick up an Ezreal of Lucian as their marksman because of their potential to scale and the comfort they have on those champions. Their support will more than likely be a tank unless they feel Morgana being a necessity, so expect an Alistar or Thresh to show up. After the draft they’re going to want to get a safe line of vision across the river in the earlier stages of the game and slowly shift it to the side of their opponent’s jungle that they’re focusing. Avoiding being engaged on could assist them in pushing other lanes but their main focus will need to be Baron, it’ll be difficult but they’re going to need to gain a tempo advantage and force a Baron whilst they have an advantage, doing so should give them enough of a lead and enough tempo to break the base of H2k, opening up the win.

Prediction: H2k Victory. They may be a little shaken up but overall I think their performances are stronger and more dominating when they’re on a good day and even their bad days work out better than Elements’. Their mechanical skill should get them a small advantage earlier which will open up objectives for them and ever so slowly the win will open up.

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #2: Vitality - LCS EU Team Logo Team Vitality vs. Splyce - LCS EU Team Logo Splyce

Head to head record: Team Vitality 1:0 Splyce
Start Time: March 18, 11:00 AM PDT/ 02:00 PM EDT/ 19:00 CET

Team Vitality took a big upset hit on Day 1 losing their game against Roccat which means they could actually lose to teams at the bottom of the board, opening up the possibilities for Splyce to take this win. Splyce on Day 1 had a phenomenal game against G2 Esports where they nearly managed to take the game but they just couldn’t get that final push. If Splyce can keep it up they’re sure to give VIT a run for their money here.

Prediction: Team Vitality Victory. Splyce could put up one hell of a fight here and we could be looking at another upset, with this being “Reverse week” and all that, but I expect Vitality to come out on top because they are a top performing team here and if they can avoid a choke they’ll take advantage of their superior skillset.

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #3: Origen - LCS EU Team Logo Origen vs. Fnatic - LCS EU Team Logo Fnatic

Head to head record: Origen 0:1 Fnatic
Start Time: March 18, 12:00 PM PDT/ 03:00 PM EDT/ 20:00 CET

The very first game of the EU LCS 2016 season started with Origen vs. Fnatic and it ended with Fnatic taking the win, they’re looking a bit stronger now after the many weeks of practice but Origen have really been stepping up in comparison to their first performances. Fnatic are going to need to stay level headed and try and play off of the mistakes that Origen are bound to make however will the opening be big enough for the game to be taken?

Logo of LCS EU Season 6 Spring Split Team OrigenOrigen: PowerOfEvil has stepped back in after being Ill and although xPeke covered the middle lane once again for Origen he was out of practice so the analysis of his games could be considered slightly tainted because of team was at an obvious disadvantage. Their day 1 performance against Giants went as expected and they looked extremely strong but with the skill disparity between these 2 teams being huge we’ll have to take it with a grain of salt.

Logo of LCS EU Season 6 Spring Split Team FnaticFnatic: Like a rollercoaster the Fnatic team have had highs and lows, ups and downs, and after their performance on Day 1 they’re probably feeling a little rough. I think their biggest mistake was stepping back from their most comfortable and most practiced composition to counter their enemies instead of taking the proactive stance. They’re going to need to be proactive against Origen to shut them down here.

It’s difficult to conclude who here’s at an advantage, both teams are near equal on the ladder and have shown obvious weakness, Origen have an extremely difficult time when playing from behind during the earlier stages of the game and can underestimate their opponents and Fnatic can make macro mistakes or pick fights where they’re at a disadvantage. Both teams are going to need to play off of each-others weakness to take this so I expect this game to be taken over objective control.

Origen are going to want to take a controlling approach, a 1-3-1 composition base around split pushing is their best opportunity and also their most comfortable fitting style for the players. A Poppy or Fiora in the top lane would be fantastic for them and pair that with an oppressive early game jungler such as Nidalee or Lee Sin and you’ve got yourself a proactive early game. Their middle lane has been extremely versatile but has always drafted some form of wave clear, for the 1-3-1 composition longer wave clear is preferred so a Varus or Corki might show up. Their bottom lane has had a Lucian preference but has shown a liking to Jhin so I’ll be keeping my eye out for them once against and it’ll more than likely be paired with a tanky support such as Thresh, Braum or even Trundle! Once they’ve drafted they’re going to want to opt into the lane swap, pushing turrets early opens up the map and allows them to get a deep line of vision but they’re going to want to focus on making sure their top laner doesn’t fall behind. As the game progresses they’re going to want to focus on a bit of objective control, not to take the objectives but to pressure their opponents into controlled situations, allowing Origen to push relentlessly. If they can correctly pull off the 1-3-1 they should be able to safely Baron in the later stages of the game to close it out.

Fnatic are going to want to pick a strong team fighting composition to counter the style of Origen, making proactive plays throughout the game to set them back or force them away from their win condition. I’ll be looking for a Rammus or Poppy to show up in the top lane with an aggressive jungler such as Lee Sin or Elise to show up, maybe we’ll see a Gragas finally show up for them? Their middle lane has an AoE and control mage preference so we might see another Azir appearance however I’ll be looking for the Corki pick once again. Their bottom lane should pick up Jhin if it’s open, it’s their most recently practice composition and they’ve shown that they can execute it extremely well, pair it with a Braum and viola; you’ve got engage and disengage to choose fights wisely. Once they’ve drafted they’re going to want to get a deep line of vision on the bottom side of the map, as soon as the rotations start they’re going to want to force the Origen top laner into an extremely uncomfortable position that sets him back, this will be key in the later stages of the game as it’ll let them shut down a part of the Origen win condition. If they see an opportunity to engage in a team fight when Origen are trying to execute a split push they’re going to want to take the fight as decisively and confidently as possible, giving them an advantage and opening up the opportunity for them to push.

Prediction: Origen Victory. It was a difficult decision but I think Fnatic have been a bit unreliable, their practice from IEM has proven to be nearly negligible and their recent performances have me doubting their communication. Origen, if they get through the earlier stages of the game, should be able to out-macro Fnatic and push for the win.

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #4: Giants - LCS EU Team Logo Giants vs. Rroccat - LCS EU Team Logo Roccat

Head to head record: Giants 1:0 Roccat
Start Time: March 18, 01:00 PM PDT/ 04:00 PM EDT/ 21:00 CET

Both teams are sitting at the bottom of the board but how have their recent performances looked? Well, Roccat managed to take down Team Vitality on day 1 and this is huge news for them! Taking down a top tier team is something that shouldn’t be taken too lightly. Giants are likely to be a bit worried about it but they’ve had phenomenal early game strategies that have given them leads, if they can execute one of these and gain an early lead they might just be able to shut down the Roccat opportunities.

Prediction: Roccat Victory. They’ve actually upped their performances quite significantly and have certainly held their own in the earlier stages of the game against a lot of teams, this goes to show that they’ve definitely made necessary improvements. Giants are however still having some extremely rough performances in the earlier stages of the game, where I think Roccat will gain their lead.

Week 9 | Day 2 – Match #5: G2 Esports LCS EU Team Logo  G2 eSports vs. Unicorns of Love - LCS EU Team Logo Unicorns of Love

Head to head record: G2 Esports 1:0 Unicorns of Love
Start Time: March 18, 02:00 PM PDT/ 05:00 PM EDT/ 22:00 CET

G2 Esports looked a bit rough nearly taking a loss to Splyce on Day 1 but they managed to eventually claim the game as their own. Unicorns of Love however put on a fantastic performance against H2k and managed to take them down for another strong win of the season. This is sure to be one of the most exciting games of the day and it looks like it could go either way. G2 Esports may be a better performing team over the course of the split but UoL have taken down top teams and are sure to bring trouble.

Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. They didn’t fall to the strategies of Unicorns of Love before and I don’t think it’ll happen this time around. G2 have been a strong team all around even though they’ve had the odd issue whereas Unicorns of Love have had extremely rough patches, all it takes is a small mistake for the game to be over and I expect UoL to be the ones making the mistake.

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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!

 

  • OmairAbbas

    keep it up