EU vs. NA | LoL Rift Rivals 2017 | Blue Rift

Get ready for Rift Rivals 2017: Blue Rift (EU LCS vs. NA LCS) as this tournament will once and for all answer the question: Is NA>EU or EU>NA? Rift Rivals is a brand new cross-regional event that League of Legends fans from all around the world couldn’t await since the day it has been announced. The 13 regions with professional LoL championships will face their nemesis on the rift and play for bragging rights that will last for at least the next few months until the world championship 2017 will be taking place and the balance of power could get altered again. Five tournaments will pit teams from all regions with their closest one or two rivals resulting in the following clashes: Blue Rift (EU vs. NA), Yellow Rift (LLN vs. CLS vs. CBLOL), Purple Rift (GPL vs. LJL vs. OPL), Green Rift (LCL vs. TCL) und Red Rift (LCK vs. LPL vs. LMS). The most intense one of this rivalries might be the one we will focus on from now, Europe vs. North America. The conflict between fans of these regions is ubiquitous and if you look on twitch.tv, reddit or facebook, everyone pretends to know which region is superior. To review this, Rift Rivals 2017 will involve the three best teams of the EU and NA LCS Spring Split 2017, no matter how they are performing in the current Summer Split. The first duel of the tournament could already be the most important, as Team SoloMid, perhaps the most popular team of the western League of Legends scene, will face the winner of the last three EU LCS Splits, G2 Esports. The last time they met was at the Mid-Season Invitational 2017 as G2 was able to knock out and enter the finals against SKT T1. But since then, they have lost a lot of their momentum and are now struggling with beating other european teams.

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Rift Rivals 2017 Playoff | NA vs. EU

Finals: Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid vs. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love     3 : 0  
July 08, 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

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Table: Europe
1. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love 3-3
2. Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic 2-4
3. Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports 1-5
Table: North America
1. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid 5-1
2. Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1 4-2
3. Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9 3-3

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League of Legends Icon Schedule and Results | Rift Rivals 2017 Group Stage

There will be six matches every day featuring every team twice. But consider: Never will two teams of the same region face each other in this tournament. This is solely about EU vs. NA. If you are more interested in watching european or north american teams among themselves, you have to wait just one week until LCS Summer Split 2017 continues. After three days of Group Stage the team with the most victories of each region enters the final. This will again be a match between Europe and North America and will finally decide which region is superior. The final will be played in a Best-of-5.

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Group Stage Schedule | NA vs. EU | Day 3 

Match #1: Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1 vs. Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports    1 :
July 07, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CEST

Match #2: Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love vs. Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL WorldsCloud9    1 :
July 07, 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

Match #3: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid    0 :
July 07, 10:00 AM PDT / 01:00 PM EDT / 19:00 CEST

Match #4: Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1 vs. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love    1 :
July 07, 11:00 AM PDT / 02:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CEST

Match #5: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic vs. Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9    0 :
July 07, 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

Match #6: Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid  0 :
July 07, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST

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The most important question is doubtlessly: Which region will outright win the tournament? The League of Legends betting odds for this and other options have already been published long time ago and if you are interested to read more about these kind of bets you should read our news about the Betting Odds for the LoL Rift Rivals 2017. You can also bet on certain matches of the first matchday now, new odds will be published every day. In fact, the european teams are undisputed favorites of all bookes, even the worst team of the EU LCS is more likely to win than lose against the best team of the NA LCS. But european teams and especially G2 Esports have regularly shown their weaknesses on international stages in the past. The performances of G2 have not been on point too recently, whereas Fnatic seems to have solved their problems of the last two splits. But a tournament like Rift Rivals is the ideal opportunity for each team to prove their critics wrong.

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Group Stage Predictions | NA vs. EU | Grand Final 

Team SoloMid vs. Unicorns of Love Rift Rivals 2017
Finals: Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid vs. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love

July 08, 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

Team Solo Mid made it to the top of the North American teams so they’ve pushed their way into the finals of the Rift Rivals! They’ve overcome challenges and have only dropped a single game on their way to the top, but that single game was against the Unicorns of Love. UoL scraped their way into the top position of the European teams to push into the finals but have dropped many more games that TSM; are they up to the challenge? Tune into the series when it goes live on Saturday, July 8th, to find out!

Team Logo TSM NA LCS 2017Team Solo Mid – TSM have shown many outstanding performances, they’ve built multiple different types of compositions and are often besting their opponents on a mechanical level. They’ve run into some macro trouble in a few of their games but have nearly always found a way on top! There’s no way they’ll understate UoL here though, seeing as they’ve already lost a game to them.

Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017Unicorns of Love – They must be feeling quite confident knowing they’ve been able to take down Team Solo Mid before. But this series will bring a whole different level to how challenging TSM can be. Unicorns of Love have shown a significant amount of promise in their team fighting but their early game definitely needs a little work.

Team Solo Mid stand out here as the team that would be at an advantage, their early game is more reliable and their middle lane has proven to be more confident. The UoL top lane is definitely a place to watch in the middle stages of the game though, Unicorns of Love often have a deadly top lane and if it doesn’t draw attention in the earlier stages of the game then TSM could find themselves in a difficult position. UoL are going to want to find a way to propel their bottom lane forward whilst protecting the middle lane, using their jungler to clear and create vision in the bottom side river will assist in doing both. This could also create opportunities for them to take control of the bottom lane and possibly increase their focus on taking dragons. TSM will want to find a way to get their top lane ahead, even if just slightly. Their bottom lane is very focused and can often equalise their lane as just a duo, applying pressure to the middle lane could give TSM a huge threat for the middle stages of the game where team fighting is definitely going to erupt.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. I think TSM will find more consistent advantages in the earlier stages of the game; it comes with a risk though! With these advantages they’re more likely to play into their own strengths whilst avoiding UoL’s. This means they’ll avoid unnecessary team fighting around the middle lane and will work with controlling the outer lanes, a systematic style of play; something that will slowly give them the series.

Group Stage Predictions | NA vs. EU | Day 3 

Phoenix1 vs. G2 Esports Rift Rivals 2017
Match #1: Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1 vs. Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports

July 07, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CEST

Phoenix 1 has shown some great strength already, they were unable to take down Fnatic but put up a great fight. It was an entirely different story when they showed forms of domination over the Unicorns of Love though, with their increasingly improving engagements and their growing confidence. G2 Esports have shown persistence but are lacking in jungle pressure, how well can they handle P1? Tune into the game when it goes live on Friday, July 7th, to find out!

Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017Phoenix 1 – P1 have shown phenomenal strength with their jungle pressure and it’s been translating into leads pretty nicely so far, they’ve handled the European meta-game well so far and I’m confident that they will continue to do so. Their lanes have been just a little underwhelming but as Rift Rivals progresses I’m sure they’ll perform with as much confidence as their jungler.

Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017G2 Esports – A shaky start to Rift Rivals for G2 but they managed to take down Cloud 9, one of the more feared North American teams that are participating in this tournament. G2 were unable to put on much of a convincing performance though, even when they held onto a significant lead they were unable to expand their control over the map, if this issue continues then G2 will only find more trouble.

I think G2 Esports are at an advantage here but it’s extremely debatable, they’ve lacked some of their jungle pressure and that’s where North America has been thriving. The North American jungle players have been able to create constant pressure and it’s translating into lane leads fairly quickly, if G2 can’t get a grip on the early stages of the game they could quickly fall into a deficit and if we’ve learned anything from their play so far it’s that they’re not great at playing from behind. If P1 can pump out early pressure they could quickly look to expand their map control, giving them a position to thrive from.

Prediction: Phoenix 1 Victory. P1 were able to put up a good fight against Fnatic, have been able to constantly pressure the earliest stages of the game and have shown that they know how to work with a lead, because of their early strengths I think they’ll find a lead on G2 and will take a controlling position over the game.

Unicorns of Love vs. Cloud9 Rift Rivals 2017
Match #2: Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love vs. Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9

July 07, 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

Unicorns of Love have had an extremely difficult 1st day at the Rift Rivals tournament; they’ve been unable to take a single game and some of their performances have been questionable; definitely not the performances you would expect from a top team in the region. Cloud 9 have gone 1 for 1 after the 1st day and their performance against Fnatic was exquisite, they have shown true domination of the middle lane when they focus. How well can UoL hold up? Tune into the game when it goes live on Friday, July 7th, to find out!

Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017Unicorns of Love – A lot of discussion surrounding the Unicorns of Love is currently about how their middle lane and jungle player have been underperforming, but maybe they’re just being outclassed at the moment. They’re really going to need to get a hold of their vision control in the earlier stages to set up their middle lane and jungle control, if they don’t they’ll only find more trouble.

Team Logo Cloud9 NA LCS 2017Cloud 9 – C9 had some terrible positioning in their game against G2 Esports and it really threw away their chances to scale and come back into their game. It was very backwards and forwards for that game but ultimately C9 fell under the pressure. If they can stay patient, mind their positioning and continue their forceful control they’re bound to find success.

Cloud 9 look to be at an advantage here, they were the stronger performing team on the 1st day of the Rift Rivals and have shown that they’re well adapted to the European meta-game. Their vision control throughout all stages of the game has been vast and overwhelming and it’s given them great opportunities to thrive, even when playing from behind. Unicorns of Love are going to need to build extensive early lines of vision to keep their lanes safe, preferably picking an early jungle champion to help them get some of the early pressure out; assisting them in surviving until their find their stride in the middle stages of the game.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. Cloud 9 have had stronger and more confident performances so far, they’ve shown strength throughout all stages of the game and even when they’ve fallen behind they’ve shown an ability to push forward. I think they’ve got more reliable early pressures that will grant them a lead and an eventual control over the game.

Fnatic vs. Team SoloMid Rift Rivals 2017
Match #3: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid

July 07, 10:00 AM PDT / 01:00 PM EDT / 19:00 CEST

Fnatic have shown that their early game is definitely not their strength, their macro management and patience when playing from a more difficult position is how they’ve been maintaining their consistent play. Team Solo Mid are also a more macro oriented team so this match-up is sure to bring a lot of excitement. I think Fnatic are at a slight advantage with their macro management and interesting team compositions but Team Solo Mid have stronger performances in the middle stages of the game, if Fnatic push too early they’ll definitely find some trouble.

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. With both teams having fairly similar styles of play I think Fnatic are going to win the game of patience, they’ve shown that they can equalise the game without pressuring objectives and this will give them opportunities later in the game which could lead them to victory; reducing the risk of the losing in the earlier stages.

Phoenix1 vs. Unicorns of Love Rift Rivals 2017
Match #4: Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1 vs. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love

July 07, 11:00 AM PDT / 02:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CEST

Phoenix 1 was already able to take a convincing victory over the Unicorns of Love and that definitely shows that they’re at an advantage for this game. With their early game strength being held by their jungle player, outshining the jungle player from Unicorns of love, it’s likely that they’ll find an early lead. Unicorns of Love are going to need to expand their early vision to try and maintain their composure; it’s going to be a gruelling task though.

Prediction: Phoenix 1 Victory. With their early strengths shining I think they’ll be able to pressure the lanes of the Unicorns of Love and find a comfortable enough lead to gain objective control; giving them control over the map.

Fnatic vs. Cloud9 Rift Rivals 2017
Match #5: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic vs. Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9

July 07, 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

They’ve already gone head to head and a lack of respect for the Cloud 9 comfort picks, known well in the North American region, lead to Fnatic having a miserable game. Having now learned to respect certain compositions and champions from Cloud 9 I think Fnatic stand a better chance but it certainly doesn’t change the fact that C9 already beat FNC and have shown dominance over the FNC Jungle and middle lane. It’s definitely going to be a tough one.

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. Having seen the comfort picks of Cloud 9 first hand now I think Fnatic are going to make the necessary adaptions, they’ve shown stronger overall macro management but their early game is definitely a week point that needs to be covered. Cloud 9 will abuse the early weaknesses of FNC but if FNC can hold tight I think they’ve got a more reliable late game.

G2 Esports vs. Team SoloMid Rift Rivals 2017
Match #6: Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid

July 07, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST

G2 Esports have looked a little rough but they’ve also proven that they can have fairly dominating performances in regards to the early and middle stages of the game. They were able to take a huge lead over Cloud 9 on the first day of Rift Rivals and If they’re on an incline they could do the same against Team Solo Mid. I think Team Solo Mid have stronger team fighting and individual player mechanics so they’re going to want to play for the middle stages of the game, avoiding any unnecessary early skirmishing if possible.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. Team Solo Mid have shown that they can take control of the map quickly, they’ve got a fairly reliable early game and as long as their individual lanes aren’t falling behind they’re going to be able to find advantages to push forward, giving them map control and eventually the game.

Group Stage Predictions | NA vs. EU | Day 2 

Cloud9 vs. Unicorns of Love Rift Rivals 2017
Match #1: Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love

July 06, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CEST

Unicorns of Love appear to be a fairly underestimated team, at least that’s what the talk from professional players appears to be like, and this could give them a very hefty and unsuspected advantage. Cloud 9 are going to want to handle with care, UoL are topping their EU LCS games and could come into this international tournament with improvements made. Who will come out on top? Tune into the game when it goes live on Thursday, July 6th, to find out!

Team Logo Cloud9 NA LCS 2017Cloud9 – C9 have been making a steady incline of improvements in the past few weeks, their performances in the NA LCS are becoming stronger and they’re looking more consistent. They’ve got multiple assets in their top lane that they can use too, both of which have shown great skill when comfortable.

Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017Unicorns of Love – UoL are definitely a team that shouldn’t be underestimated, they have a rich history of bringing niche champions or picks to international tournaments and I think they’re going to bring us a significant amount of excitement for this tournament.

I think both UoL and C9 are performing on similar levels, they outshine each other in different aspects of the game and it’s likely that the team that comes out on top just played the match-up better; or managed to build a composition with more reliable synergy. Both UoL and C9 have shown early strengths, great team fighting, and an ability to quickly take hold of a game if they’re given an opportunity that pushes them into a lead. I think C9 are the more stable of the 2 teams in the late game but UoL have more of an advantage around the middle stages because of their lack of fear and possible trigger happy engagements.

Prediction: Unicorns of Love Victory. C9 are going to put up a very good fight here and if they manage to take hold of an early lead they’re going to show some true strength. But the Unicorns of Love have earlier advantages and with this being a single game instead of a series I expect them to be the most likely victors at the end.

G2 Esports vs. Fnatic Rift Rivals 2017
Match #2: Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports vs. Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1

July 06, 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

Phoenix 1 is rising, there’s a lot of discussion currently surrounding the strength of their current jungler and I have to agree, he truly is performing on an outstanding level. He’s outplaying the individual players on top teams in North America and is going toe-to-toe with the best performing jungle players there too, if G2’s jungler is performing we could be looking at a thrilling ‘lane phase’. Who will come out on top? Tune into the series when it goes live on Thursday, July 6th, to find out!

Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017G2 Esports – G2 have got a lot to prove during this tournament, they had a rough start to their last international tournament and if they’re having a rough time in this one they could be bringing down the expectations for the entire region. They’re going to need to channel the potential of their jungler to counter P1, and will need to look for their own early advantages.

Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017Phoenix 1 – With their early game statistics on a significant rise we can only expect them to apply constant and regular lane pressure, teamed with their jungle pressure. P1 have adapted many champion picks and have steadily been improving, but will it be enough to perform on an international stage?

I think G2 Esports are at a minor advantage here, nothing significant though. I think they’ve had more reliable and consistent performances, they’ve also shown more mastery of specific champions with deeper champion pools. That would be a significant advantage if this was a series of games, but this is a best-of-1 and if G2 are unpractised against the P1 niche champion picks they could be in a lot of trouble. I think P1 have an early advantage and if they can create early opportunities they’ll be able to contest the game, but if G2 can hold out they’ll be in a much more comfortable position to control the map.

Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. Phoenix 1 are still having issues when facing off against the top teams in their own region, so how well will they be able to perform against one of the top teams from an opposing region? There are adaptions they’re going to have to make which I don’t think they’ll be able to pull off in a clean manner. I think G2 will be on edge, but will find a way on top of the game with their more consistent performances.

Team SoloMid vs. Fnatic Rift Rivals 2017
Match #3: Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid vs. Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic

July 06, 10:00 AM PDT / 01:00 PM EDT / 19:00 CEST

Team Solo Mid are a top performing North American team and they’re bringing some of the most famous League of Legends players with them to this tournament, but will it be enough to take down the European powerhouse team, Fnatic? With Kennen nerfs being brought to the Rift Rivals tournament I think the niche Fnatic pick is going to appear less often, but it’s still an option. Fnatic have shown phenomenal consistency in all of their lanes but the jungle pressure could break them down if the TSM jungler can get ahead. It’s going to be a game of map pressure and macro management.

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. TSM have a few advantages of their own which could spin this game in their favour and if they performed more consistently in the most recent week of the NA LCS I’d have given them the advantage here, but they’ve shown some weakness now and I think FNC have the ability to exploit it to take the game, it’s going to be thrilling tough.

Cloud9 vs. G2 Esports Rift Rivals 2017
Match #4: Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports

July 06, 11:00 AM PDT / 02:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CEST

With G2 Esports on a decline in the European region and with C9 making steady improvements and starting to rise further I’m inclined to say that Cloud 9 look to be at an advantage here, and with how much their consistency has improved I think there could be quite a skill-gap between these 2 performing teams now. Cloud 9 has improved their top lane, arguably one of their weaker lanes, and they’ve made steady improvements to their jungle. This will set them ahead and will cause issues for G2. G2 will need to create more early pressure, set up aggressive lines of vision close to the river and opposing jungle entrances, and will need to try to propel their own lanes forward here.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. The bottom lane is where I expect the jungle action to be applied to; the middle lane of C9 has been confident in recent games and could bring some solo action to the game. I think C9 is ahead in terms of map control as a team and this will give them the leads they need to take the game.

Phoenix1 vs. Fnatic Rift Rivals 2017
Match #5: Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1 vs. Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic

July 06, 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

There’s definitely a lot of talk surrounding the jungle of Phoenix 1, but now he’s going against one of the best jungle players from a different region. How will his consistency hold up on an international stage? Fnatic look to be at an advantage here, they’ve had some flawless performances and I think Phoenix 1 are going to run into issues as their individual players skill will fall behind Fnatics, making it extremely challenging for P1’s jungler to pick up the pressure and apply it to the map. If he’s able to have significant impact though, P1 could look to cause early fights and skirmishes to create a significant lead.

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. Fnatic have shown stability in all walks of the rift, they’ve got extremely strong and independent lanes which have all shown carry potential. I think P1’s jungler is going to perform well, but it won’t be well enough to shut down all of the lanes of Fnatic, giving them the tools they need to eventually come out on top.

Unicorns of Love vs Team SoloMid Rift Rivals 2017
Match #6: Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love vs. Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid

July 06, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST

Unicorns of Love are a top performing European team but it’s already apparent that they can be exploited by top performing teams when pressure is applied. If Unicorns of Love can’t hold onto the earlier stages of the game they’re going to find themselves in a pit of trouble. I think TSM are at a slight advantage here, but the entire advantage is held in the hands of the TSM Jungler. If he’s unable to perform during the earlier stages of the game, finding openings and creating opportunities, then the later stages of the game are going to be a bit of a gamble for both of these performing teams.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. Team Solo Mid is on a significant streak of victorious performances in the NA LCS, at least they were until they ran into late game issues against Cloud 9, and a lot of it has been down to the strong and consistent performances of their jungler. I think with the earlier strength they hold they’ll be able to find a minor lead, expanding it as the game draws into the later stages.

 

Group Stage Predictions | NA vs. EU | Day 1 

Team SoloMid vs. G2 Esports Rift Rivals 2017
Match #1: Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid vs. Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports

July 05, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CEST

There’s definitely tension between these 2 competing teams, in the latest Mid-season Invitational tournament they were regularly facing off and both teams managed to take a win off of the other, meaning there’s revenge to be had and a head-to-head tie that needs to be broken. Who will come out on top? Tune into the series when it goes live on Wednesday, July 5th, to find out!

Team Logo TSM NA LCS 2017Team Solo Mid – TSM had a bit of a rough start to their NA LCS split but they quickly picked things back up and have taken a top position on the NA LCS ladder. Their performances have definitely been more consistent and they’ve shown more diversity than expected, will they take down G2 and get revenge for MSI?

Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017G2 Esports – G2 have found themselves in a significantly weaker position in comparison to the Spring Split but they’re definitely taking the steps needed to improve. We can see from week to week that they’re making small changes but they often don’t fare well on an international stage, can they step up?

I think Team Solo Mid is at an advantage here, they’ve had more consistent and convincing performances in the North American region and they’ve taken a top position on their ladder. They’ve got an extremely potent middle lane which will help keep G2 on the back foot and with how well their jungler has been performing I think they’re going to be able to pump out more early pressure. G2 Esports shouldn’t be underestimated though, they’re likely to put up a strong fight, with strategic team fighting, fairly good map and macro control and their laning phase can be extremely dominant at times. If they can keep track of the TSM jungler they could contest this game.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. With this being a best-of-1 game there won’t be any additional adaptions made throughout the series, which Is partly where TSM have been struggling against the top teams in their own region. In a best-of-1 I think TSM will pump out early pressure and find a way to come out on top.

Fnatic vs. Phoenix1 Rift Rivals 2017
Match #2: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic vs. Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1

July 05, 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST

Phoenix 1 has made huge improvements to their performances in the North American region and their rookie jungler has had a significant impact. But this doesn’t change the fact that they’re a lower placed team on the ladder and they’ll be facing off against the strongest team in Europe at the moment, Fnatic. Who will come out on top? Tune into the series when it goes live on Wednesday, July 5th, to find out!

Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017Fnatic – FNC have been putting on strong and even dominating performances for the majority of the split and they’ve shown that they can take down the strongest teams in the EU region without too much trouble. But how well can they handle the North American meta-game and the P1 jungler?

Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017Phoenix 1 – P1 have brought some thrilling performances to North America since their new rookie jungler starting flaunting his strengths. Their early game has been greatly covered and they’ve found more early advantages, but how well can they perform on an international stage against the #1 EU team?

Fnatic look to be at an advantage here, they’re the top European team and have put on phenomenal and consistent performances. They’re yet to show any significant weakness and their only downfall so far has been their over-confidence. Phoenix 1 are going to need to kick out some power in the earlier stages of the game, build clean lines of vision and make sure they can keep track of the opposing jungler. Their bet for finding a lead is with their own jungle pressure, which has been phenomenal so far. Fnatic should respect the target banning that has occurred so far against P1 and continue the trend coming into this game.

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. A best-of-1 series means there are no adaptions made between games; this can take away a valued strength from Fnatic. I think with the expanded champion pools of Fnatic along with their current history of performances they’ll find a way on top of this game after shutting down P1’s earlier strengths.

G2 Esports vs. Cloud9 Rift Rivals 2017
Match #3: Team Logo G2 Esports EU LCS 2017 G2 Esports vs. Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9

July 05, 10:00 AM PDT / 01:00 PM EDT / 19:00 CEST

Cloud 9 look to be at an advantage here, they’ve got some of the strongest bottom lane stats in all of the NA LCS and their middle lane is extremely capable. This takes away some of the strengths of G2 and whilst G2 are having trouble in the jungle I expect Cloud 9 to be in the lead in terms of map pressure. G2 are going to need to channel their most recent international strengths and play into the NA meta-game if they want to come out on top, C9 will bring a few niche champions to the tournament and G2 are going to need to be well prepared.

Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. Cloud 9 has had more convincing strength in their lanes, their consistency is forever improving and their strategies are becoming stronger. Even though G2 were once the top EU team they’ve been riddled with issues recently which I think will hinder them coming into Rift Rivals.

Unicorns of Love vs. Phoenix1 Rift Rivals 2017
Match #4: Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love vs. Team Logo Phoenix1 NA LCS 2017 Phoenix1

July 05, 11:00 AM PDT / 02:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CEST

Unicorns of Love are a top standing European team who’ve just dropped to 2nd place in Group B; they’ve only dropped 5 individual games in total and have shown a surprising amount of strength and consistency. They’ve been having trouble against top performing teams and P1 are bringing the heat. P1 have made significant improvements recently and will bringing a lot of early game pressure here, but will it be enough? I think Unicorns of Love are at an advantage here but Phoenix 1 have shown a surprising amount of strength recently which could shine through in this best-of-1.

Prediction: Unicorns of Love Victory. Phoenix 1 have definitely made staggering improvements in recent weeks of the NA LCS but I think UoL will respect the strength of the P1 jungler and will work through the series with a strong focus on other aspects on the rift, giving them a lead and eventually the game.

Cloud9 vs. Fnatic Rift Rivals 2017
Match #5: Team Cloud9 Logo - LoL Worlds Cloud9 vs. Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2017 Fnatic

July 05, 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

Cloud 9 has definitely been making improvements, their bottom lane holds some of the strongest and most consistent stats in the entirety of North America and they’re going to give the Fnatic bottom lane a hard time. I expect there to be a lot of action on the bottom side of the map and if the C9 top laner is having a confident performance we could see some serious team fighting occur. I think Fnatic are at an advantage but only in a minor way, this is really going to be down to how the teams adapt to each other during the game and how well they’re practiced against meta champions from other regions.

Prediction: Fnatic Victory. FNC are sitting at the top of the European ladder and they’re there for good reason, they’ve shown consistent strengths throughout all stages of the game and I think this is how they’re going to find a way on top of this game, along with some of their own niche champion picks.

Team SoloMid vs. Unicorns of Love Rift Rivals 2017
Match #6: Team SoloMid Logo - LoL Worlds Team SoloMid vs. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2017 Unicorns of Love

July 05, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST

Unicorns of Love are hitting a more difficult patch in the EU LCS as they’re having a hard time reaching and holding onto the top position in their group. Team Solo Mid have faced some similar issues on the NA LCS ladder but they’ve been showing steady improvements which are pushing them forward. UoL will need to show their lane strengths as their jungler could have some serious trouble in this match-up.

Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. TSM have been improving, their lane consistency has definitely been worked on and their jungler strength is shining more. A lot of this game is going to be based on jungle pressure and I think UoL will be on the back-foot here, giving TSM what they need to eventually come out on top.

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