A lot has happened during this playoff tournament for the European LCS 2016 and one of the mentions will be how well the Unicorns of Love were performing. They managed to proceed into the EU LCS Summer Split 2016 Semi-Finals where they’ll be facing off against G2 Esports. Another big mention was the sheer dominance from H2k against Fnatic; H2k is now one step closer to the LoL Worlds 2016 but will now be heading into a series against Splyce where they will continue to be tested. Make sure you catch these phenomenal games as they start on Saturday, August 20th, and proceed through Sunday too! More information about the EU LCS 2016 Semi-Finals like predictions, roster changes and LoL betting information will be added soon.
LCS EU Summer Playoffs 2016 – Semifinals | Facts:
- Date: 08/20/2016 – 08/21/2016
- Start Time: 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
- Format: 2 matches | One best of five match per day
- Location: EU LCS Studio / Arena – Krakau, Poland
- Patch: LoL 6.15
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all matches available
- Predictions and Betting Tips
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Schedule and Results – EU LCS Summer Semi-finals
EU LCS 2016 Semi-Finals of the LoL Summer Split Playoffs will be played according to Schedule on Saturday 08/20/2016 and Sunday 08/21/2016. Again 2 exciting best-of-five matches await in the Semifinals of the League of Legends European LCS Summer Playoffs 2016. Since the second EU quarter-final playoff had to be postponed due to technical problems from 14th to 16th August, we hope that the semi-finals will take place smoothly again.
Semifinals – EU LCS Summer Split Playoffs 2016
Semi-Final #1: Splyce vs. H2k 3 : 2
Start Time: August 20th, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CEST
Semi-Final #2: G2 Esports vs. Unicorns of Love 3 : 1
Start Time: August 21st, 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
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EU LCS Summer Split Playoffs – Semifinals #2:
Semifinals #2: G2 Esports vs. Unicorns of Love
Start Time: August 21th, 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
For the European LCS Playoffs we’re meeting an unlikely match, the team that ended in 6th place will be facing off against the team that ended in 1st. This came up as Unicorns of Love showed series improvement when they took down the 3rd place team, Giants. This sudden improvement should be striking fear into G2 Esports but is a team that never lost a series over the summer split really going to be worried? Find out how things go down when the games occur on Sunday, August 21st!
G2 Esports still look to be in an advantageous situation even though UoL have shown significant improvement. G2 Esports didn’t drop a single series over the summer split and they’re the only European team to do so. They may have dropped a few games but they were never behind on the ladder, because of this I can only assume they will bring their consistency to the playoffs.
G2 Esports performances at the end of the summer split were one of the reasons Fnatic started a downfall, it’s in this strength and their ability to work and adapt as a team that they’ll have great reason to work with synergistic champions. This will come in the form of combinations such as Hecarim in the jungle paired with a Sivir in the bottom lane. The combination of their utility skills and speed will give them exactly what they need to find the right engagements and escape the wrong ones. The Sivir in the bottom lane is likely to be assisted by a Bard or Taric and their Hecarim in the jungle will spend a significant amount of time around a Shen or Gangplank in the top lane. As for their middle lane, well, they’re going to need wave-clear and some added utility wouldn’t be bad so a Zilean or Malzahar could be fantastic for them. Once they’ve loaded into the rift they’re going to want to set up a fairly aggressive line of vision, they’ll be able to use this to their advantage when they want to find skirmishes around the top and middle of the map. This will give them lane advantages which will expand and translate into earlier objectives. The bottom lane will need to start going aggressive as the team begins rotations, they should be able to force fights and dragons from a fairly early stage which is how they’re going to set up for the middle stages of the game. This will be riddled with control, patience and precision. G2 Esports are likely to only capitalise on sure team fights, this is when they’ll be at a player advantage or whilst holding significantly stronger positioning. This is how they’re likely to create opportunities for the later stages of the game where they will rule over objectives and create a platform for them to propel into victory. This is how I expect them to show up during the playoffs and make the first step towards taking a series.
The Unicorns of Love have been performing really well lately and for the trend to continue they’re going to want to get a hold of a few of their power picks. This will come from an Irelia or Gnar in the top lane; this will give them a potent bruiser lane that can take flight around the middle stages of the game if there’s enough assistance in the earlier stages of the game. This is likely to be assisted by a Reksai in the jungle who will be able to use his mobility and scouting to find opportune moments to strike. The middle lane of UoL has found comfort on some aggressive champions so a Kassadin wouldn’t be too surprising but I am expecting to see more Vladimir also. The Unicorns of Love’s bottom lane has often worked with potency in the form of a Corki paired with a Bard or working with an Ashe assisted by a tank such as Braum or Alistar, I expect these combinations to show up in this drawn out series as it gives them options to work around their opponents. After loading into the rift they’re going to want to set up some aggressive vision around the top side of the map and have some adaptable wards around the bottom side. They’ll want to keep the dragon warded from the early stages as to not have it swept away under their feet, this will also give them opportunities to find skirmishes if their opponents play too confidently and walk into deadly positions. Unicorns of Love should be able to find a few advantages on the top side of map before heading into the middle stages of the game where their potent compositions will begin picking apart their opponents. They’ve got some series damage packed into their favourite compositions and this will work extremely well with a significant amount of controlled vision, the Unicorns of Love will need to cause and create fights in which they’ve flanked their opponents to create an advantage. This will be difficult for them to do and will require some patience but with the right amount of aggressive vision and a good amount of time dedicated to denying the vision of their opponents they should be able to find the right flanks to eventually rule over the middle stages of the game. This will bring them opportunities to begin taking objectives with relative safety and will propel them into a lead that will be difficult for their opponents to overcome. If things work well for the Unicorns of Love they’ll be able to walk over their opponents but the later stages of the game and work their way into the series with a win.
Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. A team that’s not lost a series for many weeks isn’t going to fall easily. Even with an improved Unicorns of Love I think G2 Esports will walk away from this series with relative confidence, they’ve shown time and time again that they’re a deserving team and that they’re the best in Europe, I expect them to prove this once more.
EU LCS Summer Split Playoffs – Semifinals #1:
Semifinals #1: Splyce vs. H2k
Start Time: August 20th, 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
Splyce could be in a bit of trouble as their run-in against the Unicorns of Love at the end of the summer split had shown that they might not be up to the challenge to take this playoff tournament away from the other competing teams. After a few weeks of preparation they’re going to need to give this series everything they’ve got as they face off against a team that’s been on form and throwing out phenomenal performance, H2k. Make sure you catch the series as it occurs on Saturday, August 20th, and is bound to be full of excitement!
I think H2k are in an advantageous position here, they had absolutely dominating performances against Fnatic and took away a clean series with 3 consecutive wins. This is no small feat as Fnatic have a historic presence in the playoffs for the EU LCS and H2k managed to cut that short regardless of preparation; in comparison to Splyce who recently got run down by the Unicorns of Love.
H2k should fall into their habits and pick up their extremely potent champions, they’ll be able to cause complete havoc for Splyce if they play confidently and with champions they’re comfortable on. H2k have shown that they’ve got a style and composition that works extremely well for them and if their opponents don’t try to disable it then we’re definitely going to be seeing more Taric during this series, likely paired with a Tristana or Sivir. Their middle lane has been a Vladimir addict recently and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that champion continue to make appearances. The jungler of H2k has been one of the most diverse players on the team and has played a variety of champions, I expect to see him play Reksai and Elise throughout the series but there are bound to be some unforeseen champions showing up; similar to their top lane who’s played Shen comfortably but has shown great use of Ekko and Gangplank too. Once they work their way into the rift they’re going to want to get an adaptable line of vision, this will be extremely useful as they lack a lot of early game power on the bottom side of the map and will need time to scale. They’re going to want to try and find a few skirmishes in the middle stages of the game once they can begin preparations for objectives and sieging. H2k have shown that they can work around their opponents or work through them, they’re going to want to keep their vision up, work a bit on vision denial so they don’t get caught out and work their way through the game strategically; choosing their fights specifically and making sure they don’t jump into bad situations. With how dominating they’ve proven to be they should be able to find their advantageous fights around the middle stages of the game and work their way into a position of power, this will let them siege the base of their opposition and contest a game; this’ll set them up to take a controlling position in the series.
Splyce had fallen a bit short at the end of the summer split but they’ve had time to prepare and work through their issues, I expect to see a few of their comfort champions show up and as they’ve not been in the spot-light for a few weeks we could see a few surprises. Splyce have shown that they can work well on Tristana and are also capable on Sivir; this will take options away from H2k if they find them as suitable champions for their composition, both of which can work extremely well when paired with a Tahm Kench or Bard. The middle lane of Splyce could pick an aggressive champion such as Leblanc or Kassadin, they’ve shown good use of those champions and it could be the early aggression they need to get ahead of H2k. The Splyce jungler has shown a preference for Reksai which will work amazingly for early game skirmishes along with controlling side lanes during the possibly damaged later stages of the game. It works as a nice safety net for them as it gives them a great tank to soak and control team fights. This will work in cohesion with a tank in the top lane such as Shen; it’s not worth risking taking away a pick from H2k if they’re not comfortable on it and having multiple controlling tanks in their front lines will provide hell for H2k to break through. After they’ve loaded into the game I think Splyce should set up some defensive vision on the bottom side of the map and pressure for some aggressive vision on the top side, they’re going to need to spend some time on the top side of the map to stabilise their solo lanes before they proceed to the bottom side. After control has been gained on the top side of the map they’re going to want to apply as much pressure to the bottom side of the map as they can, setting the H2k duo lane behind will give them a huge advantage as they work their way through the middle stages of the game. H2k will work through the middle stages of the game with precision so if Splyce can work with rotations and tempo they’ll be able to bring discomfort to their opponents. This will work well for them though the middle stages of the game and could yield them a few advantageous skirmishes; this will set them up to expand some aggressive and controlling vision around objectives which will be their key to setting up the later stages of the game. Splyce will need to play the later stages of the game with precision, strategy, calculation and patience. They’ll need to work around objectives fiercely to gain an advantageous fight but they’ll find it eventually. This is how they will pull ahead of H2k and gain control of the game, along with pulling ahead in the series.
Prediction: H2k Victory. Splyce had a lot to work through after they took a rough defeat to Unicorns of Love at the end of the summer split and H2k have been really showing up in their recent matches. Splyce may not have had enough time to work out their issues and as UoL are also a semi-finals team I’m lead to believe that Splyce might not be ready; whereas H2k with their outstanding performances will look to take complete control of this series as they had recently done to Fnatic.
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Predictions by Addam ‘Canvas’ Burrows, English Literature and Journalism student of 2013. Diamond League Marksman. Contact Addam ‘ Canvas’ Burrows on Twitter!