As we head into week 4 of the NA LCS we’ll be aiming to beat out 70% prediction rate from week 3, which was an improvement over the beginning weeks. For Week 4 we’ll be focusing on Immortals vs. Counter Logic Gaming and NRG Esports vs. Team Impulse on Day 1 and Immortals vs. Team Liquid as well as Team Impulse vs. Counter Logic Gaming on Day 2! Why these matches? Immortals have a heavy focus whilst being the top team and often bring exciting matches especially when against teams that have made huge improvements recently such as CLG and TL. The same can be said about Team Impulse who had a horrendous start to the season but have been taking the following weeks by storm with some dominating victories. There are rumours of Remilia leaving Renegades so keep your ears to the ground for an announcement! Make sure to tune in for these phenomenal and exciting games starting on February 6th!
LCS NA Season 6 – Spring Split Week 4 | Facts:
- Dates: 02/06/2016 – 02/07/2016
- Start Time: 12:00 AM PST / 15:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET
- 10 Matches | 5 matches per day
- Location: NA LCS Studio – Los Angeles CA
- Patch: LoL 6.2 | Jhin disabled
- Tickets: NA LCS ticket info – Spring Split
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all matches available
- Predictions and Betting tips below
- Overview LCS NA Spring Split Teams
- View Standings LCS NA Spring Split 2016
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Schedule and Results – 2016 LCS NA Spring Split Week 4
LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 4 | Day 1
Match #1: Team Liquid vs. Team Dignitas 1 : 0
(February 06, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)
Match #2: Cloud9 vs. Renegades 1 : 0
(February 06, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)
Match #3: Counter Logic Gaming vs. Immortals 0 : 1
(February 06, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)
Match #4: Team SoloMid vs. Echo Fox 1 : 0
(February 06, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)
Match #5: NRG eSports vs. Team Impulse 1 : 0
(February 06, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)
LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 4 | Day 2
Match #1: Immortals vs. Team Liquid 1 : 0
(February 07, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)
Match #2: Cloud9 vs. NRG eSports 1 : 0
(February 07, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)
Match #3: Renegades vs. Team SoloMid 0 : 1
(February 07, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)
Match #4: Team Impulse vs. Counter Logic Gaming 0 : 1
(February 07, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)
Match #5: Team Dignitas vs. Echo Fox 1 : 0
(February 07, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)
Substitutes and Roster Changes | Fantasy LCS Updates
Renegades: It appears Remi (Support) is stepping down form her starter position. > Source
Hakuho will be starting support for Renegades this week.
Echo Fox: According to the Riot Fantasy website LOD (ADC) and Stunt (Support) are propable to start in Week 4 of the NA LCS Spring Split.
>> View all Teams and Players in NA LCS Spring Split 2016
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With predictions going extremely well for the EU LCS I’ll be aiming to match the 90% prediction rate over the week. It’ll be a lot harder to achieve for the NA LCS because a lot of the games are between evenly skilled teams but we’ll certainly try our best. For Week 4 Day 1 I’ll be focusing on Counter Logic Gaming vs. Immortals along with NRG Esports vs. Team Impulse. Out of the 5 games of the day I think they’ll be the most exciting along with keeping our eyes on the higher ranked teams of the season. I’ll conclude the rest of the matches in short paragraphs with small descriptions with predicted winners. Let’s see if we can match our predictions for EU!
Week 4 | Day 1 – Match #1: Team Liquid vs. Team Dignitas
Start Time: February 06, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET
Team Liquid are on the up and up, climbing slowly through the ladder and making their way up, Team Dignitas are doing the opposite and are slowly declining down it. TL have managed to take victories in their last 3 matches whereas Team Dignitas have once again done the opposite and lost their last 3. TL are coming into this match with an advantage after taking their victories and DIG are going to have a hard time keeping up. This match could extend to quite a length.
Prediction: Team Liquid Victory. They’ve made huge improvements since they had their roster changed and they’ve been showing that they can take fights and they can take wins. They’re not a team to be underestimated and they’re certainly ready to get climbing up that ladder. Their previous scores and victories should be something to be feared by Team Dignitas.
Week 4 | Day 1 – Match #2: Cloud9 vs. Renegades
Start Time: February 06, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET
Renegades will have a new support player since Remilia left the team, Freeze in the Renegades bottom lane will be accompanied by Hakuho making their bottom lane their strongest. Cloud 9 are currently in a much better position to take control of this game but they’ll still have to avoid giving Renegades any sort of lead, doing so could potentially propel the Renegade carries onto a relentless path. Hai will be taking the support role once again for Cloud 9 so their potential late game shot-calling and macro management is currently superior to that of Renegades.
Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. With the better late game macro management and shot-calling Renegades need to take the lead in the earlier stages and that’ll come difficult with a new player and a team that’s so used to playing from behind they may not have the confidence to make the necessary aggressive movements. Cloud 9 is in a significantly better position to punish in the early game and take a lead, pushing for victory.
Week 4 | Day 1 – Match #3: Counter Logic Gaming vs. Immortals
Start Time: February 06, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET
Immortals are currently undefeated and have shown that they’re able to face up to every single competing team but CLG have been able to pull of tricks in the past and might just be able to do something similar here. Counter Logic Gaming are at the start of a win-streak taking both of their victories in week 3 but just how well can they compare to the undefeated Immortals?
Counter Logic Gaming: After taking both of their victories in Week 3, I’m sure they’ll be coming into this game feeling confident. The largest issue I’ve seen from them is making map movements without vision or safety, increasing their risk but in no way increasing their potential rewards. Let’s hope they’ve worked through a few of their smaller issues because they could be bringing us an amazing game.
Immortals: Undefeated and undeniably amazing, Immortals have managed to take down every single team they’ve faced and they’ve often done it through sheer domination and relentless pushing. Immortals have shown us that they don’t need to be taking kills every minute to gain huge advantages as they often press on global objectives instead and only fight when necessary or when they’re punishing their enemies. Their strategies are difficult to work around but how well will they fair against the veteran team Counter Logic Gaming?
Immortals are without a doubt holding the advantage coming into this game, sitting at the top of the ladder with formidable KDA’s and amazing gold per minute scores. Counter Logic Gaming are going to run into some serious trouble if they treat this like an average game. They’re going to need to draft extremely well in the champion select’s pick and ban phase if they want to stand a chance here.
Counter Logic Gaming are going to want to target ban or pick champions away from the Immortals bottom lane, WildTurtle and Adrian have often stuck to comfortable picks such as Lucian, Janna and Corki so if CLG were to ban Corki and pick Lucian they’ll be forcing the Immortals marksman onto a champion he’s less familiar with, however if that were to happen I’d be expecting a Caitlyn pick up. CLG are in for a rough time, they’re going to want to draft a lot of wave clear, keep a constant line of visions whether it be aggressive or defensive just so they can keep an eye on their opponents. If they manage to deny vision they may be able to pick up a few kills on singular members of Immortals which could easily translate into global objectives. The vision is key for them to take this and the wave clear will be necessary.
Immortals are going to want to stick to their routine, using a utility support and an aggressive early game marksman like Lucian or Corki will help them shove their lane and roam to assist the team in taking turrets. Along with that they’re going to want an aggressive jungler, a high damage off-tank in the top lane such as Titanic Hydra Fiora or the previously shown Graves whilst picking up some wave-clear and high potential damage in the middle lane. If they follow their previous rules they should be able to clear the outer turrets fairly quickly and build a lead that they can use to pressure CLG.
Prediction: Immortals Victory. CLG have made improvements but I’m not sure it’s enough to take down Immortals. The drafting phase in the champion select could really make or break this game, deny certain picks is crucial to this match-up but I think the Immortals will be able to adapt to anything that CLG can throw at them, as they have proven against the other competing teams.
Week 4 | Day 1 – Match #4: Team SoloMid vs. Echo Fox
Start Time: February 06, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET
Echo Fox have been in bad shape, being hit by player issues and a few bad performances in a short space of time has really thrown this team off. They’re going to need to pay close attention to the movements of TSM because of their early aggression along with making sure they’ve got enough wave clear to stall out the game if things go badly. Team Solo Mid are going to want to stick to an aggressive early game jungler, a carry top laner and a support that can save DoubleLift when he goes deep. Making sure they minimise their risk taking and don’t do anything that’s ridiculous such as tanking 3 turret hits and the bottom lane tier 2 turret for no reason.
Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. We’re just going to have to hope that they’ve stepped away from the hectic tilt that they had in week 3 and hope they’ve worked on the issues as a team. If they can apply the early pressure with a strong jungler and get the lanes rolling I see no reason why TSM couldn’t take this game. Echo Fox have been giving up early game leads for a while now and if TSM can get a hold of one the game might just erupt in their favour.
Week 4 | Day 1 – Match #5: NRG eSports vs. Team Impulse
Start Time: February 06, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET
NRG have been very hit or miss, their consistency has been lacking but they’ve shown that they’ve got a few surprise picks up their sleeve that can completely throw their opponents off like they did against Team Solo Mid when they surprised us with the Zilean in the mid lane. Team Impulse have been on a bit of an upswing but took an upset loss against Team Liquid at the end of week 3, can they bounce back though?
NRG Esports: They’ve been inconsistent and it’s really affecting their overall performances. Teams know that if they can get NRG behind in gold and build a lead they’re a shoe-in for the game because NRG have had serious issues when playing from a deficit. Making risk calls and odd movements across the map that jeopardize the game. Have they figured out and fixed their issues enough to control the aggression from TiP?
Team Impulse: Climbing their way back up after an abysmal start to the season, TiP has been able to take many victories once they got suited and prepared. They’ve shown that they can build counter compositions along with comfortable ones for those longer games, the versatility and improvements they’ve shown could put NRG in a spot of bother.
Even though they’re a victory behind I think Team Impulse are at an advantage here, they’ve made huge improvements and have been able to take astounding victories off of teams that were expected to beat them fairly easily, these changes have advanced their ability to make aggressive plays and map movements in the earlier stages of the game and have opened up their options for compositions.
NRG Esports are going to want to get a potential carry in the top lane, the likes of Fiora or Poppy are going to help their chances at winning significantly as they’ve had little to no luck whilst running tanks in that lane. They’re going to want to draft a pile of CC so they can lock down their opponents and take fights even when they’re falling behind. Wave clear with the ability to lock someone down in the middle lane will also help them; their best performances have been on compositions with heavy CC and off-tanks that can peel for the marksman. Against TiP they’re going to want to pick up early pink wards and keep an eye on aggressive movements, if they can avoid falling early they should be able to pick up some tempo for the later stages of the game where their team fighting with CC would be superior.
Team Impulse should look to draft a high damage top laner such as Lissandra or Gangplank whilst picking up some poke and utility in the middle lane on a champion such as Lulu or maybe even a surprise Corki. For the bottom lane we’re likely to see an Alistar of Braum paired with a Lucian or Kalista. If TiP can take an aggressive jungler, which they have often done with the likes of Nidalee and Lee Sin, they should be able to get their lanes rolling with kill potential in all of the lanes. Slowing down the advances of NRG and gaining a sizable lead for themselves in the mid-game is their biggest chance at taking this victory.
Prediction: Team Impulse Victory. They may be behind in victories at the moment but I believe they can take this game to even out the scores. They’ve really stepped up to the plate recently and have given a lot of teams hell. Aggression has broken loose and their jungler is extremely explorative when it comes to map movements and global pressure. I believe they can take an early advantage, grow it throughout the mid game and push for a victory before the game extends too long.
Our predictions for Day 1 went fairly well, 4/5 means we’re still able to achieve a similar result to our EU LCS predictions if we can do just as well for Day 2! Today we’ll be focusing on Immortals vs. Team Liquid as well as Team Impulse vs. Counter Logic Gaming. Why these games? I think they’ll be the most exciting because of the skill match-ups as well as letting us keep an eye on the current top of the ladder team. Remember to tune into the stream to see if Immortals can keep their perfect record, TL might just come and surprise us!
Week 4 | Day 2 – Match #1: Immortals vs. Team Liquid
Start Time: February 07, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET
Team Liquid managed to put up an amazing performance against Team Dignitas on Week 4 Day 1 where they had a near perfect score, a truly dominating performance and if that same Team Liquid shows up they might just be able to show us a different side to Immortals. Immortals have shown use on Day 1 that they can build some odd but effective team compositions that we’re going to have to look out for.
Immortals: The team composition they built on Day 1 was phenomenal; a Nidalee that heals a Soraka that heals everyone whilst creating multiple zones of control that creates a barrier for them to poke with skill-shots. Ideas and compositions like this along with amazing macro management and mechanical skill are the reason that Immortals are so difficult to defeat. Just how well can Team Liquid do?
Team Liquid: They’ve shown that they can take advantages with extremely reduced risks, when they were going for Baron on Day 1 they were reserved and precise, working around their opponent and waiting for a valuable time where they can zone out and take it safely. Moves like this are what are going to propel TL ahead but can they really take down the Immortals?
Immortals, with their 7/0 score, are easily in an advantageous position here. They’ve got the ability to adapt to their opponents quickly, they’re mechanically skilled enough individually to not straight up lose their lanes and they’re composed enough to know when to press for advantages and take fights. Team Liquid are going to need to try and break this down, they’re going to need aggressive laners with an aggressive jungler. It’s going to be difficult and potentially risky but if they want to gain a lead they’re going to need to build a composition that has high reward potential and those strategies often come with high risk.
Immortals are going to want to ban Bard. Why haven’t teams banned bard against Team Liquid yet? Their support player is literally a Bard main. Picking or banning away Lux or Nidalee could also be important for them, TL have shown that they’re competent poke players and can build compositions of their own but just how well can they execute them? Immortals should be able to punish any misstep from TL and gain and heft lead by doing so.
Team Liquid are going to want to ban Soraka or attempt to pick it away, the Immortals support player will more than likely fall back onto Janna which would make bottom lane more passive and easier to survive. They should consider picking up Lucian in the drafting phase quite early to avoid WildTurtle getting it as his comfort pick, being able to go aggressive on that champion has often led Immortals into great positions and it’s important that TL remove that option for IMT. If TL can get an advantage through extremely aggressive early game map movements and rotations with a goon squad then they should be able to maintain their lead and slowly work their way to victory.
Prediction: Immortals Victory. Although I think TL could be one of the teams that can really work their way through Immortals I don’t think they’re experienced enough with early game aggression to gain the early lead they’d need to take the win. I expect Immortals to finish this game sub 30mins.
Week 4 | Day 2 – Match #2: Cloud9 vs. NRG eSports
Start Time: February 07, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET
Cloud 9 had an absolutely phenomenal performance during day 1 in which they decimated their opponents and picked them apart until there was nothing to do but finish the game. NRG however had a long and drawn out game in which they very nearly lost to TiP but due to amazing mechanical play from their mid-laner GBM they were able to take the game. If GBM can do similar things then C9 might be in trouble but the shot-calling and aggression from Cloud 9 might just be too much for NRG.
Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. A difficult decision but after such a dominating performance one can only assume that C9 have been improving greatly and will work their magic more often. The early aggression propelled them into a massive lead and although I don’t expect to see something similar I do expect to see them play this game better on a macro level.
Week 4 | Day 2 – Match #3: Renegades vs. Team SoloMid
Start Time: February 07, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET
I have no idea what happened to the Renegades but they’ve been falling apart. They’re able to survive for a while but once things start falling apart they crumble quickly for this team. The early aggressive movements from TSM could pick apart the Renegades roster early and give TSM the advantage they need to press for a win. Renegades are going to want to avoid small mistakes like using a Poppy ultimate on a champion with a Black Shield. If they can avoid mistakes and they draft wave clear they should be able to stall out the game and scale for team fights.
Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. Renegades are in a really bad place right now and I expect them to have bad performances for a while. Team Solo Mid are, in my opinion, more mechanically skilled and have better shot-calling than RNG and should be able to gain and maintain an advantage early in the game and use it to demolish the opposing team.
Week 4 | Day 2 – Match #4: Team Impulse vs. Counter Logic Gaming
Start Time: February 07, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET
CLG took a loss in Day 1 but they had a fairly good showing, they were up against an extremely difficult composition but they made a lot of things work for them and if they had a composition to match their opponents I believe they could have contested the game. TiP took a loss as well on Day 1 but their match was extremely close, a single fight would decide the game and unfortunately GBM from NRG came out with a surprise burst of damage for an instant kill which led to the game for NRG. Who’s going to react faster to gain the advantages, CLG or TiP?
Team Impulse: TiP managed to stall their game against NRG out and would have been able to take the victory if they’d reacted fasted enough or positioned better; both of which are small issues that can be fixed easily. Just how well can they handle the macro from CLG? Will they be able to react fast enough?
Counter Logic Gaming: CLG took a hard loss on Day 1 against the Immortals but the game was one of the longest ones that Immortals have had which means they played well. Their biggest issue was their composition and how Immortals out scaled them, not on individual champions but their entire composition and strategy was too much to handle. CLG need to take note and use something similar, a strategy that scales together instead of relying on individual champions. But how well will a strategy like that work against TiP?
After recent performances I think Impulse is at a slight advantage, but it only seems slight. Counter Logic Gaming put up a phenomenal fight against Immortals but eventually fell to them, that strong performance is nothing to glance at though as they managed to contest that game for a long time. If they can do something similar against TiP I can see them taking the game however matching the possible aggression of TiP might be difficult.
Team Impulse is going to want to consider banning Reksai, CLG hold most of their victories with that champion in their jungle. This opens up the options for them to pick Nidalee or other aggressive junglers which can propel them ahead and gain them an early game gold lead. Morgana or Braum are common picks from CLG, the Morgana seems more fearsome, but working against them shouldn’t be a problem, just a consideration. TiP are going to want a tank support with a carry top laner, wave clear in the middle lane and a jungler with possibilities for aggressive engages such as Reksai or Nidalee, making that Reksai look better for them to steal away. If they can build a comfortable composition they might be able to snowball the earlier stages of the game and destroy the CLG faith.
CLG are going to want to try and pick up a carry top laner such as Gangplank or Fiora whilst having a tanky jungler who can apply CC. An auto attack based marksman in the bottom lane that can siege easily has also had great success with CLG so picking up Caitlyn or Kalista should work out well for them. For the middle lane they’re going to want high burst potential with a possible assassin like Leblanc or sticking to a better siege pick with Corki. If both teams get their desired compositions this game could draw out quite long but CLG might be able to take more global objectives with superior siege potential.
Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. They’ve been performing extremely well lately, they know how to work against their opponents and how to adapt to certain situations and after TiP took a loss to NRG it’s looking like CLG have a pretty strong chance at taking this game. They’re going to need to watch out for potential early aggression and avoid risks but I can see them taking this victory at about 35mins.
Week 4 | Day 2 – Match #5: Team Dignitas vs. Echo Fox
Start Time: February 07, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET
Both teams have had it rough lately but this is an opportunity for them both to show us what they’ve got. Team Dignitas looked like they were performing better at the very start of the season and they’re in desperate need to improve so they can contest these games and improve together as a team. Echo Fox haven’t been performing too badly but they’ve certainly not been able to take any victories because they just don’t seem to be able to create enough of an advantage to abuse their opponents with. I expect to see an exciting mess of a game with kills all over the place; it’s going to be fun.
Prediction: Echo Fox Victory. Echo fox haven’t been performing too badly and against the likes of Dignitas they should be able to build that gold lead that they desperately need to push for a win. It won’t come easy and they’re going to have to avoid simple mistakes but I think they’re the most likely victor in this match.
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