We saw improvements in week 5 in terms of player skill, team co-ordination and our very own predictions as we managed to get 8 match victors correct for week 4. Still aiming for that perfect week of predictions but we’ll get there eventually. For Week 5 of the NA LCS we’ll be focusing on 2 games of each day which will be NRG vs. Counter Logic Gaming along with Immortals vs. Team Dignitas for day 1 and then onto day 2 we’ll be looking into the rivalry match between Team Solo Mid vs. Counter Logic Gaming along with Immortals vs. Cloud 9. Why these games? Keeping an eye on Immortals is important, all the teams are improving and their 1st loss is going to be remembered. Counter Logic Gaming have been making huge improvements and should bring us exciting games against both NRG and TSM but the main reason they’re in day 2 will be for the rivalry. I hope you’re as excited as I am! Don’t forget to tune into the stream on February 13th!
NA LCS Season 6 – Spring Split Week 5 | Facts:
- Dates: 02/13/2016 – 02/14/2016
- 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 available
- Tickets: NA LCS ticket info – Spring Split
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all matches available
- Predictions and Betting tips below
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Schedule and Results – 2016 LCS NA Spring Split Week 5
LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 5 | Day 1
Match #1: Echo Fox vs. Renegades 1 : 0
(February 13, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)
Match #2: NRG eSports vs. Counter Logic Gaming 0 : 1
(February 13, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)
Match #3: Cloud9 vs Team Liquid 1 : 0
(February 13, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)
Match #4: Team Impulse vs. Team SoloMid 0 : 1
(February 13, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)
Match #5: Immortals vs. Team Dignitas 1 : 0
(February 13, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)
LCS NA Spring Split 2016 – Week 5 | Day 2
Match #1: Echo Fox vs. NRG eSports 1 : 0
(February 14, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)
Match #2: Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team SoloMid 0 : 1
(February 14, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET)
Match #3: Immortals vs. Cloud9 1 : 0
(February 14, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET)
Match #4: Team Liquid vs. Renegades 1 : 0
(February 14, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET)
Match #5: Team Dignitas vs. Team Impulse 0 : 1
(February 14, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET)
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Echo Fox: Froggen will eventually start again for the eSports team of Rick Fox. Midlaner Forggen tweeted that his Visa issues have been solved. > View tweet
Besides this, kfo will start Top Lane, Hard will start Jungle, Keith will start ADC and BIG will start Support for Echo Fox in week 5. Finally the full lineup can play together. > View tweet of Rick Fox
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Day 1 marks the final day in which these teams will be competing against a team that they’re yet to face. After this they’ll start to go against teams they’ve battled against once before. We had quite a good prediction rate last week with 8/10 and we’ll be looking to improve upon that or to match it. For Day 1 we’ll be focusing on NRG vs. Counter Logic Gaming along with Immortals vs. Team Dignitas. I chose these matches because it allows us to keep an eye on the top performing team of the NA LCS and also allows us to keep an eye on 2 of the teams that have been making immaculate improvements and should give us an exciting game to watch. Apparently Echo Fox will be able to use their official team from this week forward so keep your eyes out for Froggen, Big, Keith and Kfo and don’t forget to tune into the stream on February 13th!
Week 5 | Day 1 – Match #1: Echo Fox vs. Renegades
Start Time: February 13, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET
With the roster changes taking place on Echo Fox I think they’re going to be a team with a significantly higher amount of potential than they’ve previously show however the team and players might not have as much experience playing together as they’ve been sitting out for quite a while. Renegades are still running into trouble and haven’t been able to put out many strong performances but this is a game where they could show up and show us what they’ve got.
Prediction: Echo Fox Victory. With their official roster being able to play I think Echo Fox are going to show significant improvements and I expect them to play well enough to build an early lead against Renegades and eventually take the victory.
Week 5 | Day 1 – Match #2: NRG eSports vs. Counter Logic Gaming
Start Time: February 13, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET
With how things have been playing out so far this split I could imagine this being one of the most exciting games to come out of it. Both NRG and CLG have been making huge improvements but both can often suffer from consistency issues. NRG have looked a little rough around the edges lately whereas CLG have been performing more refined and practiced strategies that are really working out well for them. Which team is going to show up to take the win?
NRG Esports: They’ve had perfect games against mid-tier teams and have also been crushed by mid-tier teams. Their consistency is one of their biggest issues and a lot of that is down to their jungler who is the most likely of their team to make mistakes. GBM has been a true carry of the team and NRG are going to want to focus on funnelling resources onto him to shut down CLG.
CLG: With masses of improvements being made they managed to give Immortals a run for their money and probably shook them up a bit when they were contesting their perfect win record. CLG have really stepped up their game and I expect them to start giving every team hell from this week right to the end of the split.
I think CLG are coming into this match with an advantage, they’ve made more visible improvements and NRG are still having a few communication issues which become apparent in game during the most hectic of moments. NRG is a multi-language team and that can make the communications slow, will they be able to keep up with the macro management of CLG?
NRG are going to want to stick to their strongest performing champions and try to build a composition that has previously worked for them. Janna as a support has really shined for them along with Lucian as their marksman, It’s possible that they’ll bring out the Kalista and Alistar combination for their bottom lane players though. For their middle lane they’ll be sticking with something that can pressure the lane and control waves easily such as Zilean, Corki or Viktor. Once they’ve built this half of their composition they should focus on getting a tanky jungler like Rek’sai who can also pressure the map along with a champion with the ability to cc their opponents and zone control them, 2 of their most likely picks for the top lane are Malphite or Poppy but it’ll be difficult for them to get a hold of one of those champions as they’ve often faced bans.
Counter Logic Gaming are going to want to pick up that Morgana for their support or a Lulu support to assist the Lucian or Caitlyn that could be picked. Right from the start of this draft it seems like a carry centric style. They’re likely to pick an assassin in the middle lane or a champion that has the ability to easily roam such as Zed, Leblanc or Corki. For their jungle they’ve often stuck with Rek’sai but we might see something new pop up. Their top lane is where a lot of the carry potential comes from, power picks such as Fiora or Gangplank are favoured for them.
If both teams work towards these drafts, which they’ve shown comfort with previously, then we could be in for a hell of a game! NRG are going to want to keep the top lane from getting out of hand and CLG are going to want to make sure the jungler of NRG can’t assist his middle lane too much. This comes down to who ever can deny the enemy team the ability to funnel resources on their primary carries.
Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. They’ve made an array of improvements that kept even the best team so far this split in a bit of trouble, if they can apply similar techniques and a similar strategy then they should be able to take down NRG and I think they’ve got the ability to do so.
Week 5 | Day 1 – Match #3: Cloud9 vs Team Liquid
Start Time: February 13, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET
Something happened to Cloud 9 and it wasn’t just their shot-caller Hai coming back in, they’ve started to have a few dominating victories and it came out quite unexpectedly. This shouldn’t come as too much of a problem for TL though as they’ve had similar performances. Early game rotations and pressure are going to play a huge factor into who manages to take this victory.
Prediction: Cloud 9 Victory. They’ve had more dominating victories and have suffered less humiliating defeats, kind of. They’ve managed to take their last 3 games by storm and I don’t see them wanting to slow down. Their communication and macro management have improved greatly and I think they’re going to outperform TL.
Week 5 | Day 1 – Match #4: Team Impulse vs. Team SoloMid
Start Time: February 13, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET
TiP have been an odd team, when they play with the majority of their official roster they end up running into trouble and they’ve done so consecutively in their past 3 games. What they need is for their early game pressure and aggression to force their opponents into positions where they’re left with nearly no choice in what they can do. Team Solo Mid have started to step up and make improvements but it’s been a slow process, can they take down TiP or will they fall to their own failures and throws?
Prediction: Team Solo Mid Victory. They’ve got more experience playing together in my opinion, the TiP roster has been regularly swapped around and that alone can cause issues in communication. I think TSM have made enough improvements to take control of the game in the earlier stages and run away with the victory.
Week 5 | Day 1 – Match #5: Immortals vs. Team Dignitas
Start Time: February 13, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET
Immortals are yet to be taken down and now they’re going up against Team Dignitas. Team Dignitas are going to have to really step up and pick apart Immortals if they’re looking to take this game. It’s been a tough road so far but anything can happen when the teams and players work hard enough, have Dignitas done enough though?
Immortals: Phenomenal performances across the board, the Immortals squad haven’t given any other team the chance to take the top place on the ladder and I don’t expect them to slow down now. They’ve had amazing strategies, quick reactions and impressive early game map movements and aggression and when you’re able to combine all of these qualities, where a lot of teams are lacking in some of these areas, you’re left with an Immortal team. Will they pick apart the Dignitas line-up as they have done with all of the other teams or have they found their kryptonite?
Team Dignitas: A few issues have kept this team from reaching their full potential and they’re going to need to really work through it if they’re serious about taking the 1st game from Immortals. They’re going to need to devise a strategy that even Immortals have difficulty working against; maybe they can pick up a few Zzrot tricks that have been working wonders for other competitive teams. Will Team Dignitas be the first team to take down the Immortals?
Immortals are coming into this match with an absurdly clear advantage. An 8:0 score speaks for itself and that’s without looking at the player stats. Every single member of the Immortals team has been showing up and having phenomenal performances, doing exactly what is necessary to create an undefeated team.
Immortals are going to want to do whatever it is that they do best. I expect to see a utility support in the bottom lane such as Janna or Soraka, which have both been common picks by the Immortals, along with them wanting to pick up a marksman with some mobility such as Kalista or Lucian. They’re likely to draft wave clear and burst in the middle lane so we might just see another Viktor or even a Syndra from the Immortals. It’s likely that Immortals will pick an aggressive early game jungler such as Nidalee or Elise along with a carry in the top lane such as Quinn or Ekko. If they can form their composition in a way that suits them then they should be able to play this game out as they have with every other game; Finishing it as quickly as possible.
Dignitas are going to need to play through their drafting phase in a smart and precise manner. They’ve had very little success so far so maybe they should swap things up a bit? They often run a Trundle in the top lane and favour a tank in that position but I think they’ll stand a better chance if they go all out and pick something like a Fiora or Lissandra for it. For their jungle they’re going to want to stick with the early game aggressive champions such as Nidalee or Graves who can bring oppression to the laners of Immortals. Their middle lane is going to be packed with either masses of damage or a hefty amount of wave clear an I think they’ll be sticking with the comfortable Lulu pick if it’s not banned away. Last but certainly not least is their bottom lane where they’re going to want to pick up a Lucian or Kalista with an Alistar or even a Bard which they’ve shown they can use effectively.
If both teams follow the compositions mentioned then DIG are going to need to be aggressive really early, setting behind the lanes of Immortals is key to them taking the game in the later stages and Immortals are going to want to be aggressive in the lanes, pushing waves and towers whilst their jungler roams the map and looks for opportunities to strike.
Prediction: Immortals Victory. They’re at such a clear advantage and I don’t see them taking a loss here. Team Dignitas can perform well but I don’t think a Dignitas ‘well’ is enough to keep up with the Immortals ‘phenomenal’. I expect Immortals to snowball a huge lead in the earlier stages of the game and to start knocking on the Dignitas base at around 22mins before they take a swift victory.
The first day of week 5 went perfectly for our predictions and we’ll be hoping to achieve a perfect week here, but as we’re heading into Day 2 the head to head matches will start where teams will face off against opponents they’ve previously faced. This could come as a challenge to a lot of teams as is certain to bring us some phenomenal games! For Day 2 we’ll be focusing on between Team Solo Mid vs. Counter Logic Gaming along with Immortals vs. Cloud 9. Why these games? Keeping an eye on Immortals is important, all the teams are improving and their 1st loss is going to be remembered. Counter Logic Gaming have been making huge improvements and should bring us an extremely hyped game against TSM due to their rivalry. I hope you’re as excited as I am! Don’t forget to tune into the stream on February 14th!
Week 5 | Day 2 – Match #1: Echo Fox vs. NRG eSports
Head to Head record: Echo Fox 0:1 NRG eSports
Start Time: February 14, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 09:00 PM CET)
Echo Fox finally have their roster and after their game on Day 1 we can be sure that they’re ready to start a climb up the ladder, but is it too late? They’ll be going against NRG who are currently 3 victories ahead of them with a 5:4 score whereas FOX sit on a 2:7 score. It’s going to be a challenge for FOX and NRG seem like an obvious choice here but remember not to underestimate the underdogs.
Prediction: Echo Fox Victory. This here’s a difficult choice, NRG seem like the obvious choice in terms of victors due to their match history but with FOX playing with their official roster I think they’re going to bring out some surprising victories.
Week 5 | Day 2 -Match #2: Counter Logic Gaming vs. Team SoloMid
Head to Head record: Counter Logic Gaming 1:0 Team SoloMid
Start Time: February 14, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 10:00 PM CET
A rivalry that’s existed for nearly as long as the game itself, Counter Logic Gaming are facing off against their rival team Team Solo Mid and Doublelift, the TSM Marksman, has something to prove. This match is sure to be exciting and I’ve got a feeling we might see some veteran compositions. Both teams are sitting on an equal 6:3 score and this match will set one of these teams ahead but who will come out on top?
Counter Logic Gaming: Huge improvements have made this team one of the more dominating teams of the split, after a rough start at the beginning of the season they’ve been able to quickly synergize and improve to become a solid team. They’ve got multiple working compositions and strategies that might just be able to take down the rivals.
Team Solo Mid: A few rough patches still need to be worked on but TSM have made steps forward to prove that they’re ready to be a top team again. They’ve been running into a few issues but overall they’ve made the improvements needed to take victories off of the other competing teams and have removed a lot of doubt about their ability to perform as a team.
I think CLG are coming into this match with an advantage, they’ve been working significantly better together as a team and have been making fewer mistakes, their macro management is better in my opinion but TSM surpass them in aggression and laning. TSM have often come out of laning ahead of their opponents but have fallen due to their team fighting and macro management. Having a lead is no good if you’re unable to do anything with it.
Counter Logic Gaming are going to want to pick up strong laners, avoiding TSM getting ahead through the lanes could play an important role to them getting ahead through superior objective control and macro management. They’re going to want to draft for a carry in the top lane such as Fiora or Gangplank along with having an aggressive jungler that can assist in the earlier stages of the game such as Elise or Reksai, possibly even Graves. For their mid-lane they seem likely to pick up an assassin such as LeBlanc or Zed but they might need to pick a wave-clear heavy champion such as Viktor to adapt to their opponents. For their bottom lane they’re going to want to get Aphromoo on a champion he’s comfortable on as he’s one of the players on the team that’s more likely to make a small mistake. I could see him on either Morgana or possibly Braum when facing off against TSM. For their marksman they’re going to want to pick up someone who can be mobile and can bring along to team fighting such as Lucian or Kalista. If they’re able to draft something as strong as this their composition should thrive in team fighting as well as having strong and sustainable lanes.
Team Solo Mid are going to need to pick up a carry in the top lane, not only to counter CLG but also to improve their odds at taking a victory. They’ve shown that they perform significantly better when their top laner can open up the map and pressure it on someone such as Fiora or Poppy. Kindred appears to be the most obvious choice for their jungler and should bring enough to the team to slow down or halt the team fighting of CLG. For the middle lane they’re going to want to pick up a utility mage that has wave clear such as Zilean or Lulu, doing so assist the carries of the team and opens up a lot of options for them. For their bottom lane they’re going to want to stick with their commonly picked Alistar along with a champion with burst, Corki or Lucian seem like good picks for them but a Kalista could also be picked up because of the synergy with this type of composition. If they play it well they should be able to abuse the Kindred ultimate enough to stall out fighting, building rend stacks or preparing burst to take down their opponents.
Counter Logic Gaming are going to want to work around their opponents ultimates, picking fights when they know the time is in favour of them. If they’re able to work around their opponents skill they should be able to take the game through their superior macro management as their laning should be fairly safe. TSM however could be aggressive very early to propel their carries into a lead, if they’re able to do that CLG are going to be in trouble as the TSM composition can favour tower diving and aggressive team fighting along with very strong objective control.
Prediction: Counter Logic Gaming Victory. TSM is a diamond in the rough; they can perform exceptionally well but can perform just as bad if things don’t appear to be going in their favour. CLG have great strategic compositions and rotations that I think are going to assist them in simply outplaying their opponents.
Week 5 | Day 2 -Match #3: Immortals vs. Cloud9
Head to Head record: Immortals 1:0 Cloud9
Start Time: February 14, 02:00 PM PST/ 05:00 PM EST/ 11:00 PM CET
Cloud 9 has really stepped up their game, not only did they abolish their inconsistency but they’ve been performing on an equal level to Immortals, breaking into the base of their enemies by 20 minutes. This could be the most challenging match for Immortals so far as C9 have been playing a similar style to them. Cloud 9 may have been able to step up and perform against the other competing teams this split but how well can they do against the top team?
Cloud 9: As long as they’re able to get their comfort picks I think Cloud 9 stand a pretty good chance against the Immortals. With every game that’s passed the C9 squad have been able to analyse and learn from Immortals and might have just found a way to work around them. C9 have phenomenal macro management but might struggle a bit in lane so they’re going to need to keep a level head and work their way around the lane, possibly through early map rotations to get the outer turrets.
Immortals: Still yet to be defeated the Immortals team sits at 9:0. They’re on track to take a perfect split and it’s going to be extremely difficult to dethrone them. They’ve got strategies up their sleeves, champion picks that seem quite uncommon and are very flexible when it comes to what they’re playing. They’ve been able to build compositions that win regardless of the circumstances.
Immortals have an obvious advantage here, going undefeated is no small feat. It’s taken a lot of time, work and dedication for Immortals to consistently put up phenomenal performances and I don’t think they’re going to let Cloud 9 end it. Cloud 9 however have been having dominating performances of their own and have really caught up with style of play and the meta, which could make things harder for Immortals.
Immortals are going to want to pick up their usual style of composition with a carry in the top lane such as Ekko, Gangplank or Quinn. This allows them to apply pressure across the map and opens up their jungler’s options. If they’re in need of a tankier late game then I expect to see the Rek’sai pick but if they’re focusing on early aggression then a Nidalee or Elise might pop up. For their middle lane they’re going to want wave clear and utility, Lux or Lulu seem like superior options and will allow their marksman to scale up significantly harder. For their bottom lane they might be looking to take Kalista once again, which they’ve done quite a few times, paired up with a heavy utility support such as Janna or Soraka. Doing so will keep the team healthy and will allow them to relentlessly push if they gain a lead at any point. It also take away a lot of the risks made in over-staying and can cover the mistakes they could possibly make.
Cloud 9 should look to pick up either an AoE CC tank in the top lane, which they’ve shown they work well with in the past, such as Malphite or Poppy or if they’re looking to go aggressive I’d expect them to pick up either Fiora or Lissandra. As for a jungler it looks like C9 are going to try and get a hold of Nunu once again, as he’s been played often by them and has the ability to increase the damage output of their marksman significantly. If not Nunu and Nidalee hasn’t been banned then I’ll expect the cat lady to show up. The bottom lane is likely to pick up either Kalista or Lucian paired with their mostly commonly picked support, Morgana.
For C9’s composition to work well against Immortals they’re going to need to make it through the laning phase in as little of a deficit that they can, doing so opens up their options for team fighting, split pushing and objective control which should come easier to them as their composition favours it. Immortals are going to want to apply as much pressure in the first few minutes as possible; Nunu can be quite a slow champion as he’s not overly aggressive and can have a hard time ganking. This would allow Immortals to take a lead and possibly translate that into enough of an advantage to take the game.
Prediction: Immortals Victory. I think Cloud9 are going to put up a phenomenal fight and could possibly be the most successful team against the Immortals so far but the Immortals team should be able to adjust to any hardships they might face; I expect them to slowly take a lead through laning which they’ll translate into their victory.
Week 5 | Day 2 -Match #4: Team Liquid vs. Renegades
Head to Head record: Team Liquid 0:1 Renegades
Start Time: February 14, 03:00 PM PST/ 06:00 PM EST/ 12:00 AM Next Day CET
Renegades are in an extremely bad position, they’ve not been able to take another win for quite some time now and it must be taking its toll on the team. Sitting at the bottom of the ladder with a 1:8 score must be rough on them and they’ll be looking to take another victory but against Team Liquid it’s going to be quite difficult. TL has been making improvements of their own and has increased the skill gap between these 2 teams so Renegades are going to need to pull out some serious strategies.
Prediction: Team Liquid Victory. They’re superior in the majority of aspects in the game and I expect them to take a lead in the earlier stages of the game and run away with into to claim their 5th victory.
Week 5 | Day 2 -Match #5: Team Dignitas vs. Team Impulse
Head to Head record: Team Dignitas 0:1 Team Impulse
Start Time: February 14, 04:00 PM PST/ 07:00 PM EST/ 01:00 AM Next Day CET
Both of these teams are on equal score and are sitting comfortably on 3:6. Whichever team manages to take this victory will take an entire step up the ladder. Team Impulse have been underperforming lately but Team Dignitas have been having a rough time of their own. Both of these teams seem to be on a very similar skill level but I think TiP have a slight advantage due to their ability to press an advantage and gain more from it. It’s certain to be a difficult game for both teams but there can only be 1 victor.
Prediction: Team Impulse Victory. Team Dignitas often do unnecessary things that can give up leads that they’ve obtained, that is something they want to avoid when it comes to TiP as they’ve shown that when they manage to take and hold a lead they can translate it into significantly more. I expect TiP to slowly take a lead through laning and then propel it with aggressive map movements.
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