It was a pretty crazy Spring Split Season 2018 and with the start of the semi-final matches the North American League of Legends Olympus will once again be set on fire. Many fan favourites crumbled, lost their track and nearly faltered before making their comeback at the end of the season. Now is their time to shine – after all, in addition to a considerable amount of Championship points for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship the participation at the Mid-Season Invitational tournament is on the line and each team wants to represent its own region on an international level for sure. While Echo Fox and the 100 Thieves will start their playoff games directly at the semi-final stage, Team Liquid managed to outclass Cloud9 with a clean 3-0 sweep in the quarter-finals. The first semi-final of the NA LCS Spring Split 2018 will start on March 31st at 22:00 CEST, so don't miss turning in for more exciting action on Summoner's Rift.
LCS NA Season 8 – Spring Split Semifinals | Facts:
- Dates: 03/31/2018 – 04/01/2018
- Start Times: see schedule below
- Format: Best-of-5 matches | 2 matches
- Location: Miami Beach – Florida
- Patch: LoL 8.5
- Tickets: Ticket info – NA LCS Spring Split 2018
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all LCS 2018 matches
- Match Preview and Predictions
- Overview: Teams NA LCS 2018 Spring Split
- View Standings: NA LCS Spring Split 2018
- Hashtags: #LCS #NALCS #LCSNA
- Hashtag Best Plays: #LCSBigPlays
Schedule and Results – 2018 LCS NA Spring Split Semifinals
Three teams have already been determined but the quarter-final duel between Team SoloMid and Clutch Gaming still determines the exact pairing of these challengers. While Echo Fox relinquished some weaknesses in the last weeks of the regular season the 100 Thieves managed to sneak first place in the NA LCS standings. Team Liquid also dominated Cloud9 in the first quarter-final, with a clean result of 3-0 Doublelift and his team-mates stormed into the semi-finals.
NA LCS Spring Split 2018 | Playoffs – Semifinals | Day 1
Semifinals #1: Echo Fox vs. Team Liquid 1 : 3
Start Time: March 31st, 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST
NA LCS Spring Split 2018 | Playoffs – Semifinals | Day 2
Semifinals #2: 100 Thieves vs. Clutch Gaming 3 : 2
Start Time: March 1st, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST
Substitutes and Roster Changes
No roster changes known for the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split Playoff Semifinals.
Betting Odds Comparison*
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Semifinals #1: Echo Fox vs. Team Liquid
March 31st, 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CET
After leading the NA LCS table for weeks, Echo Fox had to settle for second place after the tiebreaker against the 100 Thieves on the last day, which was also enough for the quarter-final bye and brought the team directly to the semi-finals. Team Liquid, on the other hand, have made significant improvements in their last matches of the regular season and have also managed to keep Cloud9 out of the top four in a tiebreaker. In the quarter-finals, Liquid and C9 met again, and against all expectations, TL won with a score of 3-0. Top Laner Impact, who not only had great performances on the new Swain but was even a constant threat with the rarely seen Singed, also had a great impact on this success and will now undoubtedly be able to cope with Huni. Only the C9 botlane could gain an advantage in every game, even if TL Doublelift delivered a good performance especially in the last game. Patch 8.5 brought Jhin back into the LCS, one of his most played champions, and I think Echo Fox better save a ban for him. All in all, it is difficult to find a possible advantage for Echo Fox because the team's performance in the last weeks will not be enough to participate in the LCS final. Instead, it's likely to be see duel called Team Liquid vs. 100 Thieves with a good chance of TL winning the LCS playoffs for the first time ever.
Prediction: The bookmakers see both teams as equals, but I don't think Echo Fox has a realistic chance against Team Liquid. The only chance for Echo Fox is Huni on the Top Lane, but his opponent Impact is currently playing at the highest level and has every possibility of winning the duel. I therefore expect a clear 1-3 victory for Team Liquid.
Semifinals #2: 100 Thieves vs. Clutch Gaming
April 1st , 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CET
Although towards the middle of the season it looked as if the 100 Thieves would have to go to great lengths to take part in the playoffs, they still managed to take the lead in their tiebreaker against Echo Fox. This makes the 100 Thieves the winners of the regular Spring Split. Clutch Gaming had chances for 3rd place until the end, but due to two defeats in the tiebreakers the team had to make do with 6th place, which was enough for the participation in the playoffs. In the quarter-finals Febiven and Co. had to play Team SoloMid and were the clear underdogs in the eyes of all experts. Nevertheless, this year for the first time in history there will be an NA LCS final without TSM. The simultaneous elimination of Cloud9 (second quarter-final) and Counter Logic Gaming (did not reach the playoffs) will also see a team win the title that has never done so before. The 100 Thieves are a hot contender for the title, but in the semi-finals some players will have to make the most of it. On Bot Lane, Cody Sun and Aphromoo proved to be very solid and played a big part in the team's success in recent weeks, but CG support player Hakuho spread fear and terror not only against TSM on his signature champion Thresh. In the middle lane there is a clash of two former H2K players, whereby I see the advantages here on the side of CG Febiven.
Prediction: The bookmakers rate the 100 Thieves as favourites in the encounter, but Clutch Gaming felt comfortable in the quarter-finals in the ounderdog role and could defeat the clearly favoured TSM. I think the team that wins the Bottom Lane matchup wins the game, although I think the 100 Thieves are a bit stronger here. I therefore expect a close 3-2 victory for the 100 Thieves.
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About The Authors:
Article and predictions by the esports-betting League of Legends team. Marius „vuehrjer“ Führer is studying at the TU Wien and misses just as few League of Legends matches as lectures at university. Daniel „Taith“ Aichinger is studying lectureship at the JKU Linz and teaches his enemies the meaning of fear on Summoner's Rift in his spare time. Contact them on Twitter (@vuehrjer, @TaithLoL) for questions. GG WP!